Covid-19 Family Handbook
Creating a safe educational environment for the full GSB community.
Our Guiding Principles
- We all share the responsibility in keeping our community safe.
- Our focus will be on the public health, well-being, and safety of the whole community and not on individual preferences.
- To achieve our goal to provide an educational experience as safely as possible, we will all be required to adjust how we conduct ourselves.
- Giving each other immediate, urgent feedback.
- Ensuring that we never become lax with the protocol.
- Understand that we view the CDC and State guidelines as our baseline, but we are called to do more.
Overnight Travel Policy
As we begin the process of resuming those upper school programs which include or may include overnight travel and in particular, Spring Athletic Trips and the Spring Unit, please know that proof of COVID vaccination will be required for all participants. Vaccination proof must be uploaded into the Magnus Health app prior to the trip.
This decision was made for several reasons. For trips that include airline travel, those who test positive for COVID-19 would be unable to fly. In such a situation, a GSB staff member may not be able to supervise a student required to quarantine. Additionally, overnight trips frequently put students in shared living spaces, and they may be unmasked at times. As vaccinated individuals are less likely to become infected with COVID-19 if they are exposed to the virus, and have different requirements for quarantine, this policy is necessary to ensure the health and safety of the participants as well as mitigate risk.
Covid-19 Testing Schedule
GSB has partnered with Mirimus Labs to conduct weekly PCR testing. The testing is non-invasive and saliva-based. Mirimus Labs meets our criteria to reliably conduct the testing with a high degree of accuracy and rapid turnaround. Many of our peer schools have demonstrated that pooled testing is an effective way to receive accurate information, which will help limit the spread of the virus.
|Test Distribution Day||Test Collection Day|
|8/16 - 8/20 and 8/23||8/24 to 8/25|
|9/2 and 9/3||9/9|
|9/13 and 9/14||9/15|
|9/20 and 9/21||9/22|
|9/27 and 9/28||9/29|
|10/4 and 10/5||10/6|
|10/11 and 10/12||10/13|
|11/1 and 11/2||11/3|
|11/29 and 11/30||12/1|
|Total Number of
Potentially Positive Pairs
GSB Pooled Testing Procedure
Step 1 – Pick up a Kit
|Lower School Students||Middle School Students||Upper School Students||Faculty & Staff|
|Kits will be distributed before dismissal and placed in the student bags.||Kits will be distributed during homeroom.||Kits will be distributed during advisory.||Faculty & Staff kits will be distributed by admins in each division or building.|
|Saliva Collection Tub||Saliva Straw||Alcohol Wipe||Tube Bag|
Step 2 – Collect Saliva Sample
Do not spit until the morning of your test. For best results, please do not eat, drink, or brush teeth within 30 minutes of providing your sample. Do not use mouthwash two hours before collecting sample. Ideally, it is best to collect the saliva sample first thing in the morning. On the morning of your test, collect your saliva sample following these steps, or watch this video.
|Step 1||Step 2||Step 3||Step 4||Step 5||Step 6|
|Open saliva straw pouch and remove saliva straw||Unscrew tube cap and insert ridged end of saliva straw into tube||Pool saliva in mouth and push saliva through straw into tube until half full||Remove and discard saliva straw and securely cap tube||Wipe tube with alcohol wipe, place into tube bag and seal||Drop off the baggie at the designated location for your Division|
Step 3 – Drop Off Your Sample
On Collection Day between 7:15 and 7:45 a.m. for Faculty/Staff and Vendors
On Collection Day between 7:45 and 9:00 a.m. for All Students
Drop off will take place during morning check-in at your typical check-in station. It must be dropped off before 9:00 a.m. on the designated collection day if you plan to be off campus. It may be dropped off by a parent. The bags must be labeled with the individual's name.
For your reference, a detailed FAQ about COVID-19 testing at GSB follows. We believe that the testing of the GSB community will help us quickly identify, isolate and/or quarantine needs to stop further community spread.
NOTE: Return only the filled collection tub.