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GIPS grants mental health days, gives staff Thanksgiving week off

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Published: Nov. 11, 2020 at 8:00 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island Public Schools has announced the approval of mental health days for faculty and staff later this month. In challenging times, the district says it is continually looking for ways to support its staff and students.

With that in mind, the district has extended Thanksgiving break for faculty and staff through November 27 to include mental health days. These days will be treated as paid holidays and will benefit all staff: classified, certified and administrative.

Students will then return to class on December 1.

“The mental health of staff is vital to the overall success of the education they provide," said GIPS Superintendent Dr. Tawana Grover. "It’s imperative that we support our faculty and staff, just as they have supported so many of our students. This past year, we made a point to enhance employee assistance program (EAP) benefits for our teachers. We see this week off as assistance for our educators, who have provided a continuity of learning while simultaneously navigating a pandemic and adjusting to evolving safety protocols.”

“In order to take care of others, you must first take care of yourself," GIPS School Board President Bonnie Hinkle said. "Students cannot receive an education without healthy educators. Our faculty and staff need this time to reset so they can finish the school year by providing the highest quality education for our students.”

Grand Island Public Schools says it is committed to providing the necessary mental health resources for every member of the district, including faculty and staff, during this difficult time.

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