Since my last communication to you regarding positive COVID-19 cases, we have had six additional staff cases reported. As a consequence, we have made the difficult decision to close the building to students and most staff for a period of two weeks – Monday, October 19th through Friday, October 30th. This is being done in an effort to reduce the opportunity for spread of the virus, and because the number of staff in quarantine means we cannot safely staff the building.
During this time, all GES students will receive instruction via distance learning. Many students have received CCPS Kajeet SmartSpots to enable connectivity. If your student is unable to connect to the internet with the Kajeet, please contact the GES office at 410-479-3885 to request a paper packet. Packets will be available on Tuesday, October 20th.
I certainly understand the level of anxiety that receiving this message is going to cause for all of you, and I truly wish I didn’t have to send it. However, the safety and health of our students and staff is our highest priority, and we will continue to do everything we can to ensure the safest environment possible. Please know that as always, we are committed to providing as much support as we can and resolving challenges when and where we can.
As cases of COVID-19 are on the rise in general, please remain vigilant. Monitor yourself and your family for symptoms, which include fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you or any member of your family exhibit these symptoms, please contact your medical provider, or Chrissy Bartz PA-C at Choptank Community Health (email@example.com or 410-482- 9148) or the school nurse, Lyn Fitzgerald, BSN,RN. (firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-479-4395). Please notify me of any positive COVID-19 case results.
Thank you for your patience, flexibility and support. Together, we will get through this newest challenge, and continue to do what is in the best interest of our students.
Dawn Swann, Principal