GICC to move to virtual learning for two weeks

Published: Nov. 16, 2020 at 1:05 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island Central Catholic will be moving to virtual school starting on Tuesday.

Principal Jordan Engle announced the decision via Facebook live on Monday. The plan is to return Monday, Nov. 30. unless a Directed Health Measure prevents that from happening.

“I know that virtual education is not ideal for anybody,” Engle said. “It’s not a situation where we look to go virtual, we don’t want to be virtual but right now we really don’t have a choice. We just don’t have the staff to continue learning.”

He said such a large number of his staff has fallen ill to COVID-19 that there are no longer enough teachers or substitutes to continue in-person learning.

“My staff needs two weeks to get healthy," he said. "Quite a few of the ones who are sick are very ill. We are hoping that these two weeks is what they need to get themselves into better shape.”

Students will be using Google Classroom to attend classes and are asked to check their emails often to keep in contact with their teachers.

During the next two weeks, Engle encouraged his students to stay safe, continue taking precautions and not travel during Thanksgiving break.

“Crusader Nation, I am begging you and imploring you not to travel this Thanksgiving season,” Engle said. “I want school to be open again on the 30th of November. We need these two weeks to get healthy. Getting healthy means we’re not traveling for Thanksgiving and we’re not putting ourselves in a situation where we return from Thanksgiving break with an even greater number of positive cases than we already have.”

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