Columbia Heights Public Schools

Aug. 6, 2020 Update

Back-to-School Student Needs Survey

The Columbia Heights Public Schools (CHPS) Board of Education approved the 2020-2021 Back-to-School Plan at its Aug. 4, 2020 Regular Business Meeting. CHPS plans to begin the school year in the Modified Hybrid Phase where students will start learning via Heights from Home (distance learning) with small groups of identified students learning on site on specified days based on student need and staffing considerations.


A survey was emailed to all families to collect specific information about their intentions for returning to school. The survey will be open until 6 a.m. Monday, Aug. 10.

Back-to-School Plan

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


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.

Heights From Home

Columbia Heights Public Schools Welcomes New Superintendent

Columbia Heights Public Schools (CHPS) welcomed Zena Stenvik as its new Superintendent last month. Stenvik – formerly the District’s Executive Director of Educational Services – assumed her new role July 1, taking over for Kathy Kelly who retired after 13 years in the position.


Stenvik first entered the field of education as a bilingual homeschool liaison and educational assistant where she supported Spanish-speaking students and their families. She spent a decade serving Saint Paul Public Schools, and eventually joined CHPS in 2007 as the English Learners & Equity Coordinator. Throughout her tenure with the District, Stenvik has also served as Staff Development Coordinator/AVID District Director, and the Director of Teaching & Learning.

Application for Educational Benefits

Columbia Heights Public Schools offers educational benefits to qualifying families including free and reduced-price meals. Despite COVID-19 making this a unique school year, families still need to submit a new Application for Educational Benefits to ensure families and the district receive benefits for the 2020-2021 school year.

Educational Benefits can help both your family and Columbia Heights Public Schools.

The District encourages ALL families to fill out an application every year.

Aug. 4, 2020 School Board Report

Stay up-to-date on Columbia Heights Public Schools by reading the Aug. 4, 2020 issue of the "School Board Report."

The "School Board Report" is a summary of main agenda items, reports, decisions made and upcoming key dates. The official record of business meetings are the Minutes, which can be viewed on the School Board website. The "School Board Report" is aligned to the District’s Strategic Roadmap.

Community Engagement Session Schedules for Aug. 19

The Columbia Heights Public Schools Board of Education will host a virtual Community Engagement Session 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19 via Zoom.

Summer Food Sites

Columbia Heights Public Schools continues to deliver meals at various locations around the community. Children age 18 and under are offered a bagged lunch and breakfast at each hub, free of charge. The last day of summer meal service will be Friday, Aug. 21.

Find a food site near you.

Now Enrolling

Columbia Heights Public Schools is NOW ENROLLING for the 2020-2021 school year. The Placement Center is OPEN for in-person enrollment weekdays 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (social distancing guidelines are being followed) or you can register online below!


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