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SPPS Prepares Families and Staff for Potential Strike

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Dear Saint Paul Public Schools Community,

On Feb. 15, members of the Saint Paul Federation of Educators (SPFE) union voted to authorize a strike. Today, SPFE filed their intent to strike with the Bureau of Mediation Services, a requirement before a strike can occur. The bargaining groups represented by SPFE include licensed staff such as teachers, educational assistants, and school and community service professionals. 

This action does not mean a strike will happen immediately. A 10-day period will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 27, in order for negotiations to continue. SPFE has stated that a strike could begin no sooner than Monday, March 11. Both parties can and will continue to meet during this time with the intention of reaching a settlement and avoiding a strike.

If a strike occurs:

  • All PreK-12 classes will be canceled at all schools
  • All students are encouraged to take their iPads home
  • All Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) and Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes will be canceled 
  • Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) classes and services in the community will be canceled
  • Discovery Club will be impacted
  • All SPPS after-school activities and clubs will be canceled
  • All youth and adult Community Education classes will be canceled
  • Varsity athletics will continue on a case-by-case basis. 
  • All middle school sports, high school JV and C quads and practices will be postponed
  • Free breakfast and lunch will be available for students to pick up on a daily basis 
  • The school year could be extended to make up for lost instructional time
  • High school students might face challenges obtaining credits needed for graduation
  • Summer Learning Programs may need to be rescheduled to a later date
  • The ACT scheduled for high schools on March 12 could be postponed
  • Notification of 2024-25 school enrollment status for families may be delayed
  • Permitted community events and/or meetings will not be impacted 

Please note: SPPS is exploring options to minimize the impact of a strike on families. More information on childcare, meals and transportation will be provided at a later date if necessary.

All of the latest information is available on our website at spps.org/negotiations. The bargaining teams for SPPS and SPFE will meet again with the state mediator on Friday, March 1. We will continue to keep you informed as negotiations continue.