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School Information

  • All Saint Paul Public Schools students will start the 2020-21 school year in distance learning. Every student will receive an iPad and other tools to make distance learning a success. If you have questions or want to enroll a new student, please visit apply.spps.org or call 651-632-3760. The first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 8. For more information, visit spps.org/reopen2020.
  • New localized Minnesota school plan to sets thresholds for reopening Star Tribune article – click here
  • The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is working closely with Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and determine how to keep Minnesota students, their families, and staff healthy. While it is too soon to determine how students will return to school this fall, MDE and MDH have developed guidance around three scenarios to help them plan for the 2020-2021 school year:
    • Scenario 1: In-person learning for all students
    • Scenario 2: Hybrid learning with strict social distancing and capacity limits
    • Scenario 3: Distance learning only
    • Decisions around the fall may change as the state learns more about which scenario will be in the best interest of public health, and specifically the health and safety of our school communities.

      For more information and updates, visit: Stay Safe Guidance for Schools, Colleges, and Universities
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-21 School Year – click here
  • Minnesota Department of Education COVID-19 Updates – click here
  • MDE’s Family Activity Guide is now available in Hmong, Somali and Spanish. The document is designed for families with babies, toddlers and preschoolers. It is filled with ideas on activities families can do with children that help them develop social skills, learn to become independent and get moving.
  • Playground Guidance for Schools and Child Care Programs – click here
  • Guidance for Social Distancing in Youth and Student Programs – click here
  • Special Education COVID-19 Resources – click here
  • Supporting Students and Families COVID-19 Resources – click here

Childcare Information for Families

  • Overnight/Emergency Childcare options for children whose parents need to be hospitalized due to COVID-19
    • Safe Families for Children-MN: They have created a shelter for kids who might have COVID-19 based on their parents’ diagnosis and staffed by volunteers.
      525 Main Street #120673
      St. Paul, MN 55112-3388
      Intake/Referrals: 888.290.7590
      Website: https://minneapolis-stpaul.safe-families.org/
    • Pillsbury United Communities: Short-term daycare placements, information, resources, and referrals for parents with children ages 6 weeks to 12 years, in times of crisis or stress. Call 612-302-3500 for services.
  • For questions regarding school and childcare, call state hotline 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504 between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day of the week. For additional information, click here
  • First Children’s Finance provides financing, training and business-development assistance to childcare businesses in the Midwest.
  • Think Small provides resources and information to childcare providers and parents.
  • State of Minnesota has provided information for childcare providers.
  • Parent Aware provides information about financial aid and tax relief plans that help families pay for childcare and preschool. Call Parent Aware at (888)-291-9811 for help finding the right resources or use Bridge to Benefit’s free financial aid screening tool to see if you might be eligible for help.

Childcare Providers

  • Information for childcare providers – click here or call the Department of Human Services childcare provider hotline at 1-888-234-1268
  • Early Childcare and Education (ECE) programs have many questions about how to keep children and staff healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Guidance for open programs is now available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the AAP. This webinar highlights the guidance and best practices in preventing the spread of disease from Caring for Our Children. The webinar recording can be accessed here.
  • Masking Requirements for Child Care – click here