Board Approves Updates To Level 4

Board Approves Updates To Level 4
Posted on 10/27/2020

Garden City Public Schools has updated Level 4 Protective Measures from the district operation plan.  The updated procedures to Level 4 will start on Tuesday, October 27.  The new procedures were approved by the Board of Education at its October 26 meeting.  The district administration has worked with the Finney County Health Department on determining the level of protection for students and staff. 

Operation Level 4 is on-site learning with enhanced protective measures along with group gathering limits and social distancing requirements.  Enhanced protective measures include: if there is possible classroom/staff exposure, quarantined students will participate in remote learning following guidance from the health department and all other students will have the option for either on-site or remote learning.  Other protective measures include daily symptomatic screening by teachers; groupings that aren’t face to face, meaning all desks/tables must face the same direction; masks are required for all grade levels; small groups maintaining 6-foot social distance guidelines; encouragement of hourly hand sanitizing; school libraries are closed; no indoor physical education unless social distancing and the same classroom group can be maintained; no large group activities; Concerts may be held with maximum attendance of 35% location capacity and the ability to social distance. Masks and social distancing required; School playground open using a classroom rotation schedule. Playground will be unavailable to classrooms in a yellow status with a student positive; Before and after school academic-focused clubs or activities allowed. Social distancing and masks required. (Ex. Sign choir, robotics, etc.) Continue at Level 5 (Hybrid); modified lunch schedules; limit touching; and geographic sequestering is possible.

The district has noticed the number of school age people being tested in the county has increased considerably since school began. There have also been some of the indicators that the district watches to determine the levels that the district operates that have been trending upward. The district made the decision to continue at a Level 4 out of an abundance of caution.   

The top priority of Garden City Public Schools is the safety and health of students, staff and the community.  The district is asking that you continue to be vigilant and help decrease the spread of COVID-19 by washing hands, social distance by at least six feet or more, wear a face mask when in public places and stay home if you are not feeling well.

For more information about the levels in the district go to www.gckschools.com/starting_school_2020

For information about the classroom operational status of the schools or classrooms, it can be found at www.gckschools.com/2020status.