IMPORTANT — Fall 2020 Plans

August 7, 2020

Dear SPCPA Students and Families,

Please take some time to carefully read through all of the information below.  We are happy to be able to give students and families their choice of how they wish to experience SPCPA this fall.


Revised 2020-21 Academic Calendar

On August 5, the SPCPA Board of Directors approved a revised calendar for the 2020-21 school year.

  • Please note the first day of school will be TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 .The new calendar is posted to the SPCPA website.  The most notable change beyond the delayed start is that J-Term has moved from January 4-21 to June 1-17.  All projects, venues, and directors that have been announced still stand.  The school will work with families who have June conflicts to find an alternate way to gain J-Term credit.
  • Back-to-School Open House has been cancelled.You will receive more information at the end of the month about how to purchase/receive bus cards and school clothing/accessories.
  • New Student Orientation Day has been cancelled.New students in the hybrid model will receive orientations (daily schedule, map of school, etc.) during classes on their first day at school.  New students in the 100% Distance Learning model will have the opportunity to engage virtually with both academic and arts instructors during the first week.
  • Back-to-School Packets are almost ready to go.Via a secure page on our website, we will provide e-links to fillable pdfs for the documents we need returned.  We will also send paper copies in the mail to each family.

 


Fall 2020

For the fall semester, SPCPA will follow the State recommendation for our district.  The current State recommendation for SPCPA is to begin the school year in a hybrid model (please note that this recommendation is based on data from all of the counties in which SPCPA students reside).  However, all families have the option to select 100% Distance Learning.

We are pleased to be able to provide all families with the following 3 educational models for the fall.

  1. 100% Distance Learning
    • Students will take their academic classes through the Edgenuity online platform.  Those classes will be delivered, customized, supported, and graded by the SPCPA teacher assigned to the in-person version of each academic course.
    • Students will have the opportunity each week to receive live academic support through regularly scheduled virtual sessions with each SPCPA instructor who is assigned to the in-person version of each academic course.
    • Students will receive arts credit through Edgenuity.  There will be regular opportunities to join a number of in-person arts classes virtually.  There will be opportunity for students to engage weekly in regularly scheduled zoom sessions with each arts department.
    • Edgenuity is an effective and efficient platform to use on off-days.  If students need to move between educational options for any reason, or if the State recommends 100% Distance Learning for SPCPA at some point this fall, students will transition smoothly to the new model.  Academic courses across the models will be aligned.
    • At the end of the semester, students will have the option to choose all arts and academic courses to be graded A-F, or all arts and academic courses to be graded Earned Credit/No Credit.
  2. In-Person Hybrid for both Arts and Academics
    • Students will attend school every other day for a full, regular school day.
    • The student body will be divided into 2 groups.  Group 1 will start in-person classes on September 8.  Group 2 will start in-person classes on September 9.  You will receive your group assignment one week prior to the start of school.
    • Students will complete online academic work through the Edgenuity platform on their off-day.
    • Physical distance of 6 feet between students will be maintained in all academic and arts classrooms.
    • At the end of the semester, students will have the option to choose all arts and academic courses to be graded A-F, or all arts and academic courses to be graded Earned Credit/No Credit.

     

  3. In-Person Hybrid for Arts;  Distance Learning for Academics
    • Students will attend arts classes in-person  every other day .
    • The student body will be divided into 2 groups.  Group 1 will start in-person classes on September 8.  Group 2 will start in-person classes on September 9.  You will receive your group assignment one week prior to the start of school.
    • Arts classes will use Google Classroom to provide students will resources, assignments, and support on off-days.
    • Physical distance of 6 feet between students will be maintained in all arts classrooms.
    • Students will take their academic classes through the Edgenuity online platform.  Those classes will be delivered, customized, supported, and graded by the SPCPA teacher assigned to the in-person version of each academic course.
    • Students will have the opportunity each week to receive live academic support through regularly scheduled virtual sessions with each SPCPA instructor who is assigned to the in-person version of each academic course.
    • At the end of the semester, students will have the option to choose all arts and academic courses to be graded A-F, or all arts and academic courses to be graded Earned Credit/No Credit.
  • You may choose one of these 3 models.  If you have not yet chosen your educational model, please do so via our Google Form using THIS LINK.
  • You may change your mind prior to the start of the school year.  If you have changed your mind from an earlier Google Form submission, please do so using THIS LINK.
  • You will also have the opportunity to decide to leave a Hybrid (in-person) model and move to the online model at any time.  More details on this to come soon.
  • You will receive a mini-Handbook for each of the 3 educational models by at least 10 calendar days prior to the start of school on September 8.

 


Health and Safety

You will receive a Health and Safety Handbook for the Hybrid model by at least 10 calendar days prior to the start of school on September 8.  Some basics below.

Symptom Screening.

  • Staff and Students:  Self-monitor for symptoms daily; if symptoms occur, staff/students must stay at home.
  • School staff and administration respond to students who present symptoms at school.  Students will be isolated in a designated space and must be immediately picked up by a parent/guardian.

Masks are required for all students and staff.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  We ask that students and staff provide their own masks; however, please know that the State of Minnesota will provide the following supplies to all public schools.

  • Every student will receive one cloth face covering.
  • Every school staff member will receive one cloth face covering.
  • Every school will receive three disposable face masks per studen.
  • Every school will receive face shields for all licensed teachers and 50% of non-licensed staff.
  • In addition, we have purchased additional face shields for the rest of our non-licensed staff and for every student who requests one (one per person).

More health and safety protocols will be outlined in the forthcoming Health and Safety Handbook.

 


Questions

  • We know you have more questions.  We are working hard to complete the mini-Handbooks for each model and the Health and Safety Handbook.  Your remaining questions will likely be answered by those documents.
  • Starting on September 8 aligns our calendar with the calendar for most other districts in the state.  This also ensures that we will receive our State-allotted PPE in time for day 1.  We have also learned from MTC that a number of outlying and express routes that have been restricted will begin to return sometime during the week of September 8.
  • Please remember that we will continue to follow the State recommendation for SPCPA as the year proceeds.  Thank you for your flexibility in this time.

 

We miss you all and look forward to connecting this fall in the way that works best for you.

 


16 West 5th Street

St. Paul, MN 55102

651-290-2225 (Phone)

651-290-9000 (Fax)

www.spcpa.org