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Saint Paul Public Schools Will Continue Distance Learning for the Rest of the School Year

Dear Saint Paul Public Schools families:

Everyone at Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) hopes you and your family are doing as well as you can be during this uncertain time. Today, Governor Tim Walz and the Minnesota Department of Education announced that all public K-12 schools in Minnesota will continue Distance Learning through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. This means that students and school staff will not return to their schools for the rest of the academic year.

While SPPS has been preparing for this possibility as part of our comprehensive Distance Learning plan, we know that it raises a lot of questions for our students and families. Please know that we are working hard to continue supporting our students academically, socially and emotionally during this time. We will continue to provide you with updates as plans are put in place. 

Distance Learning

Students will continue to communicate with their teachers and complete assignments using Seesaw (grades K-2) and Schoology (grades 3-12), along with other district-approved online tools. Teachers will continue to clearly and consistently communicate expectations, share lesson plans and engage with students online for the remainder of the school year.

If you need assistance with Distance Learning, you can contact the Office of Family Engagement at 651-767-8347 or email family.engagement@spps.org. We will do our best to respond within one business day. For tech support, please call 651-603-4348 from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

Meal Service

SPPS will continue to deliver meals to homes for the rest of the school year. If you have not already registered for home meal delivery, please visit the Meal Service page and click on the registration link.

Essential Kids Care

Essential Kids Care will continue to provide free childcare for children (ages 5-12) of essential workers from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each school day. Transportation between a student's home and the closest Essential Care site is available. Care before and after the above hours is also available for a fee. Please visit spps.org/ekidscare for more information.

Student Belongings

SPPS is developing a process for students to clean out their lockers, as well as for staff to clean out their desks and classrooms. More information will be communicated by school sites when planning is complete.

Graduation Planning

SPPS is actively working on creative ways to honor the Class of 2020. More information will be shared about our plans for honoring our graduating seniors in the coming weeks.

Spring Activities

Minnesota State High School League spring athletics and fine arts have been cancelled for the remainder of their seasons. This includes all participation in MSHSL events including, but not limited to, practices, tryouts, scrimmages, contests and competitions as well as postseason tournaments. As a reminder, all field trips, district-sponsored travel and large school-sponsored events have been canceled.

Summer Learning

Information regarding our Summer Learning Program will be coming in the near future.

Student Placement for Fall 2020

Placement letters have gone out for the 2020-2021 school year. SPPS will follow its standard procedures for placing students at schools for next fall. For questions, please contact Student Placement at 651-632-3700 or email spc@spps.org

Thank you for your continued support and patience as we navigate this new world of learning at SPPS. Please continue to watch for emails for important updates throughout the rest of the school year.


In partnership,

Joe Gothard, Superintendent

Saint Paul Public Schools 


  • Español: SPPS Continuará con el Aprendizaje de Distancia por el Resto del Año Escolar
  • Hmoob: Xees Phos Tsoom Fwv Tsev Kawm Ntawv yuav muaj qhov nyob hauv tsev kawm mus kom txog thaum lub xyoo kawm ntawv no xaus
  • Soomaali: Saint Paul Public Schools oo sii Wadi doonto Waxbarashada Durugsan (Distance Learning) inta ka Dhimman Sannad-dugsiyeedka
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