70 GISH students go to remote learning

About 70 students in a special Grand Island program are going to remote learning.
About 70 students in a special Grand Island program are going to remote learning.(KOLNKGIN)
Published: Dec. 3, 2020 at 6:04 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - A positive COVID-19 test by a staff member for a special Grand Island Public Schools program forced about 70 high school students to switch to remote learning for the next two weeks.

GIPS announced late Thursday that students in the Ombudsman program will go to remote learning for the rest of the semester after a staff member tested positive.

According to the GIPS website, the Ombudsman program provides alternative education for “70 middle and high school students who are credit deficient or who are at risk of dropping out of school. Students work within a flexible schedule with morning and afternoon sessions.”

The district is working in conjunction with the Central District Health Department to conduct contact tracing. On-site courses for the program will continue on Jan. 5.

“There are still challenges with COVID-19 and we’re adapting to face them,” said GIPS Superintendent Dr. Tawana Grover.

No other GIPS campuses are impacted at this time.

In a prepared statement the Grand Island Public Schools said they continue to “deploy and refine safety protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We appreciate the ongoing commitment from the community to keep our students and staff safe and our schools open.”

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