Columbia Heights Public Schools students and teachers began distance learning Monday, March 30, 2020.
Teachers and staff have been working hard to ensure students receive high quality and engaging instruction during this time. Staff are excited to connect with students via online or phone each school day. Students engaging in distance learning have access to appropriate educational materials and receive daily interaction with their licensed teacher(s). Distance learning does not always mean online learning. Columbia Heights Public Schools will provide instruction and educational materials online, via phone, or in paper format to support the equitable access of distance learning for all students.
Thank you for providing your feedback on how distance learning is going for you and your family. CHPS teachers used this feedback to modify our current distance learning plan to better meet student and family needs. Please continue to reach out to your teachers for questions or comments about distance learning.
Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-41 extending the Distance Learning Period established in Executive Order 20-19 through the end of the 2019-2020 school calendar year. The last day of school for Columbia Heights Public Schools students will be May 28.
Use the buttons to the right to find specifics, more links and FAQs. For questions, contact your child's teacher(s) or school administrators (available on their respective pages).
Update on State Testing
MCA/MTAS Statewide Testing
Based on the March 25 announcement and Executive Order by Governor Walz, state-required MCA and MTAS testing will not occur this spring at Columbia Heights Public Schools (grades 3-8, 10 and 11).
All SAT testing (grade 11 and some 12) has been postponed nationwide. Columbia Heights Public Schools is working with the College Board to find an alternative time for students to take the SAT test (originally scheduled for April 14).
The College Board announced last week that students will have the ability to take an online 45-minute, free-response AP exam for this year only. There will be two choices of online test dates for students to choose from. The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will be available after April 3. As of March 25, free online review courses will be available for all AP students on the College Board’s YouTube channel.
If you have any questions about AP testing or College Board accounts, contact Carrie Trnjanin.
(7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on school days)
Technology will gather some quick information and send the call to the helpdesk team for resolution. If resolution is not possible via phone, information to drop off the device and pick up a replacement will be provided. The technology agreements that families have signed remain in effect and do not change throughout distance learning.