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Getting Ready for School
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 9:50 AM

As you may have heard, all Minneapolis Public Schools are beginning the school year with distance learning. Protecting the health and safety of our students, families and staff is our top priority. We will transition to in-person learning once the rates of COVID-19 decline significantly in Minneapolis and surrounding communities.

To help you prepare for the start of the school year, we have some essential information for you to review. All this information is provided in this Back to School Guide as well as on our website. We will continue to share information with you on what you can expect for the new school year as it becomes available.

School starts:

  • Grades 1-12 and Transition Plus: Tue., September 8 

  • Prekindergarten and Kindergarten: Thurs., September 10 

The Back to School Guide provides information on the following topics:

  • Distance learning with student supports. 
  • What families can expect when school starts in September 

  • What to expect for distance learning in September 

  • MPS 5 Phases to Safe Learning

  • Special Education services

  • Early Childhood Education

What families need to know

  • School open houses 

  • School supplies

  • Technology needs

  • Grading

  • Attendance and absences 

  • Food and nutrition

  • Education Benefits: Fill out your form as soon as possible  

  • Child care - Minneapolis Kids

How families can help their children stay healthy and safe 

  • Immunizations (also known as vaccinations or shots)

  • COVID-19 testing resources

  • Protection from COVID-19: Stop the spread of germs 

  • Screen at 3: Early Childhood Screening

School starts September 8: Are you ready?

  • Is your child enrolled?

  • Important dates

  • Important phone numbers

Stay connected: Update your PHONE, ADDRESS and EMAIL

All MPS schools use SchoolMessenger to share important information about weather closures, building safety, school events, transportation and more. Make sure you receive text messages by texting “Y” to 67587. Families can manage their contact preferences by creating a SchoolMessenger account. To learn more visit: