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Covid-19 Re-Opening Information

The entire GLCPS community is facing an unprecedented set of circumstances because of the Covid-19 pandemic. To protect the health and safety of ALL, and to return to in-person learning, each one of us must commit to being responsible and holding each other accountable to maintain a healthy school environment and contribute to a healthy community. 
All staff, students and families should review the 2020-21 Covid-19 Health and Safety Guidelines. This document outlines the safety measures and expectations to ensure that all remain safe and healthy while at school. 
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When does in-person learning begin?

  • 5th/6th grade April 5
  • 7th/8th grade April 12
  • 9th-12th grade April 26
Do I have to send my child to school or can s/he continue to learn remotely?
  • You can choose to have your child remain in remote learning.
  • Teachers will teach in-person and remote students simultaneously.
Can I send my child to school some days and keep her/him home on other days?
  • No. You must choose either in-person learning or remote learning.
  • If a student in remote learning comes to school, their parent will be notified to come get them.
  • If an in-person student does not come to school but signs into class remotely, that student will be marked absent.
Can I switch my child from remote learning to in-person learning or from in-person learning to remote learning?
  • Yes. If you decide to change your child's learning environment, complete this form and GLCPS will contact you to arrange for this change
  • The deadline to change your child's learning environment for the 2020-2021 School Year is May 5, 2021.
How are students being safely transported to and from school?
  • Buses are required to keep windows open at a minimum of two inches.
  • All occupants must wear a mask at all times.
  • Student capacity on busses adheres to DESE guidelines.
  • Tremblay Bus company cleans and sanitizes the buses according to DESE guidelines.
How will staff and students avoid contact in the building?
  • Hand sanitizer is located in each classroom and in designated areas throughout the building. 
  • Classroom desks are three feet apart per DESE and CDC guidelines. Plexiglass dividers are used in non-traditional classrooms such as the art rooms and labs.
  • Students are assigned a seat in their classroom. Teachers change classrooms at the end of each period. 
  • Staff and students wear masks at all times except while eating. 
  • Students will receive breakfast as they are entering the building.
  • During lunch, students will be spaced 6 feet apart. When needed, some students may be assigned to eat lunch in the cafeteria and gymnasium. Students will eat lunch in their assigned seats. (All classrooms are designated peanut/tree nut free zones.)
Are Uniforms Required?
  • Uniform Shirts and Pants/Skirts are required for in-person and remote learning. 

Can students bring backpacks to school?

  • Backpacks are allowed.
  • NO backpacks on wheels.
  • Lockers will not be in use.
Do students bring Chromebooks to school?
  • Students must travel from home to school to home with their Chromebooks and chargers daily.
Do I need to buy supplies for my child?
  • You do not need to purchase school supplies for your child. The school will have school supplies for students.
What do I need to know about masks?
  • Masks are required. Staff and students must properly wear masks (covering nose and mouth) for the entire school day except during lunch or when their teacher designates a mask break.
  • Masks need to loop over the ears. No buffs, bands, bandanas, scarves, etc.
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own mask from home. Students who come to school without a mask will be provided a mask by GLCPS.
  • Parents are encouraged to send their child to school with a container or sandwich bag that their child can use to store their mask during lunch.
  • Review the Face Mask Protocol webpage.
What measures are in place in the school to prevent an outbreak of Covid 19?
  • All classrooms have an air purifier with a HEPA and carbon filters to circulate the air.
  • The building is cleaned daily.
  • The building undergoes a deep cleaning on weekends.
  • High touch areas such as door handles, faucets, and desks are sanitized regularly throughout the day. 
How will the health of staff, students and others who enter the school building be monitored?
  • Every family will receive a checklist of common Covid symptoms to review daily with their child(ren). We recommend posting this checklist somewhere in the house where it will be visible, such as on a message board, refrigerator, high traffic door, etc. 
  • Every staff member will self-assess daily before coming into the building.
  • all other visitors to the building will have tp review a checklist of symptoms, and attest they are free of symptoms. 
What Is the Protocol for Someone Who Begins Feeling Sick In School?
  • GLCPS will have a designated, supervised, medical waiting room that is separate and managed by the Nurse.  
  • In the event someone exhibits COVID-19 symptoms during school hours, the Nurse will immediately move the student or staff person out of the general population and into this designated space. The Nurse will begin the protocol for COVID-19 scenarios in school which begins on Page 7 of the Protocols for Responding to Covid-19. (reference link here).
  • If more than one person is in the medical waiting room at a time, each person must remain 6 feet apart and must wear a mask. A surgical mask will be provided by the Nurse. PPE  (personal protective equipment) must be worn by the staff member supervising the room.
What should I do if my child or another family member has any Covid 19 symptoms?
  • If you or your child exhibits any symptoms of Covid 19, you must report it to the GLCPS Nurse's Office. There are state guidelines and protocols in place to handle a number of different scenarios for Covid 19, all of which are outlined in the GLCPS Covid 19 Response Protocols Document which you can read here.