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March 12 Update

We are aware of the growing concerns around COVID-19 (coronavirus) and wanted to provide you with an update on the most recent developments.

Both the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Health are recommending that schools not be canceled.

They are, however, recommending we move into the next phase of response to this pandemic to minimize the spread of the disease.

To reduce the impact of this virus on students, families and staff, we are continuing to recommend that people who feel unwell stay home in order to protect those who are most vulnerable. Everyone should wash their hands often with warm water and soap or sanitizer.

In order to reduce large gatherings for staff and students, we are now recommending that after-school activities such as the following be canceled as of tomorrow, Friday, March 13: plays, concerts, inter-district events, field trips, school assemblies, fundraisers, etc.

MPS activities that will continue as long as school is still in session:

  • Academic supports for students with teachers
  • Staff/teacher-led clubs
  • Extended day/Area Learning Centers
  • Minneapolis Kids
  • Youth enrichment activities
  • Clinics and school-based mental health service (open as usual)
  • Adult Basic Education

MPS athletics: Game cancellations are determined by the Minnesota State High School League. Schools determine practices. See your school’s athletic director.

The Davis Education Center at 1250 W. Broadway will remain open for staff and community.

We are still evaluating whether MPS buildings will be available for community use. COVID-19 is an unprecedented situation for our school district, our state and the world. I recognize that our responsive actions, including those I’m announcing today, may raise questions for many of you.

Frequently asked questions for families and staff are available on the MPS website.

While there are more questions to be addressed, please know that we are constantly monitoring the situation and will update the MPS community as more information becomes available.