A Note from the Superintendent

The past few months have taken all of us on an interesting journey. At SPS, we tried to be flexible, creative and diligent in response to the constantly changing circumstances caused by COVID-19. 

As we approach the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, we are all eager for things to return to normal but no one can predict when that may happen. One thing we do know is that learning must continue for our 25,000 students. 

While August 24 won’t look like the traditional start of any previous school year in the past, families will be able to send their students back to school, either in the classroom with a reduced number of students or online from home with virtual learning. 

The goal of both options is to allow families the flexibility to choose the option that best meets their unique needs during these uncertain times.

Thanks to the dedication and hard work of SPS teachers, staff and administrators, we believe this plan creates a path for students to return to learning in a way that protects the health and well-being of everyone in our schools. It also addresses the recommendations and guidelines provided by local, state and federal agencies. 

As the school year progresses, we expect that modifications and adjustments will be necessary. We ask for your understanding and patience as we continue to make this journey together. In the event that modifications to our plan are necessary, please know that our decisions will be guided by our desire to do what is best for our students, employees and community.

For now, we are ready to welcome students back to SPS. Whether it is in a seated classroom or via an online platform, we look forward to seeing you again August 24!


  • Option 1: In-person learning will allow students in grades Pre-K-12 to physically attend school two days a week and participate in online instruction at home three days a week.
  • Option 2: Virtual learning from home will allow students in grades K-12 to learn from home with virtual access to a teacher and online instructional materials. You must opt-in for virtual learning by July 31 by completing this form.