Welcome Back Letter
August 17, 2020
Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! All of us at Humboldt High School are looking forward to the start of the school year on Tuesday, September 8. We hope you’ve had a pleasant summer and are looking forward to a new school year. Please read carefully, as this letter has several important announcements.
We recognize the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic brings to students and families. The safety and health of our students remain our top priority. Distance Learning 2.0 is designed to provide a valued alternative to physically attending school. Distance Learning 2.0 means that teachers will have grade-level lessons and assignments in Schoology for each day. Lessons will be designed in a similar way to create consistent experiences at individual schools and across the district.
I will be sending more details about our plans in the coming weeks. I will also be posting updates on our school website at spps.org/humboldt. Our staff is ready to work with your family and look forward to seeing you virtually to start the school year, and hopefully in person later this year if the pandemic is in better control.
The first day of school can be overwhelming for students, and there is no doubt this year will bring some new and additional challenges.
The following information regarding Distance Learning can be accessed through our school website:
Student and Family Distance Learning Checklist
Please view and use this technology checklist as a guide to make sure you are ready for the first day of school. This checklist is available at spps.org/fallchecklist.
If your iPad is damaged or needs to be replaced please report the issue by emailing or calling Saint Paul Public Schools Technology Services:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call: 651-603-4348 from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.. Please leave a detailed voicemail and your call will be returned as soon as possible.
Humboldt High School will host a virtual open house to welcome students and families to a new year on September 3, from 3:00-5:00 PM. We are still finalizing the plans for our open house. Please look for more details soon.
We are following our school’s regular start and end times from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., regardless of whether students are distance learning or in hybrid or in-person learning scenarios. Instructional availability for learning occurs during this time.
Meal Service during Distance Learning
We will continue to provide meal boxes through home delivery and curbside pickup while SPPS is in distance learning. All students eligible for free or reduced-price meals will receive meals at no cost. Additional details are being finalized and will be shared in the coming weeks.
All families should fill out the Application for Educational Benefits/Free or Reduced Price Meals. Applications are available online on SchoolCafe, and paper applications will be mailed to homes in the coming weeks. These applications are very important; please fill one out even if you don’t think you qualify.
Health & Wellness
SPPS is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our students, staff, and their families. To ensure this commitment is met, we have developed and will continue to revise the COVID-19 Student and Family Guidelines in response to the ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic. These guidelines include expectations around social distancing, face coverings, health screening, and what happens when a positive or suspected case of COVID-19 is reported by a student, employee, or visitor.
Athletics & Activities
Some athletics and activities will proceed this fall in accordance with the latest guidelines from the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL). Registration will take place online, and strict health and safety protocols will be followed for in-person practices and competitions. There will be changes to the number of teams, participants, and contests allowed for each sport. Football and volleyball have been postponed to spring. Changes to Arts programs are still being determined and will be shared soon. Please contact your child’s school for more information.
MySPPS Smartphone App
Stay up to date on what’s happening at our school. Download the new MySPPS app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. Once you “Follow” Humboldt High School, you’ll have instant access to school news and events, track bus delays, view sports schedules, review meal menus, and much more. Just search “MySPPS” in the app stores. Learn more at spps.org/MySPPS.
This calendar will also be posted online at http://spps.schoolwires.net/Page/76. Please note that dates may change as the year progresses, and updates may be posted from time to time. For the full district calendar, visit http://www.spps.org/Page/262.
Complete Back-to-School iUpdate as soon as possible. iUpdate includes all annually-required student forms and prepares students for the upcoming school year. Regardless of when students begin attending St. Paul Public Schools, one parent/guardian from each primary household must complete a Back-to-School iUpdate annually. Need help logging in? Recover your OneStop password and/or view general information online at spps.org/onestop or you can access iUpdate on Humboldt’s website spps.org/humboldt. You may also attend one of the Help sessions listed on the flyer.
Distance Learning and the COVID-19 pandemic has created high levels of stress for many students, staff and families. This emphasizes the importance of social-emotional well-being. As we begin the new school year, it is vital that we find ways to genuinely welcome students and staff back to school, create connections, and re-establish relationships under new circumstances.
To meet the social-emotional needs of students and staff, Humboldt staff will:
- Focus on developing and maintaining relationships
- Begin and end a school day or a class with routines such as community building circles, morning meetings, and check out.
- Continue and deepen the implementation of the PBIS Framework.
- Staff and students will work together to create clear, agreed-upon behavior expectations and methods of responding to unexpected behaviors
- Develop rituals and routines and take time for celebration
- Support schoolwide implementation of Restorative Practices as a way to build a positive and inclusive culture.
- Support a continuum of Mental Health and Wellness resources for students and staff.
- Develop a Mental Health Support team at each school site.
- Continue a School-Based Mental Health program, utilizing our community mental health partners to their full capacity.
- Support the Trauma-Informed Schools work lead by the School Social Work Department
SPPS will offer two childcare options while the district is in distance learning. School-age students 12 and under who are children of Tier 1 essential workers will be cared for at no cost during normal school hours. This includes educators and childcare providers who are providing in-person instruction or childcare. For registration, locations, and other details, visit spps.org/ekidscare.
For families who do not qualify as Tier 1 essential workers, fee-based childcare will be available at four schools. Find more information on locations, fees, and registration on the Discovery Club website.
We know that distance learning in the spring was particularly challenging for our special education and English Language (EL) students. Special education teachers will meet with families at the beginning of the school year to discuss individualized student needs and services for the 2020-21 school year. Meetings with families will be done virtually. Trained interpreters will be available to support communication with families as needed.
Please check our school website regularly, spps.org/humboldt for information and updates. If you have questions the website doesn’t answer, please call our lead clerk, Candace at 651-293-8660.
Please join me in helping your child get ready for a new beginning and a bright future on Tuesday, September 8. I am so proud to be part of this wonderful school community. I look forward to working with you and your child this school year.
Abdrizak Abdi, Principal