Phases/Stages Of Reopening & Guidance
GDS identified the following eight guiding principles in order to help guide our decision making and prioritize positive outcomes for our return to campus.
- Health & Safety (physical)
- Program Quality (virtual and/or in-person) & Coherence
- Health & Safety/Wellness (mental/behavioral)
- Financial Sustainability (institutional)
- Community, Connection, & Culture
- Faculty & Staff Sustainability & Effectiveness
- Accessibility (equitable access)
- Student/Family Convenience
As of November 22, 2020. (Updated weekly)
The first two categories will impact our decision-making. We are watching the remaining four as inputs into those decisions.
|Category||Key Question||Indicator||Metric we're watching||Current Status (see below for update dates)|
|Main Decision-Making Data Point: COVID-19 at GDS||What is the COVID-19 status in the GDS community?||Number of active, confirmed positive COVID-19 cases among students and staff on campus||Connected cases (multiple cases in same cohort or grade)||
|Secondary Decision-Making Data Point: COVID-19 in Regional Schools||Are schools seeing active COVID-19 clusters on campus?||Status of AISGW schools and national trends||Regional schools closing or being closed due to COVID||Four known school full or partial closures related to COVID cases in AISGW schools, few cases of school transmission / outbreak nationally|
|Community Spread||Is COVID-19 in our community increasing, decreasing, or stable?||Review of JHU’s COVID Tracker for MD, VA, and DC trends over 4 weeks||
Steep, unrestrained increases
|Increasing cases in the metro DC region over past 2 weeks|
|Cases in the DC Metro Area||How likely are we to have active cases of COVID-19 on campus?||
7-day average of weekly cases per 100K for 11 surrounding jurisdictions as reported by CHOP*
|15 or more cases per 100K per day or more than 105 in 7 days||
DC remains in phase 2 on 11/22
7-day average 149.0 on 11/15 (updated 11/20)
|Participation in on-campus programs (added 11/14)||How comfortable do families feel with in-person learning?||Percentage of Students Opting Into In-Person Learning||At least 75% of families opt-in||
90% of LS students,
|People excluded from on-campus programs (added 11/14)||How much of our community is not able to participate in person?||Percentage of individuals in quarantine for all reasons (travel, possible contact outside, failed MyMedBot screening, quarantined cohorts, etc.)||Multiple cohorts and/or many percents of our community and/or many key staff (updated 11/22)||
2 cohorts (1 day, 1 out-of-school** quarantined as of 11/22
4.5% excluded as of 11/22 (up from 2% last week)
We are also watching the data being collected from Brown's COVID 19 School Response Dashboard.
* Note that CHOP updates its data for the week (Monday-Sunday) on Wednesdays. We have decided to capture the information from Sundays so there is often a week's lag in presentation of data.
** Out-of-school cohorts could include any of the following: Early Grasshopper Program, GDS 360 extended day, athletics, buses, etc.
We are not tracking positive cases for individuals who have not been on campus on this dashboard.
|Scenario 1||Scenario 2||Scenario 3||Scenario 4||Scenario 5|
|GDS Virtual Campus only. No on-campus programming.||GDS Virtual Campus, with possibility of small groups on campus ONLY if outside, masked, cohorted, distanced||HyFlex Instruction (may vary by division)||HyFlex Instruction with More Inter-Cohort Connections||Full GDS Experience|