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GIPS bringing back mask policy for GI Senior High

Grand Island Senior High School
Grand Island Senior High School(KSNB)
Published: Jan. 12, 2022 at 9:45 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Just after 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Grand Island Public Schools e-mailed a letter out to parents of students at Grand Island Senior High to let them know a mask policy is going back into effect at the school, effective Thursday morning. Here is that letter:

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Dear Islander Families:

We are notifying you that Grand Island Senior has reached and maintained an 8% or higher medical/illness-related absentee rate for the past two school days. In the effort to be proactive, we wanted to bring an important update to your attention:

Effective tomorrow Thursday, January 12, 2022, will be implementing a two-week temporary mandatory mask protocol.

We will reassess the masking requirements on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, to evaluate whether or not the protocol will extend.

At this time, we are continuing with in-person learning. We view the next two weeks to be critical in terms of decreasing the medical/illness-related absentee rate. A temporary period of mandatory masking, we believe, will aid in those efforts and help us continue with keeping schools open for in-person learning.

Being proactive with preventative measures such as temporary mandatory masking wearing, physical distancing when possible, and frequent hand washing are tools we have to support those efforts.

Please note a few additional friendly reminders:

Students and staff that are sick and/or exhibiting symptoms are encouraged to stay at home.

Please refer to the Safe Return to School One Sheeter for more helpful information.

We will continue to monitor the medical/illness absentee rate daily and provide necessary updates to you as needed.

Should you have any questions about school precautions and operations please reach out to your principal(s). For medical-related concerns please contact your primary care provider or CDHD.

The safety of GIPS students remains one of our highest priorities and we appreciate your continued support as we navigate the pandemic.

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Kelli Mayhew of GIPS Communications says this is all in a move to keep the school open in the midst of rising cases and absences within the school district.

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