We can't wait to begin a new year in Osseo Area Schools! Don't forget to mark your calendars for the first day of school on Tuesday, Sept. 5.
Calendars and open house info
All back-to-school forms will be filled out online this year. Forms that are a part of this process include emergency cards, family contact information updates and photo/military denial releases. Complete the necessary steps today by going to the ParentVUE system, which is accessible from the Family Access button on the top right of any district or school website. On-screen prompts will then walk you through the back-to-school forms process.
Learn more about how to fill out back-to-school forms at district279.org/forms.
Educational Benefit Application
The Minnesota state legislature passed a Free School Meals for Kids bill into law this spring, which takes effect in September and allows all in-person K-12 students to receive a free school breakfast and lunch each day, excluding a la carte/special menu items.
However, it’s still important for households to fill out the Educational Benefits application (formerly the free/reduced lunch application) on EduTrakConnect (formerly SmartSchoolK12). Depending on income, families who apply may receive free or discounted prices for:
- Field trips
- Clubs, activities and athletics
- Band instruments
- ACT, SAT and AP fees
- Home internet rates with certain providers
- Xcel Energy account assistance for electricity bills
Please fill out the Educational Benefits application today to make sure your family can take advantage of these and other benefits!
Apply using EduTrack Connect:
- Link to EduTrakConnect is on the website in Family Access menu
- Sign up for account or log in
- Click on fork and knife icon
- Click on blue icon that says “apply for free/reduced benefits.”
To bypass creating an EduTrakConnect account, access the application directly.
FirstView bus tracking app and opt in procedure
New for 2023-24, existing riders from 2022-23 will only need to declare changes to their needs. If your student currently rides the bus from a stop near your residence or a daycare site and will use that same location for transportation in 2023-24, no action is required, and your student will be routed from that same location.
If your student’s needs are changing, please email BusQuestions@District279.org to request a change form. Forms are student specific, please include each student requiring changes in your email correspondence.
The FirstView bus tracking app can be used to track busses, which uses GPS to track your students bus arrival.
School supply lists
Athletics and activities
2023-24 voluntary student accident insurance program
Student Assurance is an insurance company that offers affordable, low cost medical and/or dental insurance to district students in Pre-K thru 12th grade.
Apply now to work for Osseo Area Schools
Osseo Area Schools is hiring for various full and part-time positions in both the school year and summer. Check out the Careers homepage to view more information and apply now.
Volunteer at Osseo Area Schools
Weather-related cancellations and eLearning Days
Generally, you can expect that school will be held, even in extreme weather conditions. If you believe the weather is too hazardous for your child to attend on a day that school is being held, you may keep your child home. Please call your school’s absence line to report the absence.
eLearning Days are intended to counter the loss of instructional time resulting from schedule changes due to weather. The eLearning Days will provide our district options to meet statutory regulations related to student instructional time besides making up days. Staff and families will be notified that a severe weather day is an eLearning day as least two hours prior to the start of the normal school day utilizing our normal weather cancellation communication protocol.
Crisis response process
Osseo Area Schools has developed a comprehensive emergency plan with the help of local law enforcement, emergency management and public health officials. The emergency plan incorporates all four phases of crisis management: Prevention/Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery. Learn more about the Osseo Area Schools Emergency Response Plan on our website.