Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced on March 17, 2020, 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.
The district has been working on contingency plans since mid-March, including how to meet the ongoing learning needs of students. The closure of school facilities is NOT the same as a complete school closure. It is expected that students will continue to learn during the time that in-person classes are unavailable. Methods of access to this instruction from home will be communicated out as quickly as possible. This may include online learning opportunities and/or instructional packets.
The district is 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 community. 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.
The district is also looking at other critical issues, such as what this means for high school seniors, how this will affect the next school year and what impact this will have on our the district staff.
The district is committed to working together as a community to support one another throughout these unprecedented times. For the most up-to-date information on what is happening in the district, check the district website, www.gckschools.com, or any of the district’s social media sites.