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Majority of GIPS students to return to in-school classes

Published: Jul. 21, 2020 at 10:33 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The first day of school is less than a month away for Grand Island Public Schools, but the new trimester will not look the same for all of the students.

GIPS will be having in-person classes, but also had the option of a virtual school. The last day to choose that was on Monday and a large majority of parents decided to send their kids back.

Angie Nasr is the mom of two GIPS students; one is at Dodge Elementary and one is getting ready to start Grand Island Senior High.

“I fully support all the students and teachers going back to school,” Nasr said. “I think once they do it, they’re going to find it’s going to work and there isn’t as much to fear.”

Nasr said after she saw how her kids handled e-learning in the spring staying home was not an option for her family.

“The kids went into a depression because they don’t have that social interaction and because of that they didn’t even want to do their online schooling,” she said.

While Nasr isn’t worried about the virus, she’s more concerned that the schools will have to shut down again at some point. GIPS says they hope they don’t have to do that, but they watch the health department’s data every day.

“The virus unfortunately doesn’t give us any heads up and it moves,” Jack Sheard with GIPS Marketing and Communication said. “Our local medical officials here in grand island has been so helpful and the central district health department has been so incredible as a partner to help us make decisions.”

As of right now the year is moving forward as planned and parents have a lot of questions about face coverings and how the day to day will look for students in specific programs.

“Any student that has an individualized education plan, an iep, they will be working with the school team just the same as they always would,” Sheard said. “If that family said we would prefer to virtual school, we would continue to meet with them and develop that plan accordingly.”

GIPS posts answers to their frequently asked questions on their Facebook page. They also encourage parents to continue to submit their questions through their Let’s Talk program.

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