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Mask protocols in effect for all GIPS schools starting Friday

Grand Island Senior High School
Grand Island Senior High School(KSNB)
Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 8:24 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Due to rising medical/illness related absentee rates and confirmed COVID cases, all GIPS buildings will be implementing a five week temporary mandatory masking protocol, effective Friday, January 14.

The district will continue to monitor and evaluate the conditions and provide an update to the community on or before February 18, 2022 with a decision on whether or not the protocol will extend. With these measures in place, the district plans to continue with in-person learning.

”Our goal is to keep our schools open with learning taking place on site. We will continue to monitor — and you never know what to expect as seeing right now with this pandemic,” said Superintendent Dr. Tawana Grover following their Thursday school board meeting.

GIPS says the next weeks are critical in terms of decreasing the medical/illness related absentee rate. A temporary period of mandatory masking in all district schools is expected aid in those efforts and help GIPS continue with keeping all schools open for in-person learning.

GIPS also provided a few additional reminders:

  • Students and staff who are sick and/or exhibiting symptoms are encouraged to stay at home.
  • The temporary mandatory mask protocol includes all district events.
  • Please refer to the Safe Return to School One Sheeter for more helpful information.

The district says its top priority is keeping their buildings as safe as possible so that in-person learning may continue to take place each and every day. If you have any questions about school precautions and operations, you’re asked to reach out to the District Office. For medical related concerns please contact your primary care provider or the Central District Health Department.

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