Christopher Columbus High School

A Catholic School for Young Men in the Marist Tradition since 1958
Coronavirus

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated April 24, 2020

On March 13th, Columbus decided that it was in the best interest of students and staff to transition to remote learning, starting on Tuesday, March 17th until further notice. In keeping with the CDC's recommendations to contain the spread of the virus by avoiding mass gatherings, all extra-curricular activities, including sports, have been postponed or cancelled until further notice. The school community will be informed as to a reopen date as well as for rescheduled event dates as soon as the information is made available.

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  • WILL REMOTE LEARNING CONTINUE THROUGH THE END OF THIS SCHOOL YEAR?

    Yes.  In order to not jeopardize the health and safety of any one member in our community and based on the recommendations of community leaders and healthcare professionals, we have decided that it is in the best interest of Christopher Columbus High School to remain in a full-time remote learning environment until the end of the school calendar year.
  • WHEN IS THE LAST DAY OF CLASSES?

    Classes will end on May 15th for seniors and on May 29th for the remainder of our student body.
  • WILL STUDENTS BE TAKING FINAL EXAMS?

    No.  As is common practice nation-wide and within MDCPS and the Archdiocese of Miami schools, end of course exams will not be required. Teachers may consider projects, assignments, and other types of assessments throughout the end of the 4th quarter. The final exam grade will be the average of the third and fourth quarters.
  • WILL A SENIOR PROM TAKE PLACE?

    Unfortunately, the traditional senior prom that was scheduled for May 8th has been postponed. Our prom committee, together with the administration, is currently evaluating creative ideas for a prom celebration to take place at a later date. This, most likely, will be a virtual celebration for our young men and their families.
  • WHAT IS THE STATUS OF GRADUATION AND BACCALAUREATE MASS?

    Our graduation ceremony that was scheduled to take place on May 23rd at UM's Watsco Center has been postponed. We plan to hold a graduation ceremony when large gatherings of people are once again permitted to congregate. We currently have the dates of June 27th and July 11th on hold with the Watsco Center. There is a possibility of adding additional dates in late July and early August, before students leave for college. We are exploring all options, adding a virtual graduation has also been discussed. As is the tradition at Columbus, we plan to hold a Baccalaureate Mass for the senior class on the Thursday evening before graduation at Epiphany Catholic Church.
  • WILL SUMMER SESSION 2020 COURSES BE REMOTE?  

    Yes.  We are working to convert our on-campus summer courses into online offerings.  All summer session courses will proceed as scheduled, beginning Monday, June 8th and ending Friday, June 26th.  We believe this is the best course of action to support the health and safety of our students, our instructors, our staff, and our community.
  • WILL THE MARIST ACHIEVEMENT AND BLOCK "C" ATHLETIC AWARDS THAT WERE SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE IN APRIL BE CANCELLED?

    Yes.  Unfortunately, these two events have been cancelled. We empathize with our entire school community, given all the hard work that has gone into bringing our Explorers to their level of success. We are still committed to providing our young men with the recognition they earned and very much deserve. While we are still not certain at this time what that will look like, we assure you, our young men and their achievements will be proudly on display.

  • WILL ANY OF THE SCHOOL'S OFFICES REMAIN OPEN?

    As of March 27th, our physical campus has been closed to include all offices.   All questions and concerns should be related to the appropriate parties digitally, via email.  We are remotely accessing calls to the school's main number and returning calls as necessary.      
  • HAS ANY STUDENT OR FACULTY/STAFF MEMBER TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19?

    As of today, there are no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Columbus community.

  • HOW WILL THE REMOTE LEARNING WORK?

    Teachers will post a weekly plan of their expectations and requirements on their OnCampus Class Page's Bulletin.  Starting on March 23rd, phase two of the remote learning plan was instituted requiring teachers to communicate live with students at least two times per week.  A blended learning environment with both synchronous and asynchronous platforms is being used to meet the educational needs of our students.  VIEW REMOTE LEARNING PLAN 

    *Check this site regularly.


  • WHERE DOES A STUDENT GO FOR TECH SUPPORT?

    Students and/or parents should email helpdesk@columbushs.com or call 305-222-5531 for technical assistance.  Our tech team will make every effort to respond to all inquiries within 24 hours.
  • WHAT SHOULD STUDENTS DO IF THEY HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING A PARTICULAR COURSE OR ASSIGNMENT?

    Questions about a particular course should be addressed to the teacher directly.
  • WILL STUDENTS BE ABLE TO SPEAK TO THEIR COUNSELORS?

    Yes, counseling is available to students, as needed. Students should email their grade-level counselor with questions or to schedule a face to face meeting (via Google Hangouts) or a phone call.  Detailed information is available on the Bulletin of the OnCampus Guidance Department Page.  
  • WILL THE CAMPUS MINISTRY TEAM BE AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS?

    Yes. Campus ministers are available to serve students and parents requesting spiritual direction/spiritual companionship, or prayer.  They can be contacted via email.  Be sure to include your first/last name and your cell number.  Mr. Gerardo I. González (ggonzalez@columbushs.com), Mrs. Eyda Alegret (ealegret@columbushs.com), Br. Michael Brady (mbrady@columbushs.com), Br. Tom Long (tlong@columbushs.com).  In addition, the weekly Marist Youth Group will be offered via Instagram.   
  • WHAT CAN PARENTS DO TO HELP STUDENTS?

    Make sure that students sign-in to OnCampus daily and keep up with assignments.  Follow the preventative measures established by the CDC and enforce social distancing.    Parents and family members can play an important role in helping children and young people make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear.   CDC Tips: How to Talk to Kids About COVID-19
  • WHO SHOULD I CONTACT IF I HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?

    If you have other questions or have any concerns, you can email Principal Pugh at dpugh@columbushs.com or President Kruczek at tkruczek@columbushs.com.

Event Cancellations

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  • To Date

    Battle of the Bands (March 12) – Postponed
    Alumni Retreat (March 14) – Postponed
    Battle of the Sexes (March 18) – Postponed
    Senior-Faculty Basketball Game (March 19) – Postponed
    BEEP Exchange Day with Lourdes (March 20) – Postponed
    All Out-of-Season Team Workouts – Postponed
    Shark Tagging with UM (April 23 & 24) – Postponed
    Drama State Tournament – Postponed
    Columbus Connects Frank Azor (March 30) – Postponed

Questions or Concerns?

Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 call center: 866-779-6121 (open 24/7) or COVID-19@flhealth.gov
Christopher Columbus High School | 3000 SW 87 Avenue | Miami, FL 33165 | (305) 223-5650
Christopher Columbus High School is a private, Roman Catholic, college-preparatory high school, conducted by the Marist Brothers of the Schools. We aim to make Jesus Christ known and loved, as we prepare young men for higher education and for their continuous challenge of harmonizing faith, culture and life. We foster a family spirit among all who are committed to the success of the school and promote opportunities to work together as a community of learners. 

Columbus is fully accredited by AdvancEd and a member of the National Catholic Educational Association.