Continuity of Education


Columbia Borough School District’s continuity of education goals is to provide frequent check-ins for the health/safety of students, to provide free learn-from-home digital tools to families, to virtually connect teachers with students, to distribute digital devices to all students, and to provide online planned instruction K12.

Overview of Plan

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District Mission Statement

The Columbia Borough School District provides a learning environment where every student can excel to his/her highest potential of academic achievement. The district, in partnership with the community, will prepare each student to become an independent life-long learner and a responsible caring citizen.

Vision Statement

The Columbia Borough School District will continue to grow as a progressive and dynamic educational organization that provides a quality education for all of our children, their future and their community.

The COVID-19 Pandemic of 2020 forced the closure of the district school buildings, but a school is not a place; rather, it is a people. Our goal is to leverage technology to reach as many students as possible in virtual learning experiences. Because of the uncertainty of the length of time of the school closure, the district’s shift to virtual learning will happen in phases so that the district-wide educational team has the flexibility to plan for additional phases to meet future learner needs.

Phase I: Curation of Content

The district created a COVID-19 information page on the district website and Google Site of free resources for caregivers (parents/guardians) to access to continue the education process and reduce academic slide during the quarantine. The Google Site of free resources is curated daily with new content being added to avoid stagnation.

Phase II: Connect with Students

The district is promoting teacher and student connections using virtual platforms (Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, SeeSaw, etc.). A simple three(3) step process forms the foundation of our Phase II planning for enrichment & review.

  1. Read - The term “read” is broad and covers student interactions with any “trigger text” (article, math problem, music, video, artwork, etc.)
  2. Reflect - Students are expected to demonstrate new thinking/understanding by creation of an independent project/product.
  3. Respond - Students are expected to share their original learning artifacts with their teachers for formative review.

*This phase is unique in that teachers were told to avoid formal attendance, lesson plans, and/or grades.

Phase III: Planned Instruction

The district will transition to a learning management system (LMS) that fits the developmental/learning needs at various grade bands: K-2, 3-6, 7-9, 9-12. Teachers will create learning plans that will instruct in current curriculum topics and result in actual grades being recorded. The district is also considering the implementation of pre-established virtual learning platforms (Odysseyware & Edgenuity) to support those teachers who are still uncomfortable with designing planned instruction using virtual tools. Attendance will be monitored/reported to building principals for processing. Teachers will be expected to traditionally grade assignments and provide student feedback to promote learning/growth. The administrative team has determined that final grades for the fourth marking period will result in a pass/fail for the individual courses/subjects.