Grand Island Public School responds to leaked student survey results

Dr. Grover said that actions that involve the release of private student information stands no chance in their district.
Published: Apr. 19, 2022 at 12:15 AM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island Public Schools fired varsity boys soccer coach Jeremy Jensen last Thursday for releasing images of survey results from students in the district via Facebook. Those images depicted a bad culture in the district and relayed that teachers were leaving the district at an alarming rate.

GIPS hosted a press conference Monday to address the release of the information where the school board president, vice president and superintendent spoke on the district’s concerns for its students and staff. They also noted that they have zero tolerance when it comes to the release of confidential student records.

School Board President Lisa Albers said it can be difficult as it is to get some students to write down how they’re feeling on a survey — like the one that was released by Jensen.

“I think it’s worth noting that sometimes on these surveys students put very, very personal information,” Albers said. “We’ve actually saved a student from possibly committing suicide from these surveys so, it is very sensitive information and something that we do really want to hold safe.”

Also during the conference the board members confirmed Jensen’s statement on the drastic loss of employees in the district, saying 122 of their staff have resigned from GIPS in the last year alone. In the 2020-2021 academic year, the school experienced a resignation of 117.

Dr. Grover said that actions that involve the release of private student information stands no chance in their district.

“We want our parents to know that grand island public schools takes their students’ information very seriously and we continue to take a zero tolerance approach to the unauthorized distribution of student information,” Grover said.

Grover also noted during the conference, with GIPS being a recipient of federal funding, their district is required to follow student

confidentiality and privacy laws. She also noted that every GIPS employee is expected to

keep student records confidential and should know better than to share individual student information outside of the school setting.

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