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Important Updates about In-Person Programs & Services


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Last week, Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS)
announced that due to rising local COVID-19 case numbers, we transitioned most in-person programming across SPPS to distance learning.

This transition to distance learning includes our Stage 1 programs at RiverEast, Journeys, Bridge View, Focus Beyond and other Stage 1 sites; Discovery Club; Extended Day for Learning (EDL) at Washington Technology Magnet School; Special Education and English Language Learner in-person assessments; and Student Placement Center enrollment and Early Childhood screening.

In addition, Governor Walz's new Executive Order provides guidance on group gatherings and athletics and activities.

At this time, the following SPPS services will continue with adjustments: 

Nutrition Services

Home meal delivery will continue as normal. Meals are also available for pickup Monday-Friday at Central, Harding, Humboldt, Johnson and Washington Tech from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no meal delivery or pickup on Thursday and Friday, November 26-27. For other Thanksgiving meal resources, visit spps.org/fallmeals.

Academic Support Center at Washington Technology Magnet School

The Academic Support Center (ASC) will be closed on Friday, November 20, due to the scheduled non-school day. The ASC will reopen on Monday, November 23 and continue to serve students in grades PreK-12 through Wednesday, November 25.

To support the Governor’s executive order to limit in-person gatherings from multiple households for the next four weeks, the ASC will pause in-person student support until after the first of the year.

Programming is tentatively scheduled to resume January 25, 2021. For more specific information regarding the schedule and program, please visit spps.org/asc or talk to your child’s school.

Immunizations at the Student Placement Center and Health Start Clinics

SPPS continues to address and promote immunizations during the pandemic:

Student Placement Center, 2102 University Avenue West

Immunizations including flu shots are given by appointment (preferred) or walk-in on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. starting November 30. These are open to students in grades K-12 who are uninsured or have state-covered insurance. Please call 651-632-3763 to schedule an appointment. Reach out to your school nurse if you are unsure if your child needs vaccines.

Mobile Immunization Clinic at Washington Technology Magnet, 1495 Rice Street North

SPPS has partnered with Children's Minnesota to offer immunizations to students in grades Pre-K-12 every Thursday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. (weather permitting). Appointments are encouraged.

Health Start School-Based Clinics Remain Open

The Washington Tech Health Start Clinic provides immunizations and flu shots by appointment or walk-in for students in grades Pre-K-12 on Mondays from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Please call 651-487-8531 to make an appointment.

Most SPPS high school Health Start Clinics are open to serve students ages 12-18. Services include urgent in-person mental health care, medication management for depression and anxiety, sexual health concerns, check-ups and vaccines, non-respiratory illness, injuries and asthma follow-up.

High school Health Start Clinics also provide winter sports physicals. A student does not need to attend the school where the clinic is located. Call 651-412-8445 to make an appointment at any location.

COVID-19 Saliva Tests

Ramsey County residents can order COVID-19 saliva tests on the Vault Health website. This at-home saliva test is offered at no cost from the State of Minnesota, and you will not be asked for payment information. You will be asked for insurance information if you have it, but it is not required to test at home. Each test needs a unique email address, and a photo ID is required. 

Free saliva testing is also offered daily at Roy Wilkins Auditorium (175 Kellogg Blvd). For more information on COVID-19 testing options, visit the Ramsey County website.

Athletics and Activities

Following the new Executive Order from Governor Tim Walz, Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) will pause all in-person athletics and extracurricular activities starting this Saturday, November 21. This includes volleyball and football, as well as any winter sports that have already started or were scheduled to start in the coming weeks. For more information, please visit spps.org/sports.