Columbia Heights High School 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.


    Your child has been issued a school Chromebook and home internet. We have been in contact with students who may have an issue with how we are delivering Distance Learning.

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CHHS 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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    A student is counted as present if...

    • They join a class via Zoom Meeting
    • Completes assignments
    • Send a message (Schoology, Google Classroom and Moodle)
    • Participate in a class discussion/blog
    • Talks with their teacher over the phone

    If your child is sick or needs to be at an appointment, call the attendance line at 763-528-4619.

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

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    Yes, below is the schedule for Distance Learning

    8:30- 9:45 a.m. -- First Block

    10-11:15 a.m. -- Second Block

    11:15-11:45 a.m. -- Lunch

    11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. -- Third Block

    1:15-2:30 p.m. -- Fourth Block

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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 including office hours.

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

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    Columbia Heights High School is closed. If you need to collect something, call 763-528-4619 to arrange a time.

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

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    • Check ParentVue
    • Email teachers with questions
    • Ensure your student attends classes, starting at 8:30 a.m. every morning
    • If a student will not be attending class, call the attendance line at 763-528-4619 ( Students are expected to make up all missing work).
    • When possible, help provide a quiet and consistent place for them to work
    • Monitor and check work on a daily basis (even if it is at the end of the day)
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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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