No School 10/15 and 10/16

There is no school on Thursday 10/15/20 and Friday 10/16/20 for the Education Minnesota annual conference (formerly called MEA break).
All school buildings will be closed and no business conducted on these days.
Additionally, there will not be any Zoom sessions or Edgenuity instruction on these days.

School resumes on Monday 10/19; it is a Group 2 B-Day.

Free COVID-19 Testing in St Paul

Dear SPCPA Community,

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is launching a four-week effort to provide increased access to “no barrier” COVID-19 testing in communities across the state beginning on Wednesday, September 23. Increasing testing allows us to ensure those who test positive are cared for and prevents the virus from spreading in our communities.

State health officials will work with local health officials and other community partners to offer free COVID-19 testing at four to six separate community testing events spread throughout the week.

Testing will be:

  • Free
  • Available to anyone (symptomatic or not)
  • Will not require health care insurance

SPCPA was asked to share this information and opportunity to participate in this testing event with our school community. MDH recognizes that there may be some community concern that a testing event would automatically result in a recommended learning model shift. They indicated that will not necessarily be the case. Widespread access to testing, followed by isolating those who are positive, and quarantining close contacts is a proven strategy for controlling the spread and keeping businesses and schools open as much as possible. In addition to combating existing levels of disease spread, this testing will provide important data to guide efforts to combat COVID-19 and protect those who are most vulnerable to serious complications.

This week’s testing events will be held in Grand Rapids, Pine City, Waseca and St. Paul. For more information and specific details, visit MDH’s COVID-19 Community Testing webpage.

Best,
Callie Jacobs, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Calendar: Group 1/Group 2 Physically in the Building

Use this calendar to determine if Group 1 or Group 2 is physically present at SPCPA for the day.

2020-21 School Calendar (Group Physically Present)

Welcome Back!

September 8, 2020

Dear SPCPA Students & Families — WELCOME BACK!

It was great to welcome back students for the first day of hybrid learning. Check out Facebook for pictures from today. We also enjoyed connecting virtually with our students doing 100% distance learning and look forward to another first day of school for our second group of hybrid students tomorrow. It is definitely not a “typical” first day for our school community, but the excitement and energy was still obvious.

The extra communication and work from everyone in our community that went into making this day possible is greatly appreciated. We know SPCPA has an amazing staff, but they really went above and beyond over the past 18 days to prepare for the start of the school year. Take the time to thank a staff member this week if you can — I know they will appreciate it! We are all in this together — We will take each day as it comes and continually do our best to maintain a safe learning and work environment for everyone while continuing to take the time to honor the work of those in our community.

We must all do our part to support being able to offer hybrid learning models, so please be sure that students and family members are self-monitoring for symptoms daily before students leave for school. Staff will do the same.

You can refer to page 7 of the COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for Students & Families for more information on self-monitoring for illness.

https://www.spcpa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/2020-08-26-COVID-19-Preparedness-Plan-for-Students-and-Families.pdf

Thank you for your continued investment in our school community. We look forward to another, albeit unique, school year!

Best,

Callie Jacobs, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Reminders for Students/Families

Dear SPCPA Students and Families,

Here are a few final reminders for you as we dive into the new year.

  • Check in for attendance on Infinite Campus every morning , whether at home or in the building.
  • Attached is a very basic color-coded calendar that shows which Hybrid Group is physically present in the building on a given day.
  • You can find your detailed Hybrid Group Calendar on the Covid-19/Fall 2020 Info page our website. Choose Appendix D then scroll to the calendar that pertains to you.   CLICK HERE
  • As stated in the Education Model Guides, there are no communal microwaves, silverware or vending machines.
    • FYI: most local businesses/restaurants are still closed, including those in the food courts. We highly recommend bringing your own lunch.
  • Students: Please have a screenshot of your Infinite Campus schedule on your phone for easy reference.
    • Academics follow A Day or B Day
    • Arts follow the day of the week
  • Bus Cards: Those students who requested a bus card may now pay for their card through Infinite Campus; choose Fees from the menu on the left.
    • Pick up your bus card from Nancy in the stairwell office.
    • Make sure your bus is running at the times you need it.
    • Metro Transit is still only allowing 10 people on the bus at a time. Please plan accordingly.
    • You can call Metro Transit for help at 612-373-3333, option 2.
  • Bring your mask. Wear your mask.
    • Need a mask? See Mr. Clemins in Lowry Office 106.

Remember: Wear your mask, wash your hands frequently, maintain physical distancing. We can do this together!

We all are looking forward to seeing you, whether in person or online.

Back-to-School Packet & Important Dates

BACK-TO-SCHOOL PACKET

Families may complete the necessary annual forms from the Back-to-School packet electronically; a link was emailed on August H21.  Hard copies will still be sent via USPS for those who wish to complete documents by hand.
DEADLINE to return completed forms:     Friday, September 11.

 

IMPORTANT DATES

August 21 E-link to complete the Back-to-School packet electronically (hard copies mailed via USPS the week of Aug.24)
— see below —
August 25 NEW student and families receive their initial login info via email for Infinite Campus (our student information system to view schedules, grades, make payments, etc.)
August 28 Families receive the mini-handbooks for each educational model
August 31 Families will be sent an e-link to request a bus card if desired (payments will be collected through Infinite Campus)
September 1 Students and families will be able to view their class schedule and assigned in-person group number (if applicable) in Infinite Campus

Pick up books for classes in Lowry beginning this day through Sept.11

September 3 Students receive info on how to log into and navigate Edgenuity
September 8 First day of school

 

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

First Day of School is September 8

SPCPA’s First Day of School for all students will be Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

View SPCPA’s Distance Learning Plan (March 2020)

Linked on the “Current Students” page. Click on “Distance Learning Plan” to view details.

SPCPA Closure per Governor’s Executive Order

As of 3/15/2020

SPCPA Students and Families,

On Sunday, the Governor announced that all public schools in Minnesota will close beginning Wednesday, March 18, to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

SPCPA decided to cancel all classes beginning Monday, March 16.

However, SPCPA will be open Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 for students who wish to meet with academic teachers. All academic teachers will be available between 8AM-4PM.

Students and families: please look to your email for the plan for remote academic learning. SPCPA will suspend learning in all arts classes until students return to campus.

Thanks for your patience as this situation continues to change. We hope to make your learning as seamless as we can and we look forward to seeing you again in person as soon as possible!