• Decision Making
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.

  1. Health & Safety (physical)
  2. Program Quality (virtual and/or in-person) & Coherence
  3. Health & Safety/Wellness (mental/behavioral)
  4. Financial Sustainability (institutional)
  5. Community, Connection, & Culture
  6. Faculty & Staff Sustainability & Effectiveness
  7. Accessibility (equitable access)
  8. 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)
  • 11/9 tests: 259 tests with 0 positive cases.
  • 11/16 tests: 365 tests with 1 positive (0.27%)
  • 11/19 tests: 136 tests with 0 positives
  • 11/20 tests: 164 tests with 1  (0.61%) positive
  • 2 positive cases on campus in last 7 days; Cases do not appear connected. (11/22/2020)
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,
88% of MS Students,
80% of HS have opted in for November and 87% of HS students have opted in starting in December (Updated 11/14)

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