Weekly Update

October 11, 2021

Quarter One Conferences

We are halfway through our first quarter! We have now had a good glance at full-time and what the year might look like. We are still in the process of looking at safety measures and procedures and what will keep us all healthy and safe, which is why we made the decision to have VIRTUAL conferences instead of in-person. We know that virtual conferences are not preferable for families and students and it isn't always easy to navigate but we hope that some of you were still able to register for time with your student's teachers and get updates on how they are doing. It is our hope that we will be able to return to in-person conferences next quarter and have events with families in the school as well. The survey below has questions about conferences and your experience. It's important to us to have feedback and information that will help us improve going for ward so please take a second to fill out the form at the link below.


Virtual Conferences Survey

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Covid Safety and Procedures

SPPS COVID-19 Student and Family Guide

Below we have attached the guide Saint Paul Public Schools have created with all the information regarding COVID procedures and protocols should a student or family member have a positive test. We are doing our best to help the students understand the importance of all of the rules and procedures that we have in place and we know it may be frustrating and difficult to understand.

COVID-19 Guidelines



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.

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Covid Testing and Services in our Community

La Puerta Abierta, the church and organization across the street from our school has reached out and wants all families to know they are welcome and have many services and programming including academic help and after school fun for students. They will also be hosting weekly covid testing that anyone can access, Monday's 2-5PM. See the information below and contact them with any questions.


Free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

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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

iUpdate

Updating your information in iUpdate will ensure that you receive proper services, eligible transportation and important communications by U.S. mail, phone, email or text. Families will receive phone calls and text message reminders to complete iUpdate. One parent or guardian from each primary household is expected to complete iUpdate. If your phone, email or address have changed you can login and update this information from our home phone or computer. If you need assistance or just want to update personal information feel free to contact our office and we will gladly assist you. We want to make sure as parents and family members you are getting all of our communication and you know what's happening in school.


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.


https://www.spps.org/cms/lib/MN01910242/Centricity/Domain/11325/08252021%20English%20High%202021-2022.pdf

Meal Service

  • 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?

Overheard at Humboldt

Mayor's Cup-Allianz Field

Congrats to both our soccer teams for making history last Friday at Allianz. We are so proud of you for your play but also for the great sportsmanship you showed and how you represented our school. You had so many family, friends, teachers/staff as well as SPPS community members there to see and cheer you on. Congratulations on being part of something so great for our city. Shout out to our coaching staff and especially our ADs; Mr. Osborne for all of his hard work collaborating with district and city officials to make this all possible. Also a round of applause to our Middle School AD, Ms. Lawrence(LW) who sang that National Anthem before the games!

Contact Us

Principal:

Mr. Abdi

(651)744-4860


Counseling Office:
(651) 744-2170

Athletic Office:
(651) 744-5640

School Hours:
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Attendance Specialist:

Judy Moore

(651)744-5547


Family Liaison/Project Coordinator:

Dulce Meza

(651)744-4740 or email dulce.meza@spps.org