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COVID-19

Campus Covid Update

Head of School Mrs. Gina Borst informed parents on Friday of two positive Covid-19 cases in the Grier community. At the start of the week, Mrs. Borst sent an update to parents and wrote, "With two adults testing positive last week, it brought to the forefront just how quickly things could change on campus and how fragile the safety and well-being of our community really is at this time. We are so thankful that everyone else on campus, including all of our students, tested negative but it certainly was a scary situation." With pending test results over the weekend, our boarding students had a 36-hour quarantine in their dorms, and all buildings, especially classrooms, were cleaned and sanitized. Classes were held virtually during this time and resumed in-person on Tuesday.

Please see Mrs. Borst's full letter to parents and changes for following Thanksgiving break:


November 9, 2020 

Dear Parents: 

I want to personally thank you for your patience and understanding during this fall semester as we worked to provide the best possible educational, social, and safe environment for your daughters. As I look around campus, it is obvious the girls are happy, content, and making the most of these unusual circumstances. With two adults testing positive last week, it brought to the forefront just how quickly things could change on campus and how fragile the safety and well-being of our community really is at this time. We are so thankful that everyone else on campus, including all of our students, tested negative but it certainly was a scary situation.

While the school is not taking a full Thanksgiving break, we realize day students and faculty will have a long weekend. In the United States, Thanksgiving is a time to connect with family and friends, which is typically a wonderful opportunity, but not necessarily during a pandemic.

For this reason, the school had made the decision for all day students to be virtual starting on Monday, November 30th (after the Thanksgiving weekend). We now feel it is best for faculty to stay at home and teach the last week of classes remotely through Zoom. This way we can better assure the safety of our boarding students on campus. Of course, having classes remotely for one week and through midterm exams does create a scenario we were not expecting. That is why I am writing to let boarding families know of this change so you may choose to bring your daughter home earlier than originally planned. If travel plans have already been made or you feel it is better for your daughter to remain on campus until the end of the semester, that is absolutely fine. Otherwise, your daughter may depart from school on November 25th and will finish her semester remotely, along with the teachers, current virtual students, and day students.

I realize this is an unexpected change, but one the school feels is in the best interest of our school community. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I ask that you notify travel@grier.org with final semester travel plans for your daughter by Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

Thank you again for your understanding as we all work to get through this unprecedented time. 

Sincerely,
Gina Borst, M.Ed.
Head of School



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