2020-2021 School Year Information

  • Columbia Heights Public Schools (CHPS) is following guidance from the Minnesota Departments of Education and the Minnesota Department of Health to design a safe learning plan for the 2020-2021 school year that responds to local COVID-19 public health conditions. This page will be updated as plans and state guidance evolve.

    The CHPS Board of Education reviewed the 2020-2021 School Year Plan and approved the recommendation to  begin the 2020-2021 school year in a Phase 2: Modified Hybrid model and provide full-time distance learning via Heights from Home for those who choose it. This plan is in alignment with Minnesota’s Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-2021 School Year.

    View the Overview of Learning Models and Schedule.

  • Heights from Home

    For details about Heights from Home distance learning, contact your individual school.

    Need technology support? Call our Student Tech Support Line 763-528-4598

What Can Families Do Now?

  • In order for students to receive school materials and services, please complete all of these Back to School online forms:

     Number 1

    Student Needs Survey
    Necessary student information including Technology/Internet, Heights from Home Distance Learning, Transportation, Critical Workers' Child Care

     Number 2

    Technology Agreement
    Required for access to District-issued Technology and software.

     Number 3

    Educational Benefits Application
    Free/Reduced Meals and Lunch form (strongly recommended for all families to complete)

     Number 4

    Meal Delivery Application
    Apply here to have meals delivered to your home. 



Overview of Learning Models & Schedules

  •  CHPS has put together learning scenarios for Fall 2020 in response to guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), the Minnesota Department of Health and Executive Order 20-82.

    After reviewing Anoka County data, adjacent counties’ data, along with COVID-19 data specific to Columbia Heights, Hilltop and Fridley, reviewing family and staff survey results, focus groups and lengthy consultation with its leadership, the School Board approved a four-phase approach to the 2020-2021 school year.

    CHPS will begin in Phase 2: Modified Hybrid which means all students begin their learning via the District’s “Heights From Home” distance learning initiative. In the first weeks of school, staff will determine small groups of students to come to the District for on-site learning. The schools will send specific information to families about the timeline for hybrid learning.

    Heights From Home PHASE 1: Heights from Home
    Students receive instruction through an improved version of distance learning. 

    PHASE 2: Modified Hybrid
    Students will continue learning via Heights from Home with small groups of identified students learning on site on specified days based on student need and staffing considerations. Students with special needs, English learners, our youngest learners and seniors may be considered for on-site learning in this phase based on state guidance.

    PHASE 3: Full Hybrid
    Students would receive instruction both in person and from home. This schedule would be intended for all students unless their family has opted for Heights from Home only.* 

    PHASE 4: On-Site Learning
    All students and staff back in school, unless their family has opted for Heights from Home only.* 


    The health and safety of students, staff and families is a top priority. Based on all of the gathered data, current circumstances and trend data, District Administration recommends CHPS begin the school year in phase two, the Modified Hybrid model. The learning scenario could change based on how COVID-19 spreads. 

    *Regardless of the phase and scenario, families have the opportunity to choose Heights from Home only. Families need to commit to this model a quarter at a time.