GFW School District to Bring Students Back to Classrooms

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The Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop school district will allow all students to return to in-person classes this fall despite state COVID guidelines.

In a statement relayed on Facebook, Superintendent Jeff Horton says they conducted a building analysis using Minnesota State Fire Marshal code to determine full and 50-percent capacity. Horton says the results show G-F-W Schools have enough space to safely educate all students during both in-person and hybrid learning models.

Horton says extra safety and cleaning measures will be in place and the district will be providing an online option for families who have students that are unable to attend school.

The district is sending a survey to families and weekly updates until the school year begins.

Below, is the entire statement:

GFW Schools will be able to allow all students to return every scheduled school day whether the state thresholds dictate in-person or hybrid learning. The Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Health have created a threshold system to help inform school districts as to when they should be doing in-person learning, hybrid learning, or distance learning. GFW staff have been working diligently throughout the summer developing learning models based on guidance from the State of Minnesota. Using Minnesota State Fire Marshal Code, GFW Schools has conducted a building analysis to determine the full and 50% capacity of its buildings. The results of the analysis have determined that GFW Schools have enough space to safely educate all students during both in-person and hybrid learning models. All elementary students and all junior and senior high school students will be able to attend school on every scheduled school day when we are doing both in-person and hybrid learning. Extra precautionary, safety, and cleaning measures will be in place to ensure that both students and staff can return to school. GFW Schools will be providing an online option for families who have students that are unable to attend school. GFW Schools will be sending out a survey to families on Friday, July 31st, 2020 to help us gather more specific information to support the education and safety of our students. GFW Schools will be making changes to it’s ‘Back-to-School’ packet to reflect the updated guidance from the State of Minnesota. We will be delaying our ‘Back-to-School’ packet in order to make appropriate adjustments, and we will communicate those changes to both families and students as soon as possible. There will be a weekly communication on Fridays from now until the start of the school year with updates. We are excited to welcome back all learners in the fall! Jeff HortonGFW Schools Superintendent323 E 11th StGibbon, MN 55335 (507)207-2200jeff.horton@gfwschools.org

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