A Minnewaska student stops by the Minnewaska Area Elementary School to pickup breakfast and lunches that are available for students during school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Tim Walz ordered all schools to close from March 18 through March 27 to work on “distance learning” plans as COVID-19 is expected to continue to spread through the population. Above, Deb Medalin, a Minnewaska Food Service worker, helps a student with lunches and breakfast. The school continues to provide breakfast and lunch for pickup by students last week in Glenwood and Starbuck. This week, the school will also begin delivering meals to those who sign up for the service on the district’s website at minnewaska.k12.mn.us. See other related school announcements below.
Schools may be closed, but work, meals continue
Governor Tim Walz announced that all Minnesota schools would be closed March 18 through March 27 as the state tries to curb the infection rate of COVID-19.
Minnewaska Public Schools closed Wednesday, March 17 and will continue to be closed through Friday, March 27, at this point, according to a letter from Chip Rankin, Suptintendent of Minnewaska Area Schools. (That letter is posted on the school’s website: minnewaska.k12.mn.us) 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 start on Monday, March 30 until further notice. The following comes from Supt. Rankin.
Distance Learning Plans
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 the MAS 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 18 through Tuesday, March 24 a sack lunch and breakfast has been 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 on March 27.
Families/students may pick up at Minnewaska Elementary in Glenwood and WIN Academy in Starbuck from 10 a.m.- noon.
For those who are unable to stop by one of the curbside pick-up sites, the school district will be offering the option of free meal delivery. Parents may sign up for meals to be delivered to your students’ bus stop. If a student does not ride the bus, parents 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 go to the schools website minnewaska.k12.mn.us to sign up for 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 is from Wednesday March 18-24 at the Minnewaska Elementary School from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and snack will be provided.”
If transportation is needed, contact the school so you can be added to the bus schedule. Register at the school’s website at minnewaska.k12.us