COVID-19 Update

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

Free Meals for all Minnewaska Area School residents ages 18 and under will be available for curbside pickup or delivery.

There will be no pickup or delivery on regularly scheduled non-school days.


Please see the COVID-19 Food and Nutrition section for further information.

Questions can be directed to Deb Nelson at or (320) 239-4800 ext 1478

Childcare for Emergency Personnel

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 7:30-3:30 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 →

Click here to register →

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