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Summer learning, activities, meals, child care and more

Wednesday, June 3, 2020Summer 2020 may look a little different than years past, but we are still finding ways to support student learning. Find more details about summer learning, meals, child care and what we know about the 2020-21 school year below. 


Summer Learning Academy, Credit Recovery, Extended School Year

This summer’s programming will include Summer Learning Academy, Extended School Year and Credit Recovery to support eligible students based on state targeted services criteria. Programming will be done via Distance Learning and around the theme of “Stay Connected.”

  • Elementary Summer Learning Academy (current Kindergarten-grade 4 students)
  • Middle School (current grades 5-7 students)
    • Session 1 (grades 6-7 students): June 8-25, 8 a.m.-noon in 1 hour sessions
    • Session 2 (grades 5-7 students): July 6-23, 8 a.m.-noon in 1 hour sessions
    • Families can enroll their student by Wednesday, June 3
    • Class sizes are limited. Please register here and fill out a separate form for each student participating.
    • Additional information can be found here

  • High School Credit Recovery (current grades 9-12 students) 
    • Session 1: June 8-25
    • Session 2: July 6-23 
    • Administrators will contact families directly about credit recovery

  • Special Services Extended School Year (ESY) (current Kindergarten-grade 12) 
    • July 6-30, 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
    • For qualified students only; 1:1 and/or small group service provided by Special Education Summer staff


Summer Meal Distribution

The last day for Emergency School Meals is Wednesday, June 3. Summer meals start Monday, June 15 and meal boxes will be distributed on Monday and Thursday of each week. Meal distribution details include: 

  • June 15-July 1, July 9-August 27
  • Mondays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Food will be distributed at SSP Secondary, Kaposia Education Center and Lincoln Center
  • Three breakfasts and three lunches will be distributed on each distribution day

The State of Minnesota is also offering a program, called P-EBT, for students in Minnesota who are normally able to get free or reduced-priced school meals to help families buy food while schools are closed. Learn more and apply here starting Monday, June 8 at noon. 


Summer Child Care 

We surveyed families last week and are in the process of making decisions about summer child care. Additional communication will be shared with the families who showed interest in summer care once available. 


Student Devices

All student devices are being collected to ensure that the district has functioning and updated technology available for summer programming and the start of the 2020-21 school year. Unless your student has been specifically notified to keep their device, it needs to be turned in. 

As a reminder, material return will be held June 3-5 at SSP Secondary (700 - 2nd Street North) for all grade levels. View the schedule and read more.  


Additional Summer Opportunities

We know many activities and opportunities for students are not running as usual this summer. As we hear about opportunities, we will update them at

  • The 2020 Summer Speed and Strength Camp is open for all students in grades 6-12. Learn more and register and complete the waiver.
  • South St. Paul Community Theatre is going online this summer with four exciting opportunities for participants in grades 6 through adults. Learn more and register.
  • Some sport- and activity-specific summer camps and clinics will be available. Coaches and advisors will reach out directly to families with more details.


Fall Planning

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) will provide schools with guidance for the fall by July 31 at the latest. They are considering a variety of scenarios, including regular school programming, all distance learning and a hybrid of regular programming and distance learning. They are also exploring the possibility of allowing schools to begin the school year early, but even if the state offers this as a possibility, we would need to explore if it is best for our district. SSP continues to work hard to plan for various scenarios so we are ready to follow whatever guidance the state provides us in July. 


As always, please reach out to your teacher or building leaders with questions. We will continue to keep staff and families updated as we learn more about the 2020-21 school year.