All of Garfield Elementary begins distance learning Tuesday

September 27, 2020 | Headlines

PONCA CITY  — The Ponca City School District announced tonight that beginning Tuesday, Garfield Elementary students will begin distance learning until Oct. 12.

A shortage of staff caused by COVID-19 isolation and close contact quarantines is listed as the reason.

“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,” said superintendent Shelly Arrott in a press release.

“This classroom of quarantined students will pivot to Distance Learning on Monday, Sept. 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, Sept. 28 so parents can make arrangements for childcare.  All staff members will provide instruction to their students through Google Classroom beginning Tuesday, Sept. 29, and one classroom will begin Distance Learning due to quarantines on Monday, Sept. 28. Garfield students, who are not in quarantine or isolation, will report to school on Sept. 28, and Chromebooks will be sent home with students for Distance Learning.  All students will return to Garfield for in-person instruction on Monday, Oct. 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 a.m. until noon  beginning Tuesday, Sept. 29 through Friday, Oct. 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,” said Arrott.

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