COVID-19: Reopening CPS

  • April 5 In Person Learning Logo

    We are excited to begin the next phase of our re-entry. Students enrolled in the in-person learning mode will begin attending five (5) days a week on Monday, April 5. Note: If your student is enrolled in CPSElementary@Mizzou and CPSVirtual they will remain virtual for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.

    Below is important information for families as we prepare for April 5. 

    Health and Safety
    Students will still be required to wear masks. Please review handwashing and masking wearing expectations with your students. A video is available as part of the district’s Parent-Community University series.

    Additionally, all families should continue to complete the Morning Checklist daily.

    Morning Routine Symptom Checklist

    You can also download a .pdf version here.  If your student is sick, please have the child stay home. If your child or someone in your home currently has COVID-19, please stay home and call your child’s school for next steps.

    Details on protocols, plans and safety information are included in the district’s reopening plans, which includes updated information.  

    Transportation routes for 5-day learning are updated. You may look up your student’s bus route here. Families previously provided the district with information on their transportation needs.  Based on that information, we developed bus routes. While the district is providing transportation to eligible riders, families are still encouraged to provide their own transportation, if possible, to reduce the number of students on the bus. Social distancing will be difficult to achieve on a school bus. Students are expected to wear a mask on the bus. Note: Students who changed learning modes may not have a bus assigned.

    School Meals
    Elementary students will continue to eat in classrooms to start. We will begin phasing in eating in the lunchroom later in April. Middle and high school students will maintain additional lunch shifts. Breakfast and lunch are free for students through the end of summer school.

    Grab-and-Go meals will continue to be available for virtual students. Information is available on our website.

    Attendance and Secondary Schedules
    Return plans require students who are enrolled as in-person students to attend in-person. Hybrid zoom options will no longer be offered. April 5 is the start of our last learning quarter for middle and high school students. Note your schedule changes for the fourth quarter. Wednesdays will be a class day for in-person and CPS Virtual students.

    Please look for additional information directly from your child’s school. 

    Technology Services Help Desk

    Virtual students can call the Student Helpdesk at 214-3334 or visit our Technicians at our middle schools 12:30-2:30 p.m. and after hours at Aslin 5-7 p.m. Of note, after-hours and middle school drive-up technology support provided by CPS Technology Services will not be available during the upcoming days when school is not in session and when school is closed for spring break.



    CPSElementaryatMizzou CPSElementary@Mizzou – This program is for students who enrolled in the elementary virtual option. The classes are taught by CPS teachers using the platform provided by Mizzou. These students are not impacted by changes made to in-person learning. Students remain in the CPSElementary@Mizzou program throughout the first semester. The program at this time is full. Please contact your student's school directly with questions.  


    CPS Virtual Logo CPS Virtual – This program is for students who enrolled in the secondary (grades 6-12) virtual option. The classes are taught online by CPS teachers using CPS resources and curriculum. These students are not impacted by changes made to in-person learning. Students in this option can choose to transition to in-person at the end of the semester. 

    Thank you for your continued support of Columbia Public Schools. 

    We know that this decision will be met with both agreement and criticism. We ask that you continue to be our partner during this difficult time.  We all must do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Wear a mask. Practice social distancing. Wash your hands.  Stay home when you are sick. All of these things will be necessary in order for us to return to in-person learning next semester. 

    We are grateful for the level of engagement our community has taken in their children’s education and look forward to it continuing.