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GISH To Be "Cell Phone Free" School Starting in January

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November 10, 2023

An important update is coming to Grand Island Senior High that will impact the day-to-day experience for all students and staff next semester. 

Starting January 3rd, 2024, GISH will not allow the use of Personal Electronic Devices, such as cell phones, at school. 

What will that mean?

  • From 8:05 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. all cell phones and personal electronic devices must be in backpacks or pockets, out of sight.

  • Accommodations will be made for students that require a personal electronic device for medical assistance.

  • All changes will be consistent with district Policy 8456.

We have seen at GISH that cell phones, earbuds and other personal electronic devices do not serve a helpful academic purpose. We have a responsibility to respond to the growing issues of cyberbullying and fostering healthy hallways and classrooms. 

To better ensure the safety and emotional well-being of all students, we have made the decision to be a “cell phone free” school starting in January 2024.

We wanted to share this information as early as possible so that students, families, and staff may know the efforts we are taking to ensure all students have a safe and predictable learning environment.

We also invite our Islander families to join us in our efforts to minimize the use of Personal Electronic Devices by supporting our teachers and having conversations about this with their students at home. 

Our top priority has always been providing impactful learning opportunities for our students.  At Grand Island Senior High, we believe part of that process includes more consistent and strict monitoring of cell phone and mobile device use.

We will be sharing more information and resources in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Mr. Gilbertson, GISH Executive Principal, our Assistant Principal, Mr. Hubbard, an Academy Principal, or Academy Counselor.  Questions may also be shared by calling the GISH office at 308.385.5950.