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    SPPS VIRTUAL LEARNING SCHOOL  

    The SPPS Virtual Learning School is an option for PreK-12 students who prefer the option of distance learning throughout the entire 2020-21 school year.

    When transitioning to their Virtual Learning School classrooms, Dual Language and Immersion students in the Virtual Learning School will continue to receive immersion instruction, though possibly at a reduced level compared to their hybrid or in-person peers.

    In alignment with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) guidelines, Virtual Learning School programming will provide students learning in all required state standards, English Learner (EL) and Special Education services, elective opportunities and more. 

    Just like the in-person learning, students in grades PreK-3 will complete lessons in Seesaw and students in grades 3-12 will complete lessons in Schoology. Students will use the suite of SPPS digital tools and available apps. 

    The social emotional needs of students are an important component of any SPPS schooling model. Activities, virtual student connections and individual teacher check-ins will be part of the instructional program.

     

    GOOD TO KNOW

     

    • Pre-K through 5th grade students, including students who receive special education services in those grades, who wish to stay in distance learning for the remainder of the school year are asked to enroll in the SPPS Virtual Learning School by 4 p.m., Monday, January 11, if they haven’t done so already.

     

    • Enrollment requests made by the deadline will be prioritized to keep students at their current schools and in their current programs. Enrollment requests received after that date will be processed and may result in a Virtual Learning School assignment in a different school.

     

    • To the extent possible, students may remain connected to their currently enrolled school. Depending on enrollment and staffing, there may be situations where Virtual Learning School students are in classes with students across the district.

     

    • Enrolling in the Virtual Learning School does not impact enrollment at your student’s home school for the 2021-22 school year. Students will be able to return to their home school for the 2021-22 school year.

     

    • Students may enroll from in-person learning to the Virtual Learning School at any time. Please contact the Student Placement Center by phone at 651-632-3760 or by email at spc@spps.org.

     

    • SPPS will keep a wait list for families requesting in-person learning after the January 11 deadline. The wait list will be consistantly monitored to determine if and when a transition is possible.

     

    • When transitioning to their Virtual Learning School classrooms, Dual Language and Immersion students in the Virtual Learning School will continue to receive immersion instruction, though possibly at a reduced level compared to their hybrid or in-person peers. Regular communication updates and program information will be shared with families who have chosen the Virtual Learning School.

     

    • Contact: Student Placement Center by phone at 651-632-3760 or by email at spc@spps.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the start date for the SPPS Virtual Learning School?

  • When students transitions to the Virtual Learning School, will they have the same teacher?

  • Will my child stay at their current school when transitioning to the Virtual Learning School?

  • Will Virtual Learning School students from magnet schools receive the same level of magnet-related instruction?

  • If my student enrolls in the Virtual Learning School, will they maintain their place in their currently enrolled school for the 2021-22 school year?

  • Is there a Pre-K enrollment option?

  • How will Virtual Learning School enrollments affect my student's place on a wait list?

  • Will the Virtual Learning School be on the same calendar as my student’s currently enrolled school?

  • Will students in dual language or immersion schools receive immersion instruction.

  • Will my student be on track for graduation?

  • Will the district continue to provide meals to Virtual learning School students?

  • Will school support services, such as EL and Special Education be available to students?

  • Will my student have access to the support identified in their IEP?

  • What instructional material will my student need?

  • How will my student receive their ipad?