Mankato Area Public Schools students return to the classroom

Updated: Feb. 25, 2021 at 7:15 PM CST
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MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — It was the first day back in the classroom for many Mankato students Thursday.

Last week, Mankato Area Public Schools announced that students in grades 6-12 would return to in-person learning four days per week.

At Mankato West High School, students and teachers seem to be in high spirits.

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“It’s kind of jittery because it’s like the first day back, but I really love it,” said Taleysha Mathis, junior at Mankato West High School.

“It was really nice being around friends and classmates. It really brings up the atmosphere of the school and everything,” added Ruben Guzman Diaz, a fellow junior at Mankato West.

Middle and high school students will be in the classroom every day except Wednesdays, with that day being designated as a distance learning day.

“It was so fun to have kids back in the building and even though they all have masks on, you can tell there were a lot of smiles,” Mankato West High School Principal Sherri Blasing stated.

The district says they’re confident in meeting the key mitigation goals outlined by the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health.

“It’s lessened up so it’s not required to have six feet apart, we can be down to three feet the as governor said. So, our classrooms are all set up about four feet apart. Cafeteria places, everywhere is set up that way and we are reminding kids to social distancing as we move through the halls,” said Blasing.

Those precautions include wearing face masks, social distancing, and increased cleaning.

“We are just really trying to respect that because we want to get to the point where everyone that wants to be back is back,” said Blasing.

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