Welcome Back to School
Back to School Basics
School Supply Lists
School supply lists are available on your school’s website and on the MySPPS mobile app.
Make sure your child’s immunizations are current and provide 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. SPPS provides screenings 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?
If you moved or changed child care providers, be sure to update your address by completing the 2018 Back-to-School iUpdate at spps.org/onestop. Accurate information will ensure your child receives school bus 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 by completing the 2018 Back-to-School iUpdated at spps.org/onestop. Accurate contact information allows schools to alert you about important 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.
Complete the 2018 Back-to-School iUpdate at spps.org/onestop to update your home, alternative or daycare address before Friday, Aug. 17. Not sure if you’re eligible for school bus transportation? Contact your school or the Student Placement Center at 651-632-3760.
Eat Smart - Breakfast and Lunch
SPPS is proud to offer free Breakfast to Go. As students arrive at school, they can grab their breakfast and eat in class. Hot and cold breakfast options are available daily and include local and homemade bakery items, yogurt, whole-grain cereals, fresh fruit and more.
School menus feature 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 chicken alfredo, tamales and revised recipes for entrees like sweet and sour chicken.
2018-19 Lunch Pricing*
Please note that the cost for regular-priced meals has increased 10 cents.
Grades 6-8 $2.60
Grades 9-12 $2.80
*Many schools are now part of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program where every student receives a healthy lunch at no cost. All students receive breakfast at no cost. For more information, visit spps.org/nutrition.
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.