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  • Technology Update, Emergency School Meals Update, Virtual Spirit Week

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  • Distance Learning & New Meal Distribution Schedule start Monday, March 30

    As we prepare to shift our focus from planning to distance learning, we wanted to update and remind you of a few key items before Monday.

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  • Emergency School Meals Schedule Change starting Monday, March 30

    In light of yesterday’s announcement from Gov. Walz that Minnesota schools would move to distance learning starting on Monday, March 30, we want to update families about some changes coming to district-provided emergency services as well as some additional information on the district’s distance learning plans.

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  • Distance Learning starts Monday, March 30 and changes to elementary material pickup

    As you have likely heard, today Gov. Walz made several key announcements in efforts to help address the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Minnesota. Included in the orders today is a statewide “stay at home” order through Friday, April 10, and the extension of the closure bars, restaurants and other business until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 1. The decision that most directly impacts South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) is, of course, the order for all public schools to start distance learning on Monday, March 30 and continue doing so through the month of April. Right now, it is anticipated that staff will report back to school on Friday, May 1, and Monday, May 4, with students expected to start back with in-person classes on Tuesday, May 5. It is important to note that while the start date is clear, the end date for distance learning is subject to change as data on the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve.

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  • Details on educational materials and medication pickup

    we understand that students may have educational materials still at school that they would need for distance learning. A schedule of staggered times for educational materials and medication pickup is included for SSP Secondary, CLC, Kaposia and Lincoln Center. The times have been created to help control traffic flow, as well as allow for all families to access Emergency School Meals pickup. Recall that the district is providing free packaged breakfast and lunches available to all SSP students ages 1-18.

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  • SSP’s John Deneen humbly earns additional prestigious awards

    South St. Paul Secondary senior John Deneen has humbly accepted additional recognitions, adding to an impressive collection of high school accomplishments. In addition to earning a perfect score on the ACT last year, and being recognized as one of 16,000 students across the country to earn National Merit Semifinalist status, recently Deneen was honored with two more prestigious awards. Last month he was named the 2020 Region 3AA Triple ‘A’ Award Winner, and earlier this month Deneen was named a National Merit Scholar Finalist.

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  • Additional resources for families and School Board meeting changes

    We want to give you a heads up that, while we are still finalizing the details, you will receive a message on Sunday regarding plans for students and their families to come to school in staggered shifts to pick up essential educational materials needed for distance learning. Please be looking for that message by Sunday evening. In the meantime, we wanted to remind you of the services currently underway.

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  • Details on SSPPS Emergency School Meals & School-Age Care Programs

    Starting Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 27, South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) Nutrition Services Department will be providing free breakfasts and lunch for SSP children ages 18 and under. The district will be providing school-age children (ages 4-12) of SSP emergency workers and SSP staff through a special Emergency School-Age Care program.

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  • Details and registration for SSPPS Emergency School-Age Care

    As noted in the latest district update, the district will be providing school-age children (ages 4-12) of SSP emergency workers and SSP staff through a special Emergency School-Age Care program. This program will be open to eligible families from Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 27. NOTE: This program is only for eligible families as defined below. The district’s regular Kids’ Choice school-age care program is not open during the closure.

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  • Updates on school closure, emergency school-age care and nutrition services between March 18-27

    Thank you for your support as we continue to navigate these unprecedented times. This message provides the latest information about the district’s COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic response plan.

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  • Despite looming budget cuts, district class sizes remain among lowest in the metro

    Based on a recently released study of 33 metro area school districts, the class sizes in South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) continue to be among the lowest compared to neighboring districts and districts across the Twin Cities. The annual class size study is conducted by Metro ECSU, a regional educational cooperative focused on delivering services to districts while reducing costs through collaboration.

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  • District administration presents recommendations to address $4.1 million shortfall

    At its meeting on March 9, the South St. Paul School Board received the administration's recommendations for addressing a projected $4.1 million budget shortfall. According to district officials, the gap is the result of declining enrollment, increasing costs and inequitable state funding.

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  • No school for students March 16-27

    The Governor has declared the closure of public and charter schools for students by March 18-27 to allow time for school staff to plan for equitable, accessible distance learning. We are continuing with our decision from last Friday to extend Spring Break for South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) students through March 17. Staff will use Monday and Tuesday to start preparing for the mandatory closure beginning Wednesday, March 18. To help us plan for these additional services, we ask SSPPS families that may be accessing these services to please complete this preliminary needs assessment form.

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  • Spring break extended for students on Monday, March 16 & Tuesday, March 17, 2020

    In order to prepare for a possible closure in the future, I, along with my colleagues in several east metro districts, have decided to extend spring break for students by two extra days to allow time for SSPPS staff to prepare for a potential future closure if called.

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  • School Board approves academic calendars for the next two years

    At its meeting on March 9, the South St. Paul (SSP) School Board approved the academic calendars for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years. In both school years, SSP students will start school the fall on the Tuesday after Labor Day, and the last day for students is scheduled for the second week of June.

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  • Families helping families — Early Learning Advisory Council pays off lunch debts of South St. Paul preschool families

    Thanks to a generous donation from the South St. Paul Early Learning Advisory Council (ELAC), preschool students at Kaposia and Lincoln Center no longer have to worry about unpaid school lunch balances. ELAC recently held a successful fundraising event and decided to donate $935 to pay off preschool student school lunch debt in both elementary schools.

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  • Innovative partnership offers special education, mental health support for South St. Paul students at reduced cost

    Through an innovative partnership between South Saint Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) and the University of Minnesota, more consistent special education and mental health services are able to be offered to students at a reduced cost to the district. The partnership provides much needed support to students while also ensuring school psychologist graduate students gain the in-school experience they need to attain their degree.

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  • District provides update on plans for dealing with Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    By now you have heard about the ongoing spread of the COVID-19 virus – commonly known as coronavirus. We wanted to take a moment to let you know what we are doing in South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) to address growing concerns from students, families and staff about the rapidly spreading virus.

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  • Cornell named 2020 Minnesota Teacher of the Year Semifinalist

    The field of possible candidates for this year’s Minnesota Teacher of the Year honor has been narrowed to 36, including South St. Paul High School science teacher Jane Cornell. A selection panel of 24 community leaders chose the semifinalists from an in initial field of 135 candidates from across the state. Jane Cornell photo The panel will next review the semifinalists’ portfolios again and review semifinalist video submissions in late March, from which they will select about 10 finalists. The winner will be announced by 2019 Minnesota Teacher of the Year and South St. Paul High School math teacher Jessica Davis at a banquet on May 3 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul.

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  • Students showcase their personal projects at the IB MYP Personal Project Fair

    More than 150 personal projects were showcased at the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) Personal Project Fair this year. Considered by the IB as a student’s culminating experience in the MYP, the Personal Project is an extensive, independent inquiry into a topic of choice in which students demonstrate and apply the skills they have learned.

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