This week Mankato elementary students had a successful return to the hybrid learning model.

Families are encouraged to continue to report their child’s illness to Health Services. Staff are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Staff can help identify COVID-like symptoms and explain the isolation and quarantine process.

Tentatively the district is planning for middle and high school students to return to the hybrid learning model on February 4th. The transition days for this would be February 1st and 2nd, which would be no school days for secondary students.

Again, this is tentative, as we will be following current guidance from our state and local partners and examining the required data that informs the learning models. The school says. please know, for those seeking an in-person education, even if in hybrid, we are doing everything possible to make that a reality as soon as we can while ensuring it is safe to do so.

 They say we intend to confirm this plan by the middle of next week. Our first priority is providing a safe environment for all the students and staff.

Dakota Meadows Middle School will be a host site of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine pilot program for PreK-12 education and childcare staff, and the 65+ age population. Appointments are scheduled for January 22 and January 23, and January 29 and January 30. Supply is extremely limited (Mankato Area Public Schools was allocated 51 doses) and walk-ins are not allowed.

The state intends to use the two-week pilot to learn and prepare for increased vaccine supply over the coming weeks and months.