Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Overview

  • Columbia Heights Public Schools (CHPS) continues to monitor the developments with COVID-19.

    We want CHPS students, families, and staff to know that we are in communication with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to have the most up-to-date information and to implement district and school protocols as needed.

    *Please refer to MDH and MDE for your most up-to-date resource.

Summer 2021 COVID-19 Guidelines

  • Face Coverings

    1. Required on school buses for all students and drivers (Wearing of face masks while on conveyances and at transportation hubs | Quarantine | CDC)
    2. At School:
      1. Childcare: Required for Adventure Club students, strongly recommended for all staff (students not eligible for vaccine)
      2. Elementary: Required for students, strongly recommended for staff (students not eligible for vaccine)
      3. Secondary: Strongly recommended for staff and students
    3. Masks are NOT required outside at recess or outdoor activities

    COVID-19 Testing

    1. No-cost, at-home testing through Vault
    2. No-cost, community testing sites

    Out of State Travel 

    Fully-Vaccinated People
    After travel...

    • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
    • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.
    • You do NOT need to get tested or self-quarantine if you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months. You should still follow all other travel recommendations.

    Not Vaccinated:       
    After travel...

    • Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
    • Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
    • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.
    • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
    • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
    • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
    • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

    Social Distancing
    CHPS will continue to encourage and practice social distancing when possible.


    1. All COVID-positive cases are still required to be reported to MDH. CHPS will continue to follow the MDH Decision tree (Recommended COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth Programs, and Child Care Programs).
    2. Students that are exposed to a COVID-positive case (and not vaccinated) will still be required to quarantine for 14 days. Students with a positive COVID test will still be required to isolate for 10 days.
    3. If you are sick stay home!




Have a Question?

  • If you have a question regarding Safe Return to Learning and the District's response efforts, email us at