Distance learning extended to next week:
Tuesday, January 18 to Friday, January 21 is designated for distance learning, this means the school building will be closed, due to current situations. Students will resume on campus learning on Monday, January 24.

Food distribution for students is on Tuesday, January 18 starting at 8:00am until all food is passed out. Package will feature chicken wings and rice.

COVID 19 Safety Plans Update

Please be aware that procedures for Community School of Excellence may be different than those of our neighboring districts.

As of today, January 14, 2022, if your child is or was recently identified as a close contact of a lab-confirmed positive case of COVID-19:

  • Parents/guardians will be notified that their child was a close contact.

  • Students in preschool are required to quarantine for at least 5 full days, starting the day AFTER their exposure. This requirement is in place for preschool due to the nature of preschool classes and because preschool-age children are not yet eligible to receive any COVID-19 vaccines.

  • It is strongly recommended that unvaccinated students in kindergarten through 12th grade quarantine for at least 5 full days, starting the day AFTER their exposure.

    • "Unvaccinated" means a student who has not received any COVID-19 vaccines OR who has not completed their two-dose primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine, such as Pfizer or Moderna.

  • K-12 families can choose to quarantine their student when they are identified as a close contact by reporting the quarantine to the school at 651-917-0073.

  • Families should monitor their child for any symptoms of COVID-19 at all times, but they are encouraged to be especially vigilant if their child is identified as a close contact.

  • Students will be sent home if they show any symptoms of COVID-19. All teachers, staff, and students and their parents must do a self-assessment of health each morning before arriving at school. As with any student situation, we rely on honest dialogue between the school and the family to make the best decisions for all.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. If your child has ANY of the following symptoms, they must not attend school or activities and should consider getting a COVID-19 test:

    • Fever of 100.4 or higher (Daily home temperature check required)

    • New cough or a cough that gets worse

    • Difficulty breathing

    • New loss of taste or smell

    • Sore throat

    • Nausea

    • Vomiting

    • Diarrhea

    • Chills

    • Muscle pain

    • Excessive fatigue or feeling very tired

    • New severe (very bad) headache

    • New nasal congestion or a stuffy or runny nose

    • Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Students in kindergarten through 12th grade who were previously identified as close contacts AND have no symptoms of COVID -19 may return to school as the updated procedures above go into effect January 18, 2022.

These updated quarantine procedures are viable in our schools thanks to our requirement that all staff, students/families and guests wear a mask, which requires everyone age 3 and older to wear a face covering when inside the Community School of Excellence's building. Please continue to encourage your child to wear their face covering properly to help prevent spread and decrease their chances of contracting COVID-19.

Procedures for students who test positive and students with symptoms of COVID-19 will be reviewed and written up by next week for you to add to the covid 19 safety plan.

You can view our COVID 19 Safety Plans here: link

A new incentive has been announced in an effort to get more children fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in Minnesota.

On Tuesday, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said families who get their 5- to 11-year-old children fully vaccinated in January and February can get a $200 Visa gift card per child.

However, in order to be eligible for the gift cards, the first and second doses must be administered between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28. Officials say families are able to receive one gift card for each eligible child who is vaccinated in that time frame.

Parents and guardians will be able to register their children once they have completed their two-dose series between 10 a.m. on Jan. 24 and 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 28. Gift card requests will be fulfilled throughout March of 2022, however, registrants are asked to allow up to six weeks after March 1 to receive the gift card in the mail.

The initiative is part of the "Kids Deserve a Shot" incentive program that is currently underway.

Walz also announced that, later this spring, drawings will be held for five $100,000 Minnesota college scholarships for all children ages 5-11 who are also fully vaccinated. While more details are expected in the next few months, officials say all Minnesotans in that age range who complete their first and second doses at any point in time will be eligible to enter the drawing.

CLICK HERE to find vaccine clinic locations in your area and CLICK HERE to find a community vaccination site.

Community School of Excellence
Hmong Language & Culture School

Mon.-Fri. 8am-4pm

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Main Campus
PreK-8th Grade
270 Larpenteur Ave. W.
St. Paul, MN 55113

P: (651) 917-0073
F: (651) 489-0181

High School Campus
9th-12th Grade
240 Plato Blvd. E.
Saint Paul, MN 55107

P: (651) 282-0169
F: (651) 489-0181

Distance Learning: January 3-21

Distance Learning is scheduled for January 3-21. Return to on-site on Monday, January 24, 2022

Distance Learning: IT Support

For help with technology issues and questions during distance learning, email it@csemn.org

What's New?

Meal Pick-Up

Thursday, December 30, 2021 from 8:00am-4:30pm at Main Campus, 270 Larpenteur Ave W

December 17, 2021

RE: TikTok School Threat Challenge on December 17th

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We were recently made aware of a nationwide school safety threat to shoot up schools on Friday, December 17th. Yesterday afternoon the Minnesota Department of Public Safety released a statement that “The origins of this threat remain unknown and there is no evidence to suggest that any mass causality or severe violence incidents will occur on this date, within Minnesota or the U.S."

At CSE we have a zero tolerance for weapons on site. We take all threats seriously and any threats against the school will be disciplined to the greatest extent possible, and up to contacting law enforcement and including expulsion from school. If you or your child hears of any specific threat to our school, we ask that you please report it immediately. Thank you for partnering with us to keep our school community safe.


Bao Vang
Chief Executive Officer

Kazoua Kong-Thao
Chief Administration Officer

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December 9, 2021

Dear Parents,

This letter is to inform you that one of our students brought a gun to the high school on December 8th. The Community School of Excellence is committed to the safety and education of all our students. We also want to clearly communicate with parents about safety issues when they arise.

The office received information that a backpack was making a clicking sound. The student was immediately questioned. The backpack was locked in a secured place until the police arrived. At no time was the gun brought out at school or used to threaten other students or staff.

Proper authorities were notified including the St. Paul Police Department. Our school has a zero tolerance policy for weapons. The student involved will be subject to school board policy and appropriate laws that govern weapons on school grounds.

Please discuss this incident with your children and emphasize that it is against the law to bring weapons of any type to school. Also, please emphasize the importance of telling you or a staff member if there is a weapon at school. In this way, we are all working together to keep our school safe.

Please feel free to contact Kazoua at 651-917-0013 or email kazouakt@csemn.org if you have any questions or concerns.


Bao Vang
Chief Executive Officer

Kazoua Kong-Thao
Chief Administration Officer


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