GIPS “starting strong” with temporary mask policy

Published: Aug. 10, 2021 at 5:56 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The first day of school is right around the corner in the Tri-Cities and schools are announcing their safety plan for the new year.

While many districts seem to agree on allowing for social distancing and sanitizing, mask policies are different from place to place.

Grand Island Public Schools just recently announced they will be requiring them to start the year.

“Families they want their kids to be at school more than anything,” GIPS Superintendent Dr. Tawana Grover said. “I know we have different opinions and there’s a lot of emotions around masking and quite frankly all of us are just kind of worn down with the pandemic and hoping things would be better.”

She said as of right now, it’s only definite for the first month. They hope to remove the policy when cases of COVID-19 drop again.

“Our goal is to start strong so we can finish strong,” Dr. Grover said. “We certainly hope we are not in masks for the entire school year. That’s going to take collective efforts in our community so we can continue to get that transmission number down because we are following that and it does impact decisions we have to make within our schools.”

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