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Important Information About Possible Strike

February 8, 2018

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Please read this very important information about a possible teacher strike that would impact your family and every family in the District. SPPS will send updates daily to keep you informed about this fluid situation.

For several months our district has been negotiating a new employment contract with Saint Paul Federation of Teachers (SPFT), the labor union that includes teachers, Educational Assistants (EA), and School and Community Service Professionals (SCSP). Mediation will continue through the weekend.

If SPPS and SPFT are unable to reach an agreement by the end of Monday, SPFT has announced it will call a strike beginning Tuesday, Feb. 13. This means SPFT members will not report to work until the two parties reach agreement on a new contract.

I want you to know the Board of Education and our administrative staff are developing plans to help care for your children in case a strike takes place. I am able to give you an overview now, and I ask you to watch your email, social media, and other information sources closely in coming days for additional details.

Monday, Feb. 12

  • Students will report to school as usual. After-school activities will take place. Transportation and other services will continue as normal.

If a strike happens:

Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 13-14

  • All ECSE classes and services, and PreK-12 classes, will be canceled. Discovery Club will not take place. Please make childcare arrangements for your children on those days.
  • Breakfast and lunch will be available at several school and community sites to all students age 18 and under; locations will be announced in a future communication. The SPPS Food Truck will also be visiting high-population areas across Saint Paul. Meal sites and Food Truck services will be available for the duration of the strike.
  • All students in grades 6-12 will be able to keep their iPads, and will have access to standards-based academic activities online. More information will be sent later.
  • Varsity athletics will continue for the duration of the strike.

Thursday, Feb. 15

  • Discovery Club families will receive program information directly from Discovery Club.
  • SPPS will open seven SPPS Kid Space sites for students in grades K-5 only. The sites will be open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. If the strike continues into the week of Feb. 19, SPPS will add more SPPS Kid Space sites, to be staffed by caring adults who are qualified to work with elementary school students. All SPPS Kid Space sites will be located in SPPS schools.
  • SPPS Kid Space sites will remain open for the duration of the strike.  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 accommodate them, at least initially.
  • Busing will be available to SPPS Kid Space sites. Students will report to their nearest school (to be specified later), where a bus will take them to the closest Support Center. Buses will return students from SPPS Kid Space sites to the school nearest their home at the end of the day.
  • SPPS Kid Space sites will not conduct classes, but will provide age-appropriate activities in a safe, warm environment. Breakfast and lunch will be served to all students at SPPS Kids Space sites.
  • Students in grades 6-8 will be welcomed at community centers operated by SPPS partners such as the YMCA, Parks and Recreation, and Saint Paul city libraries. Meals will be available at these centers. We will announce locations by Monday, February 12.

I hope with all my heart that none of these plans will be necessary. However, I must ask you again to watch your email, texts and social media closely so we can keep you informed of next steps should a strike take place.

We are trying our hardest to keep that from happening.

Please direct questions to the Student Placement Office, 651-632-3760.


In partnership,

Joe Gothard