Emergency/Essential Worker School Age Child Care

Detroit Lakes Public School will offer school-age care for the children (district-enrolled students age 12 and under) of Tier 1 emergency workers. At this time, child care is available to children whose parent(s)/guardian(s) are in the category of emergency workers (Tier 1). After assessing needs, we will make a decision regarding available capacity to care for children of Tier 2 workers and contact you if space is available. You must qualify and pre-register. No drop-in child care is available.

Please fill out the form at the link below to pre-register and you will be contacted by someone from the school district. tinyurl.com/DetroitLakesChildCareNeeds. Please note: You must fill out this form even if you have already been using childcare during the school closure. We are re-assessing the need and will contact you know if you qualify to continue care.

For families looking for care for younger children, here is a link that includes a map of locations and potential availability of child care providers. https://mn.gov/mmb/childcare/

COVID-19 Update from Detroit Lakes Public Schools

UPDATE: Sunday, March 15, 2020

We have some updated information based upon the State of Minnesota’s announcement of MN public schools operations as part of the strategy to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Detroit Lakes Public Schools will be in session on Monday, March 16, 2020.

There will be no school on Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 27, 2020.

School is scheduled to resume some form of instruction on Monday, March 30, 2020.

Some important things to know right now:

  • All School Readiness preschool classes will be closed starting Monday, March 16.

  • The Latch Key School Age Child Care program will be closed starting Tuesday, March 17.

  • We ask those students and families who have traveled out of the region in the last 14 days to self-quarantine themselves with respect to tomorrow’s school day (Monday, March 16).

  • There will be no practices or after school activities until further notice.

  • We are working on a plan to provide care for students age 12 and under who are children of emergency workers critical to the state’s response to COVID-19.

During the school closure for students, Detroit Lakes Public Schools will be joining school districts across the state to create plans to equitably distribute distance learning to our students should we need to close schools statewide for a longer period of time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Minnesota Department of Education is defining distance learning to mean that a student receives daily interaction with their licensed teacher(s) and appropriate educational materials.

We know there are many questions about the education of our students and the jobs of our employees. During this unusual time, please know our district team is working hard to answer those questions and that information is changing rapidly and may require us to make different decisions. The district has convened a COVID-19 Response team who will work on implementing all the facets of the state’s strategies to combat the spread of COVID-19. Please stay tuned as we use these communication channels to get new information out to families.


To learn more about COVID-19, please visit the links below.

Minnesota Department of Health Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Information for Schools on Coronavirus Disease 2019 https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools.html

Talking with Children about Coronavirus Disease 2019 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html


March 13, 2020

Detroit Lakes Public Schools has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 (more commonly known as the coronavirus) public health concern. Information and recommendations are changing rapidly in regards to prevention of the spread of COVID-19 and we will continue to update communications as information and recommendations change. Please know:

  • The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) are working together in regards to decisions on school closures or other impact on schools due to the spread of COVID-19. At this time, they are not currently recommending a change to school operations or schedules.

  • District leadership is in close communication with MDH and MDE regarding developments and recommendations.

  • District leadership is taking steps to prepare for the outlining actions that would be taken in the event a district wide response is needed.

  • The most significant things you can do to protect yourself and your family from contagious conditions are:

      • Wash your hands regularly

      • Cover a cough

      • Avoid touching your face

      • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces

      • Stay home when you are sick

      • Keep kids home from school and activities when they are sick