Two more schools move to remote

The Telegram staff

As COVID-19 numbers continue to rise in Finney County, two more elementary schools in USD 457 will move to the district’s Level 6 and go to remote learning starting Thursday, Nov. 12 according to a USD 457 release.

The additional schools are Georgia Matthews Elementary School and Jennie Wilson Elementary School.

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

The move to Level 6 Remote Learning at the two schools was done out of an abundance of caution, it was decided by the district to close the two elementary schools through Nov. 30, pending no further positive COVID-19 cases and district operational levels. The district will have a facilities crew deep clean and disinfect the two schools while the closure is in effect.

Parents with students in classes of a case were notified by Garden City Public Schools. The Finney County Health Department will follow up with phone calls to the parents of those that need to quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19.

For more information about the Operational Plan and the school and classroom status, go to

The two schools join Victor Ornelas Elementary School, Alta Brown Elementary School and Charles Stones Intermediate Center in remote learning.