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Removing Metal Detectors
Removing Metal Detectors
In alignment with our strategic priorities of racial equity and trauma-responsive practices, we will end the use of metal detectors in 287 buildings beginning the 2021-2022 school year. Note that only two sites currently have working metal detectors, as we have decided to invest in student-friendly proactive strategies that advance positive learning environments. ... Read more
Masks must continue to be worn by everyone through end of school year
Masks must continue to be worn by everyone through end of school year
While Governor Walz announced an end to the statewide mask requirement effective May 13, the Minnesota Department of Education announced that existing face-covering procedures in schools will remain in effect. View District 287’s face covering procedure. Through the end of the 2020-21 school year, masks must continue to be worn by everyone inside school buil ... Read more
2021 Student Scholarship Fund
2021 Student Scholarship Fund
We have a goal to raise $2,500 to support a graduate at each of the following District 287 schools: Ann Bremer Education Center, Gateway to College, North Education Center, South Education Center, and West Education Center. Each graduate would receive up to $500 towards tuition, fees and/or books at a college or training program of their choice. Two ways to gi ... Read more
Supporting Students: Racial Justice
Supporting Students: Racial Justice
Many in our community feel fear, rage, pain, grief, anger, sadness, disgust, numbness, despair, and many other emotions related to racial violence. The events to come in the weeks to follow may only exacerbate an already tremendously painful reality. We are not OK. Our students are not OK. Our staff are not OK. Communities that are Black, Indigenous, and ... Read more
Summer COVID Safety Measures
Summer COVID Safety Measures
Our Summer COVID-19 safety measures are based on updated guidance from the State. While fewer children overall have become seriously ill with COVID-19 than adults during the pandemic, children are still at risk of becoming sick, spreading the virus to others, and having severe outcomes. Read more. 
Vaccines for Children Ages 12+
Vaccines for Children Ages 12+
Minnesotans age 12 through 17 can get vaccinated at state sites that have Pfizer available: Bloomington (Mall of America), Saint Paul (Roy Wilkins Auditorium), Lino Lakes, and Oakdale. We strongly encourage all our students, ages 12 and up, to get the Pfizer vaccine as soon as possible. Getting our students vaccinated will help keep us on track for a positi ... Read more
Free Summer Meals for Kids
Free Summer Meals for Kids
Use these resources to find free meal for kids ages 18 and under this summer: Download the Free Meals for Kids app provided by Hunger Impact Partners to your phone or device. Call the 211 Hotline. From a cell phone – Twin Cities Metro Area: 651-291-0211, Greater Minnesota: 1-800-543-7709, TTY: 651-291-8440. Call the Minnesota Food HelpLine at 1-888-7 ... Read more
P-EBT Cards
P-EBT Cards
The P-EBT cards for qualifying special education students have started to arrive at our District Service Center. We received the first batch of cards on June 1. Please note this first batch does not contain every student's card - we expect to receive more over the next several days. The cards we have received are currently being mailed to the parent / guardian of ... Read more
District 287 Superintendent Search
District 287 Superintendent Search
Given Superintendent Lewandowski's retirement at the end of the 2021-22 school year, the School Board is beginning the search for a new Superintendent. The early notice gives the District ample time for an effective transition. While we are very early on in the process, it's our goal to keep the District 287 community informed about the search process each step o ... Read more
WEC Mural
WEC Mural
English: At West Education Center, educational assistant Patrick Pilla thought, “What a great time to do a mural.” A young Black woman had stirred the nation by reading a poem during Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration. That young Black woman is Amanda Gorman. She is the first-ever National Youth Poet of the United States. “I found the perfect hal ... Read more
Superpower Spotlight: Centering our Voices One Story at a Time
Superpower Spotlight: Centering our Voices One Story at a Time
  We are centering the voices of our District 287 community one story at a time. Watch and read about the powerful moments happening in our schools and homes. Students, parents and caregivers, staff, and all in our community are invited to submit stories here. Let's share about the super-sensational things happening with student learning. Did you spot som ... Read more
Turn in Chromebooks/iPads by End of School Year
Turn in Chromebooks/iPads by End of School Year
In-person Learning: Students will need to turn in their 287-issued device (Chromebook and/or iPad) and HotSpot (if they have one) to their teacher by the end of the school year. Teachers who no longer use student-assigned Chromebooks or iPads for instruction with students will begin collecting devices from students beginning mid-May. Teachers who instruct student ... Read more

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