Frequently Asked Questions COVID-19 Response

We understand that this is an unprecedented time in our world right now. Our goal is to do our very best to serve GPS students and our community throughout this health crisis. Information changes frequently, but please know that our decisions are weighed thoughtfully and in collaboration with public health officials and our education and civic partners. 

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How long will students be out of school?

After consultation with COVID-19 Unified Command, it has been determined that all schools in the Nebraska Panhandle will be closed through May 1st, with the possibility of schools being closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. This decision will be re-evaluated as circumstances change, with parents and families updated accordingly and extended, as needed.

If students are out for an extended period will they have to make up days?

This is a very unique situation happening in our country and globally. We are receiving frequent communication and guidelines from the Nebraska Department of Education about expectations and shared decisions for Nebraska educators. This decision will likely be made on a Statewide level. 

How do we access food for our children if we need it?

Beginning, Wednesday, March 18 breakfast and lunch Grab & Go meals will be available for ALL children, ages 1-18, daily. Pick-ups at Northfield and Lincoln REGARDLESS of where your child attends.  Feel free to utilize this resource AS NEEDED for your children. Click here to tell us more about the needs of your family. 

What are some resources for basic needs support?

Food Resources:   

    Gering

  • Gering Public Schools:  Grab & Go meals (breakfast and lunch) pickup 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Northfield Elementary (front door) and Lincoln Elementary (South door off "Q" Street) Monday through Friday.  Open to all kids aged 1-18.
  • CAPWN, 308.630.3089 - 3350 N. 10th Street, Gering 
  • Carpenter Center:  116 Terry Blvd. 635-8422 Monday-Friday Community Meals Canceled until further notice
  • Gering Methodist Church:  900 O St. 436-2320, Soup Kitchen Meals Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Grab & Go style meals
  • Bluffs Bar and Grill:  3388 10th St. 308-575-0855 Sack Lunches.  Open to those in need.
  • Oregon Trail Roundhouse:  310 M St 308-633-6868 Free Sack lunches.  Beginning at 10:30 a.m. daily until gone.  No age or income restrictions.
                             

     Scottsbluff 

  • Scottsbluff Public Schools:  Grab & go meals for kids 18 and younger beginning 3/18. One household member per family to pick up all meals based on the school the oldest attends.  If your oldest goes to child goes to Roosevelt, Longfellow, Lake Minatare or Roosevelt Preschool, you can pick up the food inside Elementary Monday and Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  If your families oldest attends Bluffs Middle School, Lincoln Heights, Scottsbluff High, Westmoor, ReConnect, CHOICES, Bear Cub Preschool Stadium location, Lifelinks, ESU Meridian, your pickup location is at the West Gym/Cafeteria Entry at Bluffs Middle School on Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 a.m to 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • First Baptist Church:  3009 Ave I 635-2548 Breakfast, Sundays 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • First Presbyterian Church:  101 E. 20th St.  Soup Kitchen Meals Thursdays 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Grab & Go Meals
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Church:  1102 12th Ave 632-2845, Soup Kitchen Meals Mondays 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Grab & Go Meals. Pantry open 8-noon Saturday only
  • Potter's Wheel:  118 E. Overland 633-2888, Food Pantry Tuesday & Thursday 1-3 p.m. (last voucher accepted at 2:45 p.m.).  May use pantry once every thirty days. Agency referral needed. Due to referring churches closures, in-house vouchers are available at Potter's Wheel
  • 16th Empire: 1605 Avenue A 308-633-4155 Sack lunches

Rent, utilities, prescription and medical assistance:

  • CAPWN, 308.630.3089 - 3350 N. 10th Street, Gering                                 

How will the Extended Campus Learning Plan work to continue education for my child at home?

Extended Campus Learning will begin for students on Monday, March 30th. 

Our schools are set-up with Google platforms for extended campus learning, grade 6-12 parents can begin learning more about this platform by accessing the 2020 Parents Guide to Google Classroom

My child has never done virtual learning before, what if he/she struggles with online delivery?

Much of this is new to ALL of us. We understand that there is going to be a lot of learning and adjusting as we move forward with extended campus learning. Communication is key! If your students (or you) are struggling with this, please be sure to share your concerns on your weekly individual calls with teachers. If you are having trouble reaching GPS staff, please contact .   

What if I don't have internet for my household, how can my child do the Extended Campus Learning?

We understand that family's access to internet and technology can vary. If you do have technology available but lack internet access, Spectrum is offering free internet during school shut downs for 60 days - for more information you can call 1-844-488-8395. Allo is offering free and discounted internet during school shut downs, call 877-935-6005 for information. School staff will be calling to assess individual family's needs and help with ideas for enrichment if technology is not an option.  

My child left something at his/her school. Can I get back in to get those items?

At this time, we want to adhere to social distancing guidelines set forth by public health officials. GPS buildings are closed to students at this time.

My child really needs a touch point with a teacher or administrator during this extended absence. Will someone from the school contact my child?

GPS students are our #1 priority during this crisis. We know schedules and routines are important for students and that this disruption in daily contact with our teachers and staff can be difficult. Our goal is to have regular phone and/or email communication individually with families - especially during these first two weeks. If there is a specific teacher that your child really needs to hear from, please contact  and we will help you make that important connection. 

What happens to activities and events like the school musical, prom, and graduation?

  • NSAA provided updated information and shared that all statewide activities and competitions have been suspended through Thursday, April 2nd and will continue to be evaluated beyond that.
  • We understand that students practice many hours for things like the musical and it's disappointing that normal activities like prom may not happen. However, social distancing guidelines are being followed to protect our entire community. We plan to work in coordination directly with public health frequently, but cannot provide a timeline at this point.  

My child is a senior, will he/she still graduate in May?

The Nebraska Department of Education is coordinating efforts with Districts to keep students on a path to graduate. This is an unprecedented situation, but comments from NDE and the Governor's Office indicate that every effort will be made to advance students.

How do I talk to my child(ren) about Coronavirus?

The CDC provides helpful resources to address this topic with your child. Parents, family members, school staff and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate and minimizes anxiety. General principles for talking to children include:

Local 24/7 Numbers: Panhandle Public Health District 308-262-5764 and Scotts Bluff County Health District 308-630-1580

  • Remain calm and reassuring
  • Make yourself available to listen and talk
  • Avoid language that might blame others
  • Pay attention to what children see or hear on tv, radio or online
  • Provide information that is honest and accurate
  • Teach children that everyday actions can reduce the spread of germs

Additional resources: Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring the New CoronavirusHelping children cope with stress during the 2019-nCoV Outbreak

Please email your questions to communication@geringschools.net

Gering Public Schools
1519 10th Street Gering, NE 69341
Phone: 308-436-3125
Fax: 308-436-4301