COVID Relief Engagement Opportunities
Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) is committed to ensuring that multiple perspectives have been and will continue to be included in prioritizing the use of these one-time federal funds. We are now collecting feedback on our proposed strategies for the $207 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds that SPPS is receiving. Please find the draft proposal below and submit your feedback using the online feedback form.
August 2021 Community Engagement on Proposed ARP Strategies
SPPS has completed a draft of the strategies that are being proposed for federal funding through the American Rescue Plan (ARP). These strategies have been reviewed to make sure they meet the following:
- Federal requirements for how these funds must be used
- Funding priorities from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE)
- SPPS student, staff, school and family/community needs identified through the district’s needs assessment
Community engagement about the proposed ARP strategies took place between August 25 and September 10. Engagement opportunities included an online form for families, staff and community members, and small group community meetings. Feedback from this engagement will be used to help finalize the district’s plan, which must be submitted to MDE by October 1, 2021.
July 2021 Needs Assessment Results
SPPS meaningfully engaged with a wide range of stakeholders in a needs assessment over the course of the 2020-21 school year. The needs assessment included a mix of methods for collecting data from students, family members, teachers and other school staff, department and program leaders, principals, community-based organizations and other stakeholders. Some of the methods used included questionnaires, surveys, online forums, focus groups, document review, and analysis of existing data. In total, SPPS received over 11,000 responses.
June 2021 Virtual Family Forums
Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) held a series of family forums to assess children's learning and social-emotional needs in the month of June. Presentations from these forums are available at the links below in English, Hmong, Spanish, Somali and Karen. These forums were part of an extensive needs assessment process. Thank you for your input if you were able to participate.