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GIPS Models for Reopening

"GIPS Reimagined" is a guide to opening Grand Island Public Schools for the 2020-2021 school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The intention is to be in GIPS Reimagined; we strive to have all kids safely in school. The goal is to start with GIPS Reimagined in the fall. GIPS will work with the Central District Health Department (CDHD), local medical officials, local and state leaders, the Nebraska Department of Education and others in making decisions on which model to be in, as well as if a need arises to move from one model to another, all based on the community context of Grand Island and Directed Health Measures (DHM) for Hall County.

  • To view the full GIPS Reimagined guide, click here.


Majority of students are served onsite, with the option of Virtual as determined by district guidelines

This model assumes school will open under safety guidelines, with some restrictions and slight capacity reductions. Most students will be served onsite, some will be served online and others will be served through a combination of onsite and online. All student placements are to be approved by GIPS on an individual basis. Parents will be engaged in the decision making to determine which students are served via Virtual School.


Specific predetermined programs and services will be onsite, others will be served remotely via eLearning

This model assumes capacity will be heavily restricted due to social distancing expectations. GIPS will determine a specific set of programs and services to be served onsite. These will be experiences most in need of being delivered hands-on, with in-person instruction and support. Others will be served remotely online.


Due to restrictions all students are taught remotely via eLearning

Based on conditions and restrictions, this model would be in place if no students or too low of a number of programs or services could be provided onsite. All students would receive services remotely via eLearning.

Virtual School and eLearning

All models involve some GIPS students taking part in eLearning. There are two types of eLearning:

  • Traditional: Experience for students based on the model the district is operating in. If the district moves from GIPS Reimagined Model to either GIPS Select Model or GIPS Remote Model, students will transition to the eLearning described in the eLearning section on pages 46-59.
  • Virtual: Experience requested by parents for students to utilize eLearning even when the district has students on campus. If parents/guardians request Virtual for their students, the experience described on pages 33-45 represents the experience they can expect, no matter which model the district is in.

Parents need to request the Virtual School option by July 17 via this online form. (Spanish form)

All students are on the same schedule, whether Traditional or Virtual; if the district changes schedules, it changes for all students.


Based on feedback from students, parents and staff, the district has made improvements to the eLearning experience. These improvements are outlined in detail in the booklet, including:

  • Classroom management and engagement tools
  • Attendance and engagement requirements and monitoring expectations
  • Instructional days, hours and schedules
  • Grading in place
  • Teacher office hours for online interaction with students and parents

Transportation request

GIPS will continue to provide transportation, with a few adjustments as noted on page 19.

Students will be expected to register for district-provided transportation via this online form by Aug. 1, 2020. (Spanish form.)

Safety protocols

The book outlines all the protocols the district is taking to reopen schools in each model. Here are a few of the highlights (more details throughout the booklet):

  • Face coverings required by everyone in buildings
  • Enhanced hand-washing expectations
  • Social distancing
  • Redesigned classrooms
  • Isolation rooms for students with symptoms
  • Enhanced cleaning expectations
  • Parents will perform daily monitoring of symptoms
  • Screenings will take place for all visitors
  • Temperature checks will be conducted every day for all visitors
  • Visitors will be kept to a minimum
  • Students will be screened when arriving (in GIPS Select Model only)
  • COVID-19 Symptom Response Team developed for each school to work with parents if students have symptoms or test positive
  • No water fountains in operation; water bottle filling stations are installed in all schools

What is the best way to contact my principal or teacher?

The best way to contact any individual staff member during this situation is via email. All staff emails are listed in the online Staff Directory.

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