Welcome back for the 2022-23 school year!
- August 29-30 – Kindergarten Transition Days (half days)
- August 31 - September 1 – First days of school for grades 6-12; Assessment days for grades K-5; Orientation Day for Pre-K families and staff
- September 6 – First day of school for grades 1-5; School resumes for grades 6-12
- September 7 – First full day for kindergarten
This page includes helpful resources to ensure that you and your child are ready for the first day of school. Find all of your back-to-school information, including bus stop information, open house and registration events, immunization clinics and more. For school supply lists, visit your child’s school website.
School Hours for 2022-23
- Early Start Schools (Pinewood, Southview, Highland and Deerwood): 7:45 a.m. - 2:05 p.m.
- Late Start Schools (all others): 9:30 a.m. - 3:50 p.m.
- 8:20 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.
- Valley Middle School of STEM: 7:55 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
- 7:40 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
- School of Environmental Studies: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
- Area Learning Center: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
The Affordable Connectivity Program provides internet access
The Affordable Connectivity Program is part of the most recent stimulus package passed by Congress to assist families in need to get access to Internet services. There are several qualifying factors to be eligible for this program including qualifying to participate in the Educational Benefits Program (formerly called the Free and Reduced-Price Meals program.) Learn more about this program >
HOMELAND HEALTH OFFERING FREE VACCINATION CLINIC
District 196 has partnered with Homeland Health to offer free back-to-school immunization clinics for students beginning August 24. Participation in these clinics is voluntary, with the purpose to bring students up-to-date with their immunizations. The clinics are funded through COVID-19 relief funding.
To enroll in child care, early childhood programs and school in Minnesota, parents or guardians must show that their child has received the required immunizations for their age or file a legal exemption. All required school vaccinations will be available at these events. No appointments are necessary. More information about immunizations >
- August 24, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Apple Valley High School, 14450 Hayes Road, Apple Valley
- August 29, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Valley Middle of STEM, 900 Garden View Drive, Apple Valley
- August 31, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Oak Ridge Elementary School, 4350 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Eagan
- August 31, 1-3 p.m. Echo Park Elementary School, 14100 County Road 11, Burnsville
- August 31, 4-6:30 p.m. Cedar Park Elementary School, 7500 Whitney Drive, Apple Valley
- September 1, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Cedar Park Elementary School, 7500 Whitney Drive, Apple Valley
- September 1, 1-3 p.m. Echo Park Elementary School, 14100 County Road 11, Burnsville
- September 1, 4-6:30 p.m. Oak Ridge Elementary School, 4350 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Eagan
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Opt into Optional iPad Protection Plan by Sept. 19
After waiving fees the last two years, District 196 is offering an optional iPad Protection Plan for the 2022-23 school year to help protect against unexpected costs for accidental damage to or loss of a district-issued iPad. Families may opt into the protection plan for $20 per iPad for the entire school year. There is a reduced fee for students eligible for Educational Benefits.
All families are asked to accept or decline the optional iPad Protection Plan by Sept. 19, at which time a non-response will be considered declining the offer. Log into your MyPaymentsPlus account, a search for “iPad” and select accept or decline the protection plan. Both options include the Student User Agreement for review and acknowledgement. For directions on using MyPaymentsPlus or creating an account, visit Family Resources. For further assistance, families should contact their child’s school.
Campus Parent Setup Instructions
- Campus Parent Setup Instructions (English)
- Portal del campus: Proceso de configuración por 1a vez (Spanish)
- Illinka Xerada: Habka Sameynta ee marka hore (Somali)
For assistance, please contact your child’s school.
SETTING UP Accounts
- Creating a NEW MyPaymentsPlus account (English)
- Crear una NUEVA cuenta MyPaymentsPlus de los padres (Spanish)
- Abuurida MyPaymentsPlus CUSUB ee waalidka (Somali)
For further assistance, please contact your child’s school.
SETTING UP Accounts
- Creating a NEW Paypams account (English)
- Crear una NUEVA cuenta Paypams de los padres (Spanish)
- Abuurida Paypams CUSUB ee waalidka (Somali)
For further assistance, please contact your child’s school.
STUDENT ACCESS INSTRUCTIONS
Students log in with their username and password provided by the school.
ALL FAMILIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS
All families are encouraged to complete an Educational Benefits Application, formerly the free and reduced-price meals application. Your children may qualify! Applications for the 2022-23 school year are available.
State funds help pay for reduced-price school meals, so all students who are approved for free or reduced-price school meals will receive school meals at no cost. State funds also help pay for breakfasts for kindergarten students, so all participating kindergarten students receive breakfast at no cost. A NEW application must be submitted each year.
If a household meets the State/Federal guidelines and is approved this provides students with school meal benefits and supports your child’s school. Your approved application provides critical funding to our school district. This compensatory aid helps increase funding for teachers, paraprofessionals and social workers to include math and reading support. An approval for educational benefits also allows families to receive discounted Activities/Community Education fees. Learn more about the Educational Benefits Program >
Meal Prices for 2022-23
The special funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that provided student meals at no charge has expired. For the 2022-2023 school year, prices will be as follows:
- Elementary (PK-5) lunch is $2.50 and breakfast cost is $1.55 (breakfast is free for ALL kindergarten students).
- Middle School (6-8) lunch is $2.55 and breakfast is $1.60.
- High school (9-12) lunch is $2.65 and breakfast is $1.60.
- Adult lunch is $3.85 and adult breakfast is $2.05.
- A la carte items vary by price, second entrees are $3.00, and additional milk is $0.40.
More information can be found on our Food and Nutrition Services page.
Find Us on Social Media
District 196 recognizes the value and increasing role of online social media in an education realm. To increase our communication efforts, we have accounts on five social media sites:
District 196 uses texting as a communications method. The texts are delivered via SchoolMessenger, the mass notification service the district uses for phone calls and email messages. Parents/guardians must opt-in to receive text messages. Standard message and data rates may apply.
*Only SMS numbers listed as Guardians in the Infinite Campus student information system can receive texts.
- Text Y to 67587, you will receive a confirmation message stating you are registered to receive SchoolMessenger notifications via text. (If you do not receive a confirmation message or what appears to be an error message, it most likely means that short code texting is not enabled on your wireless plan.)
For help information, text HELP to 67587.
To opt out at any time, text STOP to 67587
Supt's News Family E-Newsletter
Superintendent Mary Kreger shares updates via our MailChimp "Supt's News" e-newsletter. It is sent out via MailChimp the Friday before a regular School Board meeting, within a few days after the meeting with a recap and at various times throughout the month. Supt's News contains pertinent information pertaining to both staff and the District 196 community.
Postcards mailed August 15 for the 2022-23 school year
Postcards will be mailed August 15, 2022, to families of students eligible to receive transportation to and from school during the 2022-23 school year.
The postcard includes information on bus stop locations and pick-up/drop-off times. Parents and guardians who do not receive a postcard and believe their child is eligible to receive transportation can call the Transportation Department at 651-423-7685. The district also offers optional transportation service for a fee for students who do not qualify based on the current service distances; for more information, visit the Transportation Department page.
Bus stop information is also available through the Infinite Campus Parent portal. Click on “More,” then “Transportation.” This information is updated nightly to reflect any changes to bus routes and stops.
Optional transportation service for a fee is available to families whose children are not eligible for free transportation based on current service distances.
Optional bus service is $300 for the entire school year
The annual cost is $300 per student, with a $600 family maximum. Families whose children qualify to receive free or reduced-price school meals receive the service for a discounted rate. State law requires districts to provide transportation for students living two miles or more from their school and for students who receive special education services and require transportation as part of their individual education program. Districts are allowed to charge a fee for transportation provided within the two-mile minimum radius, except transportation for individuals with special needs.
District 196 offers better service than required by state law. The starting point for elementary service is one mile from school and for middle school and high school service it is one and one-half miles. Students living within these distances from their school are not eligible for free transportation, except those who would, if they were to walk to school, need to cross a railway or roadway defined by district regulation as hazardous. Families whose children are not eligible for free transportation service based on distance or hazardous crossings have the option to purchase it.
For more information, visit the Transportation Department page or call 651-423-7685.