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

April 28, 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 for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Minnewaska Area Schools plans to continue distance learning through the end of the school year. There will be a pause on distance learning for two days for staff development, May 1 and May 4, returning to teaching students on May 5.

Distance Learning Plans

Minnewaska Area Schools plans to continue distance learning through the end of the school year. There will be a pause on distance learning for two days for staff development, May 1 and May 4, returning to teaching students on May 5.

SERVICES PROVIDED

  • School-Age Care for Emergency Personnel Minnewaska Area Schools will remain open to supporting students of Healthcare, Emergency Personnel, and Educator Families through the remainder of the 19-20 school year. Childcare will continue to operate between 7:30-3:30 each day with our school personnel staffing it. 
  • Laker Legends We know you are anxious to learn about decisions for programming of summer childcare. As of today we are planning to have the Laker Legends as normal, but we must wait for a decision to be made by the Governor’s office on health guidelines and safety requirements for the summer months.  The current schedule will look much different than past years, with many field trips and outing sights closed. However, the Laker Legends staff will do their best to continue to engage and entertain young children. Registration is online under the Community Education tab; the deadline is May 1st. Any questions, feel free to contact Kaitlyn Silver at ksilver@isd2149.or or 320-305-0795.
  • Food Service will continue to provide meals to all MAS students through the end of the 19-20 school year. Meals will be available for all children 18 years and under who attend or reside in ISD 2149. Meals will be available at Glenwood Elementary and the WIN Academy in Starbuck between 10:00 a.m. and noon. 
    • Curbside pickup
      • Breakfast and Lunch picked up at the same time
      • Directions on how to prepare and most items will be shelf-stable
      • 10:00 a.m. – noon.
    • No one has to order, they just show up
    • All meals are “FREE” to children 18 years and under
    • Meal delivery will still be available as well, with the final delivery date of May 20. Registration will be available until May 17.
    • Questions can be directed to Deb Nelson at dnelson@isd2149.org or 320.239.4800 ext 1478

Technology/Supplies/Devices

Device Collection – May 26-28  Any student items that were left at school can be picked up at this time.

Drop off locations:  Minnewaska Elementary and Intermediate/High School

Grades 2 – 8 will be required to return drop off at the building that they belong in.  The device charger also needs to be returned.

Grades 9 – 11 will have the option of keeping their device until next fall.  If they currently have insurance, it will remain in effect until the first day of classes in the fall.  If they do not have insurance, they will be responsible for the cost of any damage.  If they chose to turn them in for the summer, they should be returned during the scheduled times.

Hours of Drop off: 

Tuesday, May 26   8:00 – 3:30 PM  Senior devices MUST be turned in;

Wednesday, May 27  10:00 AM – 7:00 PM 

Thursday, May 28  8:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Additional Information

  • Last Day of School will be Friday, May 22, 2020. Graduation will take place on Friday, May, 29, 2020.
  • Grades and Graduation Requirements: We are working to finalize details on grading and graduation requirements.
  • All buildings remain closed to visitors.
  • MSHSL: Minnesota State High School League spring athletics and fine arts have been canceled for the remainder of their seasons. This includes all participation in MSHSL events including, but not limited to, practices, tryouts, scrimmages, contests and competitions as well as postseason tournaments.

This has been an incredibly challenging time for our entire school community. I wish to thank you for your patience and understanding as we have dealt with this unprecedented situation. Please be assured that we will be working to serve the best interests of every MAS student.

We will continue to keep you updated via email, text, social media and our website.

Sincerely,

Chip Rankin
Superintendent
crankin@isd2149.org  w 320.239.4820 x1470

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