Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, Garden City Public Schools will start to provide students instruction through the Continuous Learning plan. The finalized plan was approved by the Board of Education at its March 26th meeting for submission to the Kansas State Department of Education.
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly and Education Commissioner Randy Watson on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, announced that all K-12 schools will be closed and in-person instruction will cease for the duration of the current school year as part of the state’s strategy for containing the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus. All Garden City Public Schools facilities, including playground equipment, are closed to the public.
A task force of 40 educators from across the state prepared the guidelines for school districts. Kenneth Henderson Middle School English Language Arts teacher, Sarah Wise, was a member of the task force.
Teachers are continuing to make important contact with parents in regards to their child’s education. If parents have not been contacted by their teacher or school, they need to contact the child’s school office so that they can get updates made in the school’s system. It is very important that the district is able to communicate with families during the rest of the school year while instructing through the continuous learning process.
Schools across the district started to distribute the student’s belongings, educational materials and iPad devices for students in the district that did not currently have them in third grade and above on Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27. The items will help students and parents in the continuing educational process at home.
The district will continue to provide information through the district’s social media accounts and at the website at www.gckschools.com.