St. Anthony Park Elementary FAQ

Below are some frequently asked questions about life at St. Anthony Park Elementary School. We hope this page will serve as a resource for you!

The Basics

We recommend putting the school and nurse's phone into your phone contacts!

St. Anthony Park Elementary School

2180 Knapp Street / St. Paul, MN 55108

www.spps.org/stanthony

School Phone: 651-293-8735

School Nurse: 651-888-7662

Discovery Club Phone: 651-293-5332

Key email contacts: 

Principal, Dr. Karen Duke email: karen.duke@spps.org  

School clerk, Michele Brinkhaus email: michele.brinkhaus@spps.org

Here is the Staff Directory where you can find teacher emails.

If you would like to know a little more about your grade, click here!
 

District Tech Stuff

iUpdate/OneStop link: https://www.spps.org/onestop

Schoology link: https://schoology.spps.org/home

Dates & Times

  • The school day starts at 7:30AM. Doors open at 7:15AM.

  • The school day ends at 2PM.

  • Grades 1-5 begin classes on Thursday, September 9th. 

  • Kindergartners begin classes on Monday, September 13th. 

  • Full School Calendar: https://www.sapsamn.org/upcoming-events 

Transportation: 

Students arrive at school by walking, riding bikes, parent drop-off and buses! Mornings and afternoons are very busy around the school. so please take extra caution around the area for the safety of our students. 

 

Dropping your student off? Please follow these guidelines. 

Is your student riding the bus? Please visit this site for more information

 

Wondering if your student's bus is on time? Please visit here for more information.  

School Cafe & Meals

Lunch and breakfast will be free for all students for the 2021-22 school year. Individual schools/programs will determine if meals will be served in cafeterias and/or classrooms. Students and staff are required to wear masks when they are not eating or drinking. Assigned seating will be required during meals. 

Breakfast to Go will continue, with pre-packaged meals to be eaten in the classroom. Lunch will be served in reusable containers with lids rather than on traditional lunch trays, and table decals will mark designated seating locations in cafeterias. Staff will monitor safety protocols throughout the lunch period, including lining up and dismissal.

Saint Paul Public Schools use School Cafe (www.schoolcafe.com) as the primary resource for school lunches. 

Please create an account for your family and fill out the benefits application for each student in your family. This is crucial, even if you will be refusing benefits! It helps the school district determine the true needs of our school and we need every family to respond. This application can be translated into Spanish, Somali or Hmong using the drop down on the application page. 

Select St. Anthony Park Elementary on the drop down to see The school menu is https://www.schoolcafe.com/menus


School Supplies

The 2021-2022 School Supply List for St. Anthony Park Elementary is available HERE

After School Programs

In a normal, non Covid year there are several after school programs and care options available to families. Please check the status of each program on the links below. 

COVID PROTOCOL INFORMATION

Masks

SPPS will require face masks for all teachers, staff, students and visitors (ages 2 and older) in all SPPS buildings, regardless of a person’s vaccine status, unless they have a qualifying exemption. This will include indoor physical education classes and during meal times when not eating or drinking. Masks are also required on school buses. In general, people do not need to wear masks outdoors (e.g. recess).


Students are strongly encouraged to bring their own clean, well-fitting masks to school each day, including extras. Disposable masks are available at all schools and on buses for students if needed.

Social Distancing
We will provide 3 feet or more of spacing where possible between students, and 6 feet between staff and students. Homeroom classes will stay together throughout the day and will not mix with other groups at recess, in the halls, in the lunchroom, or other places. We will not hold large-group assemblies or gatherings of multiple classrooms. . Hallway routes will be planned and coordinated to minimize passing of classes in the hallways, and whole-class restroom breaks will be scheduled.

 

Visitors
Visitors in the school building will be very limited. In-person meetings and appointments with teachers or staff are available by appointment only. When possible, we will hold meetings using virtual tools such as Google Meet. Family members may not bring students to classrooms in the morning. We will have staff outside to help students get inside and start the day. Once the year gets started and routines are established, we will explore offering limited opportunities for family members to volunteer in school.


Procedure for Sick Students
Students who become sick or exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day will be isolated in our “Waiting Room” (with supervision from our health assistant) until they can be picked up. It is important that you pick up sick students as soon as possible to limit the risk to others.

Testing

COVID-19 testing is particularly valuable in areas experiencing substantial or high community transmission levels and in areas with low vaccination coverage. 

 

SPPS is working with MDH and local organizations to offer additional testing options to students. This information will be updated as new guidance becomes available. Minnesota Testing locations here: https://mn.gov/covid19/get-tested/testing-locations/index.jsp


Contact Tracing
SPPS follows MN Department of Health guidelines when a student, staff member or visitor reports a positive case of COVID. A “close contact” will be defined as being within 6’ for 15 cumulative minutes within 24 hours. If multiple cases are reported within a classroom or the school, the whole class or school may be quarantined. The SPPS Student Health and Wellness Department will work with our principal and school nurse to complete contact tracing and communications as required. SPPS has developed a protocol of communications to determine who is notified in various scenarios.

Covid Reporting

Use this system to report symptoms of COVID-19, a positive test for COVID-19 or close contact exposure to someone with COVID-19 throughout the year: https://commedspps.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9G0WvcJlWfuqwlL

Quarantine Guidelines
Following updated public health guidance, SPPS has reduced quarantine time from 14 days to 10 days in certain circumstances. A person will be required to quarantine if they had close contact with a person positive for COVID, if they were not both masked, and if they were not vaccinated. Fourteen-day quarantines are still required when someone in your household has symptoms of or has tested positive for COVID-19, if you are not vaccinated. Our school nurse can advise you on quarantine.


Ventilation
Over the past year, Saint Paul Public Schools has improved the quality of ventilation in all buildings. Our air handling equipment provides filtered outside air to occupied spaces such as classrooms, offices, gymnasiums, cafeterias and auditoriums to maintain good indoor air quality and comfort. Air handling equipment is run at least one hour prior to occupancy each day to further flush out the buildings. During hot weather, the air handlers are also operated at night to help cool the building down. Standalone HEPA air purifiers are used in rooms in which the SPPS air quality team has measured a lower level of air flow.


Disinfecting and Cleaning
Using EPA-approved disinfectant for SARS-CoV-2, custodial staff will regularly wipe down and disinfect spaces and high-touch surfaces like sinks, drinking fountains, door handles, tables and desks across our building. We will also provide greater access to cleaning materials for our teachers and staff so that they can clean and disinfect spaces, as needed.


Hygiene and Handwashing
Hand hygiene routines will be built into the daily school schedule for all students and staff, including before and after meals, using the bathroom, recess, arrival and dismissal. Access to sinks and bathrooms will be staggered to minimize congregating in the restroom areas. Hand sanitizer will be provided to students, but any use of hand sanitizer will be supervised. Sanitizer will be kept out of reach when not in use.


Water bottles will be provided to all students to minimize water fountain use.

Field Trips

In-state, day field trips will be allowed. No out-of-state, overnight or international trips are allowed at this time. The Como Planetarium will be available to SPPS students only.

Please label coats, hoodies, hats, water bottles, lunch boxes with your child's name in permanent marker.

Our volunteers valiantly try to reunite lost items with their owners, but it is a Herculean task. We ultimately must donate or throw out items each year. Please label belongings. It makes a huge impact!