COVID-19 Update: 3/12/20
Dear Gillispie Families,
As a Gillispie community, our concern is always for the well-being of all our students, families, and employees. School leadership has been preparing and planning for the ever-changing situation brought about by COVID-19. After much thought and consultation with Board members and other independent school leaders, we have decided to take the proactive measure of closing the Gillispie campus starting Monday, March 16. We hope to return to normal operations on Monday, April 6, but this is a fluid and unpredictable situation. We have not made this decision lightly but, though there is no known case of COVID-19 in our School community, we feel that it is our social responsibility to do our part to slow the spread of the virus through the practice of social distancing.
Here are the plans going forward.
Friday, March 13 – Last day of in-person classes – students clean out their cubbies and take home the materials they will need for off-campus learning. Dismissal remains at 3:00 pm, all after-care remains open until 5:30 pm.
Monday & Tuesday, March 16-17 – Online Learning Professional Growth Days for Faculty and Staff – Families please take this time to set up your home lives and care for yourselves as you prepare for online learning.
Wednesday-Friday, March 18-20 – Online learning begins with practice assignments and activities and ramps up slowly throughout the week to ensure that systems are working on both ends.
Monday-Friday, March 23-27 – Online learning continues.
Monday-Friday, March 30-April 3 – Spring Break
More information about what this will look like and what tools and methods will be used for your child’s class, whether in Early Childhood or Elementary, will be coming out early next week. Please talk to your child tonight about this plan. Administrators and teachers will answer questions in the elementary classrooms; we will be positive in our messaging as we share some of what they might expect from the online learning experience.
This is an unprecedented situation, and it is important that we are good to ourselves and each other as we work to remain positive in the face of uncertainty. Our primary goal is to do what we can to hopefully slow the spread of this virus in our broader community. We understand the challenges this may bring for families, and we thank you for your understanding and partnership as we work together to tackle this challenging issue.