FALL 2021 Planning

Welcome to Gaston Day School’s planning page for a healthy fall. We are sharing our plans for the 2021-2022 school year. Please understand that information can change.

Campus Planning

As many of you know, this week, the Governor released the school safety guidelines for the upcoming school year. While Gaston Day will take into consideration these guidelines, we will also follow recommendations from our Medical Advisory Board. The leadership team will be meeting next week to address these new protocols for the upcoming school year and will notify parents via email and this planning page of our policies and procedures once they are set.

 

 

If your child has had their COVID-19 vaccination, please email a picture of the vaccination card to our Wellness Coordinator, Melissa Fayssoux at mfayssoux@gastonday.org or make a photocopy of the vaccination card and send it in to the main office with ATTN: Melissa Fayssoux.
Questions about vaccinations? Contact Melissa Fayssoux at mfayssoux@gastonday.org or 704.864.7744 ext. 170. Visit our Wellness webpage at https://gdswellnesscorner.weebly.com/

Academic Planning

Dedicated Art teacher in Lower School
Music and PE will have a classroom space for students to use
Library will set up a mini Lower School Library on the Lower School side of campus
Students will have dedicated time with Librarian, Ms. Ellison to check out books in person
We will add Learning Academy staff in Lower School to allow for more student service options 
5th and 6th grade will switch classes and rotate classrooms
All middle school students will use lockers and dress out for PE classes
No classes in Lower or Upper Dining Halls
No classes in Gymnasium, other than PE classes
Adding Learning Academy teachers to increase coaching and coordinate programs
5 day rotating schedule with year long classes will add continuity to Middle School arts and World Languages Programs
We will be moving away from the quarter system and back to year-long courses with students enrolled in 6 classes at a time. 
Most classes will meet three times a week for 65 minutes; a few classes will meet two times a week for 90 minutes. 
We will not be offering a full-time learning from home option, but students in 11th and 12th grades have the option to enroll in up to three virtual learning courses from a select number of offerings for the entire school year. 
Students will no longer have to follow the cohort system and will be able to have classes, open campus, and lunch with all 9th-12th grade students. 
French, Spanish, PE, and health will be taught in person and will no longer be delivered in the asynchronous format.
We will not be keeping virtual Wednesdays, but we will have a flexible start on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. 
We are adding classrooms in the library to create more spaces that are optimal for learning.
We will not be offering a full-time learning from home option, but students in 11th and 12th grades have the option to enroll in up to three virtual learning courses from a select number of offerings for the entire school year. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Classes begin on campus on August 17, 2021 with a noon dismissal.
That is not our plan. We are planning to return to school with in person classes. GDS is making every possible investment to create a safe campus and we feel confident in our plan.
The answer is a little more complicated than a yes/no. Gaston Day is working with our Medical Advisory Board to determine the most flexible mask policy while still keeping our students safe.
We will not be offering a full-time learning from home option, but students in 11th and 12th grades have the option to enroll in up to three virtual learning courses from a select number of offerings for the entire school year. 
Yes, student temperatures will be checked every morning when they enter their school building with our thermal scanners.
Contact our Wellness Coordinator, Melissa Fayssoux at mfayssoux@gastonday.org or 704.864.7744 ext. 170 or our Director of Safety & Security, Chief Buie at chief@gastonday.org or 704.864.7744 ext. 117

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