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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 12/18/2020:

Hello Gillispie Families,

With Holiday Break around the corner, I wanted to remind you about the protocols that we will be following to increase the likelihood of a safe return to school.

Gillispie will welcome back early childhood students on January 4 and will be virtual for all elementary students the week of January 4. To come back to campus on Monday, January 11, all students in grades K through Grade 6 will be required to show the results of a negative PCR test taken within four days of their January 11 return to school (to be clear, the negative results must be from a PCR test administered on January 7, 8, 9 or 10).  Rapid Antigen Testing results will not be accepted. Test results should be emailed to Michele Greene at [email protected] If you are unable to provide a negative test result for your child, he or she will remain in virtual learning mode for the week of January 11 and may return to on-campus learning on Tuesday, January 19. All faculty and staff will also be tested before they return to campus…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.

[email protected] | 858-459-3773

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