During times of low community transmission (or once 90% of students in impacted grades are vaccinated), assemblies can take place with students sitting 3' apart.


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 will return to normal programming following the protocols and prevention measures named elsewhere.

Band, Chorus & Theater

We are awaiting guidance from DC DOH related to performing arts and will update this section.


Buses will return to full capacity and ridership (meaning less than 3' distancing between students). Masks will be required and windows will remain open except during extreme weather.


We are not formally cohorting for the 2021-22 school year. We are emphasizing taking attendance for various activities in order to allow students to partake fully in our programming.


We continue to emphasize distancing during lunch and snack, with a goal of 6' between students when masks are off. Students may eat in classrooms or hallways to allow adequate spacing. 


When we can, we are encouraging 3' of distancing, and we are emphasizing other mitigants such as masking more.

Field Trips (day only)

Limited local field trips will be allowed this year depending on case rates. Outdoor locations and locations involving extremely limited interaction with those outside of the school will be prioritized.

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.

Overnight Trips

Limited high school overnight trips will be permitted within the DMV. Outdoor locations with sufficient distancing, strong COVID-19 protocols, and limited interaction with those outside of the school will be prioritized. Student vaccination status will be a factor in decision-making.


We remind individuals to take personal responsibility and remain home if experiencing any illness or symptoms of COVID-19 via a weekly reminder notification.


We will require unvaccinated individuals to get tested following school breaks and may resume weekly testing based on cases in the community or at school.


We are required to follow the DC travel quarantine guidelines, which currently call for all unvaccinated individuals to quarantine following travel. Check out the travel guidelines.


We will require vaccination for all eligible community members within 3 months of eligibility or by October 15 for those who are 12 years old or older. Individuals should upload vaccination cards into Magnus. You may request a medical or religious exemption for truly held religious belief. Remaining unvaccinated may impact your child's programmatic experience. Read more »


When transmission rates are low, we will allow visitors on campus for the 2021-22 school year. Read more »