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GDS Experience

COVID-19 Operations Plan

Current Operating Status

Greensboro Day School is currently operating in the BLUE plan of our COVID-19 Operations Plan, and Level Two of the Pandemic Levels of Response. Please refer to our Operations Plan for more details

Minimizing Risk, Maximizing Learning

The following priorities guide campus re-entry and operations plan:
  • Health and safety of our students and employees 
  • Academic excellence
  • Minimized disruptions, reassurance, and peace of mind for our parents and families
Greensboro Day School crafted a thoughtful, comprehensive, and mission-aligned operations plan for delivering the best academic experience in the safest way under the current pandemic conditions.  Read more about our detailed plan on this webpage. 

Re-Entry Video: We're Ready for You!

The Plan: Academics & Continuous Learning Scenarios

List of 7 items.

  • Health Center Updates & Protocols

    The GDS health support team includes two full-time Registered Nurses, several part-time nurses, and two full-time athletic trainers. All student physicals, immunization records, and other health and safety forms will be collected and stored electronically using the Magnus Health secure platform. Leave your paper at home!

    The health center now includes a well-space and a sick-space. The team maintains regular communication with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and other regional, national, and international networks.

    Health center staff will follow CDC guidelines for personal protective equipment (PPE). Health center nurses have masks, gloves, and gowns readily available. Face shields are optional and may compliment face masks. The GDS Health Center will follow reporting and communication guidelines and requirements by the NCDHHS when a GDS community member has been exposed or diagnosed with COVID-19. 

    Additional COVID-19 Protocol duties include:

    • Processing daily and required COVID Screening Forms for all on-campus community members
    • Managing the daily temperature screening process for all employees, students, and visitors to campus

    Exposure Protocols 
    • Exposure to COVID-19 within the last two weeks but presents no symptoms: Distance Learning at home for 14 days
    • Employees or students that self-report exposure to COVID-19, self-report diagnosis of COVID-19, or present at least one of the following COVID-19 symptoms (fever, chills, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing, new cough, a new loss of taste or smell) will be asked to leave campus immediately
    • Students will wait in the observation area of the Health Center until a parent arrives. 
    • The school nurse will notify the health department and follow health department guidelines for communicating and cleaning and disinfecting the areas exposed.

    Diagnosis Protocols
    • COVID-19 Diagnosis: Distance Learning at home for ten days since the first positive COVID-19 test
    • At least one symptom (fever, chills, breathing difficulty, new cough, a new loss of taste/smell):  Distance Learning at home until ten days since the first symptom; no fever three consecutive days without fever meds; three days of symptom improvement

    If you have questions about the School’s health procedures or policies? Email or call Linda Register, RN, Director of Health Services at lindaregister@greensboroday.org or 336.288.8590.
     
  • Investments and Redesigns

    Greensboro Day School is making and has made substantial investments to better support teaching and learning during an unpredictable school year. 
     
    Campus Infrastructure Investments
    • Global Plasma Solutions air filtration system that utilizes Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization (NPBI) technology to clean air inside all campus buildings
    • The Health Center remodel includes a sick-room and a well-room
    • Reimagined Outdoor Spaces for myriad physical activities and outdoor classroom meetings
    Technology Investments
    • Swivl technology allows our students to learn virtually and Zoom right into the classes being held on campus
    • GDS is a new member of Magnus Health. The health screening app and secure paperless storage for student health documents will be utilized, beginning with the 2020-21 school year
    • Grab and go kits will be prepared to go home with PK-1st Grade Families. GDS will include ipads and hotspots in the kits for families who find affordability a challenge
    Furniture Investments
    • New classroom furniture is being purchased to support social distancing, maximum classroom capacity, and socialization
    • Students will have portable chairs for outdoor class discussions and activities when the weather is nice
    Teacher Traning Investments
    • Teachers will deepen their toolbox to deliver an exemplary experience whether we are on campus or learning online
    • Schedule training; time use training for all learning modes
    • Three GDS staff are certified COVID contact tracers by Johns Hopkins University
  • Campus Cleanliness & Disinfection

    GDS continues to be vigilant about the cleanliness and disinfection of our entire campus. We will follow all CDC guidelines and use EPA-approved disinfectants with regards to cleaning protocol, process, and chemicals used.

    • Hand sanitizer stations have been placed throughout campus in classrooms, receptionist desks, and other high-traffic areas
    • Employees and students are expected to use hand sanitizer each time they enter and leave a room or office
    • The indoor and outdoor campus will be cleaned and disinfected daily
    • Custodians, staff, and teachers will clean high volume spaces and equipment daily
    • Global Plasma Solutions air  filtration system (used by airlines and hospitals) that utilizes Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization 
    • The indoor air quality will be monitored daily
    • Regular maintenance schedules will be followed
  • When will GDS Community Members Need to Stay Home?

    Community members will be required to stay home when:
    • Students or employees who travel to a destination under a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Advisory
    • Exposure to COVID-19 within the last two weeks but presents no symptoms: Distance Learning at home for 14 days (10 school days)
    • COVID-19 Diagnosis: Distance Learning at home for ten days since the first positive COVID-19 test. • 10 days since first symptom • No fever three consecutive days without fever meds • Three days of symptom improvement
    • Presents at least one symptom of fever, chills, breathing difficulty, new cough, a new loss of taste/ smell: Distance Learning at home until- • 10 days since first symptom • No fever three consecutive days without fever meds • Three days of symptom improvement
    In the case of GDS Community Spread, Greensboro Day School will communicate with the GCDHHS to monitor cases within our community. We will follow all GCDHHS instructions and guidance for directed quarantine and distance learning.
  • Tech at Home | Resources from the GDS Tech Department

    This guide is designed to help students who are learning from home who may need assistance with technology. You can open a help ticket by completing this form. 
  • Athletics

    Greensboro Day School is a member of the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association (NCISAA) and to ensure the health and safety of our student-athletes, we will follow CDC, NCDHHS, GCHD,  and NCISAA guidelines.

    GDS Sports 
    Greensboro Day School has published our Return to Play Plan and COVID-19 Procedures on our athletics webpage. 

    To ensure the health and safety of our student-athletes, we will follow CDC, NCDHHS, and NCISAA guidelines regarding limiting physical contact with other players, no shared water bottles or equipment, no handshakes after games, and meets. We will continue to analyze the information as it is available and follow all necessary protocols.
     
    *All dates are subject to change. All schedule-related questions should be directed to Freddy Johnson, Athletic Director at freddyjohnson@greensboroday.org

    Athletic Staff
    Freddy Johnson
    Athletic Director

    Jon Schner, LAT, ATC
    Assistant Athletic Director
    Director of Sports Medicine / Athletic Trainer
    jonschner@greensboroday.org

    Meg Sumner, MS, LAT, ATC
    Assistant Athletic Trainer
    megsumner@greensboroday.org
  • Household Travel to CDC Level 3 Advisory Location

    For the health and wellbeing of our community, we ask that our families, faculty, and staff please let us know if you plan to travel to a CDC Level 3 Health Advisory destination. The Director of Health Services will view the data to inform us of necessary protocols for campus re-entry, if applicable. Thank you in advance for supporting the health of our children, faculty, and staff and for your commitment to our community.

    Complete this form here to notify the Director of Health Services of any upcoming or recent travel.
In many ways, campus life will look and feel the same. For health and safety reasons, there will be ways that experience on campus will change, and these changes will be updated as CDC guidelines for safe schools evolve.  

Coronavirus Self-Checker

Have Questions?

Have questions about school procedures during COVID? Have a great idea to share with the leadership team? Let our team know by emailing COVIDTeam@greensboroday.org

Having technical difficulties with the Magnus app? Let our tech team know by emailing Magnus@greensboroday.org or call Magnus directly at 877-461-6831.  

Face Coverings / Masks

  • Must cover nose and mouth
  • Masks should be two-ply, with ear loops and cannot be see-through when held up to light
  • Change your mask every day
  • No face coverings or masks with valves, vents, holes or mesh will be permitted
  • No neck gaiters or bandanas
  • Extra masks will be available in the division offices
  • All students and employees should have one face covering on when they exit their vehicle and a backup mask if needed
  • Greensboro Day School face covering/mask requirements are guided by CDC recommendations.
Updated September 30, 2020

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