“We’re looking at different opportunities and learning a lot about what prepares students for success in a virtual college classroom,” Palmer said. “Their teachers receive information and lead conversations around this topic. We will be sending out surveys to families with Grades 6-8 students next year to give us feedback. This will really determine our next steps in how we move forward with virtual school opportunities in college. “
Grover also discussed planning for the district’s major facilities. She said that with the support of the community, GIPS has invested more than $ 100 million in its facilities.
GIPS is building a new early childhood education center – the O’Connor Learning Center – in the old Shopko building and plans to move the Academy of Medical Sciences to the eighth floor of CHI Health St. Francis. The district is also considering plans for its recently purchased old main building.
“When we purchased the main building, we really took into consideration our functional capacity, as well as the growth of our district and our community,” said Grover. “We have already started having other conversations with our Parent Advisory Board, as well as our key communicators.”
After the town hall, parents could question the administrators of the GIPS. A parent asked when students will be able to remove their masks at recess. Grover said district safety protocols show this measure has been a major factor in keeping schools open and students safe, and that the district has no plans to change it.