Reopen SPPS

  • We are excited to welcome our students back to school beginning February 1, 2021! 

    Our staff is working hard to ensure a safe and smooth transition from distance learning to in-person learning and the Virtual Learning School. 

    SPPS is following all of the requirements and recommendations laid out in the Minnesota Safe Learning Plan. We are committed to providing you with timely updates as details are finalized. The latest information is posted on this website on a regular basis; please check back often and look for additional updates from your students’ school.

    Back to School Timeline*

    • January 25-29: There will be no instruction for PreK-5, Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) or Special Education Federal IV programs while teachers prepare to transition

    • February 1: All students in grades PreK-5, ECSE and Federal IV programs will begin learning with their new classes, whether they are returning in person or moving to the Virtual Learning School. This means:
      • Students in PreK-2, ECSE, Federal IV programs, Montessori Children’s House and E1, and some multigrade classrooms will begin in-person learning on February 1
      • All Virtual Learning School students in PreK-5, ECSE and Federal IV programs begin learning with their new classes on February 1
      • Students in grades 3-5 will meet with their new classes in distance learning from February 1-12

    *This timeline applies to most of our schools, but there may be some differences depending on the school. Families will receive more information directly from their schools.

  • Grades 6-12

    As secondary students continue the school year in distance learning, SPPS will begin offering in-person support for 6-12 grade students at their schools. This in-person support will be offered on Monday-Thursday. Fridays will be asynchronous distance learning days for all secondary students. Specific schedules will vary based on the school and grade level. Please know this also means that current distance learning schedules may change. More information is available here.

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    COVID-19 Communications Protocol

    SPPS works closely with the Minnesota Department of Health to determine action steps for a reported case of COVID-19. Notifications will be sent when action needs to be taken.

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    Facilities Updates

    Improved ventilation, daily building sanitation, and safety reminders posted throughout schools are some of the many steps being taken to ensure a safe return to school. All SPPS schools have updated filtration systems in place.

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    Building Access for Families

    Students must be dropped off outside school entrances. Students cannot be escorted by family members to their classrooms or anywhere else inside the building. In addition, families will not be allowed to have lunch, observe a class, volunteer, or engage in any other activities in school buildings.

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    Cleaning Procedures

    SPPS follows a four-tiered cleaning response to suspected or confirmed reports of COVID-19 in SPPS buildings.

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    Meal Service

    Students will eat breakfast in their classroom. School cafeterias will be used for serving and eating lunch where possible. In buildings where the cafeteria is not large enough to meet social distancing guidelines, classrooms may be used as dining space. In addition, families can pick up free meal kits once a week at their school.

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    Families will soon receive a postcard in the mail with their bus route information. Students will have assigned seats on buses to ensure spacing and assist with contact tracing. Face coverings are required for all K-12 students and bus drivers, and strongly recommended for Pre-K students who are able to wear them

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    Virtual Learning School 

    Students enrolled in the Virtual Learning School will begin on February 1. Requests to move into the Virtual Learning School made after January 11 have been placed on a waiting list. These requests are being reviewed and families will be notified as soon as possible. Contact the Student Placement Center at 651-632-3760 or for information regarding your request.

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Reopen SPPS Plans

  • Conditions to Transition to Distance Learning

  • Health & Safety Guidelines

  • COVID-19 Health Protocols

  • Quarantine Guidelines

  • Face Coverings

  • Health Screening Guidelines

  • Rolling Start

  • Transition Days

  • SPPS Facilities

  • Meal Service

  • Transportation: Riding the Bus Safely

  • Cleaning & Disinfecting

  • SPPS Virtual Learning School

  • Childcare

  • Athletics & Activities