GIPS announces COVID-19 district dashboard

Published: Sep. 5, 2020 at 5:09 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island Public Schools has announced a public COVID-19 dashboard on the district website that will be updated at the end of each week. The dashboard will include data from the Central District Health Department on the number of positive COVID-19 cases among GIPS students and staff, along with quarantined individuals in the district. The weekly data will be tracked from Friday through Thursday.

“We want to keep our lines of communication open, and this dashboard will help us do that,” said GIPS superintendent Dr. Tawana Grover. “We are doing everything we can to manage COVID-19 in our district in order to keep our schools open. We thank our families for trusting us as we continue to navigate this pandemic.”

The dashboard helps to provide transparency, allowing families and the community to monitor COVID-19 cases alongside the district. It does not determine the decision about moving to different models, such as Select or Remote.The district will need to consider a number of factors in making a decision to change models.

Safety protocols remain critical to combating COVID-19 for the district. GIPS has found that reducing the level of risk by limiting large crowds and group gatherings, wearing masks, quarantining and contact tracing are key factors to help keep schools open.

GIPS will continue to work alongside the CDHD to have updated information in understanding COVID-19 activity in the district and the community.

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