April 13 Update

Welcome to week 2 of distance learning! We know that the past few weeks have been difficult for our families in many ways, but we appreciate how you have continued to partner with our staff to make sure our students and safe and continuing to learn the best they can when we can’t be together at school.

Attendance Please remember that participating in distance learning is required. Students must check in with their teacher every day before midnight or they will be marked absent. Last week, our attendance was over 90% every day! Thank you to all of you who reached out and connected with your child’s teachers last week. Keep up the good work!

Work Completion Please encourage your students to complete their work on a regular basis and turn in work as designated by their teacher. While we understand that every family will need to find a schedule and routine that works for them, we have been hearing from some families that students are seeing distance learning as an “extended spring break.” All students are required to participate in distance learning and complete assignments as directed by their teacher. If your family needs flexibility with deadlines, please contact your child’s teacher.

Internet Service If your family needs internet services during this time, there are several companies who are offering free services. Visit ​https://www.simplemost.com/companies-offering-free-internet-students/​ to learn more. Our staff at Achieve are happy to help you through the process of signing up for internet service if you need it.

Support for St. Paul Families The Saint Paul Bridge Fund for Families is a $1 million emergency relief program for families with children impacted by COVID-19. The program provides low-income families with a flat-rate $1,000 grant for rent or mortgage payments. To qualify, families must:

  • Live in Saint Paul

  • Have incomes at or below 40% of Area Median Income ($40,000 annually for a family of four) before a COVID-19 related change in employment

  • Have at least one minor child under 18 present in the household

  • Have experienced a significant loss of income due to COVID-19 Are not currently receiving ongoing housing assistance such as Section 8 or public housing assistance.

To apply, visit ​https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/planning-economic-development/saint-paul-bridge-fund​ or call (651) 266-6565. Staff are available to help who speak English, Hmong, Spanish, Somali, Oromo and Karen. ​Saint Paul Bridge Fund for Families applications are open until Sunday, April 19 at 5 p.m. Thank you again for your continued partnership as we work through this challenging time. Stay safe and stay healthy!

Andrea Halverson



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