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GIPS plans for Middle School athletics

Grand Island Public Schools announced that middle school winter sports practices will begin as planned.
Grand Island Public Schools announced that middle school winter sports practices will begin as planned.(KSNB)
Published: Oct. 1, 2020 at 11:36 AM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island Public Schools announced that middle school winter sports practices will begin as planned.

“GIPS recognizes that middle school athletics are important to our students and families. GIPS values safety, education, and providing extracurricular opportunities for students to thrive.”

The district has worked with the middle school activity directors, and they have been meeting since the beginning of June to develop protocols to ensure the safety of middle school athletes during the pandemic. Large numbers of students participating, space issues, transportation, and the ability to clean equipment factored into the decision to cancel fall sports. GIPS is happy to now be able to implement the proposed plan to move forward with winter middle school sports.

GIPS continues to monitor the number of COVID-19 cases in the community, as well as information from a variety of health organizations. GIPS administrators are continually developing protocols to ensure safety such as masks, social distancing, and hygiene while at the same time, looking for ways to begin to allow extracurricular activities."

Board members and district administrators met with booster club members on Monday, Sept. 21 and one of their top three concerns was the need to have athletics started at the middle school level. Middle school coaches, activity directors, and administrators are excited to have students engaged in athletics.

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