From the Principal's Pen

February 15, 2021

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Welcome Back!

School reopens on Tuesday, February 16th. We look forward to welcoming everyone back!

We will welcome back Ms. Grandinetti's third grade class on Wednesday, February 17th.


IMPORTANT!! If you and your family have traveled, please contact our nurse, Theresa McIntosh at Theresa_McIntosh@greenwich.k12.ct.us and we will follow up when we return. Also, please send any and all information about exposures or positive cases to Nurse Theresa over the break.

Parent Meeting on the Impact of COVID-19

On Friday, February 5th, Superintendent Dr. Toni Jones and GPS Director of Nursing Mary Keller, RN, MPH, joined Principal Trish McGuire for a parent Question and Answer forum. Parents submitted questions in advance and also had an opportunity to ask questions during the meeting. If you were unable to join and would like to view a video recording of the meeting, please click on the button below.

Important Information from the Superintendent's Office

Reporting Travel and/or Test Results to GPS

As a reminder, we are asking families to send their updated information by today, Sunday, February 14th, if a student or staff member should have a COVID-related exposure or positive test which they need to report. Please send any of these notifications to your school’s principal or Mary Keller, GPS Head of Nursing.


For any student or staff member that has traveled, please provide proof of a negative test to your school’s principal (trish_mcguire@greenwich.k12.ct.us), school nurse (theresa_mcintosh@greenwich.k12.ct.us) or to Mary Keller (mary_keller@greenwich.k12.ct.us) in order to return to school grounds on Tuesday, February 16th.


Family Members who are COVID Testing

As a reminder, GPS is asking that students stay home if a member of their immediate family is being tested due to exposure or symptoms. It will limit teachers and students from possible exposures, causing individuals to be quarantined. Quarantining is a great safety measure, but it can be disruptive for staff and families. We understand we have many families who regularly test as a proactive measure; staying home while awaiting results of proactive, regular testing is not necessary.


Free COVID-19 Testing

If you or your child are symptomatic, we recommend getting tested as soon as possible. But if there are no symptoms, waiting 3-5 days from the possible exposure will give you the most accurate test results. Family Centers Health Care offers free COVID-19 testing at their Greenwich and Stamford locations. Details about their hours of operation and appointments can be found on their website. To find all test sites in your area, please visit United Way’s 2-1-1 website.


Board of Education Meeting

The next Board of Education Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 18th at 7:00PM via Zoom. Details to join the meeting are available on the website and if you’d like to sign-up to share a public comment, please use this form.

Parent Support Live Chats - February and March

During these challenging times, please join us for a virtual “Parent Video Chat” facilitated by one of our GPS psychologists. Connect virtually with other parents in our community and learn effective strategies to manage personal stress and discuss relevant topics (how to establish routines at home, manage challenging behaviors, build your kids' resilience). You can join whenever and stay for as long as you can. We are here to answer questions and provide support.


Theme:


February and March – Student Engagement: Staying Motivated and Connected During Challenging Times


Google Meet Link for all meetings meet.google.com/arm-hbjd-yvy


ELEMENTARY

Tuesday, February 23rd at 7pm– Click here to JOIN

Wednesday, March 10th at 7 pm - Click here to JOIN

Thursday, March 18th at 11 am – Click here to JOIN

Wednesday, March 24th at 7pm - Click here to JOIN



SECONDARY

Wednesday, February 17th at 7 pm - Click here to JOIN

** Tuesday, March 2nd at 7pm – Click here to JOIN

Tuesday, March 16th at 7pm - Click here to JOIN

Tuesday, March 30th at 7pm - Click here to JOIN

** Join the Student Engagement Committee at GHS for a special Parent Chat event


Directions

In order to join this session, you will have to access the Google Meet Conference link shared with you. You can choose to open your camera or not. Once you join, please mute your microphone to avoid background noises. You can turn it on when asking a question or use the chat function to ask questions or make comments. Presenters will share with you additional resources and links after the session is over.

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