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GICC won’t require masks for school year

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Published: Aug. 6, 2021 at 5:43 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - School will be back in session next week for Grand Island Central Catholic. And like most school districts across the country, the school is announcing its plans for the return to the school year.

GICC Principal Jordan Engle posted a Facebook message Friday announcing the final updates on COVID policies going into the year.

He said masks and COVID-19 vaccinations will not be required, but highly encouraged.

Students 12 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine at school on August 12. You can find the perfmission form HERE.

The school will continue to sanitize classrooms.

He added that if state or local guidelines change, GICC will modify its policies. The administration and school board are in constant contact with local and state physicians to assist in difficult decisions.

Read in full below:

Mr. Engle -

Final updates on GICC’s Covid policies going into the school year...

*Masks are not required but are highly encouraged. Masks will be available in the school office for students. Students are welcome to bring their own. Masks with offensive, inappropriate, or sacrilegious materials will not be allowed.

*We will continue to sanitize classroom surfaces more than usual. Twice per day, classrooms will be sanitized by custodial staff, and desks will be wiped with disinfectant.

*Vaccines are not required but are highly encouraged. Please contact a trusted physician for more information about vaccine safety and effectiveness. Students 12 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine at school on August 12th.

*Should state or local guidelines change, we will modify our policies. The administration and school board are in constant contact with local and state physicians to assist in difficult decisions.

With feedback from many parties in mind, we want families to make decisions they are most comfortable with! The most important guideline to start the school year is to be kind to everyone regardless of their choices. No mistreatment of any student or staff member for vaccine or mask choices will be tolerated!

On a personal note - I’m so happy to see students back in the building today! Our renewed focus on improving instruction, management, logistics, and communication will allow us to have a great school year. From this point forward, assume no news is good news. Covid updates distract from our goals as a school, so we will remain with these policies until we say otherwise! Let’s focus on having a great school year!

Please contact me with any questions!

-Mr. Engle

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