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    11/20/2020 Announcement / Update

    Last week, Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) announced that due to rising local COVID-19 case numbers, we transitioned most in-person programming across SPPS to distance learning.

    This transition to distance learning includes our Stage 1 programs at RiverEast, Journeys, Bridge View, Focus Beyond and other Stage 1 sites; Discovery Club; Extended Day for Learning (EDL) at Washington Technology Magnet School; Special Education and English Language Learner in-person assessments; and Student Placement Center enrollment and Early Childhood screening.

    In addition, Governor Walz's new Executive Order provides guidance on group gatherings and athletics and activities.

    At this time, the following SPPS services will continue with adjustments: 

    Nutrition Services

    Home meal delivery will continue as normal. Meals are also available for pickup Monday-Friday at Central, Harding, Humboldt, Johnson and Washington Tech from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no meal delivery or pickup on Thursday and Friday, November 26-27. For other Thanksgiving meal resources, visit spps.org/fallmeals.

    Academic Support Center at Washington Technology Magnet School

    The Academic Support Center (ASC) will be closed on Friday, November 20, due to the scheduled non-school day. The ASC will reopen on Monday, November 23 and continue to serve students in grades PreK-12 through Wednesday, November 25.

    To support the Governor’s executive order to limit in-person gatherings from multiple households for the next four weeks, the ASC will pause in-person student support until after the first of the year.

    Programming is tentatively scheduled to resume January 25, 2021. For more specific information regarding the schedule and program, please visit spps.org/asc or talk to your child’s school.

    Immunizations at the Student Placement Center and Health Start Clinics

    SPPS continues to address and promote immunizations during the pandemic:

    Student Placement Center, 2102 University Avenue West

    Immunizations including flu shots are given by appointment (preferred) or walk-in on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. starting November 30. These are open to students in grades K-12 who are uninsured or have state-covered insurance. Please call 651-632-3763 to schedule an appointment. Reach out to your school nurse if you are unsure if your child needs vaccines.

    Mobile Immunization Clinic at Washington Technology Magnet, 1495 Rice Street

    SPPS has partnered with Children's Minnesota to offer immunizations to students in grades Pre-K-12 every Thursday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. (weather permitting). Appointments are encouraged.

    Health Start School-Based Clinics Remain Open

    The Washington Tech Health Start Clinic provides immunizations and flu shots by appointment or walk-in for students in grades Pre-K-12 on Mondays from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Please call 651-487-8531 to make an appointment.

    Most SPPS high school Health Start Clinics are open to serve students ages 12-18. Services include urgent in-person mental health care, medication management for depression and anxiety, sexual health concerns, check-ups and vaccines, non-respiratory illness, injuries and asthma follow-up.

    High school Health Start Clinics also provide winter sports physicals. A student does not need to attend the school where the clinic is located. Call 651-412-8445 to make an appointment at any location.

    COVID-19 Saliva Tests

    Ramsey County residents can order COVID-19 saliva tests on the Vault Health website. This at-home saliva test is offered at no cost from the State of Minnesota, and you will not be asked for payment information. You will be asked for insurance information if you have it, but it is not required to test at home. Each test needs a unique email address, and a photo ID is required. 

    Free saliva testing is also offered daily at Roy Wilkins Auditorium (175 Kellogg Blvd). For more information on COVID-19 testing options, visit the Ramsey County website.

    Athletics and Activities

    Following the new Executive Order from Governor Tim Walz, Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) will pause all in-person athletics and extracurricular activities starting this Saturday, November 21. This includes volleyball and football, as well as any winter sports that have already started or were scheduled to start in the coming weeks. For more information, please visit spps.org/sports.

     

    Helpful Resources:

    Immunizations:

    Immunizations are important now more than ever. Slowing or stopping immunizations or vaccines increases our risk of other disease outbreaks. Saint Paul Public Schools continues to address and promote immunizations during the pandemic. Please reach out to your clinic or utilize the following local resources:

     
    Student Placement Center - 2102 University Avenue West, Saint Paul, MN 55114
    Immunizations including flu shots are given by appointment (preferred) or walk-in on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8am-6pm starting November 30th. These are open to students in grades K-12 who are uninsured or have state covered insurance. Please call (651) 632-3763 to schedule an appointment. Reach out to your school nurse if you are unsure if your child needs vaccines.
     
    Mobile Immunization Clinic at Washington Tech - 1495 Rice Street North, Saint Paul, MN 55117
    Saint Paul Public Schools has partnered with Children's Minnesota to offer immunizations to prek-12 grade students on Thursdays from 3:30-5:30 (weather permitting). Appointments encouraged. See attached flyer. (no clinic on Thursday 11/26 due to Thanksgiving)
     
    Health Start School Based Clinics Remain Open
    The Washington Tech Health Start Clinic provides immunizations and flu shots by appointment or walk-in for students from PreK through 12th grade on Mondays from 8-4pm. Call 651-487-8531 to make an appointment. Most SPPS high school Health Start Clinics are open. Most Health Start Clinics serve students ages 12-18, and services include urgent in-person mental health care, medication management for depression and anxiety, sexual health concerns, check-ups and vaccines, non-respiratory illness, injuries and asthma follow-up. They can also provide winter sports physicals. A student does not need to attend the school that the clinic is located in. Call 651-412-8445 to make an appointment at any location.

    Registration Packet: Community Vaccination Clinic for Students and Families 

     

    What is transition planning?

     Transition Planning Guide

    Transition Planning is the process of services to assure that students with disabilities will be able to lead rewarding adult lives. Planning should begin during a students Freshman year.

    It takes place when parents, educators, adult service providers and the student sit down together to develop a Transition Plan as part of the Individual Education plan (IEP) process. The IEP should contain transition related goals and objectives that will reflect the student’s strengths, interests, needs, family values and a path to reach his/her goals for the future.

    Transition planning for individuals addresses:

    • present and future living arrangements
    • travel within the community
    • personal management skills
    • developing and maintaining relationships with the family and friends
    • medical service needs
    • advocacy and legal service needs
    • vocational training options
    • postsecondary education