Welcome Parents!

Columbus Magnet School is an exciting, creative, and stimulating learning environment. We value ourCMS parents and caregivers, and offer unique opportunities to share in your child's educational experience.

Please browse the resources below to learn more about CMS, or contact our parent coordinator, Terry Lakin at #203-899-2840 or by email at

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School is in session from 9:20am - 3:25pm.  Students will be admitted into the school building beginning at 9:05am.  Students arriving to school after the 9:20am start time will be listed as tardy and must be signed in at the Main Office by either a parent or guardian. 


Per Norwalk Public Schools Policy, if a student is going to be absent from school, his or her parent/guardian is required to report the absence by contacting the Main Office.  If the classroom teacher informs the Main Office that the student is absent and the school has not been contacted, the school will contact the parent/guardian to confirm the absence.  When the student returns to school, he/she must bring in a note to the classroom teacher explaining the reason for the absence. 

School Cancellation/Delayed Opening/Early Dismissal

When the weather is severe and travelling conditions appear to be hazardous, parents/guardians are urged to listen to news broadcasts (WNLK-1350AM, WEBE-108FM, WTNH(Channel 8) and CABLEVISION(News 12) to determine whether school will be open, delayed or remain closed.  Closings and delays will also be announced on the Norwalk Public Schools HOTLINE- #203-854-4123 and posted on the Norwalk Public Schools website -  Families whose information is current within the NPS data-base will receive telephone notification of any change in the schedule. Parents are urged to have a plan for their children in the case of early dismissal and to communicate that plan to both the school and child. 

Bus Transportation

Bus transporation is provided for all Columbus Magnet School students.  Parents whose children ride the bus are asked to provide the school with their child's bus number and to insure that their child has a form of identification in their backpack.  Parents are advised by the Norwalk Board of Education to accompany their elementary school children to school bus stops each morning and to meet them in the afternoon.  This is a MUST for parents of Kindergarten students.  For information regarding bus stops or bus-related complaints, please contact the Norwalk Public Schools Transportation Office at #203-854-4074 and/or First Student Bus Company at #203-855-1870. 

Before/After School Care

Before/After School Child Care is offered at Columbus Magnet School through the YMCA of Norwalk School Age Child Care (SACC) program.  The SACC program is designed to meet the needs of the children and their parents/guardians.  The program provides an enriching environment where the top priorities are safety, supervision and fun!  Registration forms are available by contacting the YMCA at #203-866-4425 or online at