COVID-19 and School Status Updates

CURRENT STATUS
(Last updated 8/20/20)

GCDS is closed for the summer recess.
GCDS Athletics 
Pre-season start date is August 31

August 17, 2020
The updated GCDS Reopening Plan 2020 calls for all students to return to campus for Grades N-8 in the "Yellow Plan" model—full, in-person with program modifications to support elevated health and safety protocols in place—and an "Orange Plan" or hybrid model designed to de-densify for Grades 9-12, with elevated health and safety protocols in place. This Reopening Plan has been developed with the information available to us as of August 17 and is subject to change based on new or changing information. 

GCDS HEAD OF SCHOOL AND RELATED UPDATES

School Year: 2020-2021
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