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

Social distancing will be 4 feet apart
Masks will be required, however some exceptions will be considered

 

 

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 
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 but most people will be required to wear masks. Gaston Day is following CDC Guidelines. 
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.

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