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.

GATING CRITERIA COMMUNICATION

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

  • BACK TO SCHOOL UPDATE - AUGUST 21, 2020

FAQS

  • How did the district arrive at the gating criteria numbers?

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    The district utilized the following numbers for the Kansas State Department of Education’s (“KSDE”) Navigating Change Criteria metrics.

    1. Building Gating (Absenteeism) - no value at this time

    2. Community Gating (Percent positive tests / all tests performed) = 7.97% (YELLOW)
      • This information came from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) website. There is a graph at the bottom of the page to select county – select Johnson County. Date Range = 8/6 – 8/19 (most recent 14 days as of 12 p.m. on Aug. 21, 2020).
        Information can also be found on the KDHE website.

      • 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.

    3. Community Gating (# new cases / 100K over prior 2 weeks) = 225 (RED) 
      • Date range = 8/8 – 8/21 (most recent 14 days as of noon on Aug. 21, 2020). Information can be found on the JCDHE website

    4. Community Gating (Trend in county incidence rate) = INCREASING (RED)
      • Date range = 14-day moving average. Information can be found on the  JCDHE website.

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