Learning Model Updates
Learning Model Update for Grades 6-12 (Feb. 24, 2021)
Columbia Heights Public Schools students in grades 6-12 will have the option to return to in-person hybrid instruction (two days per week on site) beginning Monday, March 15. Regardless of the phase and scenario, families have the opportunity to choose Heights from Home only. Families will have another opportunity to select on-site/in-person learning for Quarter 4 beginning April 12.
Quarter 3 Runs Feb. 1-April 7 (Jan. 12, 2021)
- Early Childhood | ECFE, ECSE and PreK 3 on-site programming with Heights from Home option
- Elementary | Rolling start hybrid instruction (four days per week on-site) starting with PreK 4 and Kindergarten
- Secondary | Modified Hybrid with small groups of identified students receiving on-site support
Regardless of the phase and scenario, families have the opportunity to choose Heights from Home only. Families have already committed to the learning model for quarter 3 (Feb. 1-April 7).
Learning Model Decision
Governor Walz announced Executive Order 20-103 Dec. 16 and the Minnesota Department of Education revised the Safe Learning Plan for the 2020-2021 School Year. Columbia Heights Public Schools (CHPS) has been planning for the implementation of the new guidelines, reviewing results of the Quarter 3 Family Survey and consulting with key leaders.
The District continues to monitor the COVID-19 case rates in our local community which have been decreasing in previous weeks. The health and safety of students, families and staff continue to be a top priority. We understand the impact distance learning and the pandemic has had on the academic, social-emotional development and well-being of our students.
CHPS is a community of learners who rise to challenges and celebrate accomplishments together. Families choosing on-site instruction are required to review daily symptoms prior to sending their student(s) to school. Students must stay home if they have symptoms or are sick. The District also asks families to share a commitment to minimize unnecessary risks for exposure to COVID-19 in order to participate in the safest learning community possible for students, staff and families.
We remain committed to communication and collaboration as a school community. Be well and be safe!
Grade level bands will be able to start as long as case rates remain below the threshold.
- ECFE, ECSE, PreK 3, PreK 4 and K are scheduled to begin on-site Monday, Feb. 1
- Grades 1-2 are scheduled to begin on-site Monday, March 1
- Grades 3-5 are scheduled to begin on-site Monday, March 15
- Grades 6-12 will continue Distance Learning
Again, regardless of the phase and scenario, families have the opportunity to choose Heights from Home only. Families have already committed to the learning model for quarter 3.
Students participating in on-site instruction:
- Shortened school day
- Masks and social distancing
Heights from Home and on-site learners:
- Possible change in teacher
- Specialist day will remain the same, virtual
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.
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.
For details about Heights from Home distance learning, contact your individual school.
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