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In-Person Supports Available During Distance Learning

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While Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) continues distance learning for most students, several in-person supports are available to assist students and families with academic, social-emotional, health and wellness, and nutritional needs that are often met by their school. These supports include:

Academic Support Center

The purpose of the Academic Support Center (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. The first site opened at Washington Technology Magnet School on October 12. A team of Educational Assistants, Teaching Assistants, SPPS temporary staff, retired teachers, contractors, community partners, and volunteers with a background in education and teaching, 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.

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Additional Pre-K Support

SPPS is partnering with the Saint Paul Public Library to provide additional academic and social-emotional learning support for Pre-K families. One-on-one appointments are available at Rondo Community Outreach Library, Riverview Library and George Latimer Central Library.

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Extended Day for Learning / Extended School Support

K-8 students who qualify for Area Learning Center (ALC) services or attend specific school programs are eligible for one of two new Extended Day for Learning (EDL) / Extended School Support (ESS) programs. Both programs offer afterschool support at the Academic Support Center, and include bus transportation, a snack, and instruction from certified teachers and specialists. Families are asked to register in advance; the programs begin on November 4.

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Health Start Clinics

Health Start Clinics at seven SPPS high schools are open for student appointments. Health Start serves students ages 11 and up for urgent in-person mental health care, medication management for depression and anxiety, sexual health concerns, check-ups and vaccines, non-respiratory illness, injuries and asthma follow-up. Students do not need to attend the school that the clinic is located in, and walk-in appointments are also welcome.

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Meal Service

SPPS continues to provide free meals to students while they are in distance learning. Families can sign up to have meal boxes delivered to their homes once a week. Free meals are available for any Saint Paul children 18 and under, and those with a disability enrolled in a school program. Curbside pickup is also available Monday-Friday at select schools.

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COVID-19 health and safety protocols are in place at each of these programs. Face coverings are required for all participants and staff, building capacities are limited, and social distancing is observed to the extend possible. Staff and students who are experiencing symptoms or have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 must stay home. COVID concerns should be reported as soon as possible after being on SPPS property.