Mankato Area Public Schools gives an update.

Beginning on October 12, students in grades 6-12 will have a change in their schedules to help ensure all students have equitable access to teachers and staff. This shift is based on feedback received from students, staff and families over the last few weeks.

While the middle and high school schedules will change, Mankato Area Public Schools (MAPS) will remain in a hybrid learning model for all elementary and secondary schools. This decision is based on several pieces of data, including the 14-day county infection rate averages distributed weekly by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). In addition, recommendations from public health and health care partners from Mankato Clinic, Mayo Clinic Health System, Blue Earth and Nicollet counties and the MDH are reviewed and considered.

Blue Earth County infection rates reported by the MDH showed a small spike on September 25; however, those numbers came back down early this week, and data over the last several days indicate that county rates are likely to stay relatively consistent for the next reporting period as well.

New on MAPS’ COVID-19 data page are weekly reports of positive cases throughout the district. Since September 8, there have been 15 positive cases reported. In addition, cumulative data will continue to be shared, and there have been 34 positive cases since May. When a positive case is reported, families and staff are notified by the school district, MDH or both with information on next steps.

Mankato Area Public Schools continues to prioritize the health and safety of students and staff. As we enter the second month of the school year, please continue to do everything you can to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and community. Join the #haveaheart campaign and share how you’re doing your part to keep others safe.