SCHOOL YEAR 2021/22
We plan to start the new school year with our pre-pandemic pedagogical program with complete in-person instruction including Afternoon Program and Extended Care.
The cafeteria will start the school year with lunch bags while planning to offer hot lunches to all students shortly after the beginning of the school year. Though many aspects of life on campus appear to be returning to normal, the school will continue to follow the standards set by Montgomery County and the CDC and will focus the safety standards on providing the safest environment to care for those under 11 who are not able to be vaccinated at this time.
As of now, at the beginning of the new school year, students and staff will continue to be expected to wear masks while on campus and in class. A negative Covid test will be needed prior to returning to campus. To help families fulfill this requirement, GISW is coordinating with Labtech to offer testing on the following days:
For School Entry Level (SEL) and Grades 2 - 12
Monday August 16, 2021, 2:00 – 6:00 PM
Tuesday August 17, 2021, 2:00 -6:00 PM
For Preschool and First Grade
Friday August 20, 2021, 2:00-6:00 PM
Please register here: https://www.labtechmd.com/register
We will continue to monitor the situation throughout the coming weeks and changes or updates will be relayed to the community as quickly as possible. Thank you for your support in keeping our community safe as we are navigating through this pandemic together.
IMPORTANT: Parents, faculty and staff complete this Daily Health Form by 7:30 each morning when they or their children are expected on campus.
Despite the recent CDC decision to allow vaccinated individuals to be outdoors without masks, we continue to require everyone to wear a mask on GISW school grounds whether the person has been vaccinated or not. This measure allows us to monitor and regulate healthy behavior within the community.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR STUDENTS WHO COME TO CAMPUS- SEL THROUGH GRADE 12:
Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Current negative COVID-19 test result (when you receive your results from the lab, please froward them to email@example.com)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if your family wishes to quarantine and our nurse will send you the form to start the quarantine.
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
Thank you very much for your patience and flexibility during these unusual times. With questions, please contact our Preschool Principal, Mojdeh Khojasteh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Optimizing Sleep
- How to help an anxious child calm down
- Meditation Apps
- Managing Anxiety
- Toys to alleviate Anxiety / Stress Spielzeug
- Distance Learning: Keeping Children Motivated (German: Motivation beim Fernunterricht)
- Social Emotional Learning
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.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
State of Maryland:
Most importantly, let us resolve to work together in the best interest of our students, faculty, and staff.
We’re in this together!