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An Important Message from Superintendent Stenvik

Thank you for the support you are providing to our students and community during this challenging time. Up to this point in the school year, Columbia Heights Public Schools (CHPS) has been able to bring small groups of students on-site to provide academic support. As you know, the COVID-19 situation is rapidly changing. The District continues to monitor local COVID-19 cases, follow guidance from the Minnesota Departments of Health and Education and consult with local public health officials.

Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases within the community and surrounding areas, and staffing challenges, CHPS will decrease the number of students on-site beginning Monday, Nov. 30 through the end of Quarter 2 (Jan. 28, 2021). Each school, grade level and program may have different capacities to support students on-site. Most, though not all, on-site academic support will be on pause. Critical care child care, Mini Adventures Child Care and Adventure Club will continue at this time. Principals will notify families directly affected by this change.

Each quarter, the District reviews multiple data points and determines the feasibility of on-site learning. Quarter 3 begins Feb. 1, 2021. CHPS will continue to monitor the situation and will communicate any changes in program decisions.

The health and safety of students, staff and the community remain at the forefront of our decision to scale back on the students coming on-site for their learning. CHPS is committed to supporting our students, academically and with their social-emotional needs. This is a challenging time for our community, state and country and our District is actively working to adjust the ways we provide education and support for students and families.

We have Heights Pride in our students, families and staff and we join together to care for each other and live our mission of being a District where all belong and all succeed.