Under the plan, Gilbert Public Schools gave notice Nov. 5 that Campo Verde High School will return to hybrid learning Nov. 9 for two weeks. The school has 20 active positive cases, representing 1.04% of the student body.
The plan, which passed on a unanimous vote of the board, also considers how the district would move into virtual learning if needed and how it would then return to in-person instruction.
Board member Jill Humpherys crafted a proposal for the board to consider and reworked it after input from the other board members.
Humpherys characterized the task as threading a needle between a preference for students to learn in person but keeping them safe as coronavirus cases surge once again.
Under the plan, an individual campus would switch from in-person to hybrid learning, in which students are on campus two days a week and learn virtually the remainder of the week, if the number of active cases there reach a certain percentage of the students and staff there. For elementary schools, it would be 2%, junior highs 1.5% and high schools 1%.
Canyon Valley School, an alternative high school, would require five cases, and the RISE program for junior high school students would require three cases for the switch to be made. The board decided to go with straight numbers at those schools because of their small sizes.
Superintendent Shane McCord will make this decision based on the number of confirmed active COVID-19 cases reported on a weekly basis on the GPS COVID-19 dashboard.
Additionally the entire district would move into the hybrid model of instruction if two out of three guidelines for GPS district boundaries, as published by the Maricopa County Public Health Department, show substantial community transmission—color-coded as red on the department’s dashboard—for two weeks.
Those three benchmarks are for number of cases per 100,000 population, percent positivity in testing and number of COVID-19-like illnesses.
If numbers continue to rise, the governing board could be called into an emergency meeting to move the district from hybrid into virtual learning.
However, if numbers fall over two weeks of hybrid learning, in-person instruction could resume.