Dear MPS Families:
This update provides an array of resources for families as we enter the last week of the school year and our community continues to mourn the tragic death of George Floyd and the ensuing fallout our city has experienced over the past week.
We want to emphasize to everyone that our main emphasis this week is on supporting students, families and staff in their physical and mental health which is central to our focus on social emotional learning (SEL). We will honor (but not require) the completion of class assignments and allow students to participate at the level they are capable. Student grades will not be impacted.
Displaced families; resources for food, clothing, financial, medication
Families in need of emergency housing support:
- The Red Cross is coordinating emergency shelter for those who are temporarily displaced due to the recent events: 612.871.7676; press extension 1.
- Families experiencing a housing crisis not related to the recent events can contact the Hennepin County shelter team: 612.348.9410.
For food, clothing, financial or medication assistance, the City of Minneapolis has a list of resources for residents who need help.
If you need help accessing additional resources, contact your school social worker. You can find out who your social worker is by calling your school or the MPS Mental Health Support Hotline at 612.767.4158.
MPS emergency food pick-up sites open as usual; new food site at Longfellow Park; food sites will continue into summer
MPS emergency food sites will continue to be open as usual this week. As of June 1, a new food pick-up site has been added at Longfellow Park at 3435 36th Ave. S. where free food boxes will be provided DAILY from Monday-Friday, 10 am - 2 pm; other locations and schedules are available throughout the city. Food boxes contain items for 14 meals with seven breakfasts and seven lunches available to any child 18 years and under.
MPS will continue to distribute free food boxes beyond the end of the school year and through at least Friday, July 24. We will keep the community informed as plans develop for August and beyond. Please visit our website for the latest information.
Help managing stress and anxiety
MPS has a variety of supports to help students and families manage the stress and anxiety they are experiencing during these trying times living under COVID-19 and now the unrest our city is experiencing. There are also tips for families on how they can help their children during this stressful time. Families should know these support resources are free and that multilingual assistance is available.
Families should be aware that Minneapolis' Metro Transit has announced that all bus, light rail and Northstar service will remain suspended through 8 pm, Monday, June 1. Please visit the Metro Transit site for the latest information.
How you can help
Many community members have reached out with a desire to support MPS students with food and other resources and we are so grateful for the support. MPS is not equipped to collect, store, sort, and distribute donated items from individuals at this time. Looking for a way to help your neighbors? See a list of food shelves in Minneapolis and ways to donate.
Graduation ceremonies to be replayed
It should be noted that throughout this tremendously difficult weekend that virtual graduation ceremonies did take place to celebrate the Class of 2020. These ceremonies provided a much-needed bright spot for students, their families and school communities. Each ceremony will be replayed on MPS Channel 15 and Eduvision.