The Back-to-School guide publication has been replaced by a page in the annual District Calendar -- and this webpage! Items not listed on this page will be included in the Student Rights & Responsibilities Handbook given to each District Household.
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School Safe Zones
All CHPS sites are designated as “safe-zones” by the Minnesota State Legislature. This means there are increased penalties and stronger sentencing guidelines for those convicted for the sale, use and/or possession of illegal drugs or dangerous weapons within 300 feet, or one block, of any Columbia Heights Public Schools property line.
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. For more information, call 763-528-4424.
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.
Students entering elementary and secondary school for the 2020-2021 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 with the school.
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