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March 26: COVID-19 Update for Families

Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020

Dear Saint Paul Public Schools Family:

Thank you for your continued support and attention during the statewide school closure due to COVID-19. We know this is an unusual and stressful time for our students, families, teachers and staff. We will continue to provide you with timely information about the district’s plans via email, on social media and at spps.org/covid. Stay healthy, and stay at home as much as possible.

As part of the Governor’s new stay-at-home order, students will not return to school until after May 4. Distance learning for SPPS students will begin on Monday, April 6, after our regularly scheduled spring break.

Below are a few additional updates:

Distance Learning
Distance Learning will begin for all PreK-12 students on Monday, April 6. More information about what to expect and how to support your students in this new type of learning is coming from your students’ teachers. For more information, visit spps.org/distancelearning.

Meal Service
Friday is the last day to pick up meals this week. Buses will deliver on their regular morning routes for 9:30 a.m. schools on Friday, and families can pick up meals at the six designated schools between 10-11:30 a.m. (or until all food is handed out). Please continue to practice social distancing when picking up meals. There is plenty of food available!

Additional information about meal service during spring break (March 30-April 3) will be posted at spps.org/ns soon. Please note there will be no home delivery available that week.

Third & Fourth Quarter Grades
Because students have not been in school since Monday, March 9, third quarter grades for all students in grades 6-12 will be adjusted accordingly. This plan holds students harmless for these unforeseen circumstances that are beyond their control. This plan also gives teachers time to focus their efforts on preparing for Distance Learning for the fourth quarter.

Health & Wellness
Social distancing and stay-at-home orders do not mean families have to stay inside. In fact, getting outside is a great way to keep your family physically and mentally healthy during this stressful time. Get ideas for Staying Active Outdoors During COVID-19.

Visit the Health & Wellness page for more 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.