What “Safer at Home” Level 3 means for the district

Monday, November 2, 2020 - 3:45pm
Student in class

District to continue full-time in-person learning for preschool and elementary

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Dear Five Star Staff and Families,

As you may know, Adams County will move to “Safer at Home” Level 3 at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28, at the direction of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). This is in response to the continued rise of COVID cases in Adams County. This change means additional restrictions in regards to such things as restaurant occupancy, recreation, and private and public gatherings. This order does not require changes to school operations. 

In Adams 12 Five Star Schools, we believe maintaining in-person learning for our preschool and elementary-aged students is of the utmost importance. We will continue to offer full-time in-person learning for preschool and elementary students (P-5) at our schools as long as we are able.

You can view the Adams County announcement and the complete updated order from CDPHE. While this public health order will not apply to Broomfield County, they are also seeing a sustained increase in cases and because our community works, lives and attends schools across county lines it is important information for everyone in the Five Star community. 

We want to continue to support a safe and productive learning environment for students, staff and families. I maintain daily contact with the directors of public health for Adams and Broomfield counties. We share our case and quarantine information with them on a daily basis and so far, they do not see in-person learning as a significant source of community spread.

“Adams 12 Five Star Schools has been diligent in maintaining layers of protection, including face coverings, cohorting and physical distancing,” said Dr. John Douglas, Tri-County Health Executive Director. “Thus far, because of these layers of protection and the district doing comprehensive contact tracing and quarantining, we’ve seen low levels of transmission within schools.” 

I am proud of the hard work our students and staff do each day to adhere to health and safety protocols to protect themselves and each other. As a district, we will continue to foster a safe and productive learning environment for students, staff and families. 

Be prepared and create a plan in the event of a required transition

This is a constantly evolving situation and we will continue to monitor data and guidelines from public health. As we have learned in the past year, necessary changes often require us to pivot quickly.

Our ultimate goal is to maintain in-person learning for our preschool, elementary and specialized student populations but the district may have to transition to full-time remote learning for a number of reasons, such as a necessary quarantine of cohorts, change in public health orders, continued disruption to the learning environment, staffing shortages, etc. We will do our best to communicate information on any change as far in advance as possible to provide transition time for all involved.

Staff and students in grades K-5 should continue to bring their learning devices and materials to and from school on a daily basis in the event there is a disruption to learning.

OnwardSafely  

Together, we must continue to do our part in keeping in-person learning a safe option. Public health encourages the community to be mindful that transmission is greatest outside of schools in public and private gatherings. 

  • Monitor your health, and stay home when you have symptoms. 
  • Get tested if you have symptoms.
  • As we approach upcoming holidays such as Halloween, we encourage you to continue to make responsible decisions that can help limit the transmission of COVID-19. 
  • Minimize gatherings outside of your household. 
  • Wear your face covering during public and private gatherings. 
  • Keep your distance. 
  • Wash/sanitize your hands frequently.

As always, I’m proud of our students, educators and school staff - whether in-person, hybrid or remote - for stepping up to meet the challenges of this unique year. But we can’t do this alone; this responsibility extends beyond our school buildings and we thank you for doing your part to keep the Five Star community safe and healthy.

Regards, 

Chris Gdowski
Superintendent