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March 24: COVID-19 Update for Families

Posted Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Dear Saint Paul Public Schools Family:

Thank you for your continued support and attention during the statewide school closure due to COVID-19. Information that is new since yesterday’s update is highlighted in bold below.

Distance Learning
Following the direction of the Minnesota Department of Education, the two-week school closure (March 16-27) is designed for educators to prepare for distance learning, and is not meant for new instruction. This means that school districts are working to make sure that all students have the tools they need to participate in distance learning, and that teachers are busy preparing distance learning plans. 

While teachers may be sending welcome messages and activities this week, official distance learning will not begin until after our regularly scheduled spring break (March 30-April 3), if the state orders schools to remain closed after that date.

If your student has their iPad at home, make sure it is set up and charged based on the instructions from their teacher. They should receive a welcome message and/or activity from their teacher this week in Seesaw (Kindergarten-Grade 2) or Schoology (Grades 3-12). If you need help, visit spps.org/distancelearning.

If you did not pick up your iPad last week, you will receive a message from your student’s school regarding when their iPad will be delivered to your door this week. Someone needs to be available to meet the SPPS staff at the door to ensure a safe and secure delivery.

Meal Service
Thank you for your kind words and support for this new service. Last week, we served 68,000 meals over three days to Saint Paul families. Every meal that was made was distributed on bus routes, at schools and via home delivery for those who needed it. 

This week, a few changes are being made to the meal service:

  • School meal pickup will be at six schools only, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 10-11:30 a.m. (or until all food is handed out)
  • The six schools are: Battle Creek Middle School, Cherokee Heights Elementary, Como Park Senior High School, Harding Senior High School, Highland Park Senior High School and Johnson Senior High School
  • Buses will continue to deliver meals on their regular morning routes: Wednesday for 7:30 schools, Thursday for 8:30 schools and Friday for 9:30 schools
  • Some changes are being made to increase the number of meal boxes available. In addition, we ask those who have other means of feeding their families to do so
  • Please practice social distancing when picking up meals

For more information, visit the Meal Service page.

Health & Wellness
In the interest of public safety, SPPS playgrounds are closed until further notice. We ask that families refrain from using school playground equipment at this time.

Three Health Start clinics remain open for well-care, nutrition support, mental health support and health education this week. They are Como Park Senior High School, Harding High School and Gordon Parks High School. New hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for appointments and walk-in care.

Visit the Health & Wellness page for more information, including guidelines for keeping your family healthy during this time.

For more information, including Frequently Asked Questions, Essential Kids Care and other COVID-19 updates, please visit spps.org/covid.