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April 2: Distance Learning, Meal Service & Childcare Updates

Dear SPPS Families:

We hope your family is doing well and staying healthy this week of spring break. We have a few updates to share regarding Distance Learning, the student work day on April 10, meal service, and childcare for emergency workers. 

Additional information about attendance, lesson plans, grading and other expectations during Distance Learning will continue to come from your student’s teachers. Thank you for your continued patience and support as we enter this new world of learning. We are all in this together!

Distance Learning

Distance Learning will begin for all PreK-12 students on Monday, April 6. SPPS Distance Learning relies on students to use their iPad device and participate in online learning platforms such as Seesaw and Schoology. Teachers may use other district-approved technology to engage with students via email, using online courses, setting up group chats and forums, and sharing videos and audio recordings.

Teachers will be mindful of resources that may not be available to students in a Distance Learning environment. Successful completion of assignments is not dependent on particular materials or resources (for example, access to a printer). A variety of choices, options and examples of possible resources will be provided to students when possible. 

For more information, look for communication from your student’s teacher and visit for:

April 10 Student Work Day 

SPPS will follow our originally approved calendar and retain Friday, April 10, as a teacher professional development day for all schools. This will be used as a student work day, with no contact with educators. Students may use this day to complete any school work that was assigned during the week. Teachers will communicate the expectations for the student work day in the coming days.

Meal Service

On Friday, April 3, free meals will be available for pickup at 10 Saint Paul Public Schools:

  • Free lunch from the SPPS food truck at six schools
  • Free hot lunch from the Fare Well Food Truck at Chelsea Heights Elementary
  • Free meal boxes at Dayton’s Bluff, Hazel Park and Maxfield Elementary

For the full schedule and locations, visit

Starting Wednesday, April 8, morning bus routes will be used to drop off meals on Wednesday for 7:30 schools, Thursday for 8:30 schools and Friday for 9:30 schools. Please meet your bus at your usual stop on your designated day. 

In addition to bus stops, families can pick up meals on FRIDAY, April 10, at one of six schools, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (or while supplies last). The Friday pickup locations will change every week; please visit for the full schedule of locations.

Essential Kids Care

Beginning Monday, April 6, emergency workers can receive free childcare for children ages 5-12, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each school day at five SPPS sites. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided. Students can bring their iPads to work on Distance Learning assignments. Transportation between a student's home and the closest Essential Care site is available.

Extended-day care is also available for a fee, from 6-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. each day, at all five schools for the children of emergency workers only. Transportation is not available for this extended care time. The fee for extended care is $15 per child for each morning session and $15 per child for each afternoon session.

For more information about who is eligible for care and to register, visit