Dear Gifft Hill School parents and guardians,

 

As everyone is aware, the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus has spread rapidly here in the USVI during the winter break. GHS remains committed to helping keep our island community safe while, at the same time, providing instruction to all of our students.  To help us meet both of these goals, GHS, in collaboration with the VI Department of Health (DOH), will require negative tests for all staff and students as part of a safe return to campus following the winter break. 

 

We have developed the following plan to reopen school safely while creating as little disruption as possible to our schedule in both the near and long term.

 

Please note that testing for both lower and upper campus students will take place on the lower campus.

 

Testing on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday is only for faculty, staff, and students. At this time we will not be able to test family members of our students and staff.

 

  • GHS staff will begin testing on Sunday, January 2.

  • ELC students will test Monday, January 3, and resume in-person learning on Tuesday, January 4, pending negative COVID tests of students and staff.

  • Testing for grades K-12 will be held according to the schedule below. 

  • Remote learning tools will be distributed to lower school students during their scheduled testing time on Monday.

  • Remote learning tools will be distributed to upper campus students from 10:00 - noon on Monday, January 3, in the foyer of the upper campus building. 

  • Classes for grades K-12 will be held remotely on Monday, January 3, and Tuesday, January 4.

  • In-person instruction for grades K-12 is scheduled to resume on Wednesday, January 5, for all students pending negative test results.

GHS’s health and safety protocols have served us well over the last two years. To ensure a safe reopening of school, it is essential that everyone in the GHS community continues to be vigilant and follow the protocols as provided in the GHS COVID Handbook.  During the break, we updated the Handbook based on the most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the DOH.  Please take time to review the protocols by clicking on the following link.

 

GHS COVID Handbook

  

Once again, I must ask for your patience and support as we work together to keep everyone safe while keeping students engaged and facilitating their academic progress.  I thank you in advance for working with us in the best interest of your children. 

 

Sincerely yours,

 

Ken Mills

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