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- TECHNOLOGY HELP
- FAMILY SUPPORT
- STUDENT CHROMEBOOKS
- FAMILY GUIDE TO STUDENT DEVICES
- PROGRAMS FOR COMPUTERS AND INTERNET ACCESS
- SCHOOL-LINKED MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS
- GET INVOLVED
- DIGITAL LEARNING AND BOOT CAMP
We believe that the South St. Paul Public Schools should provide an environment where open communication and the celebration of differences are accepted and appreciated. If you need family support you can find contact information using the links below:
Campus Parent/Family Portal
The Campus Parent Portal is a confidential and secure website for parents to:
- Update contact information
- Manage emergency contacts
- Track your child's attendance
- View student schedules
- View report cards
- View district and school notifications
Set up your account:
Contact your school office for your activation key.
Tips for navigating around the Parent Portal:
- For all parents: Where to find things in the Portal/one-pager
- For K-5 parents: Navigating around the Portal
- For 6-12 parents: Navigating around the Portals: Campus & Schoology
Schoology (for parents of 6-12 graders)
Teachers and students in gr. 6-12 are using Schoology, our Learning Management System. Teachers post the assignments and course content to Schoology and students access the site to complete their learning activities. Parents will be able to view the following up-to-date information for their student:
- Upcoming, current and overdue assignments
- Calendar of assignments and events
- Gradebook for each class
Parents must have their Campus Parent Portal account set up prior to getting a Schoology account.
Tips for navigating around the Parent Portal:
Parent Link for Schoology:
SchoolCafé (School meals: grades K-12)
Deposit money directly into your child's meal account. Click here for more information about SchoolCafé.
The goals of our Student Chromebook Program are to enhance and accelerate learning, leverage technology for personalized instruction, promote collaboration and increase student engagement, strengthen the current age skills necessary for future success, and to provide digital tools for completion of assignments and projects.
The changing landscape of the world’s information to digital form requires our students to have a different set of skills than what was required in the past. Future graduates must be equipped with current age skills of problem solving, critical thinking, communication, and information technology literacy. Our rigorous International Baccalaureate curriculum is a great framework for achieving these skills. This framework, together with access to digital devices, will give students the tools required to quickly find, synthesize and communicate information. These tools will allow for greater collaboration not only within their school, but the global community at large.
South St. Paul Public Schools’ goal is to help students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to responsibly navigate our changing world. In an effort to achieve these goals, South St. Paul Secondary has a 1:1 (student to computing device) program for the students using district Chromebooks.
The goals of the Student Chromebook Program are to:
- Enhance and accelerate learning
- Leverage technology for individualizing instruction
- Promote collaboration and increase student engagement
- Strengthen the current age skills necessary for future success
- Provide digital tools for completion of assignments and projects
This program will increase access to digital curriculum. It will supplement or replace some traditional print textbooks and classroom equipment, such as graphing calculators. Using devices will give student access to anywhere, anytime learning–in classrooms, at Internet cafés, and at home.
Some programs and applications (apps) will be provided by the District for academic use and are the property of South St. Paul Public Schools and must not be removed.
Google Applications may be added by the students as needed, but must be appropriate for school. Apps that are a distraction to the classroom environment will be removed.
Student's Use & Care of the Device
- Never leave a device unattended. When not in your personal possession, the device should be in a secure, locked area. Unattended devices will be collected and delivered to the Media Center.
- Do not lend your device to another person. Each device is assigned to a student and the responsibility for the care of the device solely rests with that individual.
- Each device has a unique identification number and at no time should the numbers or labels be modified or removed.
- Students will use their school computer account to access their device. To help secure their personal information on the device, students should not share their username and/or password.
• Use care in transporting your device to school every day.
• Always keep and carry it in the protective case AT ALL TIMES.
• Avoid placing weight on the device.
• Never throw or slide a device.
• Never expose a device to temperature extremes or direct sunlight.
• Never keep your device in a vehicle where it could be stolen.
While the device is durable, it not indestructible.
• Never throw a backpack that contains a device.
• Never place a device in a book bag that contains food, liquids, heavy, or sharp objects.
• Never place heavy objects on top of the device.
• Do not apply pressure to the device screen, that will damage it.
• Never drop your device.
• Careful placement in your backpack is important.
While the device screen is scratch resistant, it is not scratch proof.
• Avoid using any sharp object(s) on the device screen.
• The screen can be cleaned with a soft, slightly damp lint-free cloth.
• Avoid getting moisture in the openings.
• Do not use window cleaners, household cleaners, aerosol sprays, solvents, alcohol, ammonia, or abrasives to clean the device.
Device Cameras & Microphone
The device comes equipped with audio and video recording through a built-in microphone and rear-facing camera. All recordings created with the device must comply with District policies and State and Federal laws. District policy prohibits the use of electronic recording devices in a manner that compromises the privacy interests of other individuals (District Policy #523). District policy also prohibits harassment and bullying (District Policy #514). Use of the device in a manner that violates district policy may result in revocation of the device and may result in further disciplinary consequence.
Use of the school device and any other devices with audio and video recording capabilities during the instructional time is at the discretion of the teacher. The student must obtain prior approval to use the device for such purposes. Recordings obtained with the device may not be shared, published or rebroadcast for any reason by the student without permission. Students should be aware that State and Federal laws in many instances prohibit secret or surreptitious recording undertaken without the knowledge and consent of the person or persons being recorded. Violations of State and Federal laws may be reported to the proper authorities and could result in criminal prosecution.
When students check out their device, they will be given a district case. The device MUST ALWAYS REMAIN IN THE CASE.
If they lose it or if it stolen, students will need to purchase another one from the Media Center. No stickers or any other items should be attached to the device itself or the case unless placed there by school staff.
The device must be charged up every night so that it is ready to go for school use in the morning. Fully charged device batteries will typically last 6-7 hours. Failure to bring a fully charged student device and their charger to school may result in the student’s inability to participate in classroom learning activities. Classroom teachers are not expected to provide capacity for plugging in device for charging.
Lost, Stolen, Damaged Devices
If the device is lost, it must be reported to the student’s teacher and the Media Center staff IMMEDIATELY. It may be the responsibility of the student and family to recover or replace the lost device. If necessary, the District and the police will assist in recovery.
Do not attempt to gain access to the internal electronics or repair your device. If it fails to work or is damaged, please bring it to the Media Center. Device repair or replacement options will be determined by Technology Department staff. You may be issued a temporary device or other materials until your device is working properly or replaced. If the device is experiencing technical difficulties outside of school hours, you will need to wait until you return to school to fix it.
Replacement fees may be assessed for stolen, lost, or damaged items in accordance with the District’s Student Fee Schedule:
• Replacement case is $30
• Replacement charger is $30
• Repair fine for a damaged screen is $75
• Replacement device is $200
To help families protect against some of these damages, a district insurance program is available through the District to cover the device damages, not the accessories or lost or stolen devices. More information is on the Student Device Agreement.
Students who leave South St. Paul Public Schools during the school year must return the device, along with any other accessories, at the time they leave. The device and all accessories should be returned to the Media Center.
All student devices will be turned in at the end of the academic year, inspected for abuse or damage and assessed any applicable fines.
In an effort to maximize student access to teacher information and instructional content, South St. Paul Secondary has a 1:1 device program. We have standardized on Chromebook devices. The District recognizes that a very effective plan for school use would be a device that the student/family owns, cares for, and has access to 24/7, 365 days a year. For this reason, our schools wish to partner with parents by allowing for family-owned devices to be part of our 1:1 computing initiative through a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program.
Students MUST register their device with our Technology Department and will be installing some specific software. The top portion of the Chromebook Agreement must also be completed and returned.
Respondus LockDown Browser Information (for exams in Schoology): handout/overview linked here
- for Windows & Mac laptops: https://download.respondus.com/lockdown/download.php?id=183958093
- for iPads: https://support.respondus.com/support/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/219/0/
- for personal Chromebooks: students will need to take exams on another device or on paper (discuss options with teacher)
While a specific device has not been mandated by South St. Paul Public Schools for the BYOD program, a device brought to school is recommended to meet the following minimum standards:
- The device should have a minimum screen size of 7", however a 8.9" screen or larger is recommended. The device shall run Google Docs (Drive) (note: any Windows, Mac, Android, or Linux device will meet this requirement). Many of our district apps do not function on the iOS completely.
- The device shall be able to connect to a wireless network (WiFi) and must support 802.11G or 802.11N networks (devices that list the new 802.11AC connection are acceptable as long as it supports the G or N network).
- The device should have a physical keyboard (note: this could be a separate keyboard that works with the device, such as a Bluetooth keyboard).
- The device shall have a microphone and a headphone jack (note: this could be two separate jacks for the microphone and headphone, or it can be a combined microphone/headphone jack) with audio recording capability.
- The device should have a minimum of one web camera with video recording capability.
- The device should have a minimum battery life of five to six hours (this can include battery swapping, if necessary).
- New for 2019-20 school year: Note that personal Chromebooks are not acceptable because they are not compatible with some of the new tools we are using this year.
- A student should bring a headset or earbuds with his device (the earbuds can include a built-in microphone).
- A student should have a protective case or padded bag for their device (take time to pick a good case--corner protection is important for tablets).
- A student will need to access broadband Internet outside of school, either through WiFi or a physical connection, to complete homework assignments. Access is available at all public buildings in South St. Paul and at a number of private businesses. Programs for reduced cost access are made available through Comcast and other providers for qualifying families.
Families may purchase devices that meet the recommended specifications from the vendor of their choice.
Note: South St. Paul Public Schools is not responsible for damaged, lost or stolen student property. Please refer to your school's Student/Parent Handbook for more information.
South St. Paul Public Schools recognizes with the implementation of our Student Chromebook Program there is a need to protect the investment by both the district and the family. The participation cost for those choosing to purchase the District Insurance Plan is $30 per student device per school year. The Insurance Plan has a family maximum cap of $100 based upon the enrollment of more than three students for families with multiple students. Payment is due at the time of checkout.
Student Chromebook Agreement must be completed prior to checking out a device.
The Insurance Plan provides coverage for ACCIDENTAL damage such as drops, broken screens, fire, flood, natural disasters, and power surges due to lightning. The $30 payment is non-refundable. This annual coverage begins upon receipt of the payment and ends at the conclusion of the school year.
NEW FOR 2020-21!
Insurance now covers your student's device for accidental damage for the entire school year, not just the first incident.
The Insurance Plan does not cover:
- lost or stolen devices
- intentionally-damaged devices
- lost or stolen charging cables ($30 for a replacement charger)
- lost or stolen cases ($30 for a replacement case)
- damage to the device that occurs when the device is not in its case
IMPORTANT: All Insurance Plan claims MUST BE REPORTED within 72 hours to the Media Center staff in ordered to be covered.
If you choose not to purchase the Insurance Plan, the following fees are assessed:
- $75 for a broken screen
- $210 to replace a severely damaged or destroyed device
- Other damage fees for broken bezels (the frame around the screen), lost keys on the keyboard, damaged ports or buttons, etc. will be determined by the Technology Department.
Regularly share your expectations with your child about accessing only appropriate sites and content, as well as being a good citizen when online (even when parents aren’t watching). Outside of school, it is likely that your child has already been confronted with multiple opportunities to access content that parents wouldn’t approve. Your teen’s use of devices (such as iPods, video game systems, and cell phones) may give them the ability to connect to unfiltered public wireless networks (such as in a public library or coffee shop). It is important to maintain a regular, open dialog about Internet use and access. Come to a mutual understanding your expectation for appropriate use, behavior, and potential consequences.
Monitor & Limit Screen Time
Surfing the Internet should be done in a central place at home, such as the kitchen or family room, rather than away from adult supervision or behind a closed door. Know what your child is doing with technology and how his or her time is being spent. Technology can be a great tool and resource, but also has the potential to be a big distractor. Help your child learn to focus on completing tasks or assignments first before spending time on games, browsing, or social networking. Teaching our children how to manage multiple sources of information and potential distractions is a critical life skill, one best learned before heading off to college or the workplace.
Put the device to bed, but not in the bedroom
Parenting experts suggest parking all technology devices, from cell phones to laptops, in a common family room or the kitchen overnight to discourage late night, unmonitored use and sleep disruption. Don’t allow your teen to sleep with the Chromebook, laptop or cell phone in their room. Remember to model appropriate use and balance of technology in your own life, too!
Common Sense Media Guides for FAMILIES and Teens in High School
The Common Sense Media site has great resources for parents to guide conversations with their children about media use. It’s designed to help parents set expectations around media use that is right for their family. This is an excellent resource to help families get on the same page about media and technology use.
Cyber safety is an important subject to revisit frequently. Children are actually most vulnerable to online dangers while in their own home. The following suggestions are provided to help you guide your child’s use of the school device and other technology devices.
Outside of school, parents bear responsibility for the same guidance of Internet use as they exercise with information sources such as television, telephones, radio, movies and other media. Parents are responsible for monitoring their student’s use of school-issued equipment, email accounts, and use of the Internet when the student is accessing from home or through other remote location(s).
District-provided student devices filter internet content both at school and at home. We still suggest installing software to filter and block inappropriate content on your wireless home network and non-school devices your children use. Check with your internet service provider to see what content filtering services they may offer, or consider services such as Open DNS (free version available here), SafeEyes, and NetNanny. Some of these products offer additional protection features such as cell phone filtering, text message and photo screening tools, and digital footprint/reputation monitoring.
Helpful websites with Internet safety tips:
Internet Essentials program
$9.95 Internet access or Low-cost computer for $149.99:
With affordable home Internet from Comcast, your family can search for new jobs and pay bills online, complete homework assignments and stay connected to family and the outside world. You may qualify for Internet Essentials if your child is eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program.
To learn more or apply, visit: InternetEssentials.com or call: 1-855-846-8376. Comcast also offers free classes and online tutorials.
EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service and computers, and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans. They aim to leverage the democratizing power of the Internet to provide opportunity to all Americans – regardless of age, race, geography, income, or education level.
Visit EveryoneOn.org for details.
Bringing Affordable Internet & Devices into the Home:
Through partnerships with local Internet service providers, EveryoneOn is able to offer free or $9.95 home Internet service. They work with device refurbishers, so individuals and their families can purchase discounted devices, including $150 tablets and $199 laptops.
Free Basic Digital Literacy Training:
They collaborate with libraries and non-profits to advertise free computer & Internet courses at over 8,000 training sites across the country. By calling 1-855-EVRY1ON or visiting EveryoneOn.org, users can discover the closest class in their communities.
Emotional ups and downs are to be expected during this time of COVID crisis, but if your child is experiencing any of the following, please consider reaching out for some extra support:
- Increased problems in multiple areas of life: academic, social, family relationships, etc
- Excessive worry
- Crying, hopelessness, or feeling sad
- Significant changes in sleeping or eating habits
- Feeling bad about themselves
- Withdrawal from activities or relationships they used to enjoy
- Engaging in negative behaviors
- Self harm behaviors or statements like “I wish I weren’t here”
The Associated Clinic of Psychology (ACP) was awarded a grant by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) to provide school and community based therapy to students and their families throughout Dakota County. ACP works directly with students and their support teams to address issues impacting their well-being. All services are conducted by qualified mental health professionals and practitioners, who will help develop an effective and comprehensive treatment plan tailored to meet each student's goals. ACP's services include:
- Skills development
- Therapeutic intervention
- Diagnostic evaluations
- Parent and family collaboration
- School collaboration
Through the grant program, we are able to offer services to students in Dakota County regardless of their insurance coverage. We will work directly with the insurance plan on your behalf to answer any questions.
Make a referral
- By Phone:
- During regular business hours, you may call our school and home-based Client Coordinator at 612-455-8643.
- If preferred or if a family member or parent could also use some support, referrals for clinic-based services can be made by calling our Apple Valley office at 952-432-1484, or the West St. Paul office at 651-450-0860. Clinic services are not grant supported.
- Online at https://acp-mn.com/community-school-based/
DURING THE ‘SAFER AT HOME’ ORDER, ALL SERVICES WILL OCCUR VIA TELEHEALTH.
Parent involvement is the heart of the student achievement. Research overwhelmingly shows that parent involvement is positively related to student achievement and success. The more parents are involved, the greater the achievement effects.
American Indian Parent Advisory Board
Dr. Chad Schmidt: (651) 457-9416 or email@example.com
Early Learning Advisory Council (ELAC)
Contact Lauren Catlin: (651) 306-3642 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Elementary Classroom Helper
Lincoln Center Elementary: (651) 457-9426
Kaposia Education Center: (651) 451-9260
IB Parent Group
Contact Conrad Anderson: (651) 457-9454 or email@example.com
Read Across South St. Paul
Lincoln Center Elementary: (651) 457-9426
Kaposia Education Center: (651) 451-9260
To be successful in our Digital Learning Program, students are expected to know the information in the document below.
With your parents, students MUST review all the information in these slides: SSP Digital Learning Boot Camp (Device Expectations).
South St. Paul Public Schools is partnering with local organizations to provide support to the South St. Paul community.
Dakota County and Local Support
- Associated Clinic of Psychology (ACP)
- Dakota County Children’s Mental Health
- Dakota County Crisis 952-891-7171
- Text – LIFE to 61222
- Emergency 911
- FACTS MN - Family and Children Therapy Services in Minnesota
South St. Paul Public Schools is partnering with local organizations to help our families and community stretch their food dollars and ensure their children are well fed and ready to learn.
The following is a list of organizations that will provide free or reduced price food to our community members this year:
Free Take 'n Bake Meals
At Central Square Community Center. Meal available to pick up Mondays after 2:30 pm and available until Saturday afternoon while supplies last. More information here.
Neighbors Food Shelf
Neighbors is a non-profit, social-service agency that provides food, clothing, transportation and financial assistance to residents of Inver Grove Heights, South St. Paul, West St. Paul, Mendota Heights, Mendota, Sunfish Lake and Lilydale.
NAPS: Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors – FREE for qualifying senior citizens
Monday – Friday
8:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. and 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Fare for All
Fare For All is a great way to save money on quality nutritious food. Buy fruits, vegetables, and frozen meats in bulk and save up to 40% off grocery store prices.
SSP Central Square Community Center
100 7th Avenue North, South St. Paul, MN 55075
(651) 366-6200 | www.fareforall.org
South St. Paul Farmers’ Market
Wakota Credit Union Parking Lot
12th and Southview, South St. Paul
Wednesdays in the summer
Other Food Options Around the Community:
Serving FREE hot meals:
River Heights Vineyard Church
6070 Cahill Ave E, Inver Grove Heights
Monday – Thursday
510 Hall Ave., St. Paul
Monday – Friday
TriDistrict Community Education is a partnership between the school districts of South St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights, and West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan. It provides high quality, respectful, equitable, learning experiences for every person in the community.
Visit the SSP Community Education Site
- Campus Parent Portal
- Athletics and Activities
- Event Flyers
- Health Services
- School Menus
- Delays and Closings
- School Supply Lists
- Packer Apparel Online Store
360 Communities Family Support Workers
Family Support Workers are here to support you in finding community resources that can help with the challenges of raising a family today - everything from food and finances to getting connected with activities, volunteering, counseling and other specific needs based resources.