Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) is adding two days to its winter break, which will now be two full weeks. “We need to acknowledge the stress and challenges both families and staff are facing due to the pandemic. We want to give our students, school staff and their families a longer break,” says Superintendent Joe Gothard. “We also encourage everyone to use this time to get vaccinated or get your booster shot if you are eligible.”
The district’s winter break had been scheduled to begin on Wednesday, Dec. 22, with students returning on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. Today’s announcement means there will be no classes on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 20-21. Winter break for students will begin after classes end on Friday, Dec. 17.
The district’s Discovery Club child care program will be offered on Monday, Dec. 20, for currently enrolled families but will not operate on Tuesday, Dec. 21. Monday, December 20, will be a professional development (PD) day for school staff. This day will be a regular workday for all other SPPS staff. Tuesday, December 21, will be a non-school day for all students and school staff. This day will be a regular workday for all other SPPS staff.
In order to allow for this change to the school year calendar, April 15, which had been scheduled as a professional development day for school staff, will now be a digital learning day.
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