COVID-19 Update: Distance Learning Plans, Meals for Students in Need, and Childcare for Emergency Personnel

March 18, 2020

Dear Minnewaska Students, Families and Staff,

Thank you for your continued partnership as we navigate the coronavirus situation.  As each of you is aware, Governor Tim Walz announced that all Minnesota schools will be closed March 18 through March 27.

Minnewaska Public Schools will be closed Wednesday, March 17 and will continue to be closed through Friday, March 27. This includes community use of facilities and evening events and classes.  The Minnesota Department of Education has directed all public schools and charters to cease all academic services during the closure. It is highly likely that Distance Learning will commence starting Monday, March 30 until further notice. 


Distance Learning Plans

Our staff has been busy planning flexible distance learning experiences for students. As previously mentioned, the start date for distance learning will likely be Monday, March 30.  Distance learning will vary by level (early childhood, elementary, intermediate and high school) and more details will be shared in the coming days. Please continue to check for regular updates in the Coronavirus COVID-19 Response Plan on our website. Specific information was shared on Tuesday, March 17, with many of your students when they can be picked up personal items and supplies, such as their district-issued Chromebooks, books and other materials.


Meals for Students in Need

Starting Wednesday, March 18th through Tuesday, March 24th a sack lunch and breakfast will be made available to any child under the age of 18 during this shutdown phase.  There will be more guidance for how long this may continue following Spring Break.


You may pick up at Minnewaska Elementary in Glenwood and WIN Academy in Starbuck from 10 a.m.- noon. 


If you are unable to stop by one of the curbside pick-up sites, we will be offering the option of free meal delivery. You may sign up for meals to be delivered to your students’ bus stop. If your student does not ride the bus, you can still sign up for meals to be delivered at a location either at or very near to your home. The time of drop off is to be determined and you will be contacted with the information.

Please click on this link to sign up for meal delivery: MAS Meal Delivery


Childcare for Emergency Personnel

The Governor’s plan directs school districts to provide childcare for emergency workers (including providers of healthcare, emergency medical services, long-term and post-acute care; law enforcement personnel; personnel providing correctional services; public health employees; firefighters and other first responders; and court personnel). We are also working on this plan and will share more details for those who are affected.


Childcare for Healthcare, Emergency Personnel and Educators
Wednesday March 18th-24th
Minnewaska Elementary School
7:30am – 3:30pm
Breakfast, lunch & snack provided
If transportation is needed, please let us know so you can be added to the bus schedule
Bring outdoor gear to play outside 

Click on this link to register: MAS Childcare for Emergency Personnel



Chip Rankin