VIDEO MESSAGE: Remote Learning starts April 1

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 1:15pm
SUperintendent Gdowski

District doing remote learning and modified operations in response to COVID-19

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As we embark on a new chapter of learning this school year, we encourage you to view the video message from Superintendent Chris Gdowski. This transition to remote learning is new to all of us and will require patience. Our commitment remains the same - to elevate your child’s success. Read further for more information on remote learning and changes to meal distribution.

COVID-19 Superintendent Gdowski Family Message

Remote Learning (participation, grading, attendance, office hours)
Remote learning will launch on Wednesday, April 1. The first few days will largely focus on connecting with and supporting students and families. We recognize a lot has happened in the past several weeks and we want to take the time first to reconnect with students and their families. Teachers will also use this time to set expectations for students in this new learning environment. While remote learning cannot replace in-person learning, our overarching goal is to keep students progressing so they’re as ready as possible when we do return to in-person learning.

Remote learning in Five Star Schools will be asynchronous, meaning students will learn the same material at different times and locations. Teachers will look at work completion on a weekly basis, allowing families and students to complete assignments throughout the day and week at times that work best for them. Instead of on a daily basis, teachers will track attendance based on weekly student participation and work completion. Grading is up to teacher discretion and could be a numeric, letter or pass/fail grade depending on the grade level and content. Your child’s teacher and school will share more on their decision about grading style.

Individual school teachers will maintain office hours. Remote learning office hours are specific times during which students and/or parents can connect with educators to ask questions and access support using interactive tools such as Google Chat, Google Meets, Gmail and Zoom. Teachers will communicate their office hours to families. 

We encourage families to stay connected to their student’s teachers and school during this new journey. A strong partnership between families and teachers is crucial to remote learning success. For more information about remote learning in the Five Star District, visit

Frequently Asked Questions
Please consult this list of Remote Learning Frequently Asked Questions for answers to technical questions, information on devices, home internet resources and what to expect during remote learning.

  • Technical Support for Families
    Additionally, a tech support website for Adams 12 students and families has been created with online resources. Families can also submit a service ticket for technical support. Please visit the website at

Meal Distribution Update
As the district moves to remote learning with modified operations, grab and go meals will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at our five high school locations, beginning Monday, March 30. All families will receive two lunches and two breakfasts per child to cover for the days when meal service is not available. For additional details, including eligibility and location addresses, visit