Columbia Heights Public Schools

Sept. 2, 2021

Safe Return to School 2021-2022

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 Communty Engagement
  • Facility Upgrades

Federal and State guidelines are urging schools to prioritze in-person learning. CHPS will continue to monitor case rates and make adjustments accordingly.

Continued requirements include:

  • Federal law requires masks to be worn by everyone on school transportation.
  • Schools are required to report all student and staff positive COVID-19 cases to the MInnesota Department of Health.

In alignment with recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health, beginning August 16, CHPS requires universal indoor mask wearing for all people (ages 3 years and older) in school settings including teachers, staff, students and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status. Other COVID-19 protocols include maintaining at least 3 feet of physical distancing whenever possible and sanitizing of surfaces.

Schools are communicating with students and families about details for the start of the school year.

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Free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for Ages 12+ (Sponsored by Anoka County Human Services)

Tuesday, Sep. 7th, 2-5pm

1400 49th Avenue Northeast

Columbia Heights, MN

  • No ID (identification) or insurance is required.
  • The vaccine is free
  • Pfizer vaccine is for ages 12 and over. Two shots are required.
  • You should get your second shot of Pfizer vaccine 3 weeks after your first shot.
  • Your second shot can be given through a different vaccine provider if you prefer.
Walk-ins are welcome! Or make an appointment by scanning the image below on your phone.
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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


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Activities Update

Fall Activities Registration is OPEN!

Sports Physical for Fall Activities
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.

We invite you to register for Fall Activities! We have teams and activities to fit your interest and level of experience. Get involved and stay connected!

August 16th Start (registration is closing soon!):

9-12th grade: Football - Soccer - Girls Volleyball

7-12th grade: Girls Tennis - Girls Swim & Dive

6-8th grade: Football

September Start:

7th-12th grade: Adapted Soccer (9/8/21)

6th-12th grade: Robotics (9/9/21)

6th-8th grade: Girls Volleyball - Soccer (9/13/21)

Upcoming Home Games

Wednesday, September 8

4:00pm Tennis: Girls Varsity vs. Minneapolis South @ CHHS Tennis Courts

Thursday, September 9

4 pm Football: JV Game vs. Minneapolis South @ CHHS Stadium

4:30 pm Volleyball: Girls C Match vs. St. Anthony Village @ CHHS Gym

4:30 pm Volleyball: Girls JV Match vs. St. Anthony Village @ CHHS Gym

5:30 pm Soccer: Girls JV Game vs. Minneapolis North @ CHHS Stadium

5:30 pm Swim & Dive: Girls Varsity Meet vs. Fridley HS @ CHHS Pool

6:00pm Volleyball: Girls Varsity Match vs. St. Anthony Village @ CHHS Gym

7:30pm Soccer: Girls Varsity Game vs. Brooklyn Center @ CHHS Stadium

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

School Backpack Distribution with the CH Police

Thursday, Sep. 2nd, 3:30-6pm

530 Mill Street Northeast

Columbia Heights, MN

More details to follow from the CH Police
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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!

Find irresistible employment at Columbia Heights Public Schools!

The District is currently seeking applicants for a variety of full- and part-time positions including cooks, teachers, child care workers, education assistants, and more!