After a review of the most recent information related to COVID-19, Mankato Area Public Schools will remain in a hybrid learning model for all elementary and secondary schools when school resumes after the MEA break. So far in October, positive cases in Blue Earth County have ranged from around 20 on October 1 to 1 on October 12; and ranged from around 15 on October 3 to 2 on October 12 in Nicollet County. In MAPS, there have been nine cases this week and 27 since the start of the school year. Students and staff continue to do a tremendous job in keeping each other safe by social distancing, wearing face coverings/masks and staying home when sick. Additional safety measures, including the installation of plexiglass and enhanced cleaning protocols are also helping prevent the spread of COVID-19.