USD 457 moves to Level 5 on Monday

The Telegram staff
Flags blow in the wind outside the USD 457 Educational Support Center, 1205 N. Fleming St., on Friday  The Garden City school district announced Friday that it would be moving to Level 5 in its COID-19 plan as of Monday.

Garden City Public Schools has increased the operation level of the district to Level 5 Protective Measures, from the district operational plan, with some schools operating at a Level 6 remote learning.  The protective level will start on Monday, Nov. 9 and the district will stay at the elevated level of the operational plan until Nov. 30.

Monday will be Day B (last name M-Z attending school) and Tuesday will be Day A (last name A-L attending school) using the (A/B) calendar.

The data shows that there is continued elevated COVID numbers in the community, which poses a significant safety concern for the staff and students in the district.  Due to the continued elevated numbers in the community the district will operate at a higher level of protective measures.

Operation Level 5 is Hybrid Learning that helps to ensure total social distancing with only half of the student population allowed on-site at a time.  The other half of the students will be remote with alternating days using the (A/B) calendar.

Enhanced protective measures include: daily symptomatic screening by teachers; masks required; hourly hand sanitizing; school libraries closed; no indoor physical education, unless with same classroom group or social distancing can be maintained; desks/tables must be spaced six (6) feet apart; no large group activities: concerts, assemblies, family engagement nights; school playground equipment closed; before and after school academic-focused clubs or activities allowed with social distancing and masks required (Ex. Sign choir, robotics, etc.); and modified lunch schedules.

This action will provide the district the opportunity to operate classrooms safely and effectively at the schools. The district will look at returning to a lower level only if it is safe to do so.

Three Garden City schools have moved to remote learning this week as COVID-19 numbers continue to rise.

Victor Ornelas Elementary School moved to Level 6 on Thursday, being closed to on-site classes and moving strictly to remote learning.

Charles Stones Intermediate Center is moving to Level 6 as of Monday with remote learning only and no on-site classes.

Alta Brown Elementary School will move to Level 6 on Monday, being closed to on-site classes and moving strictly to remote learning.

The decision was made by the district due to several positive COVID-19 cases within the schools and the temporary lack of available staff necessary to operate classrooms safely and effectively at the schools.

For more information, go to the district’s website at