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Important Transportation and Schedule Changes for Some Schools

Dear Saint Paul Public Schools Staff,
 
Due to the nationwide school bus driver shortage, Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) has had to make several adjustments to school schedules and transportation options in order to provide as many students as possible with transportation to and from school. After extensive efforts to find more drivers, identify alternate transportation options and adjust school schedules, several changes will be in place as we begin the 2021-22 school year.
 
We understand these changes are difficult on families, staff and students, especially so close to the first day of school, and we apologize for these last-minute changes. We wish circumstances were different, and are prioritizing school bus transportation for elementary and middle school students. If a school is not listed below, there are no changes to that school’s schedule or transportation at this time. If any further changes are necessary, those schools will be notified as soon as possible. 
 
Families who have questions should contact their school or the Transportation Department at 651-696-9600. Students whose bus times are changing will receive updated information before their first day of school.
 
School Schedule Changes
Schedules are changing at the following schools until at least winter break of the 2021-22 school year. These changes will allow students at these schools to continue riding the school bus if they are eligible for transportation.
 
  • American Indian Magnet: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Battle Creek Middle School: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Capitol Hill Magnet School: 9:45 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
  • Jie Ming Mandarin Immersion: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • L’Etoile du Nord Elementary: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (Lower Campus) / 8:40 a.m.-3:10 p.m. (Upper Campus)
  • Murray Middle School: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Wellstone Elementary: 9:45 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
These new schedules are expected to be in place until at least winter break. Discovery Club families will receive more information about updated schedules and options for making changes. Please note that Discovery Club is also experiencing a staffing shortage.
 
Metro Transit Changes
High school students at four additional schools will be able to ride Metro Transit this year with a free student Go-To card. Schools that previously used Metro Transit (Creative Arts Secondary, Johnson Senior High and Gordon Parks) will continue to do so this year.
 
  • Central High School
  • Como Park Senior High
  • Harding Senior High
  • Washington Technology Magnet School (9-12 grade students only)
These schools were chosen based on their proximity to several Metro Transit routes. Families should use the Trip Planner at metrotransit.org and enter their home address and name of their school. Search the schedule for a weekday with an arrival time of at least 15-30 minutes before the start of the school day. School staff will help students get to and from bus stops the first few weeks of school. More information about Go-To cards and other important details will be communicated by each school.
 
We appreciate everyone's understanding and support during this difficult time. We are asking the community for their help in getting students to and from school safely by staying aware on the roads, driving slowly and patiently when students are present, and for families to assist with getting their kids to school if they are able.
 
Thank you for your attention and assistance as we welcome students back to school this week. This information is also available on our website at spps.org.