March 20, 2020 - COVID-19 Response Plan Update - expanded child care

March 20, 2020


Dear Families,


As you know, Milaca Public Schools continues to be closed for students through March 27, 2020 for  COVID-19 and the statewide closure. All in-person school-sponsored activities that are scheduled during the statewide school closure are suspended until in-person school resumes.  During this time, our staff continues to plan on distance learning, distribute free meals to all children 18 and under, and provide child care for our emergency workers and health care professionals. In addition to these services, Milaca Public Schools is planning to continue the following:

  • Parents of students with daily medications at school have been directly contacted by the Health Office to make arrangements for pickup. If you have as needed medications, such as oral medication, epi-pens, inhalers, etc. that you would like to pick up, please contact the Health Office at 320-982-7338 or email .

  • If students have belongings left at school, parents may stop by to pick them up. Please contact the Elementary Office (320-982-7301) or High School Office (320-982-7206) to make arrangements before arriving.

  • Milaca Public Schools will provide child care to district school aged students, grades PreK-6, who are children of emergency workers.  The Governor has expanded the list of workers that can access this child care.  A complete list of the professions that qualify for free child care is listed at the bottom of this message or can be downloaded at There will be no charge for this care. These parents will have access to care 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23, through Friday, March 27. Please call Nikki Tellefson at (320-982-7279) if you are one of these workers and were not able to complete the survey. If you would like to access care please let us know by Monday, March 23, to arrange for care on Tuesday, March 24.       

  • Meals for children 18 and under have been distributed out of the high school cafeteria since Wednesday, March 18.  We will continue to provide this distribution site throughout the week of March 23-27. Students and/or their parents may continue to pick up meals from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meals will include lunch for that day and breakfast for the following morning. Meal delivery at the bus stops are starting Monday, March 23 and the delivery time will be approximately 5 hours after their normal morning pick up time. For example, if the bus typically picks up your children 6:45 a.m., you can expect the meal delivery time will be around 11:45 a.m. The high school curbside pick up times are adjusted to 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. starting on Monday, March 23, due to servicing fewer families once the bus delivery starts. A sign up for meal service was sent earlier in the week. If you missed the sign up and would like to take advantage of these delivered free meals, please contact the Food Service Office (320-982-7366) or email Mandy Zens at      

The most important actions each of us can take to further protect ourselves include:

  • Staying home if you are sick

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water; covering your cough and sneeze; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Practicing self-care by eating a healthy diet and taking time to rest

  • Frequently cleaning all commonly touched surfaces

  • Avoiding large gatherings of more than 10.

If you feel you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, The Minnesota Department of Health recommends:

  1. Stay at home for at least 7 days, and for 3 days with no fever and improvement of respiratory symptoms – whichever is longer. (Your fever should be gone for 3 days without using fever-reducing medicine).

  2. Use the CDC website on how to Care For Yourself at Home with COVID-19.

  3. Your household contacts should try to stay home as much as possible for 14 days.

    • They should closely monitor their health, and if symptoms occur, they must isolate themselves.

• Use the CDC website for How to Minimize Spread.

For further information, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health department for the latest updates.

This week has been very unique in many ways. We continue to try to provide the best service to our students and community as possible. We understand that this situation may create unease in our community. The safety, security, and health of our staff and students is our top priority.

We will continue to keep you informed as we navigate COVID-19.


Superintendent Tim Truebenbach
Milaca Public Schools



Under the Governor’s Executive Order 20-02, free school age care for the children of 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) was outlined. The orders directed schools to provide care to, at a minimum, district-enrolled students aged 12 and under. 

In order to ensure that we are providing for the needs of our students, we are clarifying the work that falls within each of the identified emergency workers categories. 

Additionally, this guidance can be used by child care providers who are willing to prioritize the needs of these workers during this unprecedented emergency. 



• [UPDATED 03/18/20]: Personnel needed for direct care and critical administrative staff of the personnel needed for direct care 

o Community mental health providers o PCA/home health workers 

o Other workers providing direct care in a facility or in a person’s residence  

• Long-term facility personnel (full-time and part-time) 

o Group Homes and supportive housing settings 

o Residential Homes 

o Nursing Homes 

o Residential mental health, substance use disorder, pediatric/adolescent residential treatment facilities  

• Post-acute Care personnel (full-time and part-time) 

o Long-term hospital 

o In-patient rehabilitation 

o Home Health 

o Skilled nurses  

• Home health and personal care attendants (PCAs)  

• Adult, adolescent and pediatric residential mental health, behavioral health or substance use disorder treatment facilities, intensive residential treatment services (IRTS), emergency shelters, • Health Care for the Homeless providers, and homeless drop-in centers  

• MNsure Navigators  

• County and tribal financial/eligibility workers for public programs  

• State, tribal and county staff in emergency management or health and human services, including case managers and direct service delivery  

• County and tribal child welfare  

• Pharmacy employees necessary for filling prescriptions



• Paramedics  

• EMTs  

• Immediate supervisory staff  

• EMS Operators and dispatchers  

• EMS region medical directors – necessary to make override decisions to direct ambulances to • other ERs based on medical needs 



• Full-time Police Officers and their supervisory staff  

• Full-time Sheriffs and their supervisory staff  

• Full time Minnesota DNR sworn conservation officers and their supervisory staff  

• Full-time State Patrol Officers and their supervisory staff  

• 911 Operators and dispatchers their supervisory staff  

• Full-time Investigators (at the discretion of their Agency Chief) 



• Full-time firefighters  

• Paid on call duty crew 



Minnesota Correctional Facility Staff  

• Corrections officers  

• Correctional Lieutenants  

• Correctional Captains  

• Physical plant  

• Correctional facility case managers  

• Correctional facility educators and educational paraprofessionals  

• Wardens  

• Associate wardens  

• Correctional facility office assistants  

• Correctional facility nurses and supervisors  

• Correctional program therapists  

• Correctional facility IT staff  

• Correctional facility Human Resources staff  

• Correctional facility financial services personnel  

• Correctional facility records personnel  

• Correctional facility safety officers 


Centralized Correctional Operations Personnel  

• Medical director  

• Director of health services  

• Reentry Services personnel  

• Policy and legal services personnel  

• Offender transportation personnel

• Centralized records personnel  

• Centralized human resources personnel  

• Investigators - Office of Special Investigations/Professional Accountability  

• Minnesota Department of Corrections personnel assigned to Incident Management Team  

• Minnesota Department of Corrections personnel assigned to Continuity of Operations team  

• Minnesota Department of Corrections government and community relations personnel  

• Minnesota Department of Corrections Hearings and Release Unit personnel  

• Minnesota Department of Corrections Behavioral Health Unit personnel  

• Minnesota Department of Corrections – Communications Unit  

• Minnesota Department of Corrections – Office of Commissioner 


Minnesota Correctional Supervision Services  

• State Probation officers and supervisors  

• State Probation agents and supervisors  

• State Supervised release agents and supervisors  

• State intensive supervised release agents and supervisors  

• County Probation officers and supervisors  

• County Probation agents and supervisors  

• County Supervised release agents and supervisors  

• County intensive supervised release agents and supervisors



• State, tribal and local public health employees directly supporting the response of COVID-19 and other infectious disease operations  

• State, tribal and local public health officials responding to imminent public health threats  

• Newborn health screeners  

• State, tribal and local public health lab priority services  

• State, city, county and tribal emergency management essential personnel supporting COVID-19 



• Full-time Court personnel Essential 



Beyond the emergency workers listed in the Governor’s Executive Order, there are other critical workers that are absolutely necessary for districts to consider. Care for children of educators, gas and electric utility workers, food distribution personnel, water treatment staff, and others outlined below is essential to ensuring the public continues to receive these vital services. 


Districts should make every effort to provide care for school-age children of workers in the areas below, if they are able to do so while adhering to the Minnesota Department of Health’s social distancing guidelines.  



• Child care workers  

• MNDoT employees  

• State and local essential IT personnel 

• Substance disorder treatment workers  

• Medical examiners  

• National Guard (if activated) 

• Water Treatment/Wastewater  

• Water Treatment Plant Operators  

• Drinking water distribution system maintenance workers  

• Safe drinking water delivery personnel  



• Storm and sanitary sewer system maintenance workers 

• Day-to-Day Operations for Gas and Electric Utilities  

• Electric utility lineworkers, substation technicians, meter technicians, dispatchers, power plant operators  

• Operations managers and supervisors  

• Fleet and maintenance technicians  

• Transmission and distribution engineers and operators  

• Construction coordinators and technicians  

• Fuel technicians  

• Relay coordinators  

• Control room/center operators  

• Cybersecurity related information technology personnel  

• Gas safety personnel  

• Gas utility operations personnel  

• Water system operators, water treatment plant operators  

• Wastewater system operators, wastewater treatment plant operators  

• Managers with key responsibility for customer and community communications and response 



• Damage assessment personnel  

• Engineers  

• Safety personnel  

• Communications personnel  

• Mutual aid crews from other utilities 



[ADDED 03/18/20]: Food Production Personnel 


Food Distribution Centers  

• Drivers  

• Order selectors  

• Forklift loaders  

• IT personnel  

• Mechanics  

• Sanitation workers 


In-Store Food Personnel  

• Store clerks  

• Stockers  

• Food preparation personnel  

• Cleaning staff  

• Deli and produce staff 



• City fleet (emergency equipment, fire trucks, police vehicles, etc.) maintenance workers  

• Traffic signal system maintenance workers  

• Emergency repair workers for bridges, water and sewer main breaks, and other emergent issues  

• Administrative support personnel that ensure OSHA safety requirements and field support for operations  

• Snowplow drivers 


SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT (waste, recyclable/organics)  

• Collection, transfer trailer truck drivers and their fleet maintenance crews  

• Transfer stations, landfills, resource recovery, recycling and organics facility operations staff  

• Heavy equipment operators, facility operators (e.g. scale house operator, loader operator, line operators, boiler operator)  

• Environmental systems (e.g. gas and leachate management, pollution control equipment) 



• Infectious and hazardous waste collection personnel  

• Infectious facilities operations personnel (e.g. autoclave and incineration operators)  

• Hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities operations personnel 



• Outreach workers to people experiencing homelessness  

• Shelter and drop-in center maintenance, housekeeping and janitorial staff  

• Shelter and drop-in center security staff  

• Shelter and free meal program food preparation staff  

• Domestic violence and victims services shelter staff 



• Outside plant technicians for infrastructure restoration  

• Install/Repair Technicians for customer premise restoration as needed  

• Customer service representatives that interface with customers on service troubles  

• Dispatchers involved with service repair and restoration


 [ADDED 03/18/20]: State workers essential to the continuation of Minnesota Unemployment Insurance

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