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Grand Island, NE 68802
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March 17 update: eLearning plan, meals, wireless

Grand Island Public Schools will continue to provide frequent updates with important information. There is a lot of important information included in this update, so we apologize for the length. As always, if you have questions about any of it, reach out to us via our Let’s Talk tool.

GIPS eLearning

At-home education, or eLearning as we will refer to it, will begin on Monday, March 23. To get this process in place, the GIPS team has been working to make sure all materials are ready for students. 

School principals will be contacting parents on Wednesday to let you know the plan for you to come to school later this week to pick up the needed materials. We are looking to have everything ready for you on Friday. Your principal will give details on what times to come to the school.

We have received a lot of questions about what eLearning will look like for GIPS students. We want to explain our expectations for students and parents throughout this process. As Dr. Grover said in an earlier communication, we will be asking parents and families to be partners in education for our students like never before. We are thankful to have this opportunity.

Here are the roles and responsibilities for students:

  • Establish daily routines for engaging in the learning experiences.
  • Identify a space in your home where you can work effectively and successfully.
  • Identify a space in your home where you can participate in live online learning. During live online learning, sit at a table and wear school appropriate dress.
  • Monitor online platforms daily.
  • Engage in all learning with academic honesty.
  • Communicate proactively with your teachers if you cannot meet deadlines or require additional support.

Here are the roles and responsibilities for parents:

  • Establishing routines and expectations.
  • Defining the physical space for your child to study.
  • Monitoring communications from your child’s teachers.
  • Beginning and ending each day with a check-in.
  • Taking an active role in helping your child process his/her learning.
  • Establishing times for quiet and reflection.
  • Encouraging physical activity and/or exercise.
  • Remaining mindful of your child’s stress or worry.
  • Monitoring how much time your child is spending online.
  • Keeping your child social, but set rules around their social media interactions.

Parents are not alone. Our teachers and principals will be helping you as you go through this. We don’t have a timeline for returning to school, so we are taking the needed steps to ensure our kids continue to learn.

Families will receive more information and guidance for eLearning as we move forward.

Wireless internet

Spectrum will provide 60 days of free home wi-fi internet access with no contract required. To take advantage, parents need to call 1-844-488-8395 (it is not set up in the local office). This is not a GIPS service, we are simply passing along the opportunity. 

Free meals

A reminder we have free meals for kids of all schools and all ages, 1-18, available at seven locations in town. Meals are available for pick up from 11 a.m. to noon each day, Monday through Friday. We served 885 meals today on the first day they were available. We provide a lunch and breakfast when you come. You can pick up meals for all the kids in your house without them being present. Sites are:

  • Walnut Middle School; 1600 N. Custer Ave.; Door 23 (east entrance)
  • Knickrehm Elementary; 2013 N. Oak St.
  • Seedling Mile Elementary; 3208 East Seedling Mile Rd.
  • Dodge Elementary; 641 S. Oak St.
  • Howard Elementary; 502 W. 9th St.
  • Lincoln Elementary; 805 N. Beal St.
  • Starr Elementary; 1800 S. Adams St.

Social distancing:

Please remember to practice social distancing. The reason we closed school is because keeping the people from having contact with one another is the best way to prevent the spread of the virus. We are asking for your help with this.

Grand Island: Better and stronger together!

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308-385-5900 ex. 201127