Grand Island Public Schools
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Grand Island, NE 68802
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GIPS October COVID Protocol Update


We are already more than two months into school, and are pleased to share that Grand Island Public Schools are still open and students are still learning! As we look forward to the next quarter, we are already starting to feel the excitement around the holidays. We can’t think of a better way to commemorate the occasion than by welcoming families to our buildings for holiday concerts and the Mary Poppins musical.

Even with all the budding holiday cheer, our top priority is maintaining safe learning environments throughout the district.

Grand Island Public Schools continues to navigate this unique year and the challenges the pandemic brings. With that in mind, GIPS is committed to providing an update for staff, families and community no later than October 25.

The current protocols as outlined in the GIPS Safe Return to School Plan will continue, including universal mask wearing while inside all GIPS buildings.

When implementing any changes in protocols such as masks, Grand Island Public Schools considers the community safety threshold along with other data impacting schools such as illnesses, absences, and/or hospitalizations. 

In making the decision to continue requiring masks inside all GIPS buildings, GIPS reviewed local data. As of October 20, there were 224 cases per 100,000 population over the previous seven days. The GIPS Safe Return to School Plan defines substantial transmission as 50 cases per 100,000.

The GIPS COVID-19 Dashboard is available here.

GIPS is committed to providing another update earlier or no later than January 4, 2022.

As a reminder, last week the GIPS Board of Education approved a calendar change for the upcoming fall break. November 22 and 23 will now be mental health days for staff and students, which extends fall break. Fall break will now be November 22-26, 2021. There will be no school on those days. In addition, students will not have school on Monday, November 29, as it is a professional development day for staff.

Thank you for helping GIPS maintain a safe learning environment so students can continue to learn, grow and thrive.

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