News and Information

  • Information on CLC and high school virtual graduations

    Next week is the end of the 2019-2020 school year and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the Class of 2020 and all their accomplishments. We hope you and your family will join us virtually and we’re encouraging all graduates to wear their caps and gowns while viewing the graduation ceremony with their households. Principal Ochocki and Assistant Principal O’Reilly will take the seniors through the traditional Tassel Ceremony, so graduates can move their tassels together as a class at the end of the ceremony. Read below for more details about the virtual graduation ceremonies.

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  • Important emergency food and childcare updates, grading and material return

    We are in the home stretch for the last few weeks of distance learning and wanted to share a few important updates. As a reminder, there are two previously scheduled non-student days on Friday, May 22 and Monday, May 25. Students will not have distance learning on those days and emergency school meals and school-age care is also affected. Please read below for more information about these days, end of year material return and grading.

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  • Grading Modified During Distance Learning

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the shift to distance learning, grading and report cards for SSP schools will look a little different this spring. The district recognizes the significant disruption to the school year and student learning caused by our shift to distance learning. Throughout this time teachers have been gathering evidence of learning, however it is difficult to assess the many benchmarks and standards teachers are typically able to do in a normal school setting. Read below for specific changes to elementary, secondary and preschool grading for this spring.

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  • Packer Pride “Turn the Town Maroon” Month

    The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our lives in many ways and the SSP School Board wants to recognize and support our students, staff and community during this difficult time. At the May 11 School Board meeting, the SSP School Board unanimously approved a resolution declaring the next four weeks Packer Pride “Turn the Town Maroon” Month. The resolution, shared below, encourages all South St. Paul residents to help “Turn the Town Maroon” by displaying their Packer pride at their homes and businesses as a show of support and encouragement to our students and staff, especially the graduating Class of 2020.

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  • Preschool and elementary locker clean-up and material pickup information

    When schools closed in March, nobody thought it would be the last time we would see our students in person this school year. With the announcement last week from Gov. Walz that distance learning will continue through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, we are beginning to prepare for another month of distance learning and end-of-year activities. Click to read more.

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  • Secondary/CLC locker clean-out, materials pickup and graduation update

    I hope you are all staying healthy and safe. After letting the announcement last week from Gov. Walz sink in that distance learning will continue through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, I wanted to touch base about a few important upcoming events. Click to read more.

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  • Schools remain closed and distance learning continues

    This afternoon Gov. Walz ordered all Minnesota public schools to continue distance learning while schools and buildings remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

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  • Updates on April 24 Non-School Day, Emergency School-Age Care and Emergency School Meals

    Next Friday, April 24 is a previously scheduled non-school day for all South St. Paul (SSP) schools. This means students will not participate in Distance Learning on Friday, April 24. Please read the following for details on other impacts of this non-school day and upcoming changes to the emergency school meals.

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  • School Board approves proposed budget adjustments, addressing $4.1 million shortfall

    At its meeting on April 13, the South St. Paul School Board approved the 2020-21 proposed budget adjustments 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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  • Updates on Distance Learning, Emergency School Meals and Upcoming Virtual Spirit Week Themes

    As we continue with this first week of distance learning, we want to send a sincere thank you to all of you for your patience and support during this significant transition. It is certainly a new learning experience for all of us. To that end, we want to share a few important updates with you.

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

    We did it! We made it through Day 1 of SSPPS Distance Learning. Yes, we had some bumps along the way as we worked through technology and supply challenges, but in the end, we were able to make thousands of reconnections with you, our students and families. As we prepare for Day 2, we wanted to share with a few updates about what to expect.

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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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