COVID-19 Information & Updates
COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth, and Child Care Programs (PDF)
MDH exclusion guidance for schools, youth, and child care programs.
Mankato Area Public Schools' COVID-19 Update
January 14, 2021
Learning Model Transition Plans
We are excited to welcome our PreK-5 students back to in person learning on Tuesday, January 19! Individual schools and programs continue to communicate with families specific details related to the transition. As students and families prepare for Tuesday, please contact your student’s school with questions.
The school district is closely monitoring community and county infection rates. Weekly data are trending in the right direction, and as a result, we have identified a start date for secondary students to return to hybrid learning. At this time, we plan to return secondary students to hybrid learning on Thursday, February 4. Transition days for secondary staff will be Monday, February 1 and Tuesday, February 2. This return to hybrid learning for grades 6-12 will be contingent on stable COVID data and the continued support of our local public health and health care partners.
As MAPS looks at students returning to the classrooms again, we once again reach out to our families and community partners to do your part in slowing down the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Wear a face covering/mask.
Wash your hands.
Stay home as much as possible, especially when sick.
Cover your cough.
Social distance at least six-feet away from others.
Limit unnecessary travel, especial outside of the United States
Answer calls from MAPS, local public health and/or MDH workers doing contact tracing.
New International Travel Requirements (1/13/21)
January 12, 2012 the CDC announced new international travel requirements for any individuals wanting to enter the United States. Due to the new variant of SARS-CoV-2, CDC an order effective January 26, 2021 that requires all air passengers arriving in the United States from a foreign country to get tested for COVID-19 no more than 3-days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative results or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. For more information on this testing requirement, see the Frequently Asked Questions.
We also recommend you check with your airline before booking to see what health information, testing and other documentation they will require. So are requiring testing 3-days prior to boarding a plane and leaving the United States.
Help ensure accurate numbers
Families are encouraged to continue to report their child’s illness to Health Services. Staff are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Staff can help identify COVID-like symptoms and explain the isolation and quarantine process.
Stay informed about current COVID-19 information
View weekly reports on the MAPS’ COVID-19 web page. When a positive case is reported, families and staff are notified by the school district, Minnesota Department of Health or both with information on next steps.
View current COVID-19 information:
- Blue Earth County COVID-19 data
*MAPS’ partners include the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Education, South Central Service Cooperative and local public health officials, including Blue Earth and Nicollet counties, Mayo Clinic Health System and Mankato Clinic.
For questions or more information contact staff at 507-387-1868.