Frequently Asked Questions COVID-19 Response

Our goal is to do our very best to serve GPS students and our community throughout this pandemic. 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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When will students return to school?

State officials have set the expectation for schools to open with STUDENTS IN THE CLASSROOM this fall. Please review the direct link to the education portion of the press conference ... http://ow.ly/XbM850A9GNF

The beginning of school on August 14th may not look exactly like "normal", but with the Department of Education and local public health resources and guidance, district leadership will continue to work on plans that best fit our community and students. It is our goal that students will be in the classroom with minimal disruptions. Safety will always be the first priority followed by quality education.

Click here to download the 2020-21 school year calendar. At this time, we have every intention of beginning the year according to this Board approved calendar.

Until then, enjoy the rest of your summer - we are so excited to see you this fall!

What happens to activities and events like the summer athletic camps, fall sports, conditioning, etc.?

NSAA regularly provides updates based on current Directed Health Measures. At this time, GHS and GJHS athletes can participate in the weight and conditioning program. Beginning July 1st, we will be able to host athletic camps and we encourage families to follow our district social media for schedules and locations.
It is our hope that fall sports will proceed with limited modifications, but once the NSAA provides guidance, students and families will be provided updates.

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

Breakfast and lunch Grab & Go meals will be available throughout the summer for ALL children, ages 1-18, daily. Pick-ups at Northfield, Lincoln, and Terry Lake Park REGARDLESS of where your child attends.  We will be taking a brief break from offering Grab & Go Meals beginning Monday June 29th through Friday July 17th. Pick-up will resume on Monday, July 20th. 

What are some resources for basic needs support?

  • We are happy to partner with United Way of Western Nebraska and share the Emergency Resources Directory they have compiled and keep updated at: https://www.uwwn.org/emergency-resources                          

Will you be implementing the Extended Campus Learning Plan again this fall?

  • In March, GPS created a GPS EXTENDED CAMPUS LEARNING PLAN to guide the District's implementation of at-home learning during the school closure. This plan covered:
    • District Contact Information
    • Schools Roles & Responsibilities
    • Student Roles & Responsibilities
    • Family Roles & Responsibilities
    • General Guidelines for Distance Learning
    • Suggested Time Frames for Learning During School Closure at Each Level

At this time, it is our plan to have student in classroom for the 2020-21 school year, but it is subject to change based on Directed Health Measures and public health guidance. 

If a need to return to virtual learning is recommended, our schools are set-up with Google platforms for extended campus learning, grade 6-12 parents can learn more about managing this platform by accessing the 2020 Parents Guide to Google Classroom

What if I don't have internet for my household, how would 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, we are happy to connect you with community partners like Allo Communication, Spectrum Internet, Viero Wireless, and/or Vistabeam to help families meet technology needs.

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