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The Department of Teaching and Learning is looking for parents to represent their child’s school and school community. There are 2 seats available for the cities of Afton, Cottage Grove, Newport, St. Paul Park, Grey Cloud Island, and Woodbury.  This committee will meet from 4:00-5:30 on the following dates:

  • Nov. 22, 2021
  • Jan. 24, 2022
  • March 21, 2022
  • May 16, 2022

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. 

Due to nationwide shortages of certain food items, SoWashCo Schools menus may not accurately reflect what will be served that day. Schools will continue to offer nutritious meals to students each day. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Get to know the candidates on the November ballot for school board. Watch a recording of the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum on the SoWashCo Schools YouTube channel. The candidate forum took place on Monday, Sept. 20.

Help us learn more about how your family uses electronic devices at home by participating in the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) Digital Equity Survey. It’s important that we gather accurate information so each student and family has the equipment, help and support they need.

Throughout the week of Sept. 27, SoWashCo Schools will be participating in required bus safety training. Each school will have a designated morning during the week where students will practice an evacuation drill upon arrival. These drills will be conducted by our school bus drivers in coordination with school staff. 

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.