Grand Island Public Schools
123 South Webb Road
Grand Island, NE 68802
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7160 – Citizenship


The Grand Island Public Schools supports the importance of students developing knowledge of our nation's history, government, geography, and economic system. The social studies courses shall include and adequately stress contributions of all ethnic groups to:

  1. The development and growth of America into a great nation; 
  2. Art, music, education, medicine, literature, science, politics, and government; and
  3. The military in all this nation's wars. 

All grades below the sixth grade shall devote at least one hour per week to exercises or teaching periods for the following purpose:

  1. The discussion of noteworthy events pertaining to American history or the exceptional acts of individuals and groups of Americans; 
  2. The historical background, memorization, and singing of patriotic songs such as the Star-Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful; 
  3. The development of respect for the American flag as a symbol of freedom and the sacrifices of those who secured that freedom; and
  4. Instruction as to proper conduct in the presentation of the American flag.

In at least two of the three grades from the fifth-grade to the eighth-grade time shall be set aside for the teaching of American history from the social studies curriculum, which shall give students the opportunity to:

  1. Become competent, responsible, patriotic, and civil citizens who possess a deep understanding of and respect for both the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Nebraska; and 
  2. Prepare to preserve, protect, and defend freedom and democracy in our nation and our world. 

In at least two high school courses time shall be devoted to the teaching of civics and American history as outlined in the social studies standards adopted by the Nebraska Department of Education, in which specific attention shall be given to the following matters:

  1. The Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, the Constitution of Nebraska, and the structure and function of local government in this state;
  2. The benefits and advantages of representative government, the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in our government, and the dangers and fallacies of forms of government that restrict individual freedoms or possess antidemocratic ideals such as, but not limited to, Nazism and communism; 
  3. The duties of citizenship, which include active participation in the improvement of a citizen's community, state, country, and world, and the value and practice of civil discourse between opposing interests; and 
  4. The application of knowledge in civics, history, economics, financial literacy, and geography to address societal issues.
  5. The development and use of formative, interim, and summative assessments to measure student mastery of the social studies standards adopted by the Nebraska Department of Education.

Appropriate patriotic exercises suitable to the occasion shall be held under the direction of the superintendent or designee on George Washington's birthday, Abraham Lincoln's birthday, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, Native American Heritage Day, Constitution Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving Day, or on the day or week preceding or following such holiday, if the school is in session.

Legal Reference:
Nebraska Statute 79-724

Policy Adopted 3-5-84
Policy Revised  5-8-03
Policy Revised: 01.20.2017
Policy Revised:  11.14.2019

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Jack Sheard, Marketing & Communications
308-385-5900 Ext. 1127
Grand Island Public Schools
123 South Webb Road
Grand Island, NE 68802
Your Legacy.
Their Opportunity.

Enhancing opportunities by seeking and securing resources for projects, scholarships and programs.

Access digital copies of our district flyers.

Improving school-to-home communication by distribute school flyers directly to families digitally.

7160 – Citizenship


The Grand Island Public Schools supports the importance of students developing knowledge of our nation's history, government, geography, and economic system. The social studies courses shall include and adequately stress contributions of all ethnic groups to:

  1. The development and growth of America into a great nation; 
  2. Art, music, education, medicine, literature, science, politics, and government; and
  3. The military in all this nation's wars. 

All grades below the sixth grade shall devote at least one hour per week to exercises or teaching periods for the following purpose:

  1. The discussion of noteworthy events pertaining to American history or the exceptional acts of individuals and groups of Americans; 
  2. The historical background, memorization, and singing of patriotic songs such as the Star-Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful; 
  3. The development of respect for the American flag as a symbol of freedom and the sacrifices of those who secured that freedom; and
  4. Instruction as to proper conduct in the presentation of the American flag.

In at least two of the three grades from the fifth-grade to the eighth-grade time shall be set aside for the teaching of American history from the social studies curriculum, which shall give students the opportunity to:

  1. Become competent, responsible, patriotic, and civil citizens who possess a deep understanding of and respect for both the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Nebraska; and 
  2. Prepare to preserve, protect, and defend freedom and democracy in our nation and our world. 

In at least two high school courses time shall be devoted to the teaching of civics and American history as outlined in the social studies standards adopted by the Nebraska Department of Education, in which specific attention shall be given to the following matters:

  1. The Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, the Constitution of Nebraska, and the structure and function of local government in this state;
  2. The benefits and advantages of representative government, the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in our government, and the dangers and fallacies of forms of government that restrict individual freedoms or possess antidemocratic ideals such as, but not limited to, Nazism and communism; 
  3. The duties of citizenship, which include active participation in the improvement of a citizen's community, state, country, and world, and the value and practice of civil discourse between opposing interests; and 
  4. The application of knowledge in civics, history, economics, financial literacy, and geography to address societal issues.
  5. The development and use of formative, interim, and summative assessments to measure student mastery of the social studies standards adopted by the Nebraska Department of Education.

Appropriate patriotic exercises suitable to the occasion shall be held under the direction of the superintendent or designee on George Washington's birthday, Abraham Lincoln's birthday, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, Native American Heritage Day, Constitution Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving Day, or on the day or week preceding or following such holiday, if the school is in session.

Legal Reference:
Nebraska Statute 79-724

Policy Adopted 3-5-84
Policy Revised  5-8-03
Policy Revised: 01.20.2017
Policy Revised:  11.14.2019

.pdf Version

Media Inquiries
Jack Sheard, Marketing & Communications
308-385-5900 Ext. 1127
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