With less than three weeks until the of the school year, we know there’s a lot of information coming at families from every direction. We hope to provide these updates regularly so you have some of the most important information needed to the first day of school strong and stay updated throughout the year.
This (lengthy) update includes information on:
- When free food boxes will end and where to find other food resources
- How families can participate in the school year meal box program
- Calendar changes for this year and next
- Video resources for families
- Our efforts to make our schools more welcoming
REMINDER: Back to School 2020
MPS will the new school year through distance learning for pre-kindergarten to 12th grade. Grades 1-12 Sept. 8, and PreK and K Sept. 10. Visit b2s.mpls.k12.mn.us to watch a video from Superintendent Graff and find up-to-date information on distance learning, updates on grading and attendance, and many other helpful resources.
REMINDER: Complete the Application for Educational Benefits
It’s time to complete your Application for Educational Benefits form, which used to be called the “Free and Reduced Lunch” form! In addition to no-cost meals for students and other benefits for families, these applications generate almost $100 million in critical funding for MPS and our schools.
Families of all incomes should complete this form each year. Only one application is needed for all children in a family. Complete the Application for Educational Benefits online now at https://cws.mpls.k12.mn.us/application.
Free food boxes end Friday, Aug. 21
Free weekly food boxes for all children 18 years and under will end Friday, Aug. 21. As MPS Culinary & Wellness Services transitions from summer service to the school year, there will be no food box distribution Aug. 24 through Sept. 4. Please visit theCity of Minneapolis Homegrown website for an interactive map of food shelf locations.
School meal box pick up begins Sept. 8 for MPS students
All MPS students are eligible to participate in the MPS school meal box pick-up that will begin on Sept. 8 and remain available throughout all MPS Phases to Safe Learning, including during distance learning phases. Please continue to visit the CWS website for the most up-to-date information.
Calendar changes for school years 2020-21 and 2021-22
On Tuesday, the Minneapolis Board of Education passed several calendar changes for school years 2020-21 and 2021-22. These changes protect the health and safety of students, staff, and voters, and ensure all students and staff can attend the first day of school. The following changes were made:
November 3, 2020 (Election Day), shall be a distance learning day for all grades, regardless of which learning model is being used within Minneapolis Public Schools. On this day, only staff necessary to open buildings as polling places shall be required to report to work in-person.
In the 2021-2022 school year, the first day of school for grades 1-12 shall be September 8, 2021.
In the 2021-2022 school year, the first day of school for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten shall be September 10, 2021.
Video resources for families
MPS is producing regular video updates on a variety of topics. Watch them for everything from handwashing and hygiene tips to distance learning updates. New videos are available every one to two weeks.
Creating welcoming, safe environments for all
At the Board meeting Tuesday night, Superintendent Graff and his leadership team provided an update on efforts to develop a Climate Framework. Our families, students, and staff have said Minneapolis Public Schools must focus on shifting our culture to one where everyone experiences a sense of belonging, respect and safety. That means that we must confront practices and behaviors that perpetuate inequities and leave many people feeling as if they aren’t welcome here.
This change is deeper than a budget, a building, or a plan, and relies upon building trust through action. Pockets of that work are happening already, and it is time to amplify and expand what works. The Climate Framework answers this need and MPS is at the beginning of this process.