hi2122_school_policy
Assemblies

GDS assemblies are resuming in-person in all divisions, with a graduated approach. Read more...

Athletics

GDS will follow the DCSAA guidelines for athletics practices and competition as well as any ISL or MAC rules.

Auxiliary Programs/Extended Day

Our auxiliary programs are following normal programming following the protocols and prevention measures named elsewhere.

Band, Chorus & Theater

Performing arts are back to normal programming. Event attendees are required to be vaccinated.

Buses

Buses are at full capacity and ridership, and windows are open for circulation.

Dining

We continue to emphasize distancing during lunch and snack to the extent it is possible in classrooms. There is a maximum of two grades at a time dining in the café. 

Field Trips (day only)

Field trips are allowed, and will be considered on a case by case basis. 

Getting to School

Our regular transportation agreements with the neighborhood are in effect and students in 2nd-12th grade must arrive via carpool, transit, bike, or foot unless provided with a distance exemption. With questions, email improvemycommute@gds.org.

Guests

Currently, guests are allowed on campus, indoors. All visitors must be vaccinated. Read more »

Masking

Masks are optional at GDS as of March 14, 2022. This 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. Read more »

Overnight Trips

Overnight trips are permitted and are being planned on a case by case basis.

Quarantine and Isolation

Currently, GDS is following 5-day quarantine following close contact and 5-day isolation period (only with two negative rapid tests) with the potential of up to 10 days, depending on the situation. The GDS nurse will provide guidance. Please refer to this document.

Testing

GDS is currently requiring that all unvaccinated/partially vaccinated individuals in our community participate in weekly testing and that vaccinated students test biweekly (Note: Athletes may need to test weekly). Read more »

Travel

We are not requiring individuals to quarantine or test following travel. We do ask members of our community to follow any safety protocols. Read more »

Vaccination

We require vaccination for all eligible community members age 12+ within 3 months of eligibility. We strongly encourage vaccination for those 5-11. Read more »

Virtual Instruction

GDS is not providing synchronous virtual instruction for the 2021-22 school year.