Gering Bulldog Bulletin

Back To School, Summer 2021

School Starts August 13!

Welcome back, Bulldogs! We are excited to begin a new school year on Friday, August 13th!


School News

Watch for information from your specific school principals in the next 2 weeks!


Orientations

  • 6th Grade Orientation: August 12 from 10 a.m. to Noon
  • Freshman Orientation: August 12 from 9 to 11 a.m.
  • GHS/WNCC Orientation: August 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. @ WNCC Performing Arts Auditorium (For students taking DUAL CREDIT COURSES ONLY - INCLUDING those taught by a GHS instructor)


Open Houses

We invite Gering families to meet your teacher(s), drop off school supplies, locate classrooms and explore school buildings during our district Open House night on Thursday, August 12. The building schedules are outlined below:

  • Preschool (Lincoln & Northfield): August 11 from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Elementary (Geil, Lincoln, Northfield): August 12 from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Gering Junior High: August 12 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Gering High School: August 12 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.


**Please note: GPS is hosting an ONSITE COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic during the Gering High School Open House. This is for available for:

  • GPS students age 12 or older
  • GPS staff
  • Staff or Student Family Members


School Supply Lists

Supply lists are posted on the District website (CLICK HERE). Supply lists for Gering High School will be provided by individual instructors once classes begin. GHS students are encouraged to bring a few notebooks, folders and writing utensils when they begin classes.

Back To School Roadmap for 21-22

We continue to work closely with the Panhandle Public Health Department as we plan for the 2021-22 school year and COVID-19 guidelines. Please know this is a process we take extremely seriously, and we want to ensure decisions are based on as current information possible, to best serve and protect all students and staff at Gering Public Schools.


To that end, we encourage GPS families to download our Safe Schools Roadmap for 21-22. This plan outlines our layered prevention protocols for the school year. Gering Public Schools will remain committed to enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols. We will also continue with frequent hand sanitizing and washing and watching our distance the best we can. Parents will continue to be asked to screen their children daily for COVID-19 symptoms and keep them at home if they are feeling unwell with this virus or any other sickness. Thank you for your continued support and engagement.


You may also view the Interactive Safe Schools Roadmap below:

ESSER III Funding and Feedback

Gering Bulldogs - We are asking everyone connected to our schools to respond to a survey that will help us develop a plan to spend specific federal funds to lessen the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our students and staff.


The survey consists of four questions and will take less than 5 minutes to complete. All GPS students, employees, parents/guardians and interested community members are invited to complete the survey which closes at 5pm on July 25th.


The district will receive federal funding through the ESSER III program, which may be used for certain projects and programs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These federal funds are part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) signed into law in March 2021, which included $122 billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds for school districts across the country. The results of the survey will guide the district in prioritizing other programs and projects when applying for ESSER III grants. The district’s may be eligible for up to $2,784,773 in ESSER III funds.


The survey will ask you to help us prioritize the way we allocate this funding by telling us which areas of focus are most important as we accelerate learning: professional development, extended student instructional time, staffing, facilities or technology. You will also be asked about the district’s proposed Safety Roadmap procedures for the coming school year, outlined in the ESSER III document at https://www.geringschools.net/page/american-rescue-plan-esser-iii. These documents will be updated as required every six months and are designed to be living documents that adapt to changing circumstances.


Thank you for taking time out of your summer to assist us with this important step in leveraging federal dollars to make the greatest impact for our students and staff.

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USDA School Meal Waiver Program to Continue for the 21-22 School Year

Access to free meals for children in has been extended through end of the 2021-22 school year.


What does this mean for Gering Public School students?

  1. Breakfast and lunch base meals will be provided at NO COST for all GPS students regardless of household income.
  2. This will cover base meal costs only and does not include add-ons like extra milk, flavored drinks, ala carte, etc.
Note: We STRONGLY ENCOURAGE families to still complete the Free and Reduced Lunch Application Form! This plays a significant role in school funding and can impact student fee waivers

Are You Interested in the Onsite After School Program at GPS?

As our After School Program onsite in partnership with the YMCA expands to include Preschool students, please take a minute to complete our 3 question survey to help us prepare for staffing needs.
Panhandle Public Health Updates

Information changes frequently - visit the Panhandle Public Health District Website for the most up-to-date information.