Fall 2020 Reopening
On Monday, August 10, the Columbia Board of Education voted to revise the 2020-21 school year calendar. Instruction begins on September 8.
The Board of Education voted on August 31 to begin the 2020-21 school year in a fully online format for our families who selected in-person learning. Our community’s spike in positive cases has made it not possible for an in-person return at this time.
CPS In-Person (Fully online as of August 31) – This includes all students who selected in-person learning. In-person will be fully online to start the school year and students will be taught by CPS teachers using CPS resources and curriculum. Elementary students will have learning 5-days a week.
The district will continue to monitor community COVID-19 cases and will announce any changes in how in-person learning will take place. The Board of Education will continue to discuss our return to in-person learning and will determine when it is safe to do so based on COVID-19 cases in the community.
Over the next few days individual schools will continue to provide information regarding:
- Elementary class assignments
- Device pick up days
- Virtual meet the teacher events
- Middle School and High School schedules will be available by September 4
Please look for communication directly from your child’s school or program.
Students should log in to their device to ensure they have access prior to the start of school. In addition to the device pick-up days and assistance being offered by your child’s school, students can also receive device assistance during the first week of school.
If a student needs help with a device, CPS Technology Services technicians will be at the front entrance of all of our middle schools from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 8 through Friday, September 11, and from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the front entrance of the Aslin Administration Building on Tuesday, September 8 through Thursday, September 10.
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 – 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.
The Board of Education will continue to discuss our return to in-person learning and will determine when it is safe to do so based on COVID-19 cases in the community. The Board of Education will meet again on September 14 and will dedicate time during each of its upcoming meetings to address our plans and the community’s efforts to flatten the Columbia curve.
Thank you for your continued support of Columbia Public Schools. We look forward to our return to learning on September 8.
The safety of our students, families, and staff are at the center of every discussion taking place and every decision being made. Thank you for your continued flexibility, patience, and grace as we all work together to make difficult choices and navigate a global pandemic.