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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 important updates for you into one weekly email.
Topics in this update:
2021-2022 District Calendar *NEW*
Hybrid to 4-day Per Week In-person Learning Proposal *NEW*
Survey for Remote Learning Families *NEW*
Transportation Update *NEW*
Staff Vaccine Update *NEW*
2021-2022 District Calendar
The 2021-2022 Adams 12 Five Star Schools calendar is now available on the district website. A printable version of the 2021-2022 Year at a Glance is available in English and Spanish. For student enrollment information or unique school dates, please contact your child’s school directly.
Hybrid to 4-day Per Week In-person Learning Proposal
At last night’s (Feb. 17) board meeting, Superintendent Chris Gdowski discussed a potential transition to a 4-day per week return to in-person learning for our current secondary hybrid students. This discussion is the result of seeing decreased case rates of COVID-19 in our community and significant progress with the vaccination of staff.
Key takeaways about the proposed transition to 4-day per week in-person learning in grades 6-12.
This change would not affect students currently enrolled in full-time remote learning.
This transition will likely begin with seniors and identified special population students on March 8.
All other secondary students would follow immediately after spring break.
Wednesdays would remain asynchronous days for all secondary students, regardless of learning model. This would provide additional time for teachers to prepare for classes that have students in two learning models (simultaneous remote and in person) and to spend time remotely with smaller groups of students who need additional support.
Staff and student schedules will not change. Our goal is not to disrupt current class schedules. Current hybrid students will need to choose one of the following options for the remainder of the school year: either attend 4 days a week or join simultaneous instruction 4 days a week.
Although no decision has been made, Superintendent Gdowski outlined some of his interests in this area at the Feb. 17 board meeting as well as next steps.
Staff will be surveyed about what supports they need to successfully make this transition.
Hybrid families will receive an intent form by this weekend to indicate their selection for the remainder of the school year, with the options being:
Opt to keep their student fully at home (5 days a week) to engage remotely through simultaneous instruction (M,T, Th, F) and asynchronous learning (W) .
As a reminder, Wednesdays will remain asynchronous for all secondary students to provide additional opportunities for instructional support as needed.
Families will not be able to transition their students to/from the full-time remote learning option at this time.
Survey for Remote Learning Families
In the coming days, our remote families in grades K-12 will be asked for feedback regarding their remote experience this year to help inform our planning process for next year. In the survey, they will also have the opportunity to share their current interest as they look ahead to the upcoming 2021-2022 school year and whether they will want their student fully in-person or fully remote.
Adams 12 Five Star Schools will increase bus capacity to transport more eligible students and resume the Space Available program effective Monday, Feb. 22. Bus capacity will be increased from one student per seat to two students per seat as permitted under updated guidance from public health. As a reminder, face coverings are required on all district vehicles and students must scan their bus pass on each ride.
To request student transportation, cancel previously approved transportation, or to request a bus pass, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have already submitted a Space Available application, you will be contacted once the application has been processed.
Staff Vaccine Update
To date, more than 3,000 Five Star District staff members have either started getting vaccinated or have been contacted to schedule their vaccine appointment through area health providers. This means 75 percent of our more than 4,000 employees who have shown interest in the vaccine have begun the vaccination process.
We hope to provide opportunities for the remaining 1,000 interested staff at a vaccine clinic with one of our area health providers this coming weekend.
Free school meals continue to be available for all 1-18 year olds in the Five Star community. In-person learners will receive meals in their school building with to-go bags for remote days and the weekend. All remote learners can pick up a week's worth (seven days) of meals every Wednesday at one of our four locations. For more information, including times and locations, visit https://www.adams12.org/freeschoolmeals.
COVID Testing Opportunities
Free, saliva-based COVID-19 testing is offered to non-symptomatic district students and staff on a weekly basis at a rotating location of schools. Visit the district website for testing location calendar, online registration link as well as a list of frequently asked questions.
Health & Safety Reminders
As always, remember to follow these health and safety protocols in order for us to continue to provide a safe and consistent learning environment for all students, staff and families.
It sounds obvious, but remember, if you feel sick, stay home!
Minimize gatherings with people outside of your household.
Wear your face covering at all times.
Keep your distance.
Wash/sanitize your hands frequently.
*Keep in mind, the learning plans for district charter schools may be different. Please check with your child’s charter school for more information.