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2021.5.13: MPS Weekly Family Update

Fall Transportation Registration

As the end of this school year approaches, we’re gathering information about your child’s transportation needs for the next school year. 

Schools will be sending home a Fall Transportation Request Form in your child’s backpack starting Friday, May 14. Please complete the form with your child’s transportation needs for next school year.

Who needs to complete the form?

Families with changes to their child’s transportation needs, such as a new address or new daycare for next year, will need to complete the form. 

If your child will no longer be riding the bus next year, please complete the form and return to your child’s school. 

Who does not need to complete the form?

Families who would like to continue their child’s transportation as is for next school year do not need to complete a form. Your child will be assigned a bus stop based on the information we currently have on file.

Return the completed form to your child's school by May 28.

Reach out to your school with any questions or to complete the information over the phone. 

MPS is offering a transportation reimbursement to families who bring their children to and from school in place of riding the bus. More information on this reimbursement is found on MPS Transportation’s website at https://transportation.mpls.k12.mn.us/bus_reimbursement

Student Quarantine: Length and COVID vaccine

MPS will continue with a 14-day quarantine period for unvaccinated students for the remainder of this school year and will review the possibility of a shortened quarantine period for next school year. Both state and federal health officials recommend that a 14-day quarantine provides the greatest protection against spreading COVID-19.

However, a student will not have to quarantine if MPS Health Office staff can confirm the student meets current Minnesota Department of Health guidelines for quarantining after being vaccinated. If a student has fully completed the COVID-19 vaccination (two doses in a two-dose series or one dose in a one dose series) and has been exposed to someone with COVID, they do not need to quarantine if ALL of the following are true:  

  • The COVID-19 exposure was at least 14 days after their vaccination series was fully completed.  
  • They do not currently have any symptoms of COVID-19.

Families should call their school’s health office to let them know if your student has been told to quarantine AND they are fully vaccinated

Rent Assistance

Rent Help MN is now open for applications for anyone who owes back rent and meets eligibility requirements. There is no cap on the amount that can be received. Past-due rent and utilities for anything dating back to March 13, 2020, and for up to three months ahead are eligible for request.

Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program 

The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) is a federal program to help households pay for internet service and get a discount on a device. Broadband service gives people high-quality internet service. Families can apply for the program starting on May 12, 2021. Find out more at:  How to Apply for the EBB Program

Hmong Heritage Night “Fostering Hmong Culture and History” 

In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, we invite you to join our Virtual Hmong Heritage Night—which is also on Hmong American Day! Please see and share this flyer.

There will be:

  • Performances 
  • Prizes 
  • Virtual Activities 

Friday, May 14, 2021  |  5:30-7:30 p.m.

Join virtually through Zoom; Meeting ID: 945 6892 6127; Passcode: 826946 Dial by your location +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

For questions, call or email Yee Yang, 612.814.1114, Yee.yang1@mpls.k12.mn.us

The event is brought to you by the MPS Hmong Parent Advisory Council.