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GES News 2/16/2021

Great news, Families! The frozen water pipe has been thawed and water was restored in the cottages by 10:30 this morning! Thanks to a diverse team of problem solvers, things are back on track in those classrooms again. Today we celebrate the return of four 8th grade Otters students back to in-person learning! These students had not been in their classroom since the day they headed for Costa Rica, last March. Little did they know it would be such a long absence when they left. We are delighted at their return and wish them the best as they finish their final year at GES!

IMPORTANT DATES, EVENTS & INFORMATION

  • NO SCHOOL next Monday, 2/22 for staff independent work day

  • DISTANCE LEARNING MATERIALS DELIVERIES: Materials for distance learners will be delivered on MONDAY, 2/22.

  • AEOA FOOD DISTRIBUTION, TOMORROW, 2/17. Details HERE.

  • TRAVELING? - Overall we have been very fortunate! To date, we have had no cases of Covid 19 transmitted in school at GES. Thank you for your part in this outcome of steadfast adherence to safe practices. It must be noted that due to masking, we are seeing virtually zero cases of even the common cold; a testament that masking does make a difference! If you are making travel plans for Spring Break, please consider the following recommendations from the CDC:

  • If you are traveling, get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip. Make sure you have the results of your negative test before you travel. Keep a copy of your results with you during travel; you might be asked for them.

  • Do not travel if you test positive. Immediately isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.

  • Get tested again with a viral test 3-5 days after your trip and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative.

  • If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.

  • Additional information, including international travel, can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html




Photo of the week: The Fawns class had fun decorating "welcome back" masks to give to the returning 8th grade students. Today GES welcomed back four of our 8th grade students who decided to return to in-person learning. These students have been distance learning for almost a year, so we are very excited to see them back in the building! As the oldest students in the school, 8th graders are very special to our learning community, and the younger students look up to them as role models. As one of the Fawns exclaimed while decorating, "I can't wait to be an 8th grader!"


As always, please call the office if you have any questions on school related items. I am happy to assist you!


Have a wonderful week!

Lesa

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