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Update on In-Person Learning for Secondary Students - February 25, 2021

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SPPS is planning to begin in-person learning for all 6-12 grade students who want it starting Wednesday, April 14.

  • Until then, secondary students will continue in distance learning while we work to grow the in-person support that began for some students this week.

  • Secondary students who wish to stay in distance learning for the remainder of the school year will have the option to sign up for virtual learning.

  • SPPS will follow all of the health and safety measures as described in the Minnesota Safe Learning Plan and the SPPS COVID-19 Student and Family Guidelines.

Dear SPPS Secondary Families:

I am writing to share an update about our commitment to providing in-person learning for all students at Saint Paul Public Schools. SPPS is planning to begin in-person learning for all 6-12 grade students who want it starting Wednesday, April 14. Monday and Tuesday, April 12-13, will be planning days for staff.

We are working diligently on the many logistics involved in making this transition to in-person learning at our secondary schools. Additional details will be communicated early next week and leading up to the transition. At this time, secondary students will continue in distance learning while we work to grow the in-person support that began for some students this week. 

We are making this transition for a couple reasons. One is the updated Minnesota Safe Learning Plan that allows school districts to bring 6-12 grade students back while following COVID-19 health and safety measures. More importantly, this has been a difficult school year for many of our students, families and staff members, many of whom do better when they are in school. 

With COVID-19 case rates continuing to decline, we are confident this plan will give our secondary students more opportunities to succeed while keeping everyone’s physical and social-emotional health a top priority. 6-12 grade students who wish to stay in distance learning for the remainder of the school year will have the option to sign up for virtual learning.

We are committed to sharing additional details about what in-person learning for secondary students will look like as plans are finalized. Please look for more information early next week and visit spps.org/reopen for the latest updates.


In Partnership,

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Joe Gothard, Superintendent