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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What does MPS mean by the term Community Partner?
A Community Partner is an external organization who is contracted to provide services or programming to students in partnership with the District.  These services are provided either during the school day or after school and take place at school sites. 

If a Community Partner is providing services free of charge- do they still need a contract?
Yes- a
ll community partnerships must have a contract in place, regardless if money is exchanging hands. 

If a Community Partner has the same program in multiple MPS schools, does the Partner need a separate contract for each school site?
If the same program takes place at multiple schools, only one contract may be needed (could vary if Partner is paid by MPS).  However, if a Community Partner has multiple programs to offer, a separate contract will needed for each program

Can the program start in the school before the contracting process is complete?
Programs are not allowed to begin until the final signed contract is received from MPS.

Who needs to complete the Year-End Survey?
Any community organization providing services to students within schools needs to complete the Year End Survey.

What are the insurance requirements for community partners?
MPS requires insurance from any community partner working alone with students.  Having insurance indicates that an organization is adequately protected in the case of any accidents or negligence that may occur.

Minneapolis Public Schools requires commercial general liability insurance if:
-A Community Partner will be working with students unsupervised*
-A non-profit organization wants to send flyers home with students.    

* If an individual or organization is fully supervised while working with students (MPS staff member is present for the entire length of programing or services), then a waiver of insurance can be signed.  Please email request the this waiver. 

Who can I contact for support or questions?
Please contact us at or 612-668-0542


How can I learn more about becoming a Community Partner? 
For more information, please email