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    Superintendent Joe Gothard recently announced that Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) will be starting the school year in Distance Learning for all students.

    Taking this decision into consideration, along with feedback from families and input from principal and teacher advisory groups, students who enroll  in the Virtual Learning School, our 100% distance learning option, will begin the school year with their currently assigned class at their home school.

    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.

    • We ask that families who prefer the Virtual Learning School option, please register by Friday, August 21 to help us plan for the school year. Additional opportunities to enroll for the Virtual Learning School will be made available prior to the transition from distance learning to a hybrid or in-person scenario.

    Virtual Learning School students will start, and remain in their currently enrolled home schools and classrooms, until a transition is made to a hybrid model. As the district moves through the various levels of hybrid learning, students enrolled in the Virtual Learning School will transition to their Virtual Learning School classrooms.

    We feel this helps build relationships and allows the stability families are looking for in the beginning of the school year for their Virtual Learning School students.

    When moving to a hybrid model and 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 and hybrid school scenarios, students in grades PreK-2 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

    • 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.


    • Student changes from the Virtual Learning School into the hybrid or in-person option will only occur at quarter or semester breaks. Requests to change schools must be made four weeks in advance of the end of a quarter or semester, exact dates to be announced at a later time.


    • Regular communication updates and program information will be shared with families who have chosen the Virtual Learning School.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why would I choose the SPPS Virtual Learning School if the district returns to school on September 8th in the distance learning scenario?

  • How will the year begin for my Virtual Learning School student?

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

  • 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?

  • What is the process for moving out of the SPPS Virtual Learning School should I choose to do so?

  • 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.

  • What will the daily schedule be for my student?

  • 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?

  • Will students in the Virtual Learning School be able to take the same courses as students in the in-person or hybrid school options?

  • Will AP, IB, Dual-credit and PSEO courses be available in the Virtual Learning School?