Christopher Columbus High School

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

Return to School

Planning for Fall & Beyond

To ensure a safe return to the classroom, our Health & Wellness Advisory Task Force, made up of administrators, physicians, health care workers, community leaders, faculty, and staff, has worked diligently on preparing the policies and procedures for our school.
 
Offering an uninterrupted learning environment, free from distractions and closures, all while providing a quality Marist education is essential. Maintaining a safe environment for our school community is paramount, and nothing is more important to us than your son’s physical health, mental well-being, and social/spiritual development. We are not requiring vaccinations. However, to assist us with contact tracing in the event of COVID-19 cases, we ask you to complete the COVID Vaccine Acknowledgement survey through our MyCCHS/On-Campus portal. The information within that survey will only be used for contact tracing purposes. Most families have already completed this survey; however, if you have not, we ask that you do so at your earliest convenience.
 
We ask for your cooperation as safety is everyone’s responsibility! The physical wellbeing of our learning community is our top priority and protocols will continue to evolve as we learn more.
    • Our Health & Wellness Advisory Task Force includes physicians, health care workers, members of our School Board, community leaders, faculty, and staff.

    • The health, welfare and safety of our students, faculty, and staff are our highest priority! The Return to School plan will adhere to the most up-to-date state, federal, and CDC health guidelines.

    • We look forward to a return to full, in-person instruction starting in August 2021. If the situation with COVID-19 changes, or if public health guidance requires a change to our fall plans, we will quickly adjust.

    • Our Return to School plan was emailed to parents on Sunday, August 8, 2021. We encourage all parents to check their email account regularly for updates from CCHS.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

List of 14 items.

  • Q: Will my son have to wear a face mask to start the school year?

    A: Our Health & Wellness Advisory Task Force advises that we follow the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation on the use of face masks as a simple but powerful tool to protect against COVID-19. To help keep our students, teachers, staff, and entire school community safe, Columbus will require face masks for all students while indoors (classrooms, library, gym, etc.) to start the 2021-22 school year, and will allow students to temporarily remove their face mask in situations where it is difficult or impossible to wear one, provided that social distancing is maintained (i.e., when eating, drinking, walking the hallways or participating in athletics).
     
    To reiterate, the focus of this policy is to add layers of protection: to ensure we are able to maintain a safe environment, provide in-person education, and prevent an interruption in education by pivoting to a digital platform. While the Administrative Team and Health & Wellness Advisory Task Force continue to monitor local conditions to evaluate proper protocols for our school community's safety and wellbeing, we ask for everyone's cooperation. If you have not done so already, we ask that you please login to the MyCCHS portal to update your son's health condition prior to August 10th.  It is important to remember that our current protocol is based upon the state of the pandemic. As the pandemic continues to evolve, so too may our practices. We will continue to monitor the situation and will inform you of any updates or changes to our COVID plan throughout the school year. 
  • Q: What happens if my son has been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

    A: Students experiencing any of the above symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, must obtain a nasopharyngeal COVID-19 test before returning to school. If the nasopharyngeal COVID-19 test result is negative, the student may return to school if his symptoms have improved and are fever-free (no temp >100.4) for 24 hours.
     
    Vaccinated: If the student has been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been vaccinated and exhibits no symptoms, based on the level of contact he may have to quarantine due to a positive exposure. We are also requiring fully vaccinated students who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 be tested five days (5) after exposure. If the nasopharyngeal COVID-19 test result is positive, the student may return to school ten days (10) after receiving his positive test result and his symptoms have improved.
     
    Non-Vaccinated: If the student has not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and has not had COVID-19 within the last three months, he is required to obtain a nasopharyngeal COVID-19 test after five days (5) from the positive exposure before returning to school. If the nasopharyngeal COVID-19 test result is negative, the student may return to school. If the nasopharyngeal COVID-19 test result is positive, the student may return to school ten days (10) after receiving his positive test result and his symptoms have improved.
  • Q: What should I do if my son is experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms?

    A: If a student experiences any of the following symptoms, he must follow the school’s protocol for return to school:
    • Headache
    • Sore Throat
    • Cough
    • Congestion
    • Runny Nose
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Shortness of Breath
    • Difficulty Breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or Body Aches
    • Loss of Taste or Smell
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    Students experiencing any of the above symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, must obtain a nasopharyngeal COVID-19 test before returning to school.
    • If the nasopharyngeal COVID-19 test result is Negative, the student may return to school if his symptoms have improved and is fever free (no temp >100.4) for 24 hours.
    • If the nasopharyngeal COVID-19 test result is Positive, the student may return to school 10 days after receiving his positive test result and his symptoms have improved.
  • Q: What happens to my son if he has to go home due to COVID-19 exposure and he is not vaccinated? Is he required to stay home for 10 days?

    A: Students experiencing any of the above symptoms (see previous question), regardless of vaccination status, must obtain a nasopharyngeal COVID-19 test before returning to school. If the nasopharyngeal COVID-19 test result is negative, the student may return to school if his symptoms have improved and are fever-free (no temp >100.4) for 24 hours.
     
    Vaccinated: If the student has been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been vaccinated and exhibits no symptoms, based on the level of contact he may have to quarantine due to a positive exposure. We are also requiring fully vaccinated students who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 be tested five days (5) after exposure. If the nasopharyngeal COVID-19 test result is positive, the student may return to school ten days (10) after receiving his positive test result and his symptoms have improved.
     
    Non-Vaccinated: If the student has not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and has not had COVID-19 within the last three months, he is required to obtain a nasopharyngeal COVID-19 test after five days (5) from the positive exposure before returning to school. If the nasopharyngeal COVID-19 test result is negative, the student may return to school. If the nasopharyngeal COVID-19 test result is positive, the student may return to school ten days (10) after receiving his positive test result and his symptoms have improved.
  • Q: Will you have sanitization/cleaning precautions in place throughout campus?

    A: Each classroom will be equipped with hand sanitizing stations, along with cleaning supplies and paper towels that will be available when needed. All classrooms will be cleaned on a daily basis and intermittently throughout the school day.
  • Q: Will you offer an on campus/quick access nasopharyngeal COVID-19 test so I do not have to take my son out of school?

    A: As a courtesy, the school is offering nasopharyngeal COVID-19 testing on campus for a fee of $25.00. The test will be administered by our school nurse. Again, this is optional and will only be provided at the parent's request. Feel free to take your son to your own provider.
     
    Please accept calls from our contact tracing company, Scrivas. They will contact the family of any positive or exposed student to gather information and give instructions on quarantine and clearance.
  • Q: How will absences be handled this year for COVID-19? Will my son be able to make up school work?

    A: Excused/unexcused absences: When the parents/guardians properly report the exposure/illness, our policy states that students with excused absences are allowed to make up missing work for credit. Students are responsible for making the necessary arrangements with the teacher(s) for completing the missing work. Students with unexcused absences may receive 0 credit for any missing work, including tests and quizzes.
  • Q: Will Columbus be offering an online option for students this school year?

    A: A remote eLearning platform will not be provided for our students this year. If your son requires virtual instruction due to a specific health condition, you will need to notify the school and we will collaborate with you to enroll your son in the Archdiocese of Miami Virtual Catholic School.
     
    If your son receives state funding through any of the FLDOE scholarship programs, he is required to receive in person instruction on campus and is not allowed to participate in virtual learning this year. For additional information, please contact the School Choice Office (www.floridaschoolchoice.org).
  • Q: Will my son get his class schedule and be able to walk from class to class before his first day of school?

    A: We are committed to offering our young men a well-rounded educational experience next school year. We are confident that we will create and manage a safe environment for all teachers, staff, and students. Our faculty looks forward to meeting each class in person as the year begins with an abbreviated school day. Attendance for the following dates is mandatory. Students should first report to the gym well-groomed and in full school uniform. Dismissal times will vary; please see the schedule below.
    • 7:45 am, Tuesday, August 17th – Freshmen Orientation & iPad distribution (12:30 pm dismissal)
    • 7:45 am, Wednesday, August 18th – Senior Orientation (10:30 am dismissal)
    • 7:45 am, Thursday, August 19th – Junior Orientation & iPad distribution (12:30 pm dismissal)
    • 7:45 am, Friday, August 20th – Sophomore Orientation (10:30 am dismissal)
  • Q: Will my son have access to clubs and other student activities this school year?

    A: The Student Activities Committee (SAC) is excited to have all of our Explorers on campus for the 2021-22 school year! SAC is the heart of student life at Columbus and we are working hard to ensure all Explorers have a wonderful year. SAC is responsible for organizing dances, class trips, and clubs. The Student Activities Committee is also responsible for school spirit, organizing rallies to support our athletics program and student sections at various sporting events, where our SAC members are often accompanied by our mascot, Mr. Explorer.
     
    Campus ministry and Marist Youth will also host on campus gatherings starting in August. We also plan to have retreats, confirmation, and other after school activities available to start the school year.
  • Q: Will you allow visitors to campus this school year?

    A: Yes, our campus is open again to those wishing to visit. All visitors, including parents, are required to report to the Main Office to sign in with a current driver’s license or state ID in exchange for a visitor’s pass. We also require all visitors to wear a face mask when inside campus buildings or facilities.
  • Q: Do you have a specific travel policy for the 2021-22 school year?

    A: Travel within Florida: No quarantine is required unless the family reports having close contact with an infected individual.
     
    Travel within the U.S. (outside of Florida): No quarantine is required unless the family reports having close contact with an infected individual.
     
    International Travel: For fully vaccinated individuals, quarantine is not required, but a nasopharyngeal test must be administered five days (5) after travel. A negative result must be provided in writing/email to the school. Non-vaccinated individuals must quarantine for five days (5) and get tested with a nasopharyngeal COVID test five days (5) after travel and a negative result must be provided in writing/email to the school.
  • Q: How do I report a normal absence for my son (dentist, doctor, etc.)?

    A: In the event of an absence, the student’s parent/legal guardian must email the attendance office at attendance@columbushs.com or call the attendance office at (305) 223-5650 ext. 2214 between 7:00 am and 9:00 a.m. the day a student is absent.
     
    The email should contain the following information:
    • Student’s full name, and I.D. number.
    • Date(s) of absence(s).
    • Reason for absence.
    • A phone number where the individual above may be reached during the day in question.
  • Q: Will you be drug testing students this school year?

    A: The Columbus Drug Testing Program will return with the start of the 2021-22 Academic Year. As in years past, ALL STUDENTS will be tested at least once per year. Testing consists of taking hair samples and submitting them to Psychemedics Corporation. In addition to the substances regularly screened, we will be adding nicotine this year. This is in response to the national issues stemming from vaping and other e-cigarette products. If you have any further questions, please contact our drug testing coordinator, Josh Cantor (jcantor@columbushs.com).

Latest updates

This website was last updated on Monday, August 16, 2021. Please reference this website for the most up-to-date school guidelines. Christopher Columbus High School's COVID-19 Task Force, Health Advisors and Subgroups will continue monitoring changing conditions and consult with local and state health authorities. Recommendations and requirements will be refined as needed.
 
 

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 Cognia and is a member of the Marist Association of Secondary schools, the National Catholic Education Association and the Independent Schools of South Florida.