The Minnesota Parent Teacher Association (Minnesota PTA) recognizes the current COVID-19 situation and is monitoring for potential impacts on our members, families, school communities and children. At this time, we would like to express our confidence in the Governor’s office, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to get information out to the public and to school districts.
This is a rapidly developing situation and each school district is handling the situation differently. We recommend that each PTA/PTSA follow guidelines and communication sent out by your school administration. Sharing this same information with your community on websites, social media and in person will help deliver a consistent message throughout your district.
Health & Family Resources
● Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
● If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has prepared guidance for parents to talk with their children about COVID-19.
Minnesota PTA Convention Cancellation Notice March 19, 2020
Dear Members of Minnesota PTA –
Like all of you, we at Minnesota PTA have been trying to wrap our heads around this ever evolving situation surrounding COVID-19. Our top priority is the health and safety of our families, students, members, and friends. All members of the Board of Directors and office staff have been in frequent contact these last few days. Additionally, we are taking guidance from the Minnesota Departments of Health and Education as well as the CDC and National PTA.
Therefore, in accordance with Minnesota PTA State Bylaws and a unanimous vote by our MinnesotaPTA Board of Directors, the April 18, 2020 Convention is cancelled. More information will be following regarding a reschedule. We will communicate updates through email, MemberHub, Facebook, and our MinnesotaPTA website.
Please also watch for guiding documents which will be sent out regarding management of your local PTA/PTSA unit during this time. If you have specific questions pertaining to your PTA/PTSA, please reach out to us. We may not have the answer immediately, but we will do our best to help you or find someone who can assist you.
Through these challenging times, please remember to give yourself, and others, grace, patience, understanding, and maybe some extra space.
Yours at Minnesota PTA,
Heather Starks, Amy Nelson, Deborah Seelinger, Carla Ries, Zandy Zwiebel, Cathy Nathan, Christine Jannetto, Sara Bilyeu, Brett Herbers, Thuy Ros, Lori Ortega, Rachel Coleman, Amber Hoffman