COVID-19 and School Status Updates

CURRENT STATUS
(Last updated 11/15/20)

Key Documents:
GCDS Health & Safety Protocols During a Pandemic
(Updated November 15, 2020)
GCDS Reopening Plan 2020 (August 17, 2020)

Recent Update:
November 3 - Message from Head of School: Election, Travel, and Calendar Changes

GCDS HEAD OF SCHOOL AND RELATED UPDATES

School Year: 2020-2021

November 3 - Message from Head of School: Election, Travel and Calendar Change
October 28 - Message form Head of School: Halloween Guidance
October 1 - Message from Head of School: Health & Safety Protocols Update
September 9 - Headlines: First Day of School
September 7 - Message from the Arts Program - Health and Safety Protocols
August 19 - Acknowledgement of Risk and Social Contract
August 18 - SchoolPass - New App and Health Screening
August 17 - GCDS Reopening Plan 2020 Update
July 29 - Athletics Announcement - Fall 2020 FAA Conference Competition Season is Cancelled
July 15 - GCDS Preliminary Reopening Plan 2020


School Year: 2019-2020
June 26 - GCDS Inaugural Grade 12 Graduation Ceremony
June 23 - Reopening 2020 Parent Survey
June 9 - End of Year Assembly Recording
June 8 - Yearbook Dedication and Pick Up
June 5 - End of Year Assembly on June 9
June 4 - Vigil for Unity Recording
June 3 - Invitation to Vigil for Unity on June 4 
June 1 - Parents Association News - June 2020
May 28 - Alumni Talent Show to Benefit GCDS Emergency Support Fund - June 6
May 27 - Summer Exploration Lab - Registration Open
May 20 - The Art of Country Day - Gallery Debut
May 14 - May 14 Parent Forums - Technology
May 8 - Lagniappe: Surprises
May 8 - Message to Students
May 6 - May 7 Parent Forums - Fitness at Home
May 6 - School Closed through end of year * Spring Event Updates * Reopening Planning
May 5 - Tigers Day of Gratitude
April 28 - April 30 Parent Forums - Executive Functioning
April 28 - Take a Deep Breath Days - May 4 and 15
April 21 - Invitation to Master Class with Donovan Mitchell '12 - April 25
April 21 - PA Town Hall * Parent Survey * Parent Forums
April 13 - Grandparents and Grandfriends Message
April 10 - Schools Closed Until May 20 * May/June Events Cancelled
March 30 - First Day * Parent Feedback Survey * Parent Forums * Lagniappe
March 27 - Remote Learning Launch *A Poem by Adam Rohdie
March 18 - School will Commence Remote Learning as of March 30
March 16 - School is Close until March 31
March 11 PM - School will Close on Thursday, March 12
March 11 AM - School will Close on Friday, March 13
March 9 - Oliver * March Rwanda Trip Cancelled * Travel Advisory Updates
March 6 - Travel Advisory/Update * Remote Learning Preparedness
February 27 - Spring Break Travel Plans/Advisories

RESOURCES
Health Advisories

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Coronavirus 
State of Connecticut Coronavirus 
Town of Greenwich Department of Health 

Travel Advisories
U.S. Department of State - Travel
CT Travel Advisory


Testing Information
Connecticut State - COVID-19 Testing
New York State Dept. of Health - COVID-19 Testing

Talking to Children About COVID-19

National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus 
NPR: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus 
Harvard Health Publishing/Harvard Medical School: How to talk to children about the coronavirus
CDC: Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children
Public Broadcasting Station (PBS): How to talk to your children about coronavirus

Additional Resources For Parents:
GCDS: Top 10 Ways Parents/Guardians Can Help Support Children and Families During COVID-19
The National Child Traumatic Stress Institute: Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
The Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Network (MHPSS): Briefing note on addressing mental health and psychosocial aspects of COVID-19 Outbreak
American Psychologists Association - A curated list of resources for reference during pandemics

Coping and At-Home Activities:
Greater Good Magazine | Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley: Greater Good’s Guide to Well-Being During Coronavirus 
Greater Good Magazine: How School Closures Can Strengthen Your Family
PBS: How You and Your Kids Can De-Stress During Coronavirus
Little Flower Yoga: 5 Tips for helping children manage anxiety