South Washington County Schools is a suburban district located southeast of St. Paul, Minnesota. The district includes all or parts of the communities of Cottage Grove, Newport, St. Paul Park, Woodbury, as well as, Afton, Denmark and Grey Cloud Island Townships. We are committed to the mission of "igniting a passion for lifelong learning" through collaboration, continuous improvement, equity, integrity and relationships.
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The Nov. 2 election will be critical in providing the stability needed to address other pressing issues. If the ballot questions are approved, we will continue planning for our next challenges - growth in our communities, overcrowded schools and uneven enrollment increases.
SoWashCo Schools students will be able to pick up free Vault COVID-19 saliva test kits from their school’s health office starting on Monday, Sept. 20. Tests will be completed at home over Zoom with a Vault test supervisor and can be dropped off at school health offices on designated collection days.
Through the 2021 Advanced Child Tax Credit, eligible families can receive advance payments of up to $300 a month for each child under the age of six and up to $250 per month for each child older than age six. Families can benefit from the credit even if they don’t have earned income or do not owe any income taxes. Payments will be sent monthly from the IRS through Dec. 15, 2021.
Students in grades K-8 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to be admitted to SoWashCo High School football games. It is expected that students will sit with their families throughout the game. Students will not be allowed to gather in the concourse or nearby areas.
SoWashCo Schools is experiencing some unavailable menu items or last-minute replacements due to the nationwide food shortage. We are working to replace items with similar options, however, menus are subject to change.
Get to know the candidates on the November ballot for school board in the upcoming candidate forum sponsored by the Woodbury Cottage Grove League of Women Voters. Audiences can watch live on cable channel 15 and the South Washington County Schools YouTube channel.
The racial equity and inclusion policy furthers the district’s core value of promoting educational equity and inclusion for each student, staff and family member.
During its regularly scheduled business meeting on Thursday, Aug. 26, the School Board approved several policies including updates to the racial equity and inclusion policy and the adoption of a face covering resolution and policy.
Completing the Educational Benefits Form, also known as free and reduced meals application, provides a variety of discounted or free benefits for SoWashCo Schools families. It also helps provide essential funding to support all students in the district.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved SoWashCo Schools to provide free breakfast and lunch for enrolled students for the 2021-22 school year. Paperwork is not required to receive free meals, but SoWashCo Schools will continue to push for all families to complete the Educational Benefits form.
SoWashCo Schools has partnered with HomeTown Ticketing to provide digital tickets and passes to all regular season, home athletic games. Families will be able to purchase and use tickets and passes directly on their phones to attend events.
School bus delays are often expected during the first few weeks of school, but we want families to know about an additional construction challenge this school year.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is recommending that all unvaccinated students and staff get tested for COVID-19 at least weekly during the upcoming school year, based on current rates of community transmission of the illness.
Minnesota Revenue offers two valuable tax benefits for parents who purchase school supplies for their K-12 students, the K-12 Education Credit and Subtraction. These benefits can reduce parents’ taxes to increase their refund, but is only available for those who keep their receipts. Purchases for most school supplies, field trips, and musical instruments for school band are eligible.
South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo Schools) received a generous donation from King of Kings Lutheran Church of backpacks filled with school supplies. These backpacks will be distributed to students in need throughout SoWashCo Schools. We are grateful for the donations.