• Read the full Reopen SPPS Plan

    We understand that you may be feeling anxious about what the start of a new school year will look like. Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) is grateful for the guidance we received from Governor Tim Walz and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).

    The health and safety of our students and staff is a top priority. With the recent news reports of increased cases of COVID-19 in the United States and locally in Saint Paul, we want to ensure families that SPPS is working closely with city officials, MDE, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to stay well informed. 

    SPPS will start the school year in distance learning for all students.

    The SPPS Board of Education approved a resolution that provides Superintendent Joe Gothard the powers to exercise the learning scenarios SPPS will implement during a pandemic. The resolution shapes how a successful 2020-21 reopening moves forward.

    In the last few months, we have learned a lot about distance learning. We are calling our new version of distance learning, Distance Learning 2.0. Distance Learning 2.0 will be better this fall than what you experienced this spring. We will be providing more personalized experiences, more same time learning (synchronous), more time for students to collaborate with their peers and more support every step of the way. Our lessons will be designed in a similar way to create consistent experiences at individual schools and across the district.

    Based on guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health and MDE, and dependent on the number of COVID-19 cases in Ramsey County, SPPS will look at returning to a hybrid or in-person learning scenario later this fall. 

    Thank you for your patience and partnership as we work through the many complexities of planning for a safe return to learning this fall.

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    SPPS Virtual Learning School 

    SPPS is proud to offer a 100% Distance Learning option for students PreK-12 who prefer the option of distance learning throughout the entire 2020-21 school year. This option is available regardless of the district decision to return to school in an in-person, hybrid or distance learning scenario.

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    SPPS Fall Planning 2020 Forum 

    Please leave your comments, questions and recommendations about fall planning in our new online forum. Staff will do their best to answer your questions as quickly as possible.

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