October 11, 2021
Quarter One Conferences
Covid Safety and Procedures
SPPS COVID-19 Student and Family Guide
Masks are required in the building, in all classrooms and in the hallways. Currently, the only time students may be unmasked is during their lunch. Because lunch is the time when they are unmasked the longest we have taken measures to help us contact trace should a student become sick. Until last week, we were asking the students to sit at the same table daily as well as sign in. This process was not as easy for the students as they like to move around and socialize with friends during lunch, their only free time. We acknowledge this is very difficult for the kids and for us as staff to enforce, making the tracing extremely difficult and not very accurate. We still need to have a system in place to trace if students have been around someone infected. Tomorrow, October 11th, the students will begin a new tracing process at lunch that will require a mobile device; iPad or phone. The students will have instruction during advisory tomorrow and continue to work with their teachers if they have questions. The iPad or phone will be used to scan a QR code which will pull up a form on their device. The form will have 4 questions for them to complete before they get in line for lunch. It should take no more than 2minutes to complete if they do it promptly when they enter the cafeteria. They will have more than enough time to complete this safety procedure, get their lunch and eat. Please remind your students that we will start this tomorrow and encourage them to participate DAILY.
Covid Testing and Services in our Community
Saint Paul Public Schools Honors Indigenous Peoples Day
Since 1973, Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) has worked to preserve and present the unique political, sovereign, cultural, traditional and spiritual values of American Indian culture through education. Any student who is a child, grandchild or enrolled member of a tribe, band or other organized group of Native descent is eligible to participate in the district’s American Indian Education Program, which provides students with Dakota and Ojibwe language instruction, special events throughout the school year, and support services for students and their families.
In 2015, the City of Saint Paul was among the first cities in the country to recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day. This year, SPPS will recognize this day (October 11) by raising a new healing pole outside the district administration building at 360 Colborne Street.
Students at schools throughout SPPS may learn about Indigenous people, traditions and culture in their classrooms in conjunction with Indigenous Peoples Day on October 11. Families and students can find additional resources from the American Indian Education Program to extend their learning at home.
Family and Student Services
If you prefer a paper version, it is available below and can be printed. If you cannot print at home, we can make this available and your student can request it.
Meals for Students Learning in Person
For the 2021-2022 school year, breakfast and lunch will be free for all students. Students who bring lunch from home can also get a meal from the cafeteria. Students must pick at least 3 items (such as a fruit, vegetable and milk) to receive free lunch. Students can still purchase milk separately for $0.50. Menus are available at schoolcafe.com/spps/menus.
Individual schools/programs will determine how meals will be served in cafeterias and/or classrooms. Students and staff are required to wear masks when they are not eating or drinking. Assigned seating will be required during meals.
Breakfast to Go will continue, with pre-packaged meals to be eaten in the classroom. Lunch will be served in reusable containers with lids rather than on traditional lunch trays, and table decals will mark designated seating locations in cafeterias. Staff will monitor safety protocols throughout the lunch period, including lining up and dismissal.
Every SPPS family should complete an application for Education Benefits/Free or Reduced Price Meals. Not only does this help us identify families in need of assistance, it also allows the District to receive federal dollars for classroom programming.
A new form must be completed each school year. Additionally, families who have completed an application and have experienced a change in household income or size are encouraged to complete a new application.
How to apply for free and reduced-price lunch?
- Applications can be completed
Overheard at Humboldt
Mayor's Cup-Allianz Field
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Family Liaison/Project Coordinator:
(651)744-4740 or email firstname.lastname@example.org