Department news

Transportation debuts new app, web pages to track bus status
MySPPS Bus, the new status-tracking app for SPPS buses, is now available on all school websites. The MySPPS Bus app is available through Google Play and the Apple App Store. This service will help the Transportation Department communicate bus delay information directly to school staff, families and students.

Informational flyers are available here:

This information has been communicated to parents and families.

School bus information is available on every school's website. Go to your school's website and enter /bus at the end of the website address. (For example: benmays.spps.org/bus.)

Your dedicated /bus webpage will automatically load the bus routes serving your school. Green indicates the routes are on time; yellow indicates a delay of more than 10 minutes; and red means the bus service has been canceled. The dedicated bus pages on school websites will automatically refresh with the latest updates every three minutes. A list of all school bus routes can be found at spps.org/bus.

Please note: This new app does not replace direct communications to families when a bus is significantly delayed. Though we anticipate MySPPS Bus will reduce phone calls from families, you should continue using Connect 5 to inform them about school bus delays. For more information, contact communications@spps.org.

Plan for secondary Professional Development Day on Feb. 27
Secondary schools have a full day of professional development scheduled for Friday, Feb. 27. District-led professional development will occur from 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. for most areas and the remainder of the day will be site-based professional development. Please see the District PD website to learn more. Don't forget to register on PDExpress.

Special Education Family Resource Fair is Feb. 20
Families of children who receive Special Education services are invited to attend the Special Education Family Resource Fair on Friday, Feb. 20 at Bridge View School.

There will be information regarding camps, activities, community resources and health and wellness information for children from birth to 21 years old. Traditional childcare (birth to 21 years old) and the young athletes program (ages 2-7) will be available. A light meal is provided. Download the flier.

If you have questions, contact Jackie Kelly at 651-767-3437 or jackie.kelly@spps.org.

Look for 2015 History Day Events in February
History Day season is upon us. The theme for History Day 2015 is “Leadership and Legacy.” Students will research topics of interest to them and present their findings in a paper, on a website, or in a performance or documentary. Saint Paul Public Schools partners with the Department of Diversity Outreach at the Minnesota History Center to provide kickoff events, in-class mentors and Hullabaloos at local libraries.