Reminders as students prepare to return to school buildings

Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 12:30pm
Elementary student smiling behind a mask at her school desk

Full-time remote option remains available for families who previously selected

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Dear Five Star Community, 

As we transition back to in-person learning, we are resuming weekly updates as a consistent way to provide important information. This communication is designed to consolidate important updates for you into one weekly email. 

Please note that the full-time remote option will remain in place for those families who previously selected it.

Topics in this update: 

  • Health and safety reminders

  • Learning model reminders

  • Bus services

  • Updates to free meal distribution

  • Snow day protocol

  • Staying connected

OnwardSafely: We all have a part in keeping our community safe

Although the decline/stabilization in case numbers is promising, it remains important to be vigilant in following all safety protocols that have served schools well in limiting in-school transmission. Following these health and safety protocols give us the best opportunity to continue to provide a safe and consistent learning environment for all students, staff and families. Thank you for continuing to do your part!


  • If you feel sick, stay home!

  • Minimize gatherings with people outside of your household. When you do participate in these gatherings, consider meeting outside and practicing physical distancing.

  • Wear your mask during public and private gatherings. 

  • Keep your distance. 

  • Wash/sanitize your hands frequently.

  • Monitor your health, and stay home when you have symptoms.  

Changes to Quarantine Guidelines
Based on updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the district will transition to a 10-day quarantine for students. For additional information on the quarantine process and the new public health quarantine guidance effective January 2021, visit Student Quarantine Resources.

COVID Testing Opportunities
As a reminder, district students and their families have convenient access to a free COVID testing site at Mountain Range High School, open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Testing is quick, easy and results will be available within three days (24 to 48 hours after the lab receives test samples). You can sign up for a testing appointment at any time

Learning Models

Secondary Level (Middle and High School)

What to Expect With Simultaneous Hybrid Instruction 
This semester, the hybrid model at the secondary level will now have four days of synchronous instruction (live/teacher-led). When hybrid learning resumes, student cohort groups will have two in-person classroom days and two days where they join instruction remotely through a classroom live stream. 

We are excited that this new model of hybrid instruction allows students to have more direct instruction and interaction with their teachers and classmates and have invested in technology and professional development to make it possible. It is important to note that this is an entirely new way of interacting and engaging for our teachers and students. The first few days are likely to be filled with successes and challenges, breakthroughs and bumps. As we begin this journey with simultaneous hybrid instruction, we know that it is important to be patient, extend grace and continue embracing new kinds of learning. 

Middle and Senior High Attendance Expectations 
Students are expected to attend all of their classes on time and ready to learn whether they are in-person or joining remotely. Students must attend in person on the days specified by their cohort assignment. Prior permission from the school must be granted for a student to attend virtually on a day they were scheduled to attend in person if they have not been excused by their parent or guardian due to illness/symptomatic, isolation or quarantine. It’s important to remember, if your child feels sick, they should stay home. Teachers will share information about how students will attend their classes on days when they are learning at home.

To double check which days your child attends class in the building, please log into the IC Parent Portal and select more → Adams 12 Tools → IC Student Schedule. A PDF with your child’s schedule will pop up in a new window. In the top right corner, you can see which days they attend in person. 

All Levels (Elementary, Middle and High School)

Protecting Students Online
We are committed to providing a safe and secure digital learning environment for our students.

The federal Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was enacted by Congress in 2000 to address concerns about children's access to obscene or harmful content over the internet. As a school district, we are required to provide internet filtering when a student accesses the internet via their district Google account, whether at school or at home.

When learning at home, student internet browsing, YouTube searches and Google documents are filtered in a very similar way to what students experience while at school. The filter prevents students from accessing harmful and explicit content while logged into their district Google account via a Google Chrome browser.

Please visit with any concerns or questions.

Bus Service
Bus service will resume with limited capacity Monday, Jan. 25. Students who were approved for transportation during the first semester are automatically enrolled for this semester. As a reminder, face coverings are required on all district vehicles and students must scan their bus pass on each ride. 

Parents of students, who are new to in-person learning and have not opted in for transportation, should contact the transportation department directly to verify seating availability and opt-in for busing. To request student transportation, end previously approved transportation, or request a bus pass, please email

Meal Distribution **New as of Jan. 25**

As of Monday, Jan. 25, the following updates will be made to the district’s free meal program

Elementary Schools: Students learning in-person will continue to have access to free breakfast and lunch while in school. They will also have the option to pick up a weekend bag with meals for Saturday and Sunday at the end of the school day each Friday.

Middle and High Schools:  Students learning in-person will continue to have access to free breakfast and lunch while in school. They will have access to grab a bag on Tuesday or Friday, depending on their hybrid schedule. The bags will provide them with meals for their hybrid learning days as well as the weekend. 

Remote students or other youth ages 1-18: Drive-thru/walk-up meal distribution will be available at four high school locations on each Wednesday. Meals are available for any youth ages 1-18. Children do not have to be enrolled in the Five Star District to receive meals. Parents may pick up for students and no identification is needed. Breakfast, lunch and dinner meals will be distributed. Drive-thru/Walk-up locations:

  • Thornton & Legacy High Schools: 1:30-3 p.m. on Wednesdays

  • Northglenn & Horizon High Schools: 3:30-5 p.m. on Wednesdays 

In-person students will receive breakfast and lunch at their school daily. They can visit the drive-thru/walk-up high school locations on Wednesdays to receive dinner meals. 

Snow Day Protocol

We will continue to follow our normal process of school closures and 2-hr delayed starts when necessary. If a call is made to close or delay the start of a school day due to weather, this will apply to all students - in-person/hybrid and remote learners. For more information on how to know when inclement weather will impact school, visit

Staying Connected

We encourage families to opt-in to receive text message alerts sent by the district and schools. Opting in is a two-step process: 1) Make sure your cell phone number is listed in Infinite Campus in the cell phone field. 2) Then from your cell phone text YES to 67587.



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