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Absentee ballots for November 3 Mankato Area Public School Board election available Friday

Absentee ballots for the November 3 election, which includes Mankato Area Public School Board candidates, will be available beginning Friday, September 18. Vote early by mail or in person 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Blue Earth County Historic Courthouse, 204 S. Fifth St., Mankato. 

For more information contact staff at 507-387-1868.

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Participate in "Rec on the Go!" in Eagle Lake
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Mankato Area Public Schools and the City of Eagle Lake are partnering to offer "Rec on the Go!," a mobile recreation program designed to provide engaging activities while also educating on preventative safety measures during COVID-19. 

 

Activities are provided at no cost and include:

  • Safe group games
  • Arts and crafts
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) activities
  • Mindful story time
  • Creative movement 
  • COVID-19 mitigation education
  • And much more

"Rec on the Go!" is offered 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays, September 18 and 25; and October 2 and 9 in Lake Eagle Park, 545 Linda Drive, Eagle Lake.

 

Registration is encouraged, but not required. For more information or to register by phone, contact staff at 507-387-5501.

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USDA to provide meals for all Mankato Area Public Schools students at no cost

Beginning Monday, September 14, Mankato Area Public Schools will serve breakfast and lunch to all students under the Summer Food Service Program through an extension approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This service is provided at no cost. 

The program will end on December 31, 2020, or when funding runs out. When the program ends, students meal accounts will resume being charged according to their meal benefit.

In-person students will be served meals in school and virtual students can pick-up meals at identified sites based on their home school:

East High School, 2600 Hoffman Road, Mankato 

Serves

  • Eagle Lake Elementary School
  • Franklin Elementary School 
  • Kennedy Elementary School 
  • Prairie Winds Middle School
  • Rose Parks Elementary School
  • Washington Elementary School

West High School, 1351 S. Riverfront Dr., Mankato

Serves

  • Bridges Community School 
  • Central High School
  • Dakota Meadows Middle School
  • Futures
  • Hoover Elementary School
  • Jefferson Elementary School
  • Monroe Elementary School
  • Roosevelt Elementary School

Parents/guardians can pre-order meals through the school store on the parent portal. 

For more information contact food services staff at 507-388-7442.

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In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

2. Fax: (202) 690-7442; or,

3. Email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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Participate in "Rec on the Go!"

The City of Mankato and Mankato Area Public Schools are partnering to offer "Rec on the Go!," a mobile recreation program designed to provide engaging activities while also educating on preventative safety measures during COVID-19. 

Activities are provided at no cost and include:

  • active games
  • arts and crafts
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) exploration
  • COVID-19 mitigation education

Upcoming times, dates and locations

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • September 15 in Erlandson Park, 101 N. Belmont Dr.
  • September 17 in Tourtellotte Park, 310 E. Mabel St.
  • September 22 in Alexander Park, 900 East Main St.
  • September 24 in Highland Park, 950 Warren St.
  • September 29 in Erlandson Park, 101 N. Belmont Dr.
  • October 1 in Tourtellotte Park, 310 E. Mabel St.
  • October 6 in Highland Park, 950 Warren St.
  • October 8 in Alexander Park, 900 East Main St.

Registration is encouraged, but not required. For more information or to register, contact staff at 507-387-5501.

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Mankato Area Public Schools' classes begin September 8 and 10 with new school start and end times

Mankato Area Public Schools (MAPS) 2020-2021 classes begin based on grade: 

 

  • Grades 9-12, Tuesday, September 8
  • Grades K-8, Thursday, September 10

 

Based on local public health data, students will use the hybrid learning option, which is a combination of in-person and distance learning. View MAPS "Back to School Plan." 

 

New this school year is a two-tiered busing system

 

The two-tiered busing system will affect school start and end times:

 

  • MAPS Preschool 8 a.m. morning start time
  • Elementary schools 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (1:40 p.m. hybrid end time)
    • Eagle Lake, Franklin, Hoover, Jefferson, Kennedy, Monroe, Roosevelt, Rosa Parks and Washington elementary schools
  • Bridges Community School 8:20 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. (2 p.m. hybrid end time)
  • Dakota Meadows and Prairie Winds middle schools 8:35 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.
  • East and West high schools 8:45 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.

 

Research has shown that tiered busing, approved by the Mankato Area Public School Board in December 2019, has many advantages:

 

  • Research shows later start aligns with older students’ natural sleep cycles.
  • Students spend less time on buses.
  • Simplify—fewer transitions for students.
  • Increased breakfast time for youth.
  • Age-similar bus companions.
  • Tiered busing is best fit to Mankato Area Public Schools’ size.
  • Opens space for families who want to contract for busing.
  • Routing options and flexibility.
  • Positions district for future.

 

Tiered busing is a safe transportation option and measures have been put in place to help keep riders safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ridership will be at 50% bus capacity or less and have accounted for space between students. Bus supervisors will also be available to assist riders with face covering/mask and social distancing protocols and to track rider attendance for contact tracing purposes. 

 

"We're committed to providing safe and efficient transportation to our schools," says Paul Peterson, superintendent of Mankato Area Public Schools. 

 

For more information contact Mankato Area Public Schools’ administrative offices at 507-387-1868.

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