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Honoring our Mission While Staying Safe

Given these unprecedented times created by COVID-19, it is important to keep our priorities in the forefront. At Gillispie, we recognize that our program must honor our mission in creating a learning environment that serves as a “springboard for children’s love of learning, creativity, and readiness for the future.” We believe in a participatory, hands-on, active approach. For a safe re-opening of our campus in September 2020, we took great care in designing a setting that is physically and emotionally healthy for students, teachers, and staff. However, we must commit to changing course as circumstances change to meet the challenges that lie ahead. Communication with our families in these areas is critical to sustaining our sense of community.


HoS Update 1/01/2022:

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 weeks.

As a school, our most important sources of information on COVID-19 come from the CDC, NIH, and the California Department of Health (CDPH). Based on their recommendations, the San Diego County Office of Education outlines its protocols. Currently, Gillispie is following the K-12 Decision Tree (Dec. 7th) and the Childcare Decision Tree (Dec. 13th). When the CDC new isolation and quarantine guidance is updated in the CDPH’s Guidance for K-12 Schools, we will notify you….read more.

Recent Communication


  • Alison Fleming, Head of School
  • Carol Baranowski, Director of Finance
  • Lisa Hasler Waters, Director of Technology
  • Jon Bluestein, Assistant Head of School
  • Debbie Rodriguez, Director of Advancement
  • Mindy Smith, Director of Early Childhood

Gillispie’s COVID-19 Task Force is comprised of our six administrators. This group meets virtually on a daily basis and consults with Gillispie’s Communications Lead, School Nurse, Board of Trustees, and legal and medical specialists as needed. Each administrator has his/her own responsibilities in making sure we are abreast of new information from agencies, professional associations, and educational sources to formulate and execute next steps. In addition, our Director of Facilities is working in coordination with the School’s professional cleaning team to ensure that we have a clean and well-maintained campus for our return.

COVID-19 Related Posts


Please contact our office immediately should you or a family member have symptoms, test positive, suspect exposure, are in self-quarantine due to exposure, or been quarantined by the health department or your place of employment for COVID-19. Thank you and be well.

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