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Garfield Elementary School to Pivot to Distance Learning on September 29 and Return October 12 

Due to the shortage of staff from isolations and close contact quarantines, Garfield Elementary students and staff will pivot to Distance Learning on Tuesday, September 29 and will return to Garfield on Monday, October 12, 2020 for in-person instruction.

There is one elementary classroom at Garfield in which students are considered close contacts to a positive case, and all parents of these students have been notified. This classroom of quarantined students will pivot to Distance Learning on Monday, September 28. Other students at Garfield are not close contacts, but several staff members were close contacts to 2 positive Garfield cases. The district has arranged for staff coverage on Monday, September 28 so parents can make arrangements for childcare. 

All staff members will provide instruction to their students through Google Classroom beginning Tuesday, September 29, and one classroom will begin Distance Learning due to quarantines on Monday, September 28. Garfield students, who are not in quarantine or isolation, will report to school on Monday, September 28, and Chromebooks will be sent home with students for Distance Learning. All students will return to Garfield for in-person instruction on Monday, October 12, unless families are notified by Kay County Health Department that they are close contacts of a positive case not associated with the school. 

Grab and Go Lunches will be available for all Garfield students from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM beginning Tuesday, September 29 through Friday, October 9. Meals may be picked up in front of Garfield Elementary during this timeframe.

The health and safety of our students, staff, and community are the top priority. We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience to families during this global pandemic. Thank you for your support and patience. 


Students/Staff affected are participating in Distance Learning remotely. Teachers will keep students and parents informed of Distance Learning details. However, students and staff under quarantine cannot attend school or school events throughout the duration of the quarantine. 

State law empowers the state Health Department with the exclusive authority to issue an isolation or quarantine order. Health officials will determine the length of an isolation or quarantine period. School districts are obligated by law to respect and cooperate with the orders of health officials. When we have a positive case in our school, our trained staff will complete a contact tracing investigation and will report the investigative data to the Kay County Department of Health. If a student or staff member is in close contact with a positive case, all close contacts will be quarantined, without exception, for 14 days. Close contacts are identified as those who were less than 6’ apart for more than 15 minutes from a positive case or who were in physical contact with the positive case. Quarantine prevents the spread of the disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. Face coverings greatly reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19, which further reduces the spread. However, the face coverings are not an exemption from quarantine as directed by updated CDC Guidelines. 

If students or personnel are quarantined, they will not be able to come to school, enter buildings, or participate in school activities for the full 14 days, no exceptions. We want our students to be in school and to participate in activities, but it will take ALL of us to stop the spread. We want to avoid a temporary total school closure, with all students learning virtually. PLEASE DO NOT SEND STUDENTS TO SCHOOL IF SOMEONE IN THE HOUSEHOLD HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH A POSITIVE CASE OF COVID-19. 

Remain vigilant to stopping the spread of COVID-19. The CDC recommends the following best practices to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
 Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
 Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
 Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
 Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve.
 Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
 Practice social distancing, leaving at least six feet between you and other people.
 Wear a cloth mask or face covering when social distancing is not possible. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you or any member of your family exhibit these symptoms, you are encouraged to contact your medical provider for advice immediately. Symptoms usually appear 2-14 days after exposure. 

Important Reminder: Make sure your phone numbers are accurate in the Parent Portal. During this time of frequent contact, it is imperative numbers are updated so we can communicate wit

Principal Katy Thomason
Garfield Elementary School

Phone: (580) 767-8030
Fax: (580) 767-9510

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