Back-to-School information is in the annual District Calendar and on this webpage! Comprehensive information about district policies, programs, guidelines, school information and more is in the "Student Rights & Responsibilities Handbook."
Look up School Board Policies HERE.
Find facilities information HERE.
Student Physical Exams & Vaccination Clinic - September 1 - Click Here for more information
Important Dates for Back-To-School
- August 30, 4-6:30 p.m. - Columbia Academy Open House
- September 1, 4-6 p.m. - Highland PreK 4-Grade 5 Open House
- September 1, 4-6 p.m. - NPSfI PreK 4-Grade 5 Open House
- September 1, 1-7 p.m. - Valley View Orientation
- September 1, 4-6 p.m. - CHHS Open House
- September 2, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. - Valley View Orientation
- September 6 - First Day of School K-12
- September 6 & 7 - PreK 3 Orientation
- September 6 & 7 - PreK 4 Orientation
- September 8 - PreK 3 Starts
- September 8 & 9 - PreK 4 Gradual Start
Meals & Educational Benefits
Columbia Heights Public Schools provides a healthy breakfast and lunch for students each day. It is very important that all families fill out an educational benefits application to see if the household qualifies for educational benefits including free or reduced-priced meals and snacks. Starting on September 6th, 2022, all meals will be charged to students based on their eligibility status. The cost of a paid breakfast is $1.90 and a paid lunch is $2.80 (secondary students, grades 6-12) and $2.55 for (elementary students, grades Pre-K-5).
All families should fill out an online educational benefits application prior to the first day of school on September 6th, 2022. There are other benefits that apply to households who qualify for free or reduced-priced meal benefits including:
- Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) (a federal temporary emergency nutrition benefit that is loaded onto electronic cards for families to purchase food)
- Reduced rates for middle and high school activities
- Compensatory funds for the District to reduce class sizes, provide counseling and social work services, and hire media specialists and educational assistants
- Reduced tuition and/or scholarships for early childhood programming
- Reduced AP testing and college application fees
- Title 1 funds for the District for academic support
School Meal Requirements
Proper nutrition affects students' academic performance as well as their health, so healthy meals play an important role in public schools. Students in Columbia Heights Public Schools can enjoy well-balanced meals at breakfast and lunch every school day.
Enjoy your meals!
What must they contain?
A student must take three full components (as listed on the attachment). One MUST be a ½ cup fruit or vegetable or a combination of fruit/vegetable. They may take up to all five components:
- Meat or Meat Alternate
Where do students or families access the menus?
Our school lunch menus are all available online.
How do you apply for free/reduced price lunch?
Families can apply online or by filling out and returning a hard copy form. Forms are available at all schools and the Placement Center.
Who can families contact with questions at the school or district level about food or accounts?
Parents can contact their school's kitchen manager with any questions regarding meals or accounts.
Drivers and staff are dedicated to providing safe, secure and reliable transportation for qualified students each school day. District bus stops and routes are designed with safety, efficiency, cost and shortest overall ride times. Information on busing is mailed directly to homes approximately two weeks before school starts. Find your student’s route information online on ParentVue. Call Monarch Bus Service at 612.843.0118 to report the following: 1) when your child will not be riding the bus; 2) lost and found items; 3) if the bus is more than five minutes late. CHPS provides school bus service to all PreK 4 and kindergartners enrolled in CHPS who live within their elementary school boundary area. Track your student’s bus with the Zonar MyView app! For more information, visit the Transportation web page.
CHPS is committed to providing timely and effective communication across multiple channels. In addition to various publications, the District sends out weekly Blackboard emails and occasional all-calls to keep families up to date on important information. The District also maintains accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn to provide relevant information. Schools utilize additional platforms like ParentVUE and Seesaw to communicate with families. We encourage all families and community members to subscribe to the District's HylanderCONNECT emails to stay connected on all things CHPS from press releases to important announcements. For more information on how CHPS communicates with its stakeholders, visit the Communications web page.
Students entering elementary and secondary school for the 2022-2023 school year must meet the Minnesota State Law immunization requirements (121A.15, subdivision 1). Students must show they have had the required immunizations or file a legal exemption.
Emergency Weather Closings
CHPS has an established process for closing schools during extreme weather. School closings are announced on KARE11 (channel 11), WCCO (channel 4), KSTP (channel 5) and Fox 9 (channel 9). Families also are notified by automated telephone calls to homes, emails, the District website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Please note if none of the above are activated, school is in session. Tip: Look for the “Weather Alert” graphic on the web.
According to the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) of 1986, Columbia Heights Public Schools has inspected all school buildings for asbestos-containing materials.
Asbestos management plans were developed for each school building based on inspection results. As part of the asbestos management plans, six-month asbestos surveillance and three-year re-inspections are conducted at each school, to monitor the condition of asbestos-containing materials. Readily-accessible materials in unsatisfactory condition and/or about to be impacted by school renovation are removed by Minnesota Department of Health-licensed asbestos abatement contractors. District policies for compliance with asbestos-related regulations are printed in a management plan for each school. Building-specific plans are available for review at the District Office. For more information, call 763.528.4525.
Indoor Air Quality
Columbia Heights Public Schools has developed and implemented an Indoor Air Quality Management Program to monitor and improve air quality in all district buildings. The district program is based on school guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Education and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The district’s Manager of Buildings and Grounds works with school administrators and custodians to implement preventive maintenance strategies and communicate with parents and building occupants about indoor air quality issues. For more information, call 763.528.4525.
Testing Lead in School Drinking Water
Under MN Statutes, 121A.335 Lead in School Drinking Water, school districts and charter schools are required to test for the presence of lead in water. Columbia Heights Public Schools has adopted the model plan developed by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) for testing lead in drinking water. The plan includes a testing schedule for all buildings serving prekindergarten students and students in kindergarten through grade 12. Each drinking water tap or water source used in food preparation is to be tested at minimum once every five years. Test results are to be available to the public for review, and parents are to be notified of the availability of the information.
If a test reveals a lead level of 20 parts per billion (ppb) or higher, the district immediately removes the fixture from service until the hazard has been remediated." The Manager of Buildings & Grounds oversees implementation and maintenance of the Lead in Drinking Water Program and model plan. For questions, report results and up-to-date information regarding sampling efforts, call 763-528-4525