Gering Public Schools, along with the Board of Education, want to openly and proactively address the Thursday, July 15 Town Hall Forum hosted by Governor Pete Ricketts regarding the draft Health Education Standards proposed by the Nebraska Department of Education.
First, we acknowledge that parents and guardians are the primary educators of their own children. We also wholeheartedly believe that the educational partnership is enriched when schools and families work together in support of students. Our district continues to monitor and await the revised health standards. According to information available on the NDE website, a second Public Input Survey will be available when Draft #2 of the standards are released later this summer. Nebraska school districts are not required to adopt the final draft of the standards; it is a decision that lives at the local school board level.
We want to assure Gering Public School families that Gering Public Schools have no plans to revise or adopt health standards for the upcoming 21-22 school year. As with any change in curriculum, the Board of Education and district administration thoughtfully weighs what is best for all students and welcomes family engagement and patron comments during Board meetings, held the 3rd Monday of each month.