March 23, 2020
Dear GCS Family,
Today, Governor Northam’s closed schools for the rest of the school year. This means that we will not return to our physical classrooms, but we will continue with our remote schooling through May. Because we were proactive at the beginning of the crisis, we are ahead of most schools and will not have to make up for the lost schooling like government schools.
Thank you for your support and flexibility, as we have adapted to remote education. We are thankful for the Chromebooks from our bid for cause -- it has given us the ability to engage online.
Overall, the feedback has been positive. We know that we still have some kinks to work out -- remember, we just completed our first week of remote schooling. I always think of big changes in terms of crawl, walk, and then run. We are still in the crawling stage.
The office hours for our campuses:
ES/MS Office will be open Wed, 8am-5:30pm
HS Office will be open Mon-Thu, 9am-1pm
We will be conducting a survey for feedback. The link will be in this week’s Warrior Weekly. We look forward to hearing from you what we have done well and any areas in which we can improve.
We are going to extend Easter Break. School (online and remote) will be closed from Monday, Apr 6, through Monday Apr 13. We will resume classes on Tuesday, Apr 14.
As a reminder, if you have any class-related questions, please contact your child’s teacher. If you have any general questions or concerns, please contact either Joanne Kinder or Casey Musselman.
Thank you for your support and patience. We will continue to provide status updates.
Here are the some of the best ways to keep your family and the school community safe:
- Wash hands for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer frequently, especially before eating and after sneezing or coughing.
- Cover your mouth or nose with a tissue when you cough or cough into your elbow or sleeve.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Develop and maintain good health habits with regard to hygiene, diet, and sleep.
Here are some reference websites and documents with more information:
CDC Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
VA Dept of Health website: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/surveillance-and-investigation/novel-coronavirus/