Plans for a Healthy and Safe Start to the New School Year
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 is critical to the health of students and staff that we implement a well-thought-out and measured approach in returning to campus for a productive and joyful year. You know well how quickly conditions change, and located here are two sources that explain protocols. One document offers responses to frequently asked questions and the other is our 2021-2022 COVID-19 Safety Plan. Based on new guidance by State, County, and CDC guidelines, three important changes are:
- that masks are required indoors for children two years and up as well as for adults in the presence of students;
- physically distancing protocols are less restrictive because of mask-wearing; and
- new quarantining protocols have been added for COVID close contacts.
Another resource where you will find helpful information is the Student and Parent Handbook which you can access through your password-protected FACTS Family Portal in the Resource Documents section. Please familiarize yourself with these documents so that we are all on the same page–literally and figuratively.
To safely start the year, all students are required to provide a negative test result from a test taken within 4 days of returning to school on August 31. Results can be from either a PCR or Antigen test, but home test results will not be accepted. Families may opt to have their children tested at Gillispie. More information will be coming soon.
As is consistent with our mission and our philosophy, we will open the new school year strategically, thoughtfully, and joyfully as we come together. We cannot remove all risk as we live with COVID-19, but each of us must commit to doing our part, remembering that this is a marathon and not a sprint. We are so excited to welcome you and your children!
Alison Fleming, Head of School