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.

Middle School

Daily Attendance Form →

Minnewaska Elementary will be taking attendance within each classroom each day.

Junior High and High School

Daily Attendance Form →

Health Services

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.

What To Do If You Have COVID-19

What To Do If You're Waiting for COVID-19 Test Results

What To Do If You Have Close Contact with a Person with COVID-19

Exclusion Decision Tree

Masking Requirements for Child Care

Support Contacts


Contact individual teachers for classroom questions.

Staff Directory →

Technical Issues



High School, Option 1
Tech Support, Option 5

Student Support

Britt Rose
School Counselor
320-239-4820 x1216

Jon Weaver
School Counselor
320-634-4567 x1210

Mary Walsh
School Social Worker


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 dnelson@isd2149.org 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.

Click here for instructions on how to register →

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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 MondayWednesday, 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.

Community Education

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.

Office Hours

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 hweller@isd2149.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

Summer Rec registration is now live! Registration is online under "Youth Enrichment & Recreation" on the Community Ed tab. The deadline is June 24th!


Preschool Registration for the 2020-2021 school year remains open. Registration is online under "Little Lakers Preschool" on the Community Ed tab.