August 7, 2020
The purpose of this letter is to share important updates about the 2020-2021 school year for Mankato Area Public Schools (MAPS). Thank you for your continued support and patience as school district leaders prioritize a safe return to learning for students and staff.
As we shared with you last week, the MAPS learning delivery models used during the upcoming year will be based largely on local public health data regarding COVID-19. As of today, local public health data has improved and now points to a hybrid model for MAPS elementary students (PreK-5) and secondary students (grades 6-12).
There are several weeks before the school year starts. This means there is still time for our communities to rally together, slow the spread of COVID-19 and return even more of our students to in-person learning this fall. Please help us by staying home if sick, wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and avoiding large crowds.
1. Census verification surveys were sent to parents/guardians earlier this week. Specific questions regarding your enrollment preferences for this school year are included in the survey. Please complete and return as soon as possible.
2. A final decision on how MAPS will start the 2020-2021 school year is expected to be made on Friday, August 21. As you will hear many times this school year, we anticipate using all learning models (in-person, hybrid and distance) as COVID-19 conditions change.
3. The Mankato Area Public Schools’ Back to School Plan is included in this mailing. There are key pieces of information in this document, including health and safety protocols, transportation plans, food service operations and details on the MAPS learning delivery models at the elementary, middle and high school level.
Specific to MAPS hybrid learning:
  • Students in grades PreK-5 will attend school daily with strict social distancing and capacity guidelines in place.
  • Students in grades 6-8 and 9-12 will follow a school schedule that rotates between in person and distance learning. Middle and high school schedules identifying individual student days on-campus will be shared by schools.
4. Updated information will be posted on the school district website on an ongoing basis. Please utilize the COVID-19 page to find updates to the Back to School Plan, key district support links such as family resources, archived communications from the school district and resources from the Minnesota Department of Health. We encourage regular visits to the site to review new information.
Specific details about your student’s return to school this year will be shared by individual school principals. Please continue to watch for school-related announcements and plans as we near the start of the school year.
Thank you again, and best wishes for the remaining weeks of summer.
Paul Peterson, Superintendent