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GIPS continues universal masking policy

(Hailey Mach, KSNB)
Published: Oct. 25, 2021 at 4:59 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island Public Schools released a COVID-19 Protocol update on Friday, where the district announced it would continue its masking policy.

The district said it’s pleased to still be open and have students learning with more than two months into the school year.

Even with all the upcoming holiday cheer, GIPS said its top priority is maintaining safe learning environments throughout the district.

Grand Island Public Schools continues to navigate this unique year and the challenges the pandemic brings.

The current protocols as outlined in the GIPS Safe Return to School Plan will continue, including universal mask wearing while inside all GIPS buildings.

When implementing any changes in protocols such as masks, Grand Island Public Schools said it considers the community safety threshold along with other data impacting schools such as illnesses, absences, and/or hospitalizations.

In making the decision to continue requiring masks inside all GIPS buildings, GIPS reviewed local data. As of October 20, there were 224 cases per 100,000 population over the previous seven days. The GIPS Safe Return to School Plan defines substantial transmission as 50 cases per 100,000.

The GIPS COVID-19 Dashboard is available here.

GIPS is committed to providing another update earlier or no later than January 4, 2022.

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