• Information, plans and schedules are subject to change based on guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Saint Paul.

  • Back to School Planning for Fall 2020

    The Minnesota Department of Education has asked school districts to plan for fall based on these three models: 

    Fall model plan

    Scenario 1: In-person learning for all students

    • Create as much space between students and teachers as is feasible during the day
    • Not held strictly to enforcing 6 feet of social distancing during primary instructional time in the classroom
    • Implemented if state COVID-19 metrics continue to stabilize and/or improve

    Scenario 2: Hybrid model with strict social distancing and capacity limits

    • Limit the overall number of people in school facilities and on transportation vehicles to 50% maximum occupancy
    • Sufficient social distancing with at least 6 feet between people must occur at all times
    • Contactless pick-up and/or delivery of meals and school materials for days that students and staff are not in the school building
    • School-age care program for students of critical workers
    • Implemented if COVID-19 metrics worsen at the local, regional or statewide level OR within individual school(s) if they experience clusters of cases within a classroom or the school

    Scenario 3: Distance learning only

    • Schools may be open to provide emergency childcare or other functions
    • Implemented if local, regional or statewide COVID-19 metrics worsen significantly enough to require the suspension of in-person learning

    The decisions for what next fall will look like very much depend on what community health and Minnesota Department of Education guidelines are in place to inform decisions about building access. While we await direction from the Minnesota Department of Education, SPPS is already considering several scenarios and planning how we can best meet the academic, social and emotional needs of our students as we head into a new school year.

    SPPS is planning different engagement opportunities to get feedback from students, families and staff. Look for ways to participate in these opportunities in the near future.

Back to School Planning News & Updates

Reopen SPPS Task Force

  • Guiding Principles

  • Decision Timeline

  • Assumptions that Inform our Decision-Making

  • Reopen SPPS Work Groups