First Day of School


Apply for Educational Benefits, Including No-Cost School Meals 

Fill it out the Educational Benefits Form online or get an application from your school. In addition to free and reduced-price lunch, Educational Benefits bring critical funding to schools and help us better understand who attends MPS. Due to the critical role these applications play in our district’s budget (around $50 million in state funding was generated last year as a result), families of all incomes are strongly encouraged to complete the form, even if you don't think you qualify for Educational Benefits. Families can easily opt-out via a check-box on both paper and online forms. Find out more about school meals.

In the current political climate, please note that a SSN is NOT needed to apply for benefits and information provided on applications is protected by law. If there are specific concerns that arise about the privacy of this information, please feel free to reach out to Culinary and Wellness Services directly. 

Confirm your student’s transportation

Every August, if applicable, you will receive notice of your child’s bus stop based on your home address. If you would prefer an alternative bus stop — such as a child care address ­— please contact your school.

Make sure your student’s school has your current contact info

Check with the school secretary if you’re not sure.

Figure out where you’ll get MPS news and alerts 

Receive school information (such as school weather closures) the way you want it — phone, email or text. Click here to update your contact preferences.

Get your student’s school supplies

Ask your school or check the school website for supplies you are welcome to bring on the first day. With support from the Greater Twin Cities United Way, MPS is hosting two backpack giveaways this year. Click here for more information.

School Meals

Ensure your child is well-fed while they’re away from home. Contact your school to find out how to add money to their lunch account, or visit the Culinary and Wellness Services website.

Put important district and school dates on your family calendar

Stay on top of school performances, holidays, and parent-teacher conferences. Click here to view the MPS Events Calendar (Google) and District Calendars.

Update immunizations before school starts

If your child needs immunizations, call the Health Services line at 612.668.0850. MPS is offering free vaccinations this year; click here to learn more.

Learn about opportunities to get involved in your child’s education

The most successful students receive lots of support. Be involved in whatever way works for you: volunteer at school, regularly read the school newsletter, join a Site or Parent Advisory Council, or read to your child every day. Check with your school about opportunities or visit the Office of Communications, Engagement and External Relations website.

Confirm your school’s start time

A few schools have new start times. Make sure you know yours by checking your school’s website.

Bus Transportation

If your student will ride the bus this fall, your bus card will be mailed in August. If you don't receive your bus assignment in the mail by Aug. 24, please call our Transportation Department at 612.668.2300.

Use this form if you've moved and need to update your address for transportation purposes. You should also be sure to communicate any address changes to your school secretary.