Department news

Update: Daytime professional development on hold
As mentioned in a recent Bridge letter, Superintendent Valeria Silva is aware of the difficulties schools have experienced when trying to find substitute teachers when educators are involved in critical daytime professional development, especially for the iPad rollout. As promised in that letter, the situation will be addressed.

At this point, the best short-term resolution is to discontinue daytime professional development until a more satisfactory and consistent number of substitutes can be identified. Although this is not the most favorable option, it is the option most immediately available. Educators will be notified when this moratorium is discontinued. 

Language Line interpretation services now available for schools
Language Line is an opportunity for schools and programs to provide phone interpretation services to families.

This service, provided through the state of Minnesota, allows schools to access interpreters over the phone in more than 200 languages. The cost is $1.25 per minute. For example, a 20-minute call would cost $25, regardless of the language. Visit the Language Line website to learn more about the service and a list of the languages available.

If you have not set up an account, send the following information to

  • Name of your school/program
  • School address and phone number
  • Administrator contact information (phone and email)
  • Accountant contact information (phone and email) for billing purposes

Once the information is received and the State of Minnesota authorizes the school to open an account, the school will receive an email with the assigned customer number, along with a username, password and instructions to use the phone interpreting system.

Technology Services will retire website
Technology Services on Nov. 30 will retire their old website If you have bookmarked pages on your website, please update your web pages if they have hyperlinked to before Nov. 30. The Technology Services website is now available at If you have questions or need further assistance, contact the service desk at

Gateway to College is off to a great start
Gateway to College ALC launched earlier this month with a cohort of 26 students. Gateway to College, a national program new at SPPS, is designed to give students a second chance for earning a high school diploma while obtaining college credits if they are behind on high school credits, not on track for graduation, or have dropped. For more information, call the Gateway to College office at 651-403-4222.

Special Education Winter Party is Friday, Dec. 12
Special Education is hosting its annual Winter Party from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at Bridge View School. There will be crafts, cookie decorating, games and dancing for families to enjoy. Winter-inspired appetizers and refreshments will be provided. Get more information.