Columbia Academy 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 28.9.


    Columbia Academy students will access Distance Learning through their Schoology accounts. Schoology is the online learning platform currently used by CA students, so they should be very familiar on how to access it.

    How to Access Schoology

Columbia Academy 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 following their regular Gold/Blue classes. Students will be marked present by teachers 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) logging into Schoology and opening course content.  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. (Please note that teacher office hours will have set times for students to reach out for assistance.)

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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.  We will continue to have Blue and Gold day classes, so students will receive a set of directions for four classes each day in Schoology. All teachers will also have time each day when students can access them for additional help. Look for an email from each of your child’s teachers next week with more information on their particular class and virtual office hours. 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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    Secondary students will receive a second semester report card with a modified grading system per MDE guidance and feedback from students and families. Students will continue to receive progress reports throughout the semester from their teachers. Final grades will consist of assignments and assessments from Quarter 3 and the current Distance Learning period. Students will receive grades A-C and P (Pass). Students’ GPA will only be altered if a student receives a grade of A, B, or C. Students receiving a P will earn credit for the course but it will not alter the GPA. To acknowledge the feedback received from students and the guidance provided by MDE, students will be held harmless for barriers they may have experienced during the Distance Learning period.

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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 classes. In addition, our staff will continue to communicate in multiple languages on the phone with parents 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 are willing to help students with homework, do check-ins, modify work, and help parents 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 classes continue. Interpreters through Language Line are also available for conversations with parents. 

    Social/Emotional Support: Our Social Workers and School Psychologist 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. 

    Chemical Health Specialist: Counseling sessions are available through David Hoy and Associates that educate students about critical chemical health issues, provide support for students who are not currently “using” but have concerns within their social circles and assist families who are searching for community based therapeutic services. Please contact Mr. Weir at WeirM@colheights.k12.mn.us. Counseling sessions will be conducted through video conference or phone.

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  • Will my child get a third quarter report card? Can he/she still make up any current missing work?

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    There will be no third quarter grades. Instead, students will receive one 2nd Semester grade based on their work from January 22nd through the last day of school. Beginning March 30th, students can contact their teachers directly about missing work.

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

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    Columbia Academy is closed. If you need to collect something, you will need to contact Sarah Durst or Principal Berkas to arrange a time.

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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 Schoology 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. Here is an example:

    7:30 Breakfast
    8:30 Log on to Schoology and complete work for Blocks 1 and 2 classes
    10:30 Break
    10:45  Complete work for Block 3 class
    12:00 Lunch/break
    1:00 Complete work for Block 4 class
    2:00 Check-in with teachers
    3:00 Read a book
    4:00 Go outside and play
    9:00 Bedtime

     

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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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