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2021.3.18: College and Career week; Spring Break food box schedule and student activities and more

March 29-April 2: Virtual College and Career Week for grades 6-12 students 

MPS invites students in grades 6-12 to participate in our exciting College and Career Week from March 29 to April 2. All activities and events are virtual and free. The week is filled with great opportunities for students to explore a range of career and college topics; learn more about their career interests; and identify the best post-secondary options to reach their professional aspirations. Check the event website for more details and schedules.

Food box pick-up sites open three days over Spring Break 

Over Spring Break, food box pick-up sites will be open three days only the week of April 5-9.

  • Sites will be OPEN Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday: April 5, 6, and 7.
  • Sites will be CLOSED Thursday and Friday: April 8 and 9.

Get the most up-to-date information at MPS’ Culinary and Wellness Services website and follow us on social media: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Student activities and family resources over Spring Break, April 5-9 

The week of Spring Break is from Monday, April 5 until Friday the 9th. If you want to keep your student active during this week, check out these community activities

6th Grade Hangout on Tue., April 6 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Calling all 6th graders for a day on Google Meet designed by, and exclusively for, 6th grade students! On Tuesday, April 6, come for two, three or five hours and move freely between breakout rooms filled with fun activities, games and social opportunities. We’ll even make lunch together and give you all the ingredients! Participants will receive a supply kit with the option to pick up or get the kits delivered. To sign up visit or call 612.668.3939; the event is available on a sliding-free scale: $15/$30/$45/$0.

COVID-19 vaccines available for caregivers of children with health conditions and disabilities

COVID-19 vaccines are available for family members who are paid as their child’s Personal Care Attendant (PCA) from Medical Assistance through a Waiver or Consumer Support Grant. Those who are not paid but still provide care for their family members with complex needs also qualify for the vaccine. Family Voices for Minnesota has developed information to help these individuals schedule appointments and receive vaccines. 

Supports and resources for families around the trial of Derek Chauvin

A number of web links to various resources are available to families to support them during the Derek Chauvin trial. Resources include anti-racist parenting guides; how to discuss tough topics with children; self-care and self-compassion and other information.

Planning for school dances and graduation underway

Governor Walz recently announced updated guidelines for gatherings that apply to school spring events, including dances and graduations. MPS is processing these new guidelines to provide schools with the information they need to plan events with the right health and safety practices in place. This may impact previously scheduled dates as we work to find the right spaces and venues that can accommodate the state’s latest guidelines. High schools will soon be communicating their prom and graduation plans to provide families and students time to prepare and participate in these events to the degree they feel comfortable.

"No School" dates

  • March 29-April 2: For students starting in person on April 12-13 or 19-20 
  • April 2: No school for all MPS students (including elementary students)
  • April 5-9: Spring Break for all MPS students