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PHASED REOPENING

We are back on campus!

IMPORTANT: Parents, faculty and staff complete this Daily Health Form by 7:30 each morning when they or their children are expected on campus.

On April 26 and 27, only preschoolers will be on campus and distance learning will take place for grades SEL through 12. This will allow us to prepare the school buildings and grounds for full in-person instruction with all students on campus to begin on Wednesday, April 28.

HYBRID LEARNING: REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR STUDENTS WHO COME TO CAMPUS- SEL THROUGH GRADE 12:

  1. Electronically signed health form

  2. Electronically signed waiver

  3. Electronically signed emergency form

Please send to mail@giswashington.org.

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    4. Current negative COVID-19 test result (when you receive your results from the lab, please froward them to nurse@giswashington.org)

    5. Daily Health Tracker - students, faculty and staff complete this online form by 7:30 am every morning when they are expected to come to campus

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

VERY IMPORTANT: DAILY HEALTH TRACKER

On days when a student, faculty or administrative staff member is expected on campus, a completed health form must be submitted by 7:30 am for that person. If you have a preschooler, you are already accustomed to filling out and submitting our online health form (located on the school website at QUICKLINKS > COVID-19 Daily Health Tracker) on a daily basis. It takes no more than a minute per person to complete. You inform the nurse about your temperature and health status in terms of COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, headache, coughing, and others. We will provide you with a postcard with the QR Code on it that will take you into the Daily Health Tracker by pointing the camera of your phone at it. Faculty and staff are also required to complete the Health Tracker. Furthermore, faculty and staff as well as the FREINDS who come to the craft group will continue to have the opportunity to take their own temperature at the main entrance and then enter it directly into the online health tracker, if possible.

Should your child be on campus without a Health Tracker, they will be asked to report during the morning hours to the Nurse’s station. Our Nursing Department will contact you to remind you about the need to submit this Health Tracker.

 

Phases of our Re-Opening Plan

PRESCHOOL OPEN FOR IN-PERSON CLASSES

On August 24, 2020, we opened our doors for preschoolers from age 2 through 4 and have been open every school day since then, even adding one additional group due to increasing demand by parents of young children during the school year.

> Detailed information on our COVID-19 procedures

Supporting Documents that are required by every preschool family:

> Preschool Health Pledge

> Parental Assumption of Risk
> Emergency Form (2 pages)

We are delighted to inform you that we are able to offer spaces in our Afternoon and Extended Care program to all preschoolers without restrictions. Should you be interested, please contact the Admissions Coordinator Ms. Dubrey by email at admissions@giswashington.org.

Thank you very much for your patience and flexibility during these unusual times. With questions, please contact our Preschool Principal, Mojdeh Khojasteh at mkhojasteh@giswashington.org.

 

THE 3 PHASES OF THE GISW REOPENING PLAN

Phase 1: Distance Learning

  • SEL through 12th grade study in a virtual learning environment.
  • Our preschool program will open every day during its core hours from 8:00 a.m. through 1:30 p.m. This is in accordance with the Division of Early Childhood of the Maryland Department of Education. Afternoon and Extended Care will be limited to dual-working or single-parent working households through 4:45 p.m. Numerous health precautions such as cohorting, wearing facemasks, frequent handwashing, and strict cleaning protocols will be implemented with a clear bias toward outdoor instruction. We are planning to offer lunch but are still investigating bus service. A potential preschool closing may become necessary periodically should public health conditions warrant such a step.

Phase 2: Re-entry – Hybrid Model

  • If the local health data allows, GISW will enter a 50% student capacity phase, during which time students in SEL-12th grade will alternate on-campus and virtual instruction on an alternating weekly basis, based on a new schedule.
  • Students receiving in-person instruction on campus will follow numerous health precautions such as social distancing, wearing face coverings, frequent hand washing, and daily temperature checks. GISW is committed to meeting and/or exceeding re-opening guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control as well as state and local health agencies.
  • During this phase, those students unable to come to school based on actual student health conditions or family preferences will be able to participate in Online Learning.

Phase 3: In-Person Instruction

  • When local health conditions permit everyday in-person and on-campus instruction, GISW continues with in-person and on-campus instruction. This phase must be in line with local, regional and national public health agencies’ guidance or mandates.
RE-OPENING METRICS

 

Further Information

SCREENING & PREVENTION POLICY / HEALTH POLICY
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. Please note that German Languages Courses, our Saturday school, is not on our campus, allowing us greater opportunity to clean thoroughly over the weekend and minimize access of non-GISW students.
IN CASE OF ILLNESS
  • Faculty, staff, and students must remain at home if presenting with symptoms of illness.
  • An administrative team will take on all tracing and tracking, informing those with whom an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 may have been in contact. Confidentiality regarding the sick individual will be maintained.
  • If a COVID-19 diagnosis is confirmed, the school will work with the local and state authorities to determine an appropriate approach to any necessary facility closures. At a minimum, the classroom/office of the individual with the diagnosis will be closed for 24 hours. A case of illness may require a potential three-day cancellation of classes in which the individual who was diagnosed with COVID-19 is enrolled. Any decision to reopen will be made in consultation with local and state authorities.
  • For anyone with a household member testing positive for COVID-19, a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine or a negative COVID-19 testing result will be required to be able to return to school.
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

 

Tuition and Fees

FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

In case of closure of the GISW campus beyond a 2-week period, please take note of the following:

  •         1st –12th grade: Distance learning will be provided, and full tuition will be charged. There will be no credits or refunds if GISW must switch to a virtual learning program.
  •         Preschool/SEL: GISW will permit families to opt out of the virtual program with a tuition credit of 50% for preschool students and 25% for SEL students. These tuition credits will be prorated for the period of closure.
  •         Bus Transportation Services: GISW will provide credit for bus services prorated for the period of closure.

 

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

We’re in this together,

Marc Aurel Löckmann, StD             Dennis Fehr                      Ben Hebebrand
Acting Head of School                     Chair of the Board          Business Director

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