Return to Headlines

Childcare for students of emergency workers and school workers

The expectation of the Governor and the Minnesota Department of Education, MDE, is that school districts provide free childcare for students of emergency workers and school workers beginning March 18 through March 27. I am writing to inform you of this plan. To determine if you qualify for this service, please review the definitions of emergency workers provided by MDE at the bottom of this email.

Transportation will be provided to qualifying students of emergency workers and school workers. In order to plan bus routes, we need to know if you qualify and plan to access these services for your students. While School Age Care will be open from 5:45am-6:00pm, transportation will only be provided in the morning beginning at 7:00am and in the afternoon at 3:00pm.

Again, please review the definitions below. If you qualify and plan to access School Age Care and need transportation services please contact Youth Connections at 651-674-1029 by Tuesday, March 17 at 12:00 pm (noon). You will be asked at that time if you are also going to access transportation. Specific pickup and dropoff times will be communicated after 12:00pm (noon) on Tuesday, March 17.

Please click here for more information about School Age Care

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Deb Henton


Healthcare personnel include:

  • Personnel needed for direct care and critical administrative staff of the personnel needed for direct care
  • Long-term facility personnel (full-time)
  • Group Homes
  • Residential Homes
  • Nursing Homes Post-acute Care personnel (full-time)
  • Long-term hospital o In-patient rehabilitation
  • Home Health
  • Skilled nurses
  • Emergency Medical Services personnel (full-time)
  • Paramedics
  • EMTs
  • Immediate supervisory staff
  • EMS Operators and dispatchers

Law Enforcement personnel:

  • Full-time Police Officers and their supervisory staff
  • Full-time Sheriffs 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)

Firefighter personnel:

  • Full-time firefighters
  • Paid on call duty crew

Personnel providing Correctional services:

  • 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

Public Health employees:

  • State and local public health employees directly supporting the response of COVID-19 and other infectious disease operations
  • State and local public health officials responding to imminent public health threats
  • Newborn health screeners
  • State and local public health lab priority services
  • County Emergency staff and managers supporting COVID-19
  • Emergency Management essential personnel supporting COVID-19

Court Personnel: Full-time Court personnel