Dear MAPS Community,
Thank you for the support and flexibility you have demonstrated during the first quarter of the school year. It has been challenging for everyone, yet there is much to be proud of and grateful for across Mankato Area Public Schools (MAPS). I truly appreciate everything you have done and continue to do to support students and their education.
I regret to inform you that all MAPS schools will be transitioning to distance learning in the next two weeks. This is a difficult decision to make, and likely creates additional stress and challenge for students, staff and families. Student and staff health and safety have been and will continue to be our top priority, and while I would like nothing more than to return our students and staff to a traditional school year, local COVID-19 data prevents this from happening right now.
Secondary schools (Central High School, East High School, West High School, Dakota Meadows Middle School and Prairie Winds Middle School) will shift to distance learning beginning on Wednesday, November 18. Middle and high school teachers will use Tuesday, November 17 to plan for this transition.
Elementary schools will shift to distance learning on Monday, November 30. K-5 students’ last day at school will be Friday, November 20. Elementary teachers will use Monday, November 23 to plan for this transition.
Middle and High Schools
Thursday, November 12 — Last Regular “B” Day
Friday, November 13 — No School (End of Quarter)
Monday, November 16 — Last Regular “A” Day
Tuesday, November 17 — No School (Teacher Transition Day)
Wednesday, November 18 — Distance Learning Begins
Elementary Schools
November 12-20 — Students will remain in their current learning model
November 23 — No School (Teacher Transition Day)
November 24-25 — No School (Conferences)
November 30 — Distance Learning Begins
Further information on the distance learning plans specific to your student will be shared by individual schools and programs.  Please look for announcements and follow-up details from school principals and directors in the near future.
We will continue to monitor local COVID-19 data on a daily basis and communicate any learning model changes accordingly.  At this time, we anticipate being in the distance learning model for several weeks, potentially through winter break and into mid-January. We will regularly update families and share the data we review to determine future plans.
High school activities
Fall activities are planned to continue to the end of the season. Winter activities will be evaluated based on COVID-19 data shared by the Minnesota Department of Health and local county public health.
Special circumstances for in-person learning
There are instances in which students’ educational programs call for specialized services that cannot be provided in a distance learning model. On a limited basis, MAPS will prioritize providing in-person learning experiences to students who need these services.  We will communicate with eligible families who may receive in-person services during distance learning.
Nutrition services
Free meals will continue to be available during distance learning. Breakfast and lunch will be available for pickup from 11 AM to 1 PM at the following sites:  Eagle Lake, Franklin, Rosa Parks, Hoover, East and West.  Pre-ordering is required and can be done online.
Starting December 9, a week’s worth of food will be available for pick up from 4 to 6 PM on Wednesdays at East High School, 2600 Hoffman Road, and Dakota Meadows Middle School, 1900 Howard Drive. Pre-ordering will be required and can be done online. More information will be provided closer to the date.
Breakfast and lunch will also be provided at the four ACES sites during distance learning days for students attending ACES:  Eagle Lake, Franklin, Rosa Parks and Hoover elementary schools.
Child Care for Tier I Essential Workers
MAPS will offer free child care for Tier I essential workers during distance learning. For additional information or to register, please contact staff at 507-387-5501. Registration information is available online. Please note space is limited based on staffing capacity.
Please follow practices recommended by the Minnesota Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the MAPS Health Services department to help lessen the spread of COVID-19:
  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Avoid large crowds and gatherings both at work and while not at work.
  • Wear face coverings/masks
  • Cover coughs.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Stay at least 6 feet from other people.
  • Wash hands thoroughly.
  • Call your child’s school and report positive cases or students/family members being tested so the school can help walk your family through the isolation/quarantine process.
  • Utilize the school health service if there are questions. We are here to help.
Thank you again for your help in supporting student learning during COVID-19. Your partnership is greatly valued and appreciated.
Paul Peterson