COVID-19: Reopening CPS

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    On Monday, January 11, after much discussion, public comment and thoughtful consideration, the Board of Education made the following decisions:

    PreK – Elementary
    Students will return to in-person learning four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) beginning TuesdayJanuary 19. Students enrolled in CPSElementary@Mizzou can continue in the program and are not impacted by this change.

    Middle School
    Students will begin a 2-day Hybrid Model beginning Tuesday, January 19. In this model, dividing the student population in half, to achieve physical distancing in our classrooms. Students in Group 1 will receive in-person instruction on Monday and Tuesday and Group 2 will learn from home.  Students in Group 2 will receive in-person instruction on Thursday and Friday and Group 1 will learn from home. Learning from home will include a zoom check-in component for each class period, with the remaining class time used to complete online curriculum with limited teacher interaction.  On Wednesdays, all students will have assigned work to complete, but will not have live teacher instruction. Your student will be assigned to Group 1 or Group 2. You will receive details on which group your student is in prior to January 19. We have built groups with families in mind. Students enrolled in CPS Virtual learning can continue in the program and are not impacted by this change.

    High School
    Students will begin a 2-day Hybrid Model beginning January 19, 2021. In this model, dividing the student population in half, to achieve physical distancing in our classrooms. Students in Group 1 will receive in-person instruction on Monday and Tuesday and Group 2 will learn from home.  Students in Group 2 will receive in-person instruction on Thursday and Friday and Group 1 will learn from home. Learning from home will include a zoom check-in component for each class period, with the remaining class time used to complete online curriculum with limited teacher interaction.  On Wednesdays, all students will have assigned work to complete, but will not have live teacher instruction. Your student will be assigned to Group 1 or Group 2. You will receive details on which group your student is in prior to January 19. We have built groups with families in mind. Students enrolled in CPS Virtual learning can continue in the program and are not impacted by this change

    Special Programs
    Special education programs will follow the same schedule of attendance as their general education peers. For nearly all students currently served in specialized classrooms and district programs, the days of attendance and schedule will remain the same. If the schedule for your student will change, you will be contacted by your student's case manager.

    We look forward to welcoming students back to our buildings.  

    Please review the Frequently Asked Questions about our return

    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.

    All families should continue to complete the following checklist daily. 
    Morning Routine Symptom Checklist

    You can also download a .pdf version here. 


    Technology Services Help Desk

    All 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 the Thanksgiving and winter breaks.  

     



     


    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. 


    The Board of Education will continue to discuss our return to in-person learning. The Board of Education will meet again on February 8.

    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.