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Dear Gillispie Families, I hope this letter finds you well and with lovely memories of time spent with family over the holidays. Our family stayed close to home and played many board games and charades-–I had no idea that some members were as competitive as when they played (or coached) recreational sports! Safety Updates With holiday travel and event gatherings, the late December COVID surge due to the omicron variant is expected to rapidly increase over the next few...

For your convenience, Gillsipie is planning a vaccination clinic through Costco Pharmacy on December 15 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Gillispie gym. In order to do so, at least 40 participants must sign up on this Costco secured site by Friday, December 10. In addition to the pediatric Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 years old, Costco medical personnel will also be administering adult vaccines of Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson,...

Hello Gillispie Families, Below is information on vaccination availability for children ages 5 to 11, updates on mask-wearing for elementary students, reminders for our Thanksgiving return, and an invitation for our upcoming enrichment program, as well as our on-campus Pre-K to Grade 6 winter performance. Vaccinations As you may be aware, the COVID-19 vaccination is now available to children between the ages of 5 and 11. We encourage all families to consider vaccinating their children as soon as they...

Hello Families, We are a day away from students turning into magical creatures, superheroes, inanimate objects, or whatever else their imaginations demand! We will send you a password-protected video of our EC and Elementary Parades so you can view it with your children and enjoy the spirited fun. Here also are helpful tips from the County regarding Halloween. And, as time flies by, we are almost in November which means planning for our week-long break from November 22-26. As...

Hello Gillipsie Families, This will start a series of emailed Special Notices that you will receive periodically throughout the school year. These notifications will be titled COVID-19 Updates so that you know the content entails important information regarding this topic. UPDATED MASK POLICY As are many public and private schools in San Diego, we are requiring adults and Kindergarten through Sixth Grade students to wear masks both indoors and outdoors as we open the school year. Early childhood students will be required to...

Hello, Gillispie Families! To those who are returning, we’ve missed you, and to those new to Gillispie, we can’t wait to get to know you! Our community is better because of your presence. It has been an exciting summer as we complete our last week of summer session and move into our gorgeous new building, the Sandbox. Most importantly, we have been laying plans for a healthy and safe start to the new school year.  GILLISPIE’S COVID-19 PLANS It...

As I shared with Gillispie's Board of Trustees in my end-of-year report, it has been an extraordinary year for each and all of us. Reading the written comments from the 2021 Parent Survey, I recognize that parents missed being on campus to connect with each other and with their children's teachers. Yet, in thoughtful and different ways, we built and maintained a community. "It takes a village," and Gillispie is a Village. Adults on campus had to...

With families making potential plans for travel over the Presidents’ Day extended weekend, we are reviewing our guidance because it's considered a high-risk activity by the State and County. If your family is traveling greater than 120 miles from home, the student needs to quarantine upon return to their place of residence in San Diego for 10 days before returning to Gillispie. If they get tested on Day 7 of that quarantine and the PCR test result...

As an additional measure to keep our students and teachers safe and our campus open, Gillispie will begin regular surveillance COVID testing next Monday, January 25. By testing a sampling of students for COVID-19 in each elementary class each week, the School will have a stronger ability to head off any possible outbreaks on campus. Approximately half of the students in each homeroom will be tested between Monday and Wednesday of one week and the other half...

Here are links to the most updated information from the San Diego County of Health and Human Services Agency: The newest version of the COVID-19 Symptom Decision Tree (1/11/21) Quarantine Timelines Based on the Decision Tree Isolation Timelines Based on the Decision Tree Parent/Family Guidance on Symptom Checking The Centers for Disease Control's Latest Travel Advisory Guidelines Thank you for your continued support in trying to keep us safe....