Transition Plus Newsletter

March 2020 Special Edition

Getting Connected!

This is our first year of the Transition Plus Newsletter! It is delivered via email to all of our families that have submitted their email address. We are excited to share some of the great things that happened this month, things to look forward to next month, and needs that you can help us with.


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CALENDAR

April Calendar

March 19: 4:30 - 6:00 Site Council - cancelled

March 17-April 3: No school

April 17: Tplus Talent Show - Tentatively scheduled for now - we'll let you know about date changes or cancellations

April 23: Transition Plus Resource Fair 5:30 - 7:00 Fair designed for transition age students to connect with community resources around education, employment, and independent living

UPCOMING EVENTS

Tplus Talent Show

Friday, April 17th, 1:30-3:30pm

2015 East Lake Street

Minneapolis, MN

This is tentatively scheduled, however if school is not in session, it will be cancelled. If in-person school will have just been reinstated, the date may be changed.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

FAMILY RESOURCES

Governor Walz signs executive orders to halt evictions

Governor Walz signed executive order 20-14 which will halt all evictions during the COVID-19 state of emergency. Evictions are especially devastating at a time like this not only because so many of us are financially insecure, but an increase in unhoused people during a pandemic would worsen the public health crisis. The order specifies that those of use who are still able to pay rent must do so. This order will give thousands of Minnesotans the respite they need to get through this crisis. You can read more about the order here.

Census 2020

By now, you should have received your invitation to participate in the 2020 Census in the mail.

It looks like this:

The census questionnaire can be completed online in less than 10 minutes – there are only a few simple questions. The process is fast, secure and important. We need to count every Minnesotan! So grab the invitation letter with your Census ID code on it and get it out of the way, now! You’re already sitting at your computer, right?

Ensuring critical services continue for state’s most vulnerable

Governor Walz signed two executive orders late last week that will streamline access to public health programs and ensure the most vulnerable Minnesotans still have access to critical services during the COVID-19 crisis.

Prom

Every Year on the first Saturday of May, De La Salle hosts prom for our community of students with disabilities. Prom is free to attend (donations are appreciated), there are free snacks, and so much fun to be had. This year, Prom will be held on May 2nd. Students find their own transportation to Prom.


Recognizing the severity of COVID-19, Project Prom 2020 is canceling all of our events. We will greatly miss seeing you this year. Please take care of yourselves and your neighbors. Thank you for understanding.


PLEASE NOTE:
Project Prom is donating HUNDREDS of prom dresses to Arc’s Value Village Richfield location. If you are still in need of a dress, they will have a large selection available at a low cost starting mid-April. Please check their website for updated store hours.


- Project Prom Planning Committee


If you have questions, contact Jeni Asaba at projectprom.us@gmail.com or 646.354.0219

FOOD RESOURCES DURING SCHOOL CLOSURES

MPS Food Pick-Up Sites

The student food pick-up sites are listed here on this website (Tplus students included): https://cws.mpls.k12.mn.us/covid19


List of Restaurants offering free food to students during school closures:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/0/d/1iq1H-dlkdzfJPs7E641tMHmPvWXPQfxf4DvcREOOzyA/htmlview


FYI:

Children means (a) persons 18 years of age and under, and (b) persons over 18 years of age who are determined by a State educational agency or a local public educational agency of a State to be mentally or physically handicapped and who participate in a public or nonprofit private school program established for the mentally or physically handicapped.

FREE COMCAST INTERNET INFORMATION

Comcast is committed to helping our community amid the COVID-19 outbreak. As MPS school district may be considering a virtual learning option or keeping students connected during a quarantine, we want to make sure you are aware of an announcement we made yesterday about our Internet Essentials program to help low-income families with internet access.


More details can be found in the attached document, and general program information can be found at www.internetessentials.com. In summary, we announced the following:


1. We will make it even easier for low-income families who live in a Comcast service area to sign up by offering new customers 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month.


2. Also, we are increasing Internet speeds for the Internet Essentials service from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps for all new and existing customers, which will be the speed of the service going forward. In this way, we will ensure that Internet Essentials customers will be able to use their Internet service for all their increased needs as a result of this health crisis.

FREE SPECTRUM INTERNET INFORMATION

If students don't have access to the internet, they can call 1-844-488-8398 during the school closures for free internet from Spectrum.

Comprehensive District Design

In the coming months, Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) will be making many important decisions about the Comprehensive District Design (CDD). The goal of the CDD is to provide all students in Minneapolis a well-rounded education by focusing on academics, equity and sustainability.

Because these decisions directly impact MPS students, families, staff, and the community, we are seeking your input. You can learn more about the CDD, and the current models they are considering, as well as give your feedback in the form below and/or in the survey below.


https://mpls.k12.mn.us/cdd_digest.html and https://mpls.k12.mn.us/cdd


Comprehensive District Design Feedback Form


Comprehensive District Design Survey

Update Your School Messenger Preferences

As we head into the winter weather season, stay on top of school closures by making sure your school has your correct contact information. Once you've verified your school knows how best to reach you, create an account in School Messenger to manage your communications preferences. Families can now opt-in to receive text messages as well.



https://mpls.k12.mn.us/school_messenger

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Transition Plus provides services to students with educational disabilities and transition needs.