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2022-23 Back to School Information

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Back-to-school resources and information

Important Dates & Upcoming Events

First Day of School

  • Tuesday, Aug. 16: Grades K-9 report (Early release schedule)* 
    • Early Release Schedule for K-5 and 9th grade
    • 6th grade in the morning; 7th and 8th grade in the afternoon
  • Wednesday, Aug. 17: All students K-12 report (Full day schedule this Wednesday onlyall subsequent Wednesdays are early release)*
  • Tuesday, Aug. 23: Preschool starts at all locations (Exception: Aug. 15 preschool starts at Bright Horizons)

This year the first day of school is on Tuesday, instead of Wednesday, to allow for the "Fall Break" day off on Oct. 14. Starting the week of Aug. 22-26, we will begin our regular Wednesday early release schedule for the 2022-23 school year.

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⭐New this Year


District Policy Changes

  • Students will be allowed to wear hats beginning with the 2022-23 school year. The Student Dress Code (Policy 5060) now allows students to wear hats, caps and other head coverings. Policy 5060 still prohibits students from wearing the hoods of sweatshirts or hoodies. 
  • Clarifications made to policy regarding challenges to curriculumPolicy 1500 was revised to clarify: the process for challenging curriculum and instructional programs or activities, who may submit a challenge, and the appeal process.

  • New policy created regarding library materials. New Policy 6205 addresses the process for selecting and challenging library materials. Prior to this new policy, the library materials challenge process was included in Policy 1500. 

  • Revisions made to policy regarding the district's instructional materials selection committee. Policy 6230 was revised to clarify the process for selecting members of the district's instructional materials committee. As revised, Policy 6230 also addresses the minimum length of a committee member's term.

For information on other revisions to district policies and guidelines, please visit the district's Summary of Recently Updated District Policies & Guidelines.


New Websites

We are excited to share newly designed websites at both the district and school levels. The new sites offer easier navigation, a more modern design and better search features. 

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Moving to 1-hour delayed start

New for the 2022-2023 school year, in the event of inclement weather, the district may call a 1-hour delayed start or close all schools. Learn More 


Student Device Damage Insurance and Repair

The Student Device Insurance program is designed to help offset the costs of damaged Chromebooks to families. District Policy 3800 requires that a fine be assessed for lost or damaged school property including technology. However, unlike the loss of a sports uniform or damage of a textbook, the costs for a Chromebook can be greater. Insurance is our way of helping offset unforeseen expenses for families. This program can provide significant savings in the event of accidental damage. To learn more about our Student Device Insurance Program, click here.

🍏 Free & Reduced Benefits

*ATTENTION: USDA waivers allowing free school meals were not extendedPaid meals return for the 2022-2023 school year for those who don't qualify. 

All families encouraged to apply now

Health & Safety


🌡 Health Guidance

We are focused on providing a safe and healthy school environment with limited disruptions to learning. See below health guidance for the 2022-2023 school year:
  • Masks are optional in school and district buildings and on school buses 
  • If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, follow the Colorado Department of Public Health’s (CDPHE) latest guidance.
  • With any contagious illness, Stay Home if You Are Sick! See guidance from CDPHE on How Sick is too Sick

    Please note that these guidelines are subject to change based on the latest guidance from CDPHE and our local health departments.


🔒 Situations - How will families be notified?

Schools practice safety procedures throughout the school year, including fire, secure and lockDOWN drills, and are trained annually in how to respond in emergency situations. Learn more about what families can do before the school year starts:

Get Involved



Parents and community members encouraged to go back to school

Ever wonder how a public school district works and how to get involved? Where does the money come from? How does the district keep kids safe? How can I contribute to the success of schools? Parents and community members are encouraged to learn all this and more in the Five Star Leadership Academy. The free, one-year program begins in September. Meetings are held once a month on Fridays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Learn more and reserve your spot:


Committee Recruitment

Adams 12 Five Star Schools is seeking parent and community leaders to join several committees for the upcoming school year. This is a great opportunity to get involved in the district and to help inform and shape our work. Learn more about the district’s:

Message from Superintendent Gdowski


New School Year, New Opportunities

From the addition of competitive sports in grades 6-8, and expanded career and technical education opportunities for high school students, see the many new opportunities that await students in this new school year. Read Superintendent Gdowski’s Back to School Message


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