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Important Information about Preparations in Case of Strike

March 6, 2020

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Dear Saint Paul Public Schools family,

As promised, I am writing to you today with additional information about preparations in case the Saint Paul Federation of Educators (SPFE) and its bargaining groups go on strike on Tuesday, March 10. As I wrote yesterday, if the strike takes place, all PreK-12 schools and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) classes and services will be closed beginning that day.

Meals for Students 18 and Under
Beginning Tuesday, March 10, 24 SPPS school sites will serve two meals daily on the following schedule:

  • Breakfast 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Lunch 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

All students age 18 and under are welcome to eat meals at any of the following schools:

  • Barack and Michelle Obama Elementary
  • Battle Creek Middle
  • Bruce F. Vento Elementary
  • Chelsea Heights Elementary
  • Cherokee Heights Elementary
  • Crossroads Elementary
  • Dayton's Bluff Achievement Plus
  • Four Seasons Arts+
  • Frost Lake Elementary
  • Galtier Community School
  • Global Arts Plus Lower Campus
  • Harding Senior High
  • Hazel Park Preparatory Academy
  • Highland Park Elementary
  • Highwood Hills Elementary
  • Horace Mann Elementary
  • Jackson Elementary
  • Jie Ming Mandarin Immersion
  • Johnson Senior High
  • L'Etoile du Nord French Immersion - Lower Campus
  • Mississippi Creative Arts
  • Riverview West Side School of Excellence
  • Rondo Education Center
  • Washington Technology Magnet School

Please visit spps.org for more information, including addresses for each of these schools. Students will need their own transportation to get to these sites, which will be open for meals only.

If the strike continues beyond Thursday, March 12, sites may be adjusted as needed. All sites and times are subject to change. 

SPPS Kid Space (Including Meals) for Students in Grades K-5
Beginning Thursday, March 12 (if needed), the district will open seven SPPS Kid Space sites, for students in grades K-5 only. All sites will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

We will be asking families to register for SPPS Kid Space in advance. Pre-registration will help with staffing and making sure children are safe.

Details about Kid Space sites and bus stops will be available at spps.org/kidspace beginning at 7:30 a.m. on the first day of a strike, registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. the same day. We will also provide a link to online registration in a future email.

SPPS Kid Space will offer breakfast and lunch each day. In addition, these sites will be safe, warm locations for students to spend time, with enjoyable activities and adult supervision. SPPS Kid Space sites are open to K-5 students in our district.

Kid Space will be staffed by a limited number of staff who will continue working if a strike occurs. We will be able to serve approximately 4,000 kids. There will be no nurse or health care staff at the sites. If your child has special health, medical or other needs, the district may not be able to provide the support that would keep them safe in this program. Based on the pre-registration information, district staff will contact you if we have concerns or questions about supporting your child. 

We understand that this program will not meet the needs of many families. We apologize for that, but are doing the best we can with limited resources to support our families if a strike occurs. We ask that, if you are able, please find other care options for your child, so the seats in Kid Space are available to serve families who have no other options.

I continue to hope none of these plans will be necessary, and that I will be able to share good news with you before Tuesday. Again, I ask you to stay alert for the latest information via email, texts and social media. 

Please direct questions to the Student Placement Office at 651-632-3700.

In partnership,

 

Joe Gothard
Superintendent