COVID-19 District Updates
Learning Plans updated 8/11/20
Our staff has been busy planning three educational scenarios, On-site Learning, Distance Learning, and Hybrid Learning (a combination of the first two). Also, please know that regardless of the learning model we decide upon, school districts are required to offer “Distance Learning Choice” to families who may be medically vulnerable or otherwise unable or uncomfortable about returning to school throughout the year.
Minnewaska Area Schools plans to begin the 2020-21 school year on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, as follows:
- K-6 elementary students will be attending school in person, unless you have informed us your child will be participating in our “Distance Learning Choice” plan.
- 7-12th grade secondary students will begin school in the hybrid learning plan, unless you have informed us your child will be participating in our “Distance Learning Choice” plan.
- Details related to each of these plans are found on our Quick Reference Guide and in this Detailed Plan Information Guide.
- Back to school supply lists may be found on the district’s website in the news or in the resources section of each school page or here for K-3, 4-6, and 7-8th grade.
The school board also emphasized the importance of advising you that decisions on how to begin the school year, and how to continue the school year may change weekly and you should be ready to adapt to those changes if/as they occur.
The well-being and safety of your child(ren) is a priority. Please use this Self Health Checklist before your child(ren) arrive at school and utilize the following COVID-19 resources as needed.
If you experience technical issues with your device our contact information is listed below. Provide your name, contact information, student’s name and student’s teacher in your voicemail or email and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
High School, Option 1
Tech Support, Option 5
Food & Nutrition Services
The following meal plans are applicable based on what learning plan your child(ren) is participating in for the 2020-21 school year.
Questions can be directed to Deb Nelson at email@example.com or (320) 239-4800 ext 1478
Care for Children of Families of Emergency Workers
Minnewaska Area Schools will only be open to support students of Healthcare, Emergency Personnel and Educator Families (View Full List) during the COVID-19 shut down. Childcare will operate between 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. each day with our school personnel staffing it. Breakfast, lunch & snack provided. Bring outdoor gear to play outside.
If transportation is needed, please call Palmer Bus Garage (634-3272) for pick up and drop off locations.
MAHS Activities Update - August 2020
The Minnesota State High School League issued their decision on Tuesday, August 4th regarding the 2020-21 high school activities seasons. The fall sports of boys' & girls' cross country, girls' tennis, girls' swimming and boys' soccer will be take place at Minnewaska Area High School with their seasons beginning on Monday, August 17th. Football and volleyball have been moved to a separate season next spring that will run from approximately March 15th to May 15th. Although there will be no competition for football and volleyball this fall, they will be able to practice with their coaches. More information will be forthcoming from the CE/Activities office as well as coaches of fall activities as we receive additional information from the MSHSL. Online registration will begin on Monday, Wednesday, August 12th. Please return to this site as well as the Community Education/Activities Facebook page for further information as it becomes available.
Minnewaska Area Schools Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet Postponed
The Minnewaska Area Schools Athletic Hall of Fame Committee has announced due to the uncertainties surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 virus, the 2020 Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony scheduled for Saturday, October 3rd has been postponed to Saturday, October 2nd, 2021.
All on-campus programming at Minnewaska Area Schools facilities will be following strict CDC, Minnesota Department of Health, and Minnesota Community Education Association guidelines and protocols regarding COVID-19.
Summer Community Education
We are up and running! Registration for different programs will slowly start to appear on our website over the next few weeks. Be sure to check back often! Another great way to stay updated is to follow us on Facebook. Our page is “Minnewaska Area Community Education, Recreation & Activities.”
We are also currently offering a few online courses. If you are interested, please register on our website so we are able to send you instructions on how to join the class.
There will be no Minnewaska Messenger mailed out covering Mid-May through Mid-August. We are planning to send out the fall Messenger in August to cover Mid-August through Mid-November.
Although the doors to the high school remained closed, the MAS Community Education/Activities Office will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day Monday through Thursday through July 31 to take phone calls or emails. For questions concerning MAS Community Education, please email Heidi Weller at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 320-248-0605.
Early Childhood Screenings
At this time, we are unable to provide face-to-face Early Childhood Screenings, as directed by the Minnesota Department of Education and Minnesota Department of Health. Registration remains open; however, decisions regarding each screening day will be made as the date nears in conjunction with the most recent guidance.
When we are able to resume screenings, we will contact families with updated information and work to get all previously scheduled appointments completed as quickly as possible. At that time, screening staff will work with MDE and MDH and the provided guidance to ensure a safe screening experience.
Summer Rec registration is now live! Registration is online under "Youth Enrichment & Recreation" on the Community Ed tab. The deadline is June 24th!
Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Hotlines
School and child care questions:
(651) 297-1304 or 1 (800) 657-3504
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
(651) 201-3920 or 1 (800) 657-3903
7 a.m. – 7 p.m.