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Barton Open School

 Our values are rooted in Progressive Education

  • Instilling a love of learning
  • Valuing each child for their perspectives
  • Interdiciplinary curriculum and culturally responsive instruction
  • Developing a community of mutual respect and equity
  • Creative, courageous and collaborative inquiry for all
  • Child-centered decision-making & self-directed learning
  • Educating for a democratic society

Minneapolis Public Schools





Dear MPS families,

As you may have heard, all Minneapolis Public Schools are beginning the school year with distance learning. Protecting the health and safety of our students, families and staff is our top priority. We will transition to in-person learning once the rates of COVID-19 decline significantly in Minneapolis and surrounding communities.
To help you prepare for the start of the school year, we have some essential information for you to review. All this information is provided in this Back to School Guide as well as on our website. We will continue to share information with you on what you can expect for the new school year as it becomes available.

School starts:

  • Grades 1-12 and Transition Plus: Tue., September 8 

  • Prekindergarten and Kindergarten: Thurs., September 10 


The Back to School Guide provides information on the following topics:

Distance learning with student supports. 

  • What families can expect when school starts in September 

  • What to expect for distance learning in September 

  • MPS 5 Phases to Safe Learning

  • Special Education services

  • Early Childhood Education


What families need to know

  • School open houses 

  • School supplies

  • Technology needs

  • Grading

  • Attendance and absences 

  • Food and nutrition

  • Education Benefits: Fill out your form as soon as possible  

  • Child care - Minneapolis Kids


How families can help their children stay healthy and safe 

  • Immunizations (also known as vaccinations or shots)

  • COVID-19 testing resources

  • Protection from COVID-19: Stop the spread of germs 

  • Screen at 3: Early Childhood Screening


School starts September 8: Are you ready?

  • Is your child enrolled?

  • Important dates

  • Important phone numbers


Stay connected: Update your PHONE, ADDRESS and EMAIL

Now more than ever, it’s critical that families make sure your school has your most recent contact information. Before school starts, please make sure and call your school if there are any changes to your child’s home address or your phone number or email.

All MPS schools use SchoolMessenger to share important information about weather closures, building safety, school events, transportation and more. Make sure you receive text messages by texting “Y” to 67587. Families can manage their contact preferences by creating a SchoolMessenger account. To learn more visit:

Minneapolis Public Schools is offering free food to all youth (18 and under) this summer through Friday, August 21. All families are invited to participate in this program.

Families can pick up food boxes at 50 schools and parks across Minneapolis, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For the safety of families and staff, all sites offer contact-free pick-up. 

Food boxes are filled with items to make seven breakfasts and seven lunches, including fresh fruits and vegetables. Supplemental groceries from The Sheridan Story are also available for families to pick up with their MPS food boxes.

Food boxes are free for all children, 18 and under. Children do not need to be enrolled in MPS to receive food. Youth, parents, or siblings can pick up one food box for each child in their family, per week. 

For more information about MPS food boxes and pick-up locations, please visit:


2020 8th Grade Graduation
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 7:25 PM

Congratulations to the Barton 8th grade class of 2020!  You have done amazing things under amazing circumstances, and we are proud of each and every one of you.  We know that as you continue your educational path you will continue to do amazing things for your community and the world. We wish you all the best! 

Click Here to watch the video

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 10:25 AM


The Barton Staff has a special message for all of our students.


MPS EH&S Notifications
Annual Environmental Health & Safety Notifications
Monday, September 9, 2019 1:45 PM

Please find the following mandatory Environmental Health & Safety Notifications attached below...

All documents, including language translations, are available on the district website at the following link: