Elementary 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.


    Elementary students should check their Seesaw or Google Classroom account for a message from their teacher starting at 8:30 a.m. Monday, March 30, 2020. Teachers will post new assignments and messages each school day by 8:30 a.m.

Elementary 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 are expected to engage in their courses and coursework on a DAILY basis. 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) completing daily assignments, 2) answering emails, 3) speaking with your teacher directly, or 4) students posting on Seesaw or Google Classroom. Attendance for students who do not have access to the internet will primarily be taken through phone calls or emails.

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

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    No, assignments will be posted for all classes at 8:30 each morning and you will be able to set your own expectations at home for when this work will be completed by your child each day.

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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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    On average, we would like students to be engaged in Distance Learning from 2 to 4 hours per day. Much will depend on their combination of assignments for that day. Teachers will continuously monitor student engagement and success. We welcome your feedback as we go online with our courses!

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  • How will my child be graded?

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    Elementary students will receive an end of the year report card which assesses student work on Minnesota Academic Standards. Teachers will continue to use 1-4 and NA (4=exceeds, 3=meets, 2=approaching standards, 1=below, NA=Not Assessed) to share student progress on the standards.

    Teachers will use the expectations from Quarter 3 to report out student progress for Quarters 3 and 4. Teachers will use NA for any academic standards not taught prior Distance Learning. Comments will be used to share students’ progress with families during Distance Learning.

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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 students 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 homework, do check-ins, modify work, and help families support this work.  Also, 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 parents. 

    Social/Emotional Support: Our Social Workers will continue to check in with students they have been meeting with this school year. We will all work to provide social/emotional support to our students.

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  • Will my child get a third quarter report card?

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    There will be no third quarter grades. Instead, students will receive one end of the year grade based on their work from January 22, 2020 through the last day of school.

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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 (contact info to the right).

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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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  • What are other helpful resources I can access to assist my family during the COVID-19 crisis?

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    Visit the District's COVID-19 main page for a handful of resources to help you and your family navigate this pandemic.

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