Facilities planning continues
Thanks to support from voters, Mounds View Public Schools is preparing to add much-needed space to its facilities. How is your school planning to add space in the coming years? Track the progress of facility planning efforts by visiting www.moundsviewschools.org/facilities. Each school shares a link offering the schedules for their design committee work, the construction timeline and the estimated project completion.
Spring testing season begins
Spring is the season when Minnesota schools administer a number of tests. Mounds View Public Schools is playing an active role in working with the state to redesign and reduce the state-testing requirements for the future. In the meantime, families often have questions about spring tests.
• What grade levels participate?
• What do tests measure?
• When are tests administered?
• How are test results used?
Mounds View Public Schools believes families deserve clarity about spring exams. For answers to the most commonly asked questions about testing, click here.
Like many school districts in the state, Mounds View Public Schools is currently experiencing an increased number of student absences due to influenza-like illness.
How can you help minimize the spread?
- Clean your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve.
- Do not share drinking cups or straws.
- Clean commonly touched surfaces often (door knobs, refrigerator handles, phones, water faucets).
- Keep students home from school if they are showing symptoms.
- Get vaccinated.
If your child becomes ill…
- Please keep your student home from school if he or she is showing symptoms.
- Students should remain home until 24 hours after their fever is gone without fever-reducing medication, such as Tylenol or Advil, and they are feeling well enough to participate in school.
- If you are reporting your child’s absence due to illness, please leave information on the attendance line regarding symptoms (fever, sore throat, cough, body aches) to help us keep accurate records.
- Contact your child's health care provider if your child has asthma or other chronic condition and is developing influenza-like symptoms.
Donate between February 26 and April 9
Minnesota FoodShare is a statewide media campaign that raises hunger awareness and promotes donations to local food shelves. A portion of all pounds of food and dollars donated to the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf between February 26 and April 9 will be matched by Minnesota FoodShare.
Join our district Food Shelf in "ending hunger." The goal for March is to bring in 95,000 pounds of food and dollars (combined) to directly benefit families in the Mounds View Public Schools community via the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf.
Ways you can help:
1. Drop off food or hygiene donations at any of the K-12 schools throughout the District or at the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf at Pike Lake Education Center. Donations can be received at schools during school hours or at the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday or Fridays 9 a.m. to noon. Visit here for a list of the most-needed items.
2. Make a cash or online donation at www.ralphreederfoodshelf.org. For every dollar donated, the Food Shelf can purchase up to $8 worth of food. Checks can be made out to the Ralph Reeder Food Shelf and mailed to 2101-14th St. NW New Brighton, 55112.
Weather-related school closings
Mounds View Public Schools families should always assume schools are open and in session, unless they hear or see differently. Websites will only indicate when schools are closed - not when they remain open. If schools will be using the 2-hour late start or canceling altogether, the District will notify parents no later than approximately 5:30 a.m. on the day of the late start or cancellation. The District's website, mobile site and Weather Watch Hotline at 651-621-SNOW will offer 24-hour access to the latest weather-related school news.
Late bus notifications
On winter days when the metro-area traffic is significantly congested because of poor road conditions, parents should expect most school buses will be similarly delayed. Notification calls will be made as possible.
Schools will be closed February 19. Teachers will use this day to engage in curriculum work, instructional delivery, assessment reporting and parent communication.