• Community
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It will take all of us working together to ensure we prevent the spread of the disease.

We appreciate the support of GDS families in ensuring that all of the students attending school comply with all safety measures. In sending your child to GDS for in-person schooling, including outdoor activities, you commit to the following statements.

We commit to keeping our child(ren) home if sick. You are expected to keep your child home should they have any symptoms of illness, including fever. GDS requires that students stay home for ten days following symptom onset and for 72 hours following fever.

We commit to alerting the school nurse should our child(ren) or someone in our household tests positive for COVID-19 or is showing COVID-19 like symptoms. If someone is showing COVID-like symptoms or has tested positive for COVID, all members of the home should self-isolate as required by the DC Department of Health and/or the school nurse.
We commit to keeping our child(ren) home if exposed to COVID-19 or displaying COVID-like symptoms. If you have been designated a close contact of someone with COVID-19, are displaying COVID-like symptoms, or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test related to COVID symptoms, DC DOH requires that you remain home until a negative test result is received and/or have been cleared for release from quarantine.

We commit to avoiding unnecessary travel to places where COVID is prevalent and to either quarantining

  • for 10 days, or
  • for 72 hours and then receiving a negative COVID test

following travel to states experiencing high rates of COVID-19 transmission, regardless of the reason for travel. (Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine post-travel.) Updated 4/5/2021

We commit to submitting the at-home morning screening requested by GDS, which must be completed if your child will be on campus.
We commit to following all requirements for health safety at school, including providing our child(ren) with cloth face masks or 3-ply surgical masks consistent with GDS mask guidelines. Please make sure your child knows how to put on and take off the mask and that the cloth face mask fits properly, fully covering the nose and mouth.
We commit to maintaining physical distancing and mask/cloth face covering guidelines outside of school and outside of our immediate family to reduce the risk of bringing the infection to the GDS community. In order to keep the community safe, please refrain from large group gatherings, smaller gatherings where distancing may not be possible, and other high-risk activities. The combination of physical distancing, wearing a cloth face covering, and frequent hand-washing are our greatest ways of reducing viral transmission. If you are in an environment where distancing and masking are not possible, the school reserves the right to ask you to quarantine for up to 14 days prior to returning to school.

Our Community

The safety and security of everyone in our community—students, staff, and families—is a primary priority and obligation for us as a school.