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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 have taken 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 6/12/2021:

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 constantly think on their feet to problem solve. With huge hearts and courage, teachers revised lesson plans for in-person and online learning while building class esprit de corpsStaff and administration consistently scanned the dynamic environment and made adjustments as conditions warranted. Very important to our success this year were the students! They put up with wearing masks, physically distancing themselves, giving up the use of play areas, and foregoing large-group celebration like International Day. Why? Because their desire to be on-site to nurture friendships, be social, and laugh made it worth the students’ while…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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