Mask mandate begins Wednesday at GICC

Virtual education is an option for families
Published: Aug. 17, 2021 at 5:20 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island Central Catholic students have only been in school for about a week now, and the school is already making changes to its COVID-19 policies.

GICC Principal Jordan Engle sent out a letter to families notifying them that the school will require students to wear face coverings indoors starting Wednesday, August 18. He said it was a difficult decision made by the school board and administration.

In the letter, he said with recent COVID-19 cases climbing at an alarming rate in Grand Island, the school is taking further steps to protect their unvaccinated students.

“Out of respect for families who do not wish to have their children mask, we will make the option of virtual education available,” said Engle. If you choose this option for your student, contact the school to sign them up.

The mask mandate will remain in effect until one of the following criteria are met:

  • Local case counts drop below 50 per 100,000. This information is available through CDC or CDHD
  • School goes 14 consecutive calendar days without a student or staff testing positive

“We understand the emotion this decision is sure to cause,” Engle said. “Trust me when I say that I do not want this for any school. However, we are now in a position where we must do what we can to preserve our school year, our activities, and most importantly the safety of our students. It is my hope this wave diminishes quickly, and we may again lift the masking protocol. In the meantime, please continue to show decency to one another remember the call to love our neighbor in the Gospels.”

Principal Engle said he thanks the medical professionals that have and continue to advise him and the school board during this trying time.

“Our students are resilient, brilliant and intelligent,” he said. “They will make it through this, and our staff will continue to love and care for them during this time as Crusaders.”

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