Mankato Area Public Schools 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.

Data reported today from the MDH show an uptick in cases in Blue Earth and Nicollet counties for the September 13 to September 26 time period. For this past week, three positive cases have been reported in MAPS. So far, the cases that have been reported are not clustered into any one school or grade level. Social distancing, wearing face coverings/masks, washing hands and cleaning protocols have been important to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Cleaning protocols have been adjusted to focus on cleaning within buildings throughout the day and disinfecting them after students leave. As recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ensuring facilities are thoroughly cleaned helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 and influenza. In addition, staff will be using Green Seal Certified products, which means they meet the “highest benchmark of health and environmental leadership” and are student and staff friendly.