Columbia Heights Public Schools

Sept. 16, 2021

Did You Know?

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Please Don't Come to School if You Aren't Feeling Well!

Help us all stay healthy by not coming to school if you are sick or if a family member has COVID-19. Please do not expose others to harmful germs when you are not feeling well.

If you have these symptoms please do not come to school and please get tested for COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms but if you have these symptoms please stay home except to get tested or seek medical care. The Minnesota Department of Health is a good resource for more information.

Safe Return to School 2021-2022

What can you do to help us have a safer school year?

  • Get vaccinated if you are age eligible
  • Wear your mask consistently and appropriately! (If people are appropriately masked then it decreases the need to quarantine if they were near someone with COVID-19. This is especially important as it decreases whole classes needing to quarantine!)
  • Wear your mask on the bus! Bus drivers will provide masks if you do not have one! Everyone must wear masks on the bus to protect everyone
  • Stay home if you aren't feeling well or if a family member has COVID-19 symptoms
  • Get tested regularly for COVID-19
  • Space matters- Keep up the physical distance between you and others as much as possible
  • General hygiene practices such as regular handwashing and cleaning surfaces

CHPS is committed to providing excellent educational and enrichment opportunities for our students with health and safety as a priority. CHPS will "Heighten Up!" with:

  • Academic Acceleration
  • Mental Health Supports
  • Family and Community Engagement
  • Facility Upgrades

For more information please visit our Safe Return to Learning Page on the CHPS website

CHPS School Day to End Two Hours Early for Four Teacher Data Days

At the August 24 CHPS School Board meeting, a change to the school calendar was approved to provide time for teachers to review student data. The school instructional day will be shortened by two hours on October 8, December 10, March 11, and May 13. Highland, North Park School for Innovation and Valley View school day will end at 12:20pm, Columbia Heights High School school day will end at 1:05pm and Columbia Academy school day will end at 1:15pm. Busses routes will be the same as on a regular school end time but students will be dropped off two hours earlier (since the school day is ending two hours early.) All CHPS students will receive lunch before school dismissal. Adventure Club families will receive information about care for their student during the time between the school release time and the start of Adventure Club.

CHPS Transportation and Zonar MyView Bus App Update

We are all very excited for the start of school and having students back on-site. Transportation has been a hard hit industry with the effects of COVID-19 pandemic. We are working hard with our contracted transportation company to meet the transportation needs of all of students receiving this service. We do anticipate changes to routes as effects of COVID-19 will at times likely necessitate. Transportation will communicate these changes to affected families as timely as possible. Please use the Zonar Bus App to better monitor your child(s) bus status for both pick up and drop off.

To set up Zonar MyView:

  1. Download the Zonar MyView app from the App Store or Google Play.
  2. Enter the above School Access Code (55421).
  3. Enter your child’s unique student ID. If you don't know your student's ID or aren't sure how to find it, contact your child's school.
  4. Enter your child(s) bus number(s). The child's bus number is listed on the postcard from the bus company and can also be found in ParentVUE.
  5. Create alert zones around drop-off and pick-up points.

When your child’s bus enters an alert zone, you will receive notification by email or text.

These links and information can also be found on our website under the Transportation tab.

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Current Families- New Online Tool to Update Your Information

New this year: online tool replacing paper form!

Use this tool to make sure your information on file is up to date so you receive all school and district communication throughout the year.

Log in to ParentVUE to verify your address, emergency contacts, phone number, email & more.

Click Online Registration in the upper right-hand corner to begin this process.

Don’t have a ParentVUE account yet? Contact your school office for an activation key to get started.

Columbia Heights High School


Columbia Academy


Highland Elementary


North Park Elementary


Valley View Elementary


Activities Update


“Clue- On Stage” will be our Fall Play at CHHS, auditions occurred this week. If you are still interested please contact the Activities Office.

CA Musical is coming! Auditions will be on October 4th and 5th from 3:15-5:15pm in room 156 at CA.

NEW OPPORTUNITY for 6th-12th grade students:

Ultimate Frisbee and Cross Country are being offered through ENCORE – register here

CA Students-REGISTER NOW for:

7th and 8th grade: Adapted Soccer – Girls Tennis – Girls Swim & Dive

All CA students: Robotics – Football - Girls Volleyball – Boys & Girls Soccer – Strength Training

Sports Physical for all Athletics
Every athlete participating in school-year sports must have a physical on file with the Activities Office. Sports physicals are valid for three years. Download the form now.

Upcoming Home Games

Saturday, September 18

9 am Volleyball: Varsity Tournament @ Hylander Center

1 pm CA Football Game vs. Fridley @ CA Football Field

Monday, September 20

4:00 pm Tennis: Girls Varsity Match vs. Cooper @ CHHS Tennis Court

Tuesday, September 21

3:45 pm CA Volleyball Match vs. St Anthony Village @ CA

4:00 pm Tennis: Girls Varsity Match vs. St Anthony Village @ CHHS Tennis Court

4:30 pm Tennis: Girls Varsity Match vs. Cooper @ CHHS Tennis Court

4:30 pm Adapted Soccer: Varsity Game vs. St Cloud Apollo @ Hylander Center Gym

4:30 pm Volleyball JV/C Match vs. Visitation @ CHHS Gym

5:00 pm Soccer: Boys Varsity Game vs. Brooklyn Center @ CHHS Stadium

6:00 pm Volleyball Varsity Match vs. Visitation @ CHHS Gym

7:00 pm Soccer: Girls Varsity Game vs. Visitation @ CHHS Stadium

Thursday, September 23

3:45 pm CA Volleyball Match vs. Roseville @ CA

5:30 pm Swim & Dive: Girls Varsity Meet vs. Mpls Southwest @ CHHS Pool

Athletics Calendar:

Streaming Link for Home Volleyball, Football, and Soccer Games

To purchase tickets to CHPS Activities & Athletics

More information can be found at the CHPS Activities Website or contact the Activities Office at 763-528-4511

All meals in CHPS are free for all students during the 2021-2022 school year! Please still complete the Educational Benefits Application which provides additional benefits for families and helps the District provide vital programs!

Application for Educational Benefits

Columbia Heights Public Schools offers educational benefits to qualifying families – including free and reduced-price meals – which can help both your family and your school! Though all meals are free for all students during the 2021-2022 school year, it is still very important for all families to complete this Education Benefits application as families receive additional benefits listed below and it is critically important for District funding that supports student programs.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is allowing schools to provide all meals to all students at no cost to families for the 2021-2022 school year.

Applications are not required to receive this free meal benefit, but families should still complete this application to receive other benefits, including:

· Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), a federal temporary emergency nutrition benefit for families to purchase food.

· Reduced fees for activities, early childhood programming, college applications and more!

· Compensatory funds for the District to reduce class sizes, provide counseling and social work services and more.

· Title 1 funds for academic support.

· and more!

Fill out the application now!

Call 763-528-4520 to request a paper application!

Come Work With Us at Columbia Heights Public Schools!

You can make a difference in the lives of students in our community by coming to work at CHPS! We are urgently seeking great applicants for a variety of full- and part-time positions including cooks, teachers, Mini Adventures and Adventure Club staff, education assistants, and more! Your next career move could be as a valued employee of the CHPS!

Check Out Our Social Media Accounts!

We have added a handful of new social media pages for our district! We are listing all usernames for each one below! Follow and Like the pages to get updates and other fun posts from each school/department!

District Wide:

Instagram: @chpsisd13

Twitter: @CHPSisd13

Facebook: Columbia Heights Public Schools

Activities and Athletics:

Instagram: @hylandersactivities

Twitter: @CHPSActivities

Facebook: Hylander Activities

Columbia Heights High School:

Instagram: @chhs_hylanders

Facebook: Columbia Heights High School

Columbia Academy:

Instagram: @ca_hylanders

Facebook: Columbia Academy

North Park:

Facebook: North Park School for Innovation

Valley View:

Facebook: Valley View Elementary School

Community Ed:

Facebook: Columbia Heights Public Schools Community Ed