USD 457 releases COVID-19 numbers for district

Meghan Flynn
Garden City High School students make their way through the main hallway to their classes Aug. 31 on the first full day of school for the 2020-21 school year.

The USD 457 Board of Education received COVID-19 numbers data for Oct. 5-8 at the board’s regular meeting Monday.

As of Oct. 8, there were 202 students quarantined/excluded, eight students were sent home with coronavirus-related symptoms that day and no new students tested positive.

From the beginning of the 2020-21 school year to Oct. 8, 42 students have tested positive for the coronavirus. On Oct. 8, 6,601 students attended school within the district with 608 absent.

The daily attendance rate is 91.5%.

For the week of Oct. 5-8, 24 employees missed work due to COVID-19 symptoms and a total of 160 have missed work due to symptoms since the beginning of the school year.

Thirty-eight employees have tested positive for the coronavirus since the beginning of the school year, with 11 positives during the week of Oct. 5-8.

Since the beginning of the school year, 230 employees have been quarantined, and 30 were quarantined from Oct. 5-8.

Jennie Barker Elementary School closed to on-site classes and move to Level 6 Remote Learning, from the district’s Operational Plan, as of Oct. 12.

The decision was made due to several positive coronavirus cases within the school and the temporary lack of available staff necessary to operate classrooms safely and effectively at the school.

The move to Level 6 Remote Learning at the school was done out of an abundance of caution, and the district decided to close the elementary school through Oct. 16, pending no further positive coronavirus cases. The district was having a facilities crew deep clean and disinfect the school while the closure was effect.