Superintendent’s Letter: Phased Reopening for Students, August 14, 2020

The message below was sent to families from Superintendent Dr. Marie Wiles:

Dear GCSD Families,

As we head into the weekend and inch closer to the reopening of school in September, I want to share an update on how the start of school will look. Although I don’t have all the details just yet, my goal is to provide you with as much notice and information as we have right now.

During the August 11 Board of Education meeting, an idea of phasing the reopening of school was discussed. Since Tuesday, district administrators have talked about the what, the why and the how around this idea and we concluded that changing how we kick off the 2020-21 school year is needed; therefore, we are proceeding with a phased reopening of GCSD schools.

This means that there will be a phased reopening during the week of September 7 that will consist of remote-only instruction for all students. This will give students the opportunity to get acquainted with their teachers and classmates, learn about class expectations and review health and safety rules. In addition, students in Kindergarten, grade 5, grade 6, grade 8 and grade 9 will have the opportunity to go to their new school building and experience what it will be like when they attend in-person.

Please click here to see the breakdown and get more information about the phased reopening plan. Again, details are still being worked out and are subject to change, but we will be sure to communicate those changes with you as we know more.

I also want to remind you that we are offering Parent University sessions next week to help parents learn about the platforms their child\ren will be using for remote instruction, as well as three virtual panel discussions to update you on plans for reopening and to answer your questions.

Warm regards,

Dr. Marie Wiles
Superintendent of Schools

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