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.
- COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth, and Child Care Programs in Hmong (PDF)
- COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth, and Child Care Programs in Somali (PDF)
- COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth, and Child Care Programs in Spanish (PDF)
Mankato Area Public Schools' COVID-19 Update
April 15, 2021
Thank you for taking the time to read this information, this week we have included several important reminders.
The number of positive cases have gone up statewide and we are seeing some increases in our local community as well. Also, there is an uptick in cases in the 10 - 19 year old age range. In MAPS we have seen our numbers bounce around somewhat but overall our students and staff are staying safe and healthy.
Mitigation measures include:
- Wearing a mask covering your nose and mouth (this is required for anyone entering a district building)
- Social distancing
- Regular hand washing
If you and your family, ages 16 and over, are interested in getting the COVID vaccine the availability is increasing. Contact your county office or sign up on the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Connector.
Testing has never been easier – consider these options that are quick and free to you:
Visit a community testing site (former Gander Mountain, 1940 Adams Street)
Order an at-home test kit
Get tested through your healthcare provider
Visit Getting Tested for COVID-19 or contact your health care provider to schedule an appointment.
As we at MAPS continue to work to keep students attending in-person, please continue to do everything you can to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and community. We understand the difficulties it places on families when students can’t attend school, but it is very important that we continue working together to minimize the potential spread of the disease in school buildings. A fourteen day quarantine after exposure ended is still required. This is the best strategy to minimize the spread of COVID-19 to others.
Please keep children home when they are sick
If you’re not sure whether to send them or not, call the school nurse. They should also stay home if they are being tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results, or if someone in your household is sick and is being tested for COVID-19.
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.
*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.