SPPS Board of Education transitioning to in-person meetings

SPPS Board of Education transitioning to in-person meetings Photo: KSTP.

Josh Skluzacek
Updated: October 16, 2020 04:50 PM
Created: October 16, 2020 04:47 PM

The St. Paul Public Schools (SPPS) Board of Education will start transitioning to in-person meetings at the district's administrative offices beginning with its upcoming meeting on Tuesday, the district announced Friday. However, it will also continue virtually.

"As SPPS implements the first stage of hybrid learning for our students and staff, we believe the Board of Education should model this movement by also transitioning our Board meetings," said Jeanelle Foster, chairperson of the SPPS Board of Education. "We will do this with strict adherence to CDC and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines, and have safety protocols in place to ensure the health and wellness of everyone involved remains our highest priority."

Not all board members will be able to attend in person, due to COVID restrictions on capacity limits, and there will be limited places for staff and the public, according to SPPS. Additionally, public comments won't be permitted in-person but the public can still submit comments by:

  • Leaving messages with the board secretary at sarah.dahlke@spps.org or 612-434-1105, which will then be complied and distributed to Board members.
  • Sending email statements to the Board of Education email (SB.Members@spps.org) that will be compiled and distributed to Board members.
  • Submitting comments online via the public comment input form online.

Anyone who wants to attend Tuesday's meeting is asked to contact Board Secretary Sarah Dahlke at 612-434-1105 or sarah.dahlke@spps.org. Attendees will be welcomed on a first come, first served basis. Those able to attend will be notified prior to the meeting, and walk-ins will not be allowed. All in attendance will be required to follow distancing and masking guidelines.

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