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Covid-19 Response - School Year 2021/22

We would like to share these important organizational policies and information for the 2021/22 school year with you. Here are the most recent announcements to the community:

> March 4, 2022: Lockerung der Covid-19 Maßnahmen / Relaxing Covid-19 Measures

> February 3, 2022: Quarantäne-Richtlinie für Schüler*innen / Quarantine Guidelines for Students

> January 19, 2022: Impfnachweis / Proof of Vaccination

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Continuously updated: List of locations for free Covid tests

Questions? Please contact covid19response@giswashington.org.

CURRENT KEY GISW COVID POLICIES

Following is a reminder for parents and visitors of GISW's current Covid Policies, as they apply to any meetings or events held on the GISW premises:

Phase I (starting March 7, 2022):

  • Normal access of class rooms by entering building through main doors and using hallways to enter classrooms, lockers will be made available to students of grades 5 through 12. Students of grades 5 through 12, please bring a lock on Monday.
  • Re-start swimming classes in the week of March 14th, after preparing pool and staffing (life guard).
  • End of cohorting from preschool through grade 12
  • Start of students visiting the libraries from preschool to Grade 12 and similar school internal activities such as students entering the bookstore
  • Continue current mask mandate* indoors
  • Continue current mask mandate* on bus
  • Masks outdoors:
    • Preschool: remains mandatory
    • SEL through Grade 12: optional
  • Continue PCR testing twice a week
  • In-person open house possible with masks indoors (no requirement to have been vaccinated, tested or recently recovered)
  • School tours, indoors with masks (no requirement to have been vaccinated, tested or recently recovered)
  • Cafeteria: as quickly as feasible, the use of normal dishes, serving milk, etc.
  • New as of March 9: Parents and guardians are permitted to join meetings with students and employees indoors, up to 5 outside participants when in classroom and up to 25 outside participants in the Aula, with masks (no requirement to have been vaccinated, tested or recently recovered)
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  • New as of March 9: It is highly recommended, but not mandatory for parents and preschoolers
  • to wear masks on school grounds, also when picking up siblings at the Elementary School.

* current mask mandate: Preschool: best-fitting mask, Elementary School: surgical or KN95 mask, Grades 5 through 12: KN95 mask

 

QUARANTINE POLICY

> Quarantine Guidelines for Students (dated February 3, 2022)

SICKNESS

  1. Please do not send students to school if they exhibit any symptoms correlated with COVID 19. These symptoms include Temperature above 100.4F, stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, cough, difficulty breathing, diarrhea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, fatigue, loss of taste or smell
  2. If a child exhibits any COVID symptoms during a school day, the nurse may conduct an antigen Covid-test at school.

EVERY DAY

  1. Guests must have an APPOINTMENT with staff. Upon arrival at main entrance, they must take their temperature, fill out the check-in sheet, and wait with receptionist to be picked up by an employee.
  2. MASKS MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES indoors (children 2 yrs and up; vaccinated and non-vaccinated).
  3. SOCIAL DISTANCING in building of 6 ft.
  4. Use frequent hand sanitizing.

TRAVEL

  1. Please monitor CDC guidelines on National/International travel. Domestic Travel During COVID-19 | CDC and COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination | CDC
  2. For all international travel and national travel to “Covid hot zones”, GISW is requiring individuals to quarantine at home for three days after returning. They can return to the GISW on the 4th day with a negative Covid test.
  3. One-day exemptions from class will continue to be approved by the homeroom teacher unless the day borders on a school break. Any exemptions from class right before and right after a school break as well as exemptions for more than one day will have to be approved directly by the Head of School (ajung-wanders@giswashington.org). Due to the COVID situation, approval decisions may have to be made on a case-by-case basis. As for field trips, any day trips in the surrounding area will be able to take place if all safety and health measures will be adhered to. The decision on whether the traditional overnight class trips will be able to take place in the second semester (May) will be made by school management and the Board of Directors (Health and Safety Committee) by the end of January 2022.

 

 

MANDATORY WEEKLY COVID-19 TESTING AND REGISTRATION

GISW implemented mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing for all GISW staff and students (preschool through Grade 12) every Monday and Thursday.

Testing will be done through Capital Diagnostics lab. This testing is free of charge to staff and students. The costs are covered by a grant from the Maryland State Department of Health.

A registration link to the lab can be found below. All staff and students must register for testing. Per the consent form (in the online registration packet), all data will be held in strictest confidence.  Our Health Room has online access to test results and in case of a positive result will inform the parents or staff.

When a student misses a Monday or Thursday PCR test, there is no action required as long as they had 1 PCR test at school in that week. A rapid test may be taken at the Nurse’s Station, if Covid symptoms are present. You have the option to get your child tested at any other local pharmacy or laboratory at your own expense. Test results must be e-mailed to covidtest@giswashington.org. For your convenience we provide this list of locations for free Covid tests.

This Covid Testing Program is an important part of GISW's layered approach to keeping our school community as safe as possible.

Instructions for signing up at the Capital Diagnostics website for Monday & Thursday testing:

Capital Diagnostics come to GISW every Monday from 10 am to 2pm and on Thursdays from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm.

- Registration link (if possible use the Microsoft Edge browser): https://capitaldx-patient.limsabc.com/#/

- Click on Register as New Patient.

- For office location type MDHGISP.

- Please agree to the Registration Disclaimer.

- Sign your name in the signature box.

- On the patient info screen, please enter your child’s name, address, and other information if you are signing up for your child. If you are signing up for yourself, please enter your own name and information.

- Please choose the correct auto-fill option when typing your address.

- For insurance choose the option Maryland K-12 schools at the top of the screen.

- Click Submit.

- You will receive an email with a confirmation number. Please bring this number on the day of the first testing!

- After the testing, you will get an email with the link to the results. They will be published as soon as they are available but should be in your inbox no later than Friday evening.

 

Troubleshooting:

If the form cannot be submitted, try typing “N/A” in the Notes field and check if your address was chosen from the drop down menu (not just typed in).

If you should have any problems, please contact:

the lab Service Manager Jessica Boatman at 301-498-0340

for help in German: Regina Lambeck at 301-767-3814

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR ALL STUDENTS

  1. Electronically signed health form

  2. Electronically signed waiver

  1. Depending on the grade level of your child please complete the emergency forms for Preschool or SEL through 12 (per child, please complete and submit one of these two forms. Because they must be shared with U.S. medical professionals in the event of an emergency, these two forms are in English ONLY):

> Preschool Emergency Form (two pages)

> SEL through Grade 12: Emergency Form (English only)

Please send to mail@giswashington.org.

4. Please make sure to register for both weekly PCR tests (See above on this page)

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Please email nurse@giswashington.org if your family wishes to quarantine and our nurse will send you the form to start the quarantine.

 

Further Information

CLEANING & DISINFECTION
  •         Our Facilities and Cleaning crew circulate throughout the school day, repeatedly disinfecting all high-touch areas such as door knobs. All classrooms are equipped with disinfectants. There are separate cleaning personnel assigned to the preschool. All buildings are cleaned thoroughly each night.
  •         Air Filtration: The school installed a high standard of HVAC filters and there are air purifiers in all classrooms and throughout school buildings.
  •         School Buses: All seating areas of the school buses are disinfected after each route has been completed.
  •         All cleaning and disinfecting agents meet recommended CDC guidelines.
BILINGUAL SUPPORT FROM OUR COUNSELORS

Mental Health Resources

*For mental health emergencies: please call 911
*National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
*Montgomery County Hotline: 301-738-2255
*Online Chat: Crisis Chat.org OR texting services are available everyday 12pm-12am: 301-738-2255

*Montgomery County Crisis Center: 1301 Piccard Drive, Rockville MD 240-777-4000.

OFFICIAL RESOURCES

 

Most importantly, let us resolve to work together in the best interest of our students, faculty, and staff.

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