News and Views
An e-newsletter from Mounds View Public Schools
September 7, 2023
First week of school
Expect delayed buses
Families of bus riders should keep the following in mind as we start the school year:
Many bus drivers are new and will be learning the routes. Please allow for some delays the first few weeks of school, until drivers are familiar with their routes.
If you’re experiencing significant delays the first few weeks (20 minutes or more), please call 651-621-6027.
Please have your student at the bus stop at least five minutes before their expected pick-up time. This will help keep all buses as close to on-time as possible.
Wondering how long to stay home if you have COVID-19 this school year? As with other infectious conditions, Mounds View Public Schools will continue to follow public health guidelines. You can find the current guidelines here.
Need a test? We continue to have free, rapid, at-home tests available for both staff and students. Simply request them from your building's health office. Anyone in Minnesota can also order free, rapid, at-home tests to be delivered straight to your home. To place an order, click here.
School Resource Officers
Mounds View Public Schools serves students in seven communities. The New Brighton Department of Public Safety will continue to provide School Resource Officers (SROs) assigned to schools in those cities. Staff, students and families in New Brighton schools will not experience anything different from what they have in prior years. However, due to recently passed legislation, the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department and the Mounds View Police Department have decided to discontinue their SRO partnership with schools in Arden Hills, Mounds View, North Oaks and Shoreview. Both of these law enforcement organizations have committed to having officers available to our schools, but will not call them SROs. These officers will be assigned a regular patrol for which the schools will be part of their assignment. Look for more information throughout the school year, as we expect this issue will continue to evolve.
Students can receive urgent text alerts
Parents, you can add your child's cell phone number to ParentVUE so they can receive text messages and robo-calls about school closings, significantly delayed school buses, emergencies and other alerts. To subscribe your student to these occasional urgent messages, read the easy instructions here.
ParentVUE video guides
Visit our website to find guides for using ParentVUE, including instructions for activating your account, updating your notification preferences, checking grades and more.
Scroll down to the "ParentVUE instructional guides" section for a selection of helpful videos.
What is ParentVUE?
Parents of elementary school students can view attendance records, test history, schedules, report cards and personal information. Parents of middle and high school students can view attendance records, test history, schedules, grades, assignments and personal information. Personal Learning Plans can be accessed on ParentVUE and parents can make payments for meals and activity fees. High school transcripts are also available on ParentVUE.
Student data privacy
Mounds View Public Schools is committed to protecting the privacy of each student. The technology department provides access to free and subscription-based digital resources for beneficial services, such as providing high quality instructional resources and increasing efficiency in school operations. Learn more about student data privacy here.
No fee for meals
This fall, our school district is joining Minnesota’s Free School Meals Program. All students will be offered one breakfast and one lunch at no cost each day at school. Additional Ala Carte items will be available to purchase using meal account funds. To add funds to your student’s meal account online visit linqconnect.com. You can also send cash or check to school with your student.
Other free or reduced-rate benefits
Although no application is required to receive this no cost meal benefit, filling out the Application for Educational Benefits is still important. Families could qualify for a variety of free and/or reduced rates on many other great benefits. Complete your application here.
Community Education registration open now
Registration for activities is now open! Take a look at the digital catalog to see the upcoming offerings for adults, youth and families.
NEW! Community Senior Lunches for Ages 50+
All-ages star watch party
Family fun day at Wild Mountain
New youth enrichment opportunities for arts, languages, STEM and more
Adult enrichment programming for financial planning, gardening and more
Did you know?
Mounds View High School graduate Natalie Hudson (class of 1975) will be the first Black Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice in state history. Read a recent Star Tribune article about her here.