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Mankato Area Public Schools receives information regarding in-person attendance at sports events

Mankato Area Public Schools has received information from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) regarding in-person attendance for the upcoming football and current volleyball sports seasons:


MDH has set capacity at 250 spectators for all Minnesota high school stadiums, meaning East and West high schools' football games will be limited to 125 spectators per team. Tickets for in-person attendance at homes games are sold out. For those who have purchased a Big Southeast Season Pass, the pass will be required to enter the event. For health and safety, walk-up general admission ticket sales, district identification cards and other passes will not be accepted. 


With the recent MDE guideline change to allow spectators at indoor Minnesota State High School League events, the Big 9 Conference has developed this spectator policy for all matches through Monday, October 12:


-Visiting fans will not be admitted.
-Home fan admittance will be monitored by staff (two predetermined spectators allowed per athlete).
-Host school will communicate information with families, fans and community.


The policy will be reassessed on Monday morning (October 12). 


Fans are asked to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by:

-Staying home if sick.
-Social distancing by keeping at least six feet away from others.
-Wearing face coverings/masks that cover nose and mouth, fitting snuggly against the sides of the face. 


View prevention information from the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health.


Sports events for Mankato Area Public Schools can be viewed online by accessing livestreaming through the East High School activities and West High School activities websites. 


For more information contact East High School staff at 507-387-5671; or, West High School at 507-387-3461.

ACT testing offered Tuesday, October 6

ACT testing for Mankato Area Public Schools' seniors will be held during the school day on Tuesday, October 6 at their high school. This testing date replaces the one originally scheduled in April 2020 and canceled due to COVID-19. High school students, including seniors who opt out of taking the ACT, will use the date for distance learning. High school juniors are expected to take the ACT on March 30, 2021. There is no cost for students to take the ACT.


For more information contact staff at Central High School, 507-387-3047, East High School at 507-387-5671, or West High School at 507-387-3461.

Spirit of Youth Award recipients announced

Mankato Area Public Schools' Community Education and Recreation Department announces honorees for the 2020 Spirit of Youth Awards:


  • Shane Baier--Outstanding Mentor
  • Pierre Ellis--Outstanding Community Organizer
  • Hezekyah Flowers, Shane Johnson, Max Stolzman and Clay Thonesavanh--Outstanding Youth Group (contributors)
  • Ben Groebner, Grace MacPherson and Elizabeth (Liz) Paul--Outstanding Youth
  • William Hanson, Alexander Leasman and Owen Phelps--Outstanding Youth Group (Middle School After School Youth Leaders)
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato's Mavathon (Lynsey Donna Rohlfing, president)--Outstanding Youth Organization
  • Mankato YWCA Programming for Girls--Outstanding Non-Profit Organization

Spirit of Youth Awards is an annual recognition initiative sponsored by Mankato Area Public Schools' Community Education and Recreation Advisory Council, which honors outstanding youth, youth organizations, community volunteers, educators, businesses and coaches/advisors for their work in youth asset building.


For more information contact staff at 507-387-5501.

Register for Mankato Area Public Schools' Preschool Program

Register for Mankato Area Public Schools' Preschool Program 2020 to 2021 afternoon programs offered at:


  • Early Childhood Center, 2077 Lookout Drive, North Mankato 
  • Family Learning Center, 820 Hubbell Avenue
  • Franklin Elementary School, 1000 North Broad Street
  • Rosa Parks Elementary School, 1001 Heron Drive

This child-centered program is based on early learning standards and designed to help children build kindergarten readiness, additionally:


  • has a four-star Parent Aware rating, 
  • provides a high staff to student ratio and
  • encourages parent involvement because it’s key to children’s learning success.

Families can register online. Scholarships available for qualifying families.


For more information contact staff at 507-625-4620.

March 20 update from Superintendent Paul Peterson

On behalf of our entire Mankato Area Public Schools’ community, thank you for your patience, understanding and support as we continue working through these challenging times. Mankato Area Public Schools is incredibly grateful for the community-wide support for children that has been expressed over the last several days. All aspects of our community continue to adjust to a new reality for the foreseeable future. Something that certainly remains is the support and enthusiasm for public education throughout Eagle Lake, Madison Lake, Mankato and North Mankato. Our faculty and staff can feel it, and it makes a big difference. Thank you!


As we go into the weekend, staff continue to work on equitable distance learning plans and planning will move forward throughout next week. If distance learning is deemed necessary in Minnesota, it will begin the week of March 30. While definitive direction has not been provided yet, we anticipate receiving news regarding this next week. When information is shared, it will be communicated with the families we serve.