Mankato Area Public Schools will begin the school year in a hybrid learning model. At all of the high schools, they’ve broken up our students into thirds, which will drastically lower the number of students in the building at once. Students will go to school for two days, and then for the next four days you’ll be doing distance learning. The model is fluid and can change throughout the year, all depending on COVID-19 case rates in each school and across Blue Earth County. Mankato East High School art educator Lorrie Schroeder says fall preparation has been unlike any other year, but they’re ready for the hybrid model and ready to teach from a distance, if needed. In her art classroom, students will wear masks and social distance, and tables will be sanitized before each class. They’ve also made sure students won’t be touching the same supplies, to further prevent the spread of COVID-19.