Plan A

MONDAY NOV 28, 2022:

There is a Power Outage today, therefore our school is running on Plan A today.

  • All classes are cancelled.
  • All evening events are cancelled.
  • The lunch menu of the cafeteria may change for the remainder of this week. You will see the current menu on our website once school reopens.

Nachdem es einen Stromausfall gibt, gilt heute an unserer Schule Plan A.

  • Der Unterricht fällt vollständig aus.
  • Es finden keine Abendveranstaltungen statt.
  • Bei unvorhergesehenem Unterrichtsausfall ändert sich meistens der Speiseplan der Cafeteria für den Rest der Woche. Den aktuellen Speiseplan finden Sie auf unserer Website, wenn die Schule wieder geöffnet ist.


Covid-19 Response - School Year 2022/23

> Covid-19 Letter from the Health Room - Testing after September 2022

> Covid-19 Response team Announcement (September 2, 2022)

> Phases of relaxing Covid-19 measures at GISW (updated on August 12, 2022)

> Quarantine Policy for Students (updated on September 15, 2022)

> Policy for a positive Covid-19 Case in the household (updated on August 12, 2022)


The Covid-19 Response Team:

We would like to introduce the current members of our Covid-19 Response Team. The team is like an adaptive vessel, i.e. depending on the requirements and circumstances the composition may change and remains flexible. Currently, the members of the Covid-19 Response Team are:

Medical Advisors: Mohamed Nasri, Anna E. Ordóñez, M.D., M.A.S.

Coordination & Implementation during the school day: Staff members of our GISW Health Room - Regina Lambeck, M.D. and Kim Varner, BSN-RN

Pedagogical Aspects: Head of School, Carsten Apsel

Preschool Matters: Preschool Principal, Mojdeh Khojasteh

School Management: Head of School, Carsten Apsel and Business Director, George Deeley

For the Personnel Committee: Board Member, Caroline Ziser Smith

Communication: Communications Director, Beate Mahious

The group is chaired by our Chair of the Board, Dennis Fehr. The team has been formed for the well-being of our students, families and employees. We welcome your feedback at



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 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):

- 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.



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


Further Information

  •         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.


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