2020-21 GATING CRITERIA

  • Blue Valley’s Board of Education adopted the Kansas State Department of Education’s (“KSDE”) Navigating Change Criteria using the most localized data available. The KSDE gating criteria provides five data points instead of the two data points in Johnson County’s gating criteria. Included within these five data points are the two data points utilized in Johnson County’s gating criteria. The KSDE gating criteria was created through consultation and collaboration with the following organizations:

    • Kansas Academy of Family Physicians

    • Kansas Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics

    • KU School of Medicine -- Wichita

     

    • Kansas Department of Health and Environment

    • Kansas State Department of Education

    • Volunteer school leaders from around the State of Kansas
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APPLYING GATING CRITERIA

  • The district utilizes the following numbers for the Kansas State Department of Education’s (“KSDE”) Navigating Change Criteria metrics. All data can be found on the Kansas State Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) website unless otherwise noted.

    • Building Gating (Absenteeism) 

    • Community Gating (Percent positive tests / all tests performed)

      • The difference between this number and the % positive on the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) website is the denominator used. KDHE indicates all tests performed so if an individual takes the test 20 times and tests negative each time they include all 20 tests. JCDHE only counts it as one test – no matter how many times an individual takes the test. Because the criteria states percent positive tests/all tests performed, the KDHE information was used.

    • Community Gating (# new cases / 100K over prior 2 weeks)

    • Community Gating (Trend in county incidence rate)

    • Community Gating (Local referring/hospital capacity)

      • Information is taken from regional hospital capacity through MARC.

2020-21 GATING CRITERIA UPDATES

  • Aug. 21, 2020: The Blue Valley School District will begin the 2020-21 school year in the ORANGE gating level based on the Kansas State Department of Education’s (“KSDE”) Navigating Change Criteria. While the Orange presents in-person or hybrid options, elementary students will begin the school year with the Hybrid (limiting capacity) model. Middle school and high school students will begin in the Distance Learning model. Students who have elected to attend school through the all-virtual option, VirtualED, are not impacted by the gating criteria. Read the full Back to School announcement from Aug. 21, 2020 below.

     

    Sept. 14, 2020: In an email to elementary families, the district shared with mitigation strategies in place, the intent to resume full in-person learning for elementary students beginning Oct. 5, assuming the district falls within the KSDE's YELLOW or ORANGE gating level criteria at that time. This means on Monday, Oct. 5 all elementary students who registered for in-person learning should be prepared to attend school in-person five days a week (this decision does not impact those who registered for the all-virtual option, VirtualED). As communicated previously, the week of Sept. 21 district administration will review and determine the appropriate modes of learning for middle and high school. Read the full Sept. 14 email below.

    Sept. 21, 2020: Throughout this pandemic, we have said multiple times we want to bring students back to school in-person in some form as soon as we can safely do so. I am pleased to share that based on current transmission rates in our community that time is now as we are in the YELLOW. This means that beginning Monday, Oct. 5 all students who registered for in-person learning will attend school in-person at least two days per week. Read the full email below.

    The district utilized the following numbers for the Kansas State Department of Education’s (“KSDE”) Navigating Change Criteria metrics. All data was found on the Kansas State Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) website at 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 21, 2020, unless otherwise noted.

    1. Building Gating (Absenteeism) = 2019 Average Daily Attendance 96.75% --> 2020 Average Daily Attendance 94.19% for a difference of 2.56% GREEN
      1. Based on % above building level Average Daily Attendance in 2019-20

    2. Community Gating (Percent positive tests / all tests performed) = 6.05% YELLOW
       
    3. Community Gating (# new cases / 100K over prior 2 weeks) = 213 RED

    4. Community Gating (Trend in county incidence rate) = 112, 103 and 110 Steady YELLOW OR ORANGE

    5. Community Gating (Local referring/hospital capacity) = 30% GREEN
      1. Information is taken from regional hospital capacity through MARC.

     

    Oct. 19, 2020: Using the current data from the Kansas State Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Kansas State Department of Education Navigating Change gating criteria, the district is in the YELLOW. This means the district will be continuing with the current modes of learning through Friday, Nov. 27. Read the full email below.

    The district utilized the following numbers for the Kansas State Department of Education’s (“KSDE”) Navigating Change Criteria metrics. All data was found on the Kansas State Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) website at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 19, 2020, unless otherwise noted.

    • Building Gating (Absenteeism) = 2019 Average Daily Attendance 96.25% --> 2020 Average Daily Attendance 91.83% for a difference of 4.42% YELLOW

    • Community Gating (Percent positive tests / all tests performed) = 5.5% YELLOW

    • Community Gating (# new cases / 100K over prior 2 weeks) = 227 RED

    • Community Gating (Trend in county incidence rate) = 107, 132 and 95 decreasing GREEN

    • Community Gating (Local referring/hospital capacity) = >30% GREEN


    Information is taken from regional hospital capacity through MARC.


    Nov. 13, 2020:
    Using the current data from the Kansas State Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Kansas State Department of Education Navigating Change gating criteria, the district is in the ORANGE. This means that our early childhood and elementary students will remain in full-time, in-person learning while our middle school and high school students will return to distance learning from Nov. 30-Dec. 22. Read the full email below.

    The district utilized the following numbers for the Kansas State Department of Education’s (“KSDE”) Navigating Change Criteria metrics. All data was found on the Kansas State Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) website at 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 16, 2020, unless otherwise noted.

    Gating Criteria graphic

GATING CRITERIA COMMUNICATION

  • LEARNING MODE INFORMATION FOR DECEMBER - NOV. 13, 2020

  • LEARNING MODE INFORMATION FOR NOVEMBER - OCT. 19, 2020

  • CHANGES TO LEARNING MODE BEGINNING OCTOBER 5. - SEPT. 21, 2020

  • BV ANNOUNCES ELEMENTARY FULL IN-PERSON LEARNING BEGINNING OCT. 5 - SEPT. 14, 2020

  • BACK TO SCHOOL UPDATE - AUGUST 21, 2020