• Safety
  • Measures
The health and safety of our community is our highest priority.
GDS has made significant investments to ensure enhanced health and safety measures for in-person schooling, each playing a part of our overall risk reduction strategy. Scroll down to see a list of safety measures that are in place at GDS. Each individual measure is imperfect, but in coordination the measures significantly limit the possible spread of COVID-19.

GDS Safety Measures

COVID-19 Vaccine
GDS required that students aged 12 and up get vaccinated and employees are vaccinated and boosted (when eligible) and strongly encourages all students aged 5-11 get vaccinated.

GDS is a mask-optional campus as of March 14, 2022, and we support individual choice. This policy is subject to change, for instance, should there be a meaningful increase in regional or school COVID cases or the DC DOH mandates a change.


Hand washing and sanitizing remain essential. Teachers regularly reinforce best practices for handwashing. In addition, hand sanitizer stations are placed throughout the building and outside.

COVID-19 Testing
COVID-19 Testing
GDS is currently requiring that all unvaccinated/partially vaccinated individuals in our community participate in weekly PCR COVID-19 testing. Winter athletes must test weekly per league rules. Fully vaccinated individuals are asked to test every other week. Read more.

Our LMS and HS buildings are equipped with MERV-13 filtration; we also have HEPA filters in all classrooms and shared office spaces. 

Personal Responsibility

Each member of our community agrees to follow our community commitments, including telling the school if sick, getting vaccinated when eligible, and getting tested if not feeling well.


We are following CDC and DC Department of Health cleaning guidance for preventing the spread of COVID-19.

We are strictly enforcing our communicable disease policy. The policy reflects the latest guidance from the DC Department of Health. Please stay home when sick.
Extra Care for High Risk Activities

For high risk activities like dining, performing arts, and athletics, we will enforce additional safety measures as appropriate. 

Download our 2021-22 Reopening Plan for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) via the MyGDS COVID-19 Resource Board.