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Update on In-Person Learning for Secondary Students - March 3, 2021

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Dear SPPS Secondary Families:

As we shared with you last week, SPPS is planning to begin in-person learning for all 6-12th grade students who want it starting Wednesday, April 14. Monday and Tuesday, April 12-13, will be planning days for staff. As promised, we have some additional details to help you decide whether in-person learning or virtual learning is the right choice for your students.

School Schedule

Starting April 14, students learning in-person will be at school for 4.5 hours Monday-Thursday, with 2 hours of schoolwork to be completed at home. Fridays will be distance learning days for all students, which may include office hours and check-ins with teachers in addition to independent work time.

Monday-Thursday In Person Schedule

  • 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. - All grades at 6-8 schools and Washington Technology Magnet
  • 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. - Grades 6-8 at PreK-8 schools
  • 10:30 a.m. -3 p.m. - All grades at 6-12 and 9-12 schools
  • 2 hours of independent distance learning - All 6-12th grade students at all schools

Friday: Distance learning for all 6-12th grade students

Note: Federal III special education programs will follow their regular full-time school schedule five days a week. Special education case managers will contact families with more information.

In Person vs. Virtual Learning

6-12th grade students who want to stay in full-time virtual learning for the remainder of the school year are asked to sign up by Thursday, March 11. Families that previously enrolled their secondary students in the Virtual Learning School or opted out of in-person support must fill out this form if your student chooses to remain in virtual learning.

Every effort will be made to ensure secondary students will continue learning with their current teachers whether they are attending in person or virtually. The below chart gives an overview of what each option will look like:

In person vs virtual learning chart

Secondary students who sign up for virtual learning are NOT enrolling in a separate program. They will remain in their current schools with their current classes and teachers to the extent possible. All students who do not sign up for virtual learning will be scheduled for in-person learning when we begin April 14.

Health and Safety Measures

For students learning in person, SPPS will follow all of the health and safety measures as described in the Minnesota Safe Learning Plan and SPPS COVID-19 Student and Family Guidelines. This includes: 

In accordance with the Safe Learning Plan, students must maintain 6 feet of physical distance from one another whenever possible; when 6 feet is not possible, a minimum of 3 feet between students will be maintained.

For more information, please visit spps.org/reopen and look for additional communication from SPPS and your student’s school over the next several weeks. Thank you.