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In-Person Academic Support Center Opening Oct. 12th



SPPS to Provide In-Person Academic Support Starting Oct. 12

Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) is opening a new Academic Support Center (ASC) at Washington Technology Magnet School on Monday, Oct. 12. The purpose of the ASC is to provide in-person academic and/or social-emotional learning support for Pre-K-12 grade students and their families during distance learning. Additional sites will open at a later date based on demand and availability of staff.

A team of Educational Assistants, Teaching Assistants, SPPS temporary staff, retired teachers, contractors, community partners, and volunteers with a background in education and teaching, will provide the support to all students visiting the ASC. Areas of support include: math, reading, writing, science, social studies, bilingual, immersion, technology help to support Distance Learning 2.0, and social-emotional support. The center will provide academic support, not classroom instruction. 

To start, referrals will come from schools based on students’ academic needs. Schools can start referring students on Oct. 1. Families will be able to request a referral starting Oct. 16.  Students need a referral to receive support. The ASC is not a "drop in" center.

Students can receive 1-4 hours of support each day, depending on staffing capacity. Nutrition Services will provide healthy snacks in the morning and afternoon. Transportation can be arranged via the registration process. Due to other transportation needs (Essential Kids Care, meal delivery, hybrid sites), transportation may not always be available.

The ASC will follow all state guidelines for school settings as required by the Minnesota Department of Health. This includes face coverings for all students and staff, maintaining social distancing and frequent handwashing. If a student or staff member has symptoms, a positive test or close contact with someone with COVID-19, they must reschedule their appointment and not come to the ASC.

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