COVID-19 Protocols



Good Shepherd Episcopal School is committed to the health and safety of our community. As the school continues to monitor the variants of the COVID-19 virus, please note our current safety protocols are subject to change at any time throughout the year. We consult with area independent schools and experts regularly (physicians, Dallas County, CDC, WHO, etc.)  to determine the best course of action as we welcome you back to campus for the 2021-2022 school year. Below are the protocols with some modifications from the 2020-2021 school year. We are grateful for our families’ dedication and strong partnership with the school. We are #GSESstrong!

 


 

SICKNESS PROTOCOL

First page of the PDF file: COVID_Sickness_FlowChart_051822

DISTANCE LEARNING

First page of the PDF file: COVID_DL_FlowChart_Update_020222



 


 

Moving Forward to the Good Shepherd Experience
 

  • All families welcome on campus - including GSPO family events
  • In-person Chapel and Eucharist 
  • Middle school classes will move from room to room, and our younger students will move to music, art, and Spanish classrooms again.
  • Physical Education - middle school students dress out in PE uniforms
  • Athletic events return to campus for our 7th and 8th graders. 
  • Music, Choir, Orff Ensembles - Singing will be allowed.
  • Lunch in the cafeteria
  • Recess outside
  • No temperature checks or Ascend questionnaire at carpool 
     

 

Mask and Testing Protocols

As of March 1, 2022, GSES has instituted a “Mask Optional” policy. Masking will not be required on campus or on school bus transportation; however, any individuals are welcome to mask if they feel more comfortable. This policy is subject to change at any time, based on pandemic conditions in our community and the surrounding areas. 

COE trips:

All participants will continue to be tested for overnight trips. The school can provide this testing for free on campus, or testing can be obtained separately by the family off-campus.

Keeping Good Shepherd Healthy 

 

  • Hand sanitizer stations and hand washing -  important prevention measures 
  • Completed ventilation and air quality upgrades
  • Encouraging outdoor learning again this year
  • Protocol Review Team - meets regularly to assess protocols
     

Procedures for COVID Cases


The school will limit contact tracing to household exposures and suspend additional contact tracing procedures for on-campus COVID-19 exposures.

  • Quarantines will only be required for household exposures (when someone in the household tests positive, others in the household are subject to quarantine).
  • Individuals who have been exposed but also have some type of immunity, either from vaccine or documented natural infection within the last 90 days, may choose to return to campus without a quarantine, provided they wear a mask at all times indoors and continue to monitor for symptoms. 

Regardless of these procedures, we want to ensure families of all grade levels are informed of any potential issues. We will notify you of any potential COVID-19 outbreaks should any of the following occur:

  • For PDO and Pre-K, we will notify you any time an individual in your child’s class has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • For Kinder through 4th grades, we will notify you if there are more than two positive cases within a quarantine period (currently defined as 5 days) in your child’s class.
  • For 5th through 8th grades, we will notify you if there is substantial spread within a quarantine period (currently defined as 5 days) among your child’s grade level.

As always, you may check the school’s COVID-19 dashboard for real-time information on active COVID-19 cases across the school.

Distance learning: 

  • If the school communicates an issue regarding COVID-19 cases in your child’s classroom or grade level and you are concerned about potential spread, we will offer your child the option of voluntarily opting into distance learning for a quarantine period (currently defined as 5 days), even if your child is not specifically identified as a close contact.

*Please note, students who feel ill, whether diagnosed with COVID-19 or otherwise, should not participate in distance learning and should, instead, take the time to recover and heal.

Good Shepherd Episcopal School will continue to clean and disinfect frequently following guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”) and other federal and state agencies. The COVID-19 pandemic is constantly evolving and, as a result, we will remain flexible in our approach to handling positive and/or potentially positive cases within our community. As a result, our procedures regarding COVID-19 may be modified at any time.