Health & safety updates, & upcoming community event

Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 2:30pm
Onward Together

Reminder on how you'll be notified during safety events

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Dear Five Star Community, 

We are sending weekly updates as a consistent way to provide important information. This communication is designed to consolidate updates for you into one weekly email. 

Topics in this update: 

  • Health & Safety

    • Updated health and safety guidance *New*

    • COVID Testing Options 

  • Positive News Stories - Five Star Students and Staff Make Connections Around the World!

  • Family Reminders & Upcoming Events

    • Building Healthy Communities - Becoming a Trusted Adult for Youth *Reminder*

    • Safety Situations — How will parents be notified? New*

    • Summer BASE Programs *Register Now*

    • Meal Distribution 

  • Now Hiring for Various Seasonal Trades Positions 

Health & Safety

As the vaccination process expands, health and safety guidance continues to change. We expect this to continue as we move into April. 

We will continue to use this weekly update as a way to share pertinent changes. We would ask for your patience as these changes often come rapidly and it takes time to identify their related impact on school and district operations. 

Below is a recap of the latest information.

  • Face Covering Guidance: We recognize there have been recent updates to face covering guidance at a state and local level. All staff, students and families are still required to wear face coverings when on school property and in all common areas (hallways, classrooms, bus, main office, cafeteria, etc.), during all transition times (passing periods), and during student arrival and pick-up.

  • Visitor Guidance: Visitor guidance at schools and district buildings will remain the same for the remainder of the current school year. Building access for visitors will continue to be limited to a student in need of medical or social-emotional support, or on an emergency basis.

  • Safety Protocols: Students should continue to follow all established district health and safety protocols.


COVID Testing Options
The district will use state-provided BINAXNow Home Testing Kits as a testing option for symptomatic students. These test kits will be provided to symptomatic students and staff on a school-by-school basis. 

Families and staff can also continue to get tested at active COVIDCheck Colorado locations or you can find other free COVID testing locations in the metro area. 

Positive News Stories

Five Star Stories

Five Star Students and Staff Make Connections Around the World!
We have great news stories to share from across the district - from our amazing staff to our stand out students!

  • Century Middle School’s counseling staff, 8th-grade teachers and administrators came up with Comet Circles, a creative opportunity for students to connect with each other and build a sense of school community. They even delivered small gift gags to students and staff for participating. 

  • The German students at Horizon High School saw their exchange program temporarily canceled this year due to the pandemic, but they still found ways to connect with their German counterparts overseas by using Zoom and collaborating on projects online. They were even featured in a local German newspaper!

  • STEM Lab students built their own lava lamps as part of an exciting science project. The project was challenging and required a lot of independent work, especially due to safety protocols. They supported each other, and every student in the class was successful thanks to their great collaboration.

See these positive news stories and many more on our website

Share a positive news story
Help us celebrate the wonderful students, educators and staff across the Five Star District! Add to our collection of positive news to be shared with the greater Five Star Community; submit an uplifting story about a student, educator, school or other staff member today! 

Family Reminders & Upcoming Events

Building Healthy Communities - Becoming a Trusted Adult for Youth
As we support youth on their journey through development, navigating conversations with them can often feel difficult. Yet, it is critical for youth to have trusted adults that they know will be willing and able to provide support and understanding and answer questions with accurate information. 

Join Five Star staff virtually on Thursday, April 15 from 6:30-8 p.m. as we learn how to use trusted adult strategies to have conversations with youth about difficult subjects - everything from cleaning your room to resisting peer pressure. We think you’ll find these strategies helpful, whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher, coach, or other trusted adult. For more information and to RSVP visit

Safety Situations — How will parents be notified?

safety types

Schools practice safety procedures throughout the school year, including fire, Secure (formally known as lockOUT) and lockDOWN drills, and are trained annually in how to respond in emergency situations. But schools aren’t the only ones who need to know what to do in an emergency situation. Promoting a safe and secure learning environment is further strengthened and reinforced through a partnership with students, staff, parents and the community.

We encourage families to:

Summer BASE Program

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The Summer BASE Program provides opportunities for our students to connect with others, allowing youth to engage and explore through various activities like nutrition education, arts & crafts, science, math and literacy activities, daily physical activity, organized games, and creative free-time play (while following safety protocols).

  • Operates June 2 - Aug. 6, 2021

  • Open Monday-Friday, 7:15 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.

  • Students will attend two off-site field trips each week. Field trips will be thoughtfully selected to allow for physical distancing and COVID safety protocols.

Find more info and register now:

Meal Distribution 
Free school meals continue to be available for all 1-18 year olds in the Five Star community. For more information, including times and locations, visit

Now Hiring for Various Seasonal Trades Positions 

Seasonal trade hiring

The Five Star District is hiring seasonal trades workers to help maintain outside environments, school district facilities and minor equipment.. Apply today by visiting


*Keep in mind, the plans for district charter schools may be different. Please check with your child’s charter school for more information.