Back to School 2017-18
Back to School News
The Minnesota Department of Revenue is reminding parents that most school supplies could qualify for valuable K-12 tax benefits on their 2017 Minnesota income tax return. Parents should remember to save the receipts for school supply purchases to claim the tax credit or subtraction.
Back to School Basics
School Supply Lists
School supply lists should be available on your school’s website and on the MySPPS mobile app.
Make sure your children are up to date on their immunizations and bring immunization records to your child’s school. Learn more at spps.org/studentwellness.
Early Childhood Screening
All students entering kindergarten must be screened. The early childhood screenings help identify vision, hearing and developmental needs. They are provided free of charge for children, ages 3 to 5, who live in St. Paul. For more information, call 651-632-3746.
Students in secondary schools need a physical exam every three years to participate in sports. Download a copy of the physical exam form from spps.org/sports and take to your health care provider.
Medications and Health
If your child requires medication at school or has a health condition, please talk with the school nurse.
Children eligible for free or reduced-price meals may qualify for other assistance programs, including Minnesota health insurance (Medical Assistance, MinnesotaCare, or MNsure); Women, Infants and Children (WIC); or food support. Talk with your school nurse if you have questions.
Have You Moved?
Have you moved or changed child care locations over the summer? Please complete Fall iUpdate in Campus Portal by this Friday, Aug. 18. If your child rides a school bus, this will help make sure they have transportation on the first day of school. If you need to change schools after moving into a new Community School Zone or Area, call the Student Placement Center at 651-632-3760.
Update your phone number, email and other contact information with your school’s lead clerk or through Campus Portal. This information will be used to alert you about important school events or emergencies through email, phone and text.
School Bus Transportation
Riding a school bus is one of the easiest and safest ways to get to school.
Transportation may be available for:
- Students who live in the Area that each Community School, Regional or District Magnet school serves.
- Elementary school students (K-5) who live more than a half-mile from their school.
- Middle and high school students (grades 6-12) who live more than one mile from their school.
Please note: Morning Pre-K students are picked up at regular bus stops and dropped off at or near their home. Afternoon Pre-K students are picked up at or near their home and dropped off at regular bus stops.
Not sure if you’re eligible for school bus transportation? Contact your school or the Student Placement Center at 651-632-3760 before Friday, Aug. 18. Review transportation guidelines and track bus delays at spps.org/transportation.
Look for a yellow postcard in the mail with your child's transportation information during the week of Aug. 28.
Eat Smart - Breakfast and Lunch
SPPS is proud to offer Breakfast to Go. As students arrive at school, they can grab their free breakfast and eat in class. Breakfast includes local and homemade bakery items, yogurt, wholegrain cereals, fresh fruit and more.
School menus are focused on local ingredients and scratch cooking with a wide selection of lean meats, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables. Many recipes are created by parents and chefs in our community. New items this year include mandarin kale salad and the SPPS sunrise breakfast sandwich. Students will also be able to taste test Hmong and East African dishes.
Many schools are now part of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program. Every student enrolled at a participating school receives a healthy lunch at no cost. Visit spps.org/nutrition to see if your school is participating, review prices for regular-priced meals, and complete a free and reduced-price lunch application.
Paying for Meals
Each student’s meal account PIN is the same as their student ID number. Students can ask a teacher if they don’t know their ID number.
Child Care Before and After School
Discovery Club is a fun and nurturing child care program that supports learning and development before school, after school, on non-school days and during summer. For a list of fees, more information and to apply, call 651-632-3793 or visit spps.org/discoveryclub.
Stay up to date on what’s happening in Saint Paul Public Schools. Follow your school’s news and events, review school supply lists, track bus delays and much more by downloading the MySPPS app from Google Play and the Apple app store. Learn more at spps.org/MySPPS.