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Distance Learning student technology pick-up week of August 24-September 4 from 8:00am to 4:30pm:

-Families have been scheduled for 30 minutes time frame to complete paperwork, technology pick-up, and attend technology training sessions for the weeks of August 24th to September 4th. If you have been scheduled, we will see you during your scheduled time. If you received a voicemail, please call us to schedule a time.

-Tech pick up for ALL students will be located at the main site 270 Larpenteur Avenue

-Afterhours pick-up is available for Monday-Wednesday August 24-26 only, from 5:00pm to 6:00pm.

-If you cannot pick up during the scheduled sessions or during the after hours dates then call the school to schedule.

-Park in the WEST parking lot and enter through the NORTH entrance.

-Limit the number of individuals to an adult and the students that are enrolled at CSE.

- Bring mailed paperwork if available: Alternate Education Benefit, Media Release, Family Covenant, Health Forms.

Community School of Excellence

Hmong Language & Culture School, PreK-10

Mon.-Fri. 8am-4pm

270 Larpenteur Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55113

P: (651) 917-0073

F: (651) 487-4274


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August 11

Dear CSE Families,

On July 27th, we received further guidance from Governor Tim Walz on opening schools safely. He offered a planning guide for schools based on the COVID-19 cases in the county. With the recent news reports of increased cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota and across the United States, we want to assure staff and families that CSE has been working closely with local officials: MDE, MDH and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to stay well informed. The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority.

Within the past couple of weeks we surveyed both our staff and families, an overwhelming majority felt that Distance Learning is the best option for CSE at this time.

CSE will be starting Fall 2020 with distance learning. The distance learning program will begin for our students on Monday, August 31, 2020. Distance Learning will be for the entire Fall Semester. The leadership team will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and re-evaluate the school model later this fall.

We understand that Distance Learning is not ideal for all families but feel this is the best model for the fall. CSE will be sending out further information to all families the week of August 17th with details.

Thank you all for your patience and partnership as we work through the many complexities of planning for a safe return to learning this fall. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the school.

Please take care and continue to be safe and healthy.


Kazoua Kong-Thao

Chief Administration Officer | Community School of Excellence School


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Message from Bao Vang, CSE CEO

July 31

Hello CSE Families,

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we too have been waiting for direction from the Governor’s office. Yesterday, Governor Walz released the Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-21 School Year. The plan will be driven by county-level COVID-19 virus metrics provided by Minnesota Department of Health and serve as a basis to help schools make decision on what model to implement. This new guideline of COVID-19 data for our county suggests the implementation of an “In-person learning for elementary students and hybrid for secondary students” for CSE.

CSE's main priority must continue to be the health, safety, and wellness of our students, staff, and community. To that end, CSE Leadership team will be seeking input from staff and families in order to make a decision about the best learning program for the CSE community. We hope to provide another update late next week with a final decision by Monday, August 17, 2020.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to ensure the health and safety of all stakeholders group for a safe and thoughtful reopening of the school.

Ua Tsaug!

Bao Vang, CEO

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Message from Commissioner Ricker

July 22

Dear School Leaders,

Today, Governor Tim Walz is announcing Executive Order 20-81 which will require Minnesotans to wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces and indoor businesses starting on July 25, 2020. This Executive Order applies to all Minnesotans, making exemptions for children who are five-years-old and under, and those with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that makes it unreasonable for the individual to maintain a face covering.

Included in those settings where masks will be required, are school buildings, both public and nonpublic. Face coverings are generally required for all students, staff, and other persons present in any kindergarten through grade 12 school buildings or district offices or riding on school transportation vehicles. To provide a consistent, safe environment for students and staff, this requirement applies equally to kindergartners, even those aged 5 or under.

Students and staff have flexibility to wear face shields instead of face coverings, which allows visibility of facial expressions and lip movements for speech perception, in certain situations. These situations include:

  • Among students in kindergarten through grade 8 when wearing a face covering is problematic.

  • For educators of all grades, when wearing a face covering may impede the educational process.

Additional specifics about the face covering requirement in the order can be found in the updated MDH Fall Planning Guidance document, and the full executive order will be made available on Governor Walz’s executive orders webpage.


Mary Cathryn Ricker, NBCT Commissioner of Education


Nyob Zoo! Welcome to Community School of Excellence, where we view our students and families as an extension of our own families.

Here at CSE, we provide students with opportunities to learn about themselves and others, including: the rich culture and language of the Hmong people, reading and writing in English, Hmong, and Mandarin Chinese, technology and web-based learning, interactive classes and literacy instruction in all content areas.

We offer an extended day program that includes tutoring, snacks, hands-on cultural learning through recreation, art, dance, computer and music.

To prepare our students’ minds and bodies for learning, all children receive free breakfast, lunch and daily snacks, including Hmong food for lunch at least two days each week.

We offer daily tours of the school and we welcome the opportunity for you to join our CSE family.

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