The Board of Education adopted the Kansas State Department of Education Schools Gating Criteria, which is part of the state’s Navigating Change document for schools. The gating criteria is a tool to help districts determine when to implement different learning environments in response to COVID-19 activity within communities.
The Kansas Schools Gating Criteria was created with input from education, medical and public health professionals from across the state. The guidance is divided into four levels – green, yellow, orange, and red – with red indicating the need to implement the most restrictive learning environment.
The levels are – green (on-site); yellow (pre-K-5, on-site/hybrid, and sixth through 12th grade, hybrid); orange (pre-K-5, on-site/hybrid, and sixth through 12th grade, remote only); and red (remote only).
There are five sections within the gating criteria:
- Building Gating Criteria – student absenteeism based on building level average daily attendance compared to the previous year
- Community Gating Criteria – two-week county percent positive case rate (% positive tests / all tests performed
- Community Gating Criteria – two-week cumulative county incidence rate (# new cases / 100K over prior two weeks)
- Community Gating Criteria – trend in county incidence rate
- Community Gating Criteria – local / referring hospital capacity
Data is published by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment with the exception of student absenteeism (district data) and ICU bed capacity. For ICU bed capacity as of November 12, the committee is using the data published by Mid-America Regional Council as it more accurately reflects the reality of ICU bed capacity and available medical staff on the Kansas side of the metro area. COVID-19 data published by KDHE is updated fequently and may change week to week.
Each metric is assigned a score.
- Green= 1
- Yellow = 2
- Orange = 3
- Red = 4
The scores for the metrics are averaged and rounded to the nearest whole number to determine the overall color category.