Video message from Superintendent Chris Gdowski

Monday, February 22, 2021 - 4:30pm
Superintendent video message play screen

Regarding the proposed transition of hybrid learners to 4-days in person

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Dear Five Star Families and Staff - 

See this video message from Superintendent Chris Gdowski regarding the proposed transition of hybrid learners in grades 6-12 to have the option to attend 4-days a week in person. In this update, he outlines the following factors that were considered in developing this proposal:

  • Decreasing case incidents in our counties. We’re now at a spot where the number of cases within Broomfield and Adams counties have declined significantly from the fall and are continuing in a downward trend. 

  • Very low rates of in-school transmission.  

  • Significant progress in staff vaccinations.  As of today, all Five Star District staff who have shown interest in receiving the vaccine have received it or have begun the vaccination process. 

In addition, he outlines a number of new and sustained efforts that are in place to allow our buildings to remain a safe learning environment for all of our in-person learners and staff. 

  • Addition of air purifiers in all of our classrooms. These new machines will provide additional enhancements against airborne transmission, on top of the increased air circulation that has been taking place in our buildings since the fall.

  • Continued mandatory mask wearing for all staff and students. The district continues to provide a monthly supply of masks (i.e. KN95 and paper masks) for staff. Additionally, public health has indicated that wearing two masks provides 95% rate of protection against the virus for those who want to choose that option. 

If you have a child currently in the hybrid learning model for students in grades 6-12 and haven’t filled out the intent form from your child’s school, we encourage you to do so now. Intent forms are due by the end of the day on Tuesday, Feb. 23. 

Thank you for your continued support of the district.