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Grand Island Public Schools finalize back to school plan

Published: Jul. 30, 2021 at 7:56 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - With school less than 12 days away for the Grand Island Public School District, they announced its final plan for masks in a press conference on Friday.

Earlier this month, the district sent out a draft of its return-to-school plan with a survey attached for parents to give feedback. In this plan, masks are encouraged but optional, unless transmission rates succeed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

Superintendent Dr. Tawana Grover said an overwhelming majority of parents were comfortable with the plan as written including mask wearing being contingent upon transmission and requiring elementary school students to wear masks.

“The finalized plan is reflective of the feedback that we’ve received but it also balances the new information and the concerns of the Covid-19 variants,” Grover said.

Since the Central District happens to be above that 50 per 100,000 threshold at about 54 per 100,000 cases as of this week, the district isn’t making any promises on masks being optional by the time school starts.

“We will again continue to monitor those numbers alongside of the Central District Health Department but if they were above that 50 per hundred thousand, it does trigger that conversation for us to look at our safety protocols and whether or not we will have the option to maintain the protocol of students and staff being unmasked.”

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