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June 30: Fall Planning Update

Dear Saint Paul Public Schools Community,

We hope you have enjoyed the first few weeks of summer break and have been able to spend time with family and friends. Please read the important information below regarding the remainder of the summer and the upcoming fall semester. Additional updates will be sent to families and staff via email and posted on spps.orgnthis summer.

2021-22 School Year

SPPS is planning to start the 2021-22 school year with all grades attending school in-person five days a week. School begins on Thursday, September 9, for students in grades 1-12. Students in Pre-K and kindergarten start on Monday, September 13.

All Pre-K and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) programs will be offered in-person only; there will not be a distance learning option for Pre-K or ECSE. Students in grades 9-12 will have the option to enroll in the SPPS Online School (see below for enrollment information). More information about grades K through 8 will be announced in the coming weeks. Visit spps.org/safelearningplan for the latest updates.

SPPS Online School

New for the 2021-22 school year, the SPPS Online School is a fully online high school that will serve students in grades 9-12. This new school will have its own staff and will be led by principal Jeffrey Bush. Principal Bush has extensive experience in online education and has served as a school principal for 15 years. Enroll online or by calling 651-632-3760.

COVID-19 Guidelines

Updated COVID-19 guidelines are in place for Summer Learning Programs, Discovery Club and other summer programming. We will continue to monitor for updates from the Minnesota Departments of Health and Education and will inform families and staff about any changes in COVID-19 prevention guidelines for the fall.

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics & Other Immunizations
All Minnesota residents age 12 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Three SPPS schools are now hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics that are open to students and their family members, as well as anyone in the community who needs a vaccine:

  • Gordon Parks High School (1212 University Ave W)
  • Harding Senior High School (1540 6th St E)
  • Washington Technology Magnet (1495 Rice St)

For more information and to schedule an appointment, please visit spps.org/covidvaccine. Walk-ins are accepted at all locations.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many children missed the opportunity to have their regular well child exams and immunizations. Please check in with your healthcare provider to make sure your child’s immunizations are up to date before school starts in the fall. Visit the SPPS immunizations website or email student.wellness@spps.org with questions.

School Supplies

School supply lists are available on most school websites and at spps.org/schoolsupplylists.

Summer Meals

All families can register to receive free meal delivery this summer. Meal boxes include fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, grains, breakfast foods, milk and recipes. Meal boxes can also be picked up at select schools and libraries.