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In-Person Support for Secondary Students - January 19, 2021


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Dear Saint Paul Public Schools Family,

Thank you for your support as we continue the school year in distance learning. While we prepare for elementary students to begin in-person learning, we have also been planning for ways to provide our secondary students with additional support. This planning is still in process, but we are excited to share some preliminary information about what we are working on.

More information will come from your child’s school as details are finalized. You can also find the latest updates at spps.org/reopen under Grades 6-12.

In-person support for secondary students during Distance Learning

  • On-site support will be offered by licensed teachers and school staff at all schools that have 6-12 grade students. 

  • Middle school students in 6-8 and Pre-K-8 programs will be able to come in for up to 2.5 hours of support one day a week, Monday-Thursday.

  • 9-12, 6-12 and alternative programs will prioritize support for students who need support to graduate or pass their classes, multilingual learners, special education students, and those who need additional social-emotional support.

  • The start date for this program is still being determined, but we are making plans for it to begin sometime in February. The level of COVID-19 spread in the community will be a factor in determining the start date for this secondary support model.

  • For high schools, the maximum number of students on-site at a time will be 11-14 per classroom, or about a third of total enrollment. For middle schools, there will be 6-10 students, or 25 percent of enrollment, per classroom.

  • This is not a hybrid learning model. Rather, it is a way to provide support during distance learning to students who are missing that in-person connection with their teachers and school community. 

  • In-person time will be used to support distance learning, not to teach new material. 

  • Students will receive bagged lunches or meals to go, and bus transportation will be provided.

  • When staff and students are on-site, the SPPS COVID-19 Guidelines will be strictly enforced to ensure a safe learning environment for all. 

This in-person support will be offered on Monday-Thursday. Fridays will be asynchronous distance learning days for all secondary students. Specific schedules will vary based on the school and grade level. Please know this also means that current distance learning schedules may change.

On-site support hours

  • 6-8 grade students
    • At 6-8 schools: 8:30-11 a.m.
    • At Pre-K-8 schools: 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
    • At 6-12 schools: 12:30-3 p.m.

  • High school students
    • At 6-12 and 9-12 schools: 12:30-3 p.m.

Opting out of in-person support

Students who do not want in-person support or have already registered for the Virtual Learning School are not expected to attend. If you have not previously registered for the Virtual Learning School and want to opt out of on-site support, please fill out this form by Friday, January 29.

More information about this program will be coming over the next several weeks. In the meantime, we will continue to teach and support your students in distance learning.