For the first time since March students will be walking through the school building doors to begin the 2020-2021 year Monday.

The Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center, Panorama, and West Central Valley school districts are all holding their first day of school Monday and are all using an in-person learning model with the option of individual remote learning for students who had requested it. The three districts have been working with Guthrie County Public Health Director Jotham Arber on preparing for this school year and the possibilities of the schools having to change to a hybrid or 100% online learning model. Arber shares appreciation for what the schools have done, “I would just like to thank all of the teachers and the superintendents and the school boards that are working so diligently right now. I know that it can be very stressful and it can also be very scary for them and for parents and I just want to say that they have been doing an amazing job working with us to make sure the kids that are coming back to school are coming back in a way that is as safe as they possibly can have it.”

Arber adds that all of the districts have received additional personal protective equipment and the school nurses have been trained in how COVID-19 cases would be isolated in a school when faced in that situation.