Grand Island Public Schools
123 South Webb Road
Grand Island, NE 68802
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Health and Wellness Services


Optimal learning requires good physical and emotional health. GIPS supports the health and wellbeing of students to include mental, behavioral, and physical health. 

The Grand Island Public Schools is dedicated to providing a healthy environment for our students and staff. The District Wellness Team developed  7190 District Wellness Policy to provide a comprehensive learning environment to practice lifelong wellness behaviors, with the objective of promoting student and staff health and reducing childhood obesity. 

Our school district is a member of one of the country's most extensive childhood wellness and obesity prevention programs, the Action for Healthy Kids Program. Schools can access free tools such as assessments, resources and activities from the Action for Healthy Kids website. The program's free tools and resources can help families, staff, and students make significant changes in the areas of healthy eating, physical activity, social emotional wellness to help create a healthier generation. Parents can access the GIPS Wellness Policy, health and wellness links, Smart Snack Calculator, Healthy Fundraising ideas, and GIPS menus here.

The GIPS health and wellness programs promote the physical and emotional status of students to maximize the educational process. Each school is supported by a nurse, a counselor, and a social worker and the Student Wellness Center located in Grand Island Senior High.

What does a school nurse do?

The school nurse supports the goals of Grand Island Public Schools and Health Services by effectively implementing and managing the school health program which promotes optimal student health in order for students to fully benefit from the school experience.  

  • Utilizes GIPS Health Services Protocols to evaluate students who present with signs and symptoms suggestive of illnesses or injury.  Recognizes those signs and symptoms needing parent notification and/or medical referral. Maintains documentation of health office visits.
  • Administers prescription and over-the-counter medications needed during school hours and documents administration of medication.  
  • Assists with developing and implementing individual health plans for students when appropriate, supporting inclusion of students with special needs.  Attends multidisciplinary team meetings when needed.
  • Communicates with parents, health care provider, principal and school staff regarding student health needs, in accordance with HIPPA and FERPA guidelines for confidentiality.
  • Promotes utilization of primary care and other community resources to establish medical homes promoting the health of children and families. 
  • Monitors student immunizations and physical examinations required by state law for school attendance.  
  • Maintains permanent health records.
  • Conducts annual health screenings, as required by state law, and documents results.
  • Provides prescribed therapy to identified students based on plans developed by GIPS therapists.
  • Promotes a healthy and safe school environment and minimizes the spread of communicable diseases. 

What does a school counselor do?

The GIPS counseling program empowers ll students to reach their potential in the areas of academic, career, personal, and social development.

  • Personal/Social skills
    • Goal setting
    • Safety Skills
    • Crisis response
    • Developmental support
    • Outside referrals
    • Short term individual or group counseling
  • Academic skills
    • School success support
    • Progress monitoring
    • Test and assessment assistance
    • Student advocacy
    • Short term individual or group counseling
  • College/Career Readiness skills
    • Exploration
    • Personal learning plans
    • Work skills
    • Short term individual or group counseling

What does a school social worker (SSW) do?

The SSW serves as a liaison between the school, home, and community agencies building upon a relationship of trust and mutual respect to facilitate problem-solving efforts for at-risk students which will result in increased student social and academic success.

  • Educate and support parents and families to ensure their students are college and career ready.
  • Research and utilize community resources to meet the needs of students and families.
  • Assist students in meeting their educational, social-emotional, and material needs.
  • An integral part of the school team through collaboration, problem solving, and promoting positive interactions.
  • Consistently demonstrates professional practice through the application of social work values, code of ethics, and professional growth

Student Wellness Center

The Student Wellness Center at Grand Island Senior High’s mission is to improve young people’s access to health services by providing comprehensive, convenient mental and physical health care which will result in a healthier student. The Wellness Center is a partnership with CHI St. Francis and is located at GISH. Fees for service are based on ability to pay. 

Students are seen for sports and school physical exams, including immunizations and screening for tuberculosis. Students presenting problems such as poor attendance and grades, family conflict, relationship issues, or feelings of sadness, anxiety or low motivation can meet with the Center’s mental health practitioners.

School Based Health Centers are freestanding entities located on the school premises providing health care at a higher level than can be provided by a school nurse or other school staff. They now exist in over 1,300 schools in the United States.

The Student Wellness Center, established in 1997 located on Lafayette Street (east side of Senior High, next to the School Nurse and Counseling Offices) is operated and staffed by The Physician Network, an affiliate of Saint Francis Medical Health Center. Permission to use the Center must be granted in writing from the parent/guardian. Parents are contacted prior to each use for approval. The SWC is staffed by a Nurse Practitioner, Medical Assistant, and Mental Health Practitioners/Drug and Alcohol Counselors. The Wellness Center is a referral source for the school nurse, school counselors and administrators for those students needing services at a higher level of intervention. Parents can contact the Student Wellness Center directly by calling 384-2265.

Student Wellness Center Consent Form | Spanish

Media Inquiries
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.

Health and Wellness Services


Optimal learning requires good physical and emotional health. GIPS supports the health and wellbeing of students to include mental, behavioral, and physical health. 

The Grand Island Public Schools is dedicated to providing a healthy environment for our students and staff. The District Wellness Team developed  7190 District Wellness Policy to provide a comprehensive learning environment to practice lifelong wellness behaviors, with the objective of promoting student and staff health and reducing childhood obesity. 

Our school district is a member of one of the country's most extensive childhood wellness and obesity prevention programs, the Action for Healthy Kids Program. Schools can access free tools such as assessments, resources and activities from the Action for Healthy Kids website. The program's free tools and resources can help families, staff, and students make significant changes in the areas of healthy eating, physical activity, social emotional wellness to help create a healthier generation. Parents can access the GIPS Wellness Policy, health and wellness links, Smart Snack Calculator, Healthy Fundraising ideas, and GIPS menus here.

The GIPS health and wellness programs promote the physical and emotional status of students to maximize the educational process. Each school is supported by a nurse, a counselor, and a social worker and the Student Wellness Center located in Grand Island Senior High.

What does a school nurse do?

The school nurse supports the goals of Grand Island Public Schools and Health Services by effectively implementing and managing the school health program which promotes optimal student health in order for students to fully benefit from the school experience.  

  • Utilizes GIPS Health Services Protocols to evaluate students who present with signs and symptoms suggestive of illnesses or injury.  Recognizes those signs and symptoms needing parent notification and/or medical referral. Maintains documentation of health office visits.
  • Administers prescription and over-the-counter medications needed during school hours and documents administration of medication.  
  • Assists with developing and implementing individual health plans for students when appropriate, supporting inclusion of students with special needs.  Attends multidisciplinary team meetings when needed.
  • Communicates with parents, health care provider, principal and school staff regarding student health needs, in accordance with HIPPA and FERPA guidelines for confidentiality.
  • Promotes utilization of primary care and other community resources to establish medical homes promoting the health of children and families. 
  • Monitors student immunizations and physical examinations required by state law for school attendance.  
  • Maintains permanent health records.
  • Conducts annual health screenings, as required by state law, and documents results.
  • Provides prescribed therapy to identified students based on plans developed by GIPS therapists.
  • Promotes a healthy and safe school environment and minimizes the spread of communicable diseases. 

What does a school counselor do?

The GIPS counseling program empowers ll students to reach their potential in the areas of academic, career, personal, and social development.

  • Personal/Social skills
    • Goal setting
    • Safety Skills
    • Crisis response
    • Developmental support
    • Outside referrals
    • Short term individual or group counseling
  • Academic skills
    • School success support
    • Progress monitoring
    • Test and assessment assistance
    • Student advocacy
    • Short term individual or group counseling
  • College/Career Readiness skills
    • Exploration
    • Personal learning plans
    • Work skills
    • Short term individual or group counseling

What does a school social worker (SSW) do?

The SSW serves as a liaison between the school, home, and community agencies building upon a relationship of trust and mutual respect to facilitate problem-solving efforts for at-risk students which will result in increased student social and academic success.

  • Educate and support parents and families to ensure their students are college and career ready.
  • Research and utilize community resources to meet the needs of students and families.
  • Assist students in meeting their educational, social-emotional, and material needs.
  • An integral part of the school team through collaboration, problem solving, and promoting positive interactions.
  • Consistently demonstrates professional practice through the application of social work values, code of ethics, and professional growth

Student Wellness Center

The Student Wellness Center at Grand Island Senior High’s mission is to improve young people’s access to health services by providing comprehensive, convenient mental and physical health care which will result in a healthier student. The Wellness Center is a partnership with CHI St. Francis and is located at GISH. Fees for service are based on ability to pay. 

Students are seen for sports and school physical exams, including immunizations and screening for tuberculosis. Students presenting problems such as poor attendance and grades, family conflict, relationship issues, or feelings of sadness, anxiety or low motivation can meet with the Center’s mental health practitioners.

School Based Health Centers are freestanding entities located on the school premises providing health care at a higher level than can be provided by a school nurse or other school staff. They now exist in over 1,300 schools in the United States.

The Student Wellness Center, established in 1997 located on Lafayette Street (east side of Senior High, next to the School Nurse and Counseling Offices) is operated and staffed by The Physician Network, an affiliate of Saint Francis Medical Health Center. Permission to use the Center must be granted in writing from the parent/guardian. Parents are contacted prior to each use for approval. The SWC is staffed by a Nurse Practitioner, Medical Assistant, and Mental Health Practitioners/Drug and Alcohol Counselors. The Wellness Center is a referral source for the school nurse, school counselors and administrators for those students needing services at a higher level of intervention. Parents can contact the Student Wellness Center directly by calling 384-2265.

Student Wellness Center Consent Form | Spanish

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