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The safety, security, and well-being of our students, employees, and community is our top priority. Greensboro Day School continues to monitor the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and will utilize this webpage to update the community about pandemic preparedness. Specifically, we are monitoring the spread of influenza and novel coronavirus and our community is actively engaged in prevention and preparedness training.
A pandemic is a global outbreak of disease that occurs when a new virus strain appears that can spread easily from person to person. A pandemic is a serious public health emergency, which is unpredictable as to timing and severity. Planning for such an outbreak is required to reduce mortality and provide continued services for our community.
A respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Commonly called the “flu”, is caused by a virus, which infects the respiratory tract (nose, throat, and lungs). The flu season is typically from mid-December through March. The flu virus is spread from person to person by droplet spread. The incubation period is 1-3 days and a person is contagious for the day before signs or symptoms appear until 7 days after onset of symptoms.
Updated Spring 2021: Greensboro Day School is operating under the BLUE plan in our Operations Plan, and Following Level Two of Pandemic Preparedness Levels. School is open for on-campus learning, with remote options. Read more in our operations plan.
Events and trips canceled or postponed
Social distancing measures are taken for students and employees
Monitor CDC/WHO/Health Department for information on preparedness, travel, and closures
Communicate regularly with the local health department
Implement suggested protocols for campus cleaning methods and cleaning frequency including high-contact, high-traffic areas and utilize recommended cleaning supplies for sanitizing
Conduct ongoing wellness and hygiene training for students and employees as recommended by the CDC:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water when your hands are visibly dirty.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Employees and students should stay home when you are sick (and do not return to school until you are fever-free for 24 hours without medication). Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash hands.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Provide respiratory and hand hygiene education and training to students and employees and implement such practices in the classroom
Monitor illness trends at the grade and division levels
Assess all students who have signs or symptoms of illness and report findings to the student's parent or caregiver
Discharge students with illness through the Health Room and inform the student’s director/teacher
Greensboro Day School is following CDC Travel Warnings and will be requiring community members who have traveled to a CDC Level 3 Country to self-quarantine for 14 days after travel before coming to campus. Visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices for the most updated information.
All school events, activities, field trips, athletic practices and games, auxiliary programs and facility rentals are monitored on a daily basis. If upcoming events will be changed, Division Directors will communicate information. Visit our calendar page to see an updated school calendar.
Greensboro Day School will follow the Greensboro Day School Pandemic Plan. If a pandemic or any other natural disaster forces the temporary closure of campus, Greensboro Day School will follow our Emergency Preparedness Plan for School Closure and will be prepared to provide an alternative method for teaching and learning.
Greensboro Day School has a Health Room equipped with two full-time nurses and part-time nursing staff to serve our student and employee community. Linda Register, RN, is the Director of Health Services and can be reached at: 336.288.8590 x219 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more about our Health Room here.
GDS shares in the community excitement of receiving vaccine priority status extended to educators and school employees by the State of North Carolina. As an educational institution, GDS believes in the efficacy of COVID vaccines and encourages all faculty and staff to be vaccinated. We project that nearly 85% of our faculty and staff employees will, by choice, be fully vaccinated on or before April 1, 2021. Given the Emergency Authorization Status of current COVID vaccines, we do not require vaccines as a condition of employment at this time. We recognize and respect that this is a confidential medical decision involving many factors and fully support employees in making the decision they believe is in their best interest. To that end, we ask that ALL members of the Greensboro Day School community respect the privacy of others and refrain from questions or discussions about vaccines. If GDS employees are involved in the contact tracing process during an active positive COVID-19 case, the GDS Health Center staff may ask the employees for their vaccination status. Casual conversations between GDS community members on the topic of COVID vaccinations and inquiries as to whether or not someone has been vaccinated are strongly discouraged. In keeping with best practices and current recommendations from NCDHHS and the CDC, the School’s policies, procedures, and mitigation strategies as outlined in the COVID-19 Operations Plan will remain in place until further notice for all members of the Greensboro Day School community, regardless of their vaccination status.