Early Childhood Distance Learning

  • Columbia Heights Public Schools students and teachers began distance learning Monday, March 30, 2020.

    Teachers and staff have been working hard to ensure students are receiving high quality and engaging instruction during this time. Staff are excited to connect with students via online or phone each school day.

    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.


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    Packets and materials have been delivered to each family. Families will check their Seesaw account for child activities and will have informative topic posts and discussion boards for the adults using SimplyCircle, Zoom, and/or Google platforms weekly based on their class(es).

    PreK 3
    Packets with materials will be mailed out each week. Students/families should check their Seesaw account for messages, activities, and posts from their teacher starting at 8 a.m. based on the days the child is enrolled in class (T/Th or M/W/F).

    PreK 4
    Packets with materials were mailed for the first week. Packets with materials may be mailed out weekly. Students/families should check their Seesaw accounts for a message from their teachers starting at 8:30 a.m. Monday, March 30. Teachers will post new activities and information each school day by 8:30am.


    Your child’s teacher is your best resource to connect with any questions about access. 

Early Childhood FAQs

  • If I do not have internet at home, how will my child access Distance Learning?

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    Your child will receive paper copies or packets in the mail. However, it may be possible to obtain wifi/internet access through select providers that are currently offering free or reduced internet access. Below are links with information on free internet resources for qualifying families.

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  • How will teachers take attendance? What happens if my child is sick?

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    Students/families are expected to engage on Seesaw based on the days the child is enrolled in class. Students will be marked present by the teacher once they have connected to their class through their computer or phone. Examples of acceptable attendance may include: 1) Viewing and engaging with activities posted on Seesaw, 2) answering emails, 3) speaking with the teacher directly, or 4) students/families posting on Seesaw. Attendance for students who do not have access to the internet will primarily be taken through phone calls or emails. Please inform your child’s teacher if your child is ill.

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  • Does my child have each class at a certain time of the day?

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    No. Activities will be posted for classes each morning depending on the days your child is enrolled. You will be able to set your own expectations at home for when to engage in the activities with your child. Teachers will provide specific times they are available to communicate and engage with your child and with you!

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  • What will my child’s day look like? How long should they be engaged in Distance Learning each day?

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    Your child’s day will vary depending upon your child’s class schedule (one to five days per week). We would like your child to be engaged in the activities provided with the packets/on Seesaw and it will depend on what your child’s teacher has shared. Teachers will continuously monitor student engagement and success with you. We welcome your feedback as we go online with our classes!

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  • How will my child's progress be monitored?

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    Teachers will continue to use the Early Childhood Indicators of Progress to guide curriculum, activities and instruction. Teachers will be able to discuss your child’s learning and progression at home and provide feedback on your child’s posts through Seesaw.

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  • How will my child be graded?

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    Students in PreK 3 and PreK 4 will receive a modified end of year progress report. Instead of end of year assessment data, teachers will provide families a progress report for their student(s). Comments will be used to share students’ progress with families during Distance Learning. The typically required exit data for PreK 4 was waived by the MN Commissioner of Education for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

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  • How will my child contact their teachers?

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    Your child’s teachers will provide information on how they will communicate with you and your child during Distance Learning.

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  • Can my child still access school breakfast and lunch?

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    Yes. Visit the COVID-19 Food/Meal Resources page for complete information on how your student(s) can access school meals during these closures.

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  • Will there be support for students and their families if they don’t speak English?

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    Yes. We will continue to provide English Language support and instruction. In addition, our staff will continue to communicate in multiple languages on the phone with families through Language Line, an interpretive service for phone conversations.

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  • What about special services for students?

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    Special Education: Case managers will help students with their activities, provide check-ins, make any modifications, and help families support their child’s engagement in the activities. Case Managers will be reaching out to families when their annual IEP meeting is due to set up a phone call or online video conference.

    English Learners: English Learner instruction and support will continue. Interpreters through Language Line are also available for conversations with families. 

    Social Emotional Support: We will continue to provide social emotional support to  our students and families. Our Parent Educator is able to provide one on one support through phone, email, or video conversations. Social Workers will continue to check in with students they have been meeting with this school year.

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  • How can I get things my child left behind at school?

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    School buildings are closed. If you need to collect something, contact your school’s secretary.

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  • What if my child is scheduled for an Early Childhood Screening appointment?

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    Early Childhood Screening appointments are postponed until further notice. Families will be contacted if they have a screening appointment scheduled this spring.

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  • How can I help my child be successful during Distance Learning?

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    Ensure they are logging into their Seesaw or Google Classroom account on a DAILY basis.

    When possible, help provide a quiet and consistent place for them to work.

    Continue to communicate with your child’s teachers on a regular basis.

    Monitor and check work on a daily basis (even if it is at the end of the day).

    Consider creating a daily schedule for your child that requires them to engage in Distance Learning and have healthy routines.

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