May 14 Weekly Community Update

Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 3:15pm

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As a reminder, we are now sending a regular update each Thursday afternoon to the Five Star community for the remainder of the school year. This communication is designed to consolidate important updates for you into one weekly email. 

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UPDATES

High School student belongings pick up & materials drop off process (Grades 9-11)
High schools plan to provide the opportunity for their students in grades 9-11 to pick-up their belongings and drop off school- and district-issued materials between May 20-29. Schools will share more information including specific dates, times and details on how the pickup process will work at your child's high school. This is a different timeline than previously announced for district elementary, middle and K-8 schools as the high schools are working on end of year plans for the graduating class of 2020. Charter families should check with their school for information regarding their school's pickup arrangements.

Remote Learning Survey
We encourage families to participate in a brief, two-minute survey about their remote learning experience. (This survey is for families at district-managed schools. Charter schools may send their own surveys regarding their remote learning plan.) The answers provided will help us develop instructional practices for next year in the event that some aspect of remote learning is necessary. 

We are very interested in hearing the student perspective as well, so a student survey has also been emailed to those in grades four through 12. Please encourage your child to take the survey found in their district email account. We will gather feedback from our teachers in an educator survey next week. 

Planning for 2020-2021 School Year
The landscape for the normally scheduled start to the 2020-2021 school year in mid-August is still unknown given the evolving situation with COVID-19. We will continue to work with public health officials over the summer in determining the best plan to provide a safe environment for staff, students and families. 

Staff has begun researching and considering different scenarios for next school year and a planning committee that includes members of district leadership, our teachers’ association (District Twelve Educators’ Association - DTEA) and our support staff association (Classified School Employees’ Association - CSEA) will move this work forward in the weeks ahead. 

Look for opportunities in June to provide input on potential operational plans for the 2020-2021 school year. As of now, we are following our existing academic calendar for 2020-2021.

Meal Distribution - Four new walk-up locations
In addition to our meal distribution at our five comprehensive high schools, we’re now also offering walk-up meal distribution at four new locations starting Monday, May 18.

  • Coronado Hills Elementary - 8300 Downing Dr, Denver, CO - 10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • Federal Heights Elementary - 2500 W. 96 Ave, Federal Heights, CO - 10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • Creekside Apartments - 9189 Gale Blvd, Thornton, CO - 11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • Woodland Hills - 1500 W Thornton Pkwy, Thornton, CO - 11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday
*Keep in mind, these sites are walk-up only and are intended for students and families that do not have the ability to get to one of the five regular distribution sites (see details below). 

Social distancing guidelines will be in place. We ask that you stand 6 feet apart from other families at all times and that all people over the age of 2 years old wear a mask if at all possible. If you are sick, we’d ask that you send another family member. Children do not need to be present to receive a meal. 

Reminder on meal distribution
Regular meal distribution will continue to operate as usual at the district’s five other sites - Horizon, Legacy, Mountain Range, Northglenn and Thornton high schools. Meals are available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:30am-12:30pm. Read more information about the district’s meal distribution plan

The Five Star District will continue meal distribution through at least July 24, with no service on Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day. Families will be provided with four days worth of meals on Friday, May 22 for the Memorial Day weekend. 

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BUDGET

Revenue forecast indicates state faces a $3.3 billion budget deficit
Over the past few weeks we’ve provided updates on the impact that the economic slowdown related to COVID-19 is having on the State of Colorado budget. Today we learned how significant the impact is on the 2020-21 budget. The total shortfall for this year and the fiscal year that begins July 1 is about $3.3 billion (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021). That amounts to 10% of the overall state budget and 25% of the state’s general fund. K-12 education funding makes up a significant portion of the state’s general fund at about 40% of expenditures.

Legislative analysts and the governor’s budget director indicated in their presentation to the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) on May 12 that this challenging economic situation is predicted to last for several years. Beyond next fiscal year, the forecast for fiscal 2021-2022 shows a roughly $2 billion shortfall. 

What comes next in the budget process?
The JBC, which is responsible for sponsoring the Long Bill, or the budget bill, will use this updated revenue forecast to make critical decisions about any budget cuts, including those to education. Then, the Legislature will consider the budget bill when it returns, which is currently scheduled for May 26. 

Once the JBC indicates what size of a reduction it is contemplating for education, the district can begin its budget balancing process which will include working with multiple stakeholders including our school principals, DTEA, CSEA and the District Accountability Committee (DAC). The Adams 12 Five Star Schools Board of Education must adopt a budget for the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year by June 30, 2020.

It is important to note that no budget decisions related to this latest news from the state, including any potential reductions, have been made to date. We will continue to provide updates as this budget process at the state level moves along. Learn more about education funding on our Funding 101 webpage.  

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RESOURCES & SUPPORT

Resources

  • Remote Learning: Information about the district’s Remote Learning and FAQs

  • Family Technical Assistance: Technical assistance in support of remote learning. Families can also request technical assistance by sending an email to familytechsupport@adams12.org or calling (720) 972-4118. Please include student name, student ID number and the best way to contact you in your message. 

  • Grab and Go Meals: Information about the district's grab and go food distribution

  • Mental Health Resources: Talking points and resources for families when talking to children about COVID-19

  • Student Family Outreach Program: Resources for families including meals, housing, mental health, internet access, unemployment and more 

  • Community letters: An archive of COVID-related district communications and resources

Five Star Education Foundation Update

  • The Five Star Education Foundation secured $20,000 from the Denver Foundation and $5,000 from the Broomfield Community Foundation to support services for food and technology.

  • The foundation continues to seek support for Five Star students and schools. If you know of a corporate or private foundation resource, please reach out to shannon.hancock@5starfoundation.org. Together, we can continue to come together for our community.

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RECOGNITION & GOOD NEWS

Teacher Appreciation
This year may have ended differently than we all imagined, but our teachers and staff are nothing short of amazing! Last week for Teacher Appreciation Week, we compiled pictures and videos of the amazing ways our community showed their thanks for all our teachers do.

Celebrating Our Graduates
Even though we are unable to come together in-person to recognize the graduating class in the traditional way during May, that isn’t going to stop us from honoring and celebrating the many accomplishments of the Class of 2020 through spring and summer. Visit the district’s social media to see how our high schools are celebrating their graduating seniors. Facebook | Twitter

[VIDEO] Announcing our Certified Employee of the Year
We are thrilled to announce our Certified Educator of the Year: Teresa Biller, school counselor at Northglenn Middle! You make us all #FiveStarProud! Watch the video of the surprise announcement (or watch a sign language video here or read English or Spanish text here). Read why she won (and see all the other excellent nominees) here: www.adams12.org/2019-20EOTY.

Celebrating our Administrators 
This week we celebrate our administrators of the year. Read the nominees and finalists online and stay tuned as we announce the winner on Friday, May 15: www.adams12.org/2019-20EOTY.

Kudos

  • Several Five Star elementary educators are helping students across the state as part of Colorado Classroom: Read with Me at Home, a statewide effort to make sure Colorado students develop a strong literacy foundation. This project is a partnership between Rocky Mountain PBS, the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado Education Association, Gary Community Investments and the Colorado Education Initiative. For more information, visit Rocky Mountain PBS

  • Mountain Range High twin lacrosse players Seth and Jake Doyle talked about the pain of missing their senior seasons while also bonding during the time they still get to spend together on 9News.

  • Adams 12 Five Star Schools was named the 2020 Advocate of the Year by Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain. Thanks, JA!