USD 457 Facilities Closed for Rest of 2019-2020 School Year

USD 457 Facilities Closed for Rest of 2019-2020 School Year
Posted on 03/17/2020

 March 17, 2020

Garden City Public Schools Parents and Families,

We are very grateful for your patience and support as we have all been navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on our community. This afternoon, March 17, 2020, Governor Laura Kelly announced that all Kansas school facilities will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  The school facilities closure is in response to the current public health crisis. The focus should remain on preventing the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

We have been working on contingency plans since mid-March, including how we can meet the ongoing learning needs of our students. The closure of school facilities is NOT the same as a complete school closure. The Kansas State Department of Education expects that students will continue learning during the time that full-time traditional in-person classes are unavailable. Next week, when all of the dedicated professional staff of USD 457 returns to work, specific plans will be developed for delivering instruction using non-traditional approaches. We anticipate students will participate from Monday, March 30th through May 21st. You and your child will receive more specific information next week.

We understand that this will place tremendous hardship on our families and staff, and impact the social and emotional well-being of our students. We are committed to providing meals to students during this time. Beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020, Garden City Public Schools will provide free grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches at various schools and locations throughout the city. Each grab-and-go meal will consist of one breakfast and one lunch to take home. These meals will be free to any child age 18 and younger. Those details are coming soon.

Our staff and the Board of Education are also working on other critical issues, such as what this means for our seniors, how this will affect next school year and what impact this will have on our employees. We will provide updates on these issues as soon as information is available.

We are committed to working together as a community to support one another throughout these unprecedented times, and communication will remain a top priority. As always, please visit our district website, www.gckschools.com, or any of our social media sites for the most up-to-date information.

Sincerely,

Steven R. Karlin, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


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