March 18, 2020 - COVID-19 Update Regarding Meals & Child Care
March 18, 2020

Parents and Guardians - 

Thank you for your patience as we continue to develop plans in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. At this time, we know Minnesota schools will be closed through March 27, to allow staff to develop a distance learning plan. Education will continue on March 30, via classroom or distance learning, as directed by the Minnesota Department of Education.

Yesterday, the meals and health care/emergency worker child care details were released. As explained in that communication, meals and child care were originally planned for only today and tomorrow (March 19), as these days were scheduled as regular school days. After further consideration to the well being of our students and families, child care and meals will also be available on Friday, March 20. There is no charge for the meals or the health care/emergency workers child care.

Students and/or their parents may pick up meals from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Milaca High School Cafeteria doors. Meals are available to children 18 years old and younger and are at no cost. The meals are distributed in a drive up, curbside manner. Meals include lunch for the day and breakfast for the following morning. 

Child care is being provided to district school-aged students, grades PreK-6, who are children of health care/emergency workers. There is no charge for this care. These parents have access to care 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on March 18-20. Earlier in the week, a survey was sent to identify the families who qualify for the health care/emergency worker child care. Please call Nikki Tellefson (320-982-7279) if you are one of these workers and were not able to complete the survey.

Health care/emergency workers include:
  • Health care providers and systems, including hospitals and clinics
  • Post-acute and long term care facilities, including nursing and assisted living facilities
Other health systems and organizations, such as:
  • Home Care Workers
  • Personal Care Assistants
  • Ambulance/Emergency
  • Direct Care and Treatment
  • Other emergency staff, including:
  • First Responders
  • Firefighters
  • Personnel Providing correctional services
  • Essential Court personnel
  • Minnesota State Veterans Home staff
  • State and local public health agency employees
  • MNsure Navigators
  • County financial/eligibility workers 
  • County Case managers
  • County staff in emergency management or health and human services
  • National Guard - should the National Guard be called into service

Please continue to practice social distancing and continue to check email for updates. The details for next week’s meal distribution and health care/emergency worker child care will be sent by the end of the week.

Stay healthy!

Superintendent Tim Truebenbach
Milaca Public Schools


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