Frequently Asked Questions

Are Online Platforms being used safe?

Columbia Borough School District believes strongly in the educational value of students having face-to-face interaction with their teachers and their classmates. In light of the necessary transition to an online learning environment, video conferencing platforms such as Zoom, SeeSaw, and Google Meet have become vital tools within our learning community.

The prevalence of these tools across all areas of life in recent weeks has resulted in increased media attention, especially when user errors result in negative experiences. Upon closer inspection, these incidents have all been the result of improper usage, rather than inherent deficiencies with the software.

Please be assured that before deploying these tools, CBSD has consulted with legal professionals, carefully tested the software, and provided guidance and training to all staff. Additionally, default settings have been applied whenever possible to help meetings remain private and secure for all involved. We are confident in our ability to deliver a safe & positive educational experience to all our students using these tools. If you have any further questions about these tools please contact your child’s principal.

When are CBSD Teachers available?

Teachers will be available during school hours – Monday to Thursday 8 am to 3:30 pm, Friday 8 am to 2:30 pm

What if I need to talk with my counselor?

Counselors and other staff members are available to assist students with individual academic planning and social-emotional support. Hours: Monday to Thursday 8 am to 3:30 pm, Friday 8 am to 2:30 pm. Contact information:

Molly Jones – Secondary Counselor mjones@columbiabsd.org

Christopher Mundy – MS & Secondary Counselor cmundy@columbiabsd.org

Erica Ware – Middle School Counselor eware@columbiabsd.org

Justin Houghton – K-4 Counselor jhoughton@columbiabsd.org

Kelly Smith – Home School Visitor ksmith@columbiabsd.org

What should students expect daily, in terms of instruction?

Each grade and subject area will be a little different. Teachers will be holding virtual classrooms for learning and will be posting assignments. Students are expected to attend Online classrooms and do complete the assignments and activities. Students will be informed in advance of the time and dates for online classes and assignment due dates.

How many hours per week should a student be Online?

The District recommends the following Guidelines:

Kindergarten to 2nd grade – Approximately 4 hours per week

3rd & 4th grades – Approximately 6 hours per week

5th to 12th grades – 12 – 16 hours per week

We recommend breaks each day with physical exercise (walking, biking, running, etc) and time away from all screens (computer, phone, television, games)

When is the end of the 3rd marking period and beginning of the 4th marking period?

The 3rd marking period ended on March 13th. All assignments are due to teachers by April 9. Grades will be available on April 17th online in PowerSchool. The 4th marking period begins on April 13th.

How will attendance and grading work?

Attendance will be done by each teacher based on Online attendance and assignment completion. Assigned work will be graded by teachers.

What if I cannot meet during the scheduled office hours?

If parents/students are not able to attend office hours, teachers will try their best to accommodate student needs.

Will Special Education teachers and services be available?

Our goal is to provide appropriate and reasonable instruction through a good faith effort to make things as equitable as possible for all of our students.

Special education teachers will deliver core instruction

Special education teachers will provide activities for each individual based on goals in a student’s IEP and the online limitations

Special education case managers will work closely with students and parents on components of the student’s IEP