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Welcome to Community Partnerships

Welcome to Community Partnerships

UPDATE as of 8/20/21:

Contracted Community Partners will be allowed to work in school buildings for the 2021-22 school year.  Please understand that this guidance is subject to change dependent upon COVID-19 rates in our school communities.

Key updates:

  1. Contracts: Community Partners (paid or unpaid) must have an active contract in place before they can begin to work in school buildings. 

Afterschool partners- please work with your Community Ed contacts (for enrichment programs) or Extended Learning (for academic programs) to renew your contract. 

School-day partners- if you are paid by a department/school, please contact that department/school to initiate the contract process.  If you have a $0 contract that needs to be renewed, please email cpo@mpls.k12.mn.us.

  1. COVID-19 Safety:  All Contracted Community Partners  must also sign that they agree to follow MPS COVID-19 health and safety protocols.  This form needs to be completed once by an approved agency representative (it does not need to be completed by each of your staff who will enter schools).  All partners are required to follow current MPS COVID-19 safety protocol at all times while on MPS property including guidelines for face coverings and checking in and out of the building.   Social distancing of at least 3 feet is strongly encouraged as is additional PPE, as part of a multi-layered mitigation strategy.
  2. Consent forms: MPS will not allow verbal consent on Release of Information or other program registration forms this year.  Partners must obtain written or electronic consent and are required to make those records available to MPS staff as requested.
  3. Lease holders:  If you lease/reserve space from MPS to host your own afterschool or weekend program, please submit a new facility request for the 21-22 school year here.
  4. Participation in school events:  Schools have the authority to decide if they will allow outside organizations to participate in back-to-school events.  Please contact the school directly to coordinate.
  5. Are you a new partner or seeking to expand work with MPS?  Prospective partners can visit this page to learn more about our partnership certification process and requirements.  If you are an existing partner and wish to expand services, please email us at cpo@mpls.k12.mn.us
  6. Flyer distribution:  MPS will distribute both paper and electronic flyers for the 21-22 school year.  More information here.



Questions:  Please email cpo@mpls.k12.mn.us or call 612-668-0542


What is a Certified Community Partner?

The term “partner” is complex- there is not a simple definition. MPS defines Certified Community Partners as external organizations/individuals that provide programs or services directly to MPS students in collaboration with the District.  If the following items apply to you, you are likely a Certified Community Partner.


-Programs take place during the school day or during out-of-school time

-Programs are provided in collaboration with the District (not a lease holder)

-Programs take place on MPS property

-Partners may be paid by MPS or provide free services-families are never charged

-Partnerships are ongoing (not one-time events) 

-Partners serve multiple students (not an individual service provider)

-Partnerships are mutually beneficial and strategically aligned with district priorities and/or needs of individual schools  


Working with Certified Community Partners allows MPS to fill gaps in service, leverage resources, and further our efforts to ensure that every student is career or college ready.  


What types of services do Certified Community Partners provide?

  • Literacy/tutoring
  • Enrichment (STEM, foreign language, physical fitness)
  • Arts (dance, music, theater)
  • Leadership/mentorship
  • Attendance support
  • Career and College Readiness
  • Health (dental/eye care) and Mental Health
  • Social and emotional learning

Please visit our Prospective Partner page to learn more about the process for becoming a community partner.