School start and end times for elementary, middle and high schools in Mankato Area Public Schools (MAPS) have been established for the 2020-2021 school year. New school times reflect the school district’s transition next year to a two-tiered busing system.
Beginning September 2020:
- MAPS Preschool 8 a.m. morning start time
- Elementary schools 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- Bridges Community School 8:20 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.
- Middle schools 8:35 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.
- High schools 8:45 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.
After the new system was approved by the School Board in December, district leaders began developing plans to address areas of concern shared during a community input phase. These included: before and after school child care, student supervision, and the impact on co-curricular departure times.
"Having start and end times finalized now provides families and staff a significant amount of lead time in preparing for the next school year," says Paul Peterson, superintendent of Mankato Area Public Schools. "The times reflect input received while the school district was studying the concept and also since the School Board took action. An 8 a.m. start time for elementary schools aligns nicely with several areas we knew we needed to address, especially related to child care and student supervision."
District officials have developed detailed plans to assist in transition to tiered busing and will communicate regularly with families and the community in advance of the change. "This is a great move for our students and families, and we are committed to providing timely information for a smooth transition," adds Peterson.
For more information contact Mankato Area Public Schools’ administrative offices at 507-387-1868.