In line with the GFA Mission, we are committed to partnering with students to create an environment that fosters our core values: passion, integrity, empathy, curiosity, and excellence. While we need to create new protocols to allow for the health and safety of all members of the community, we remain committed to building community and providing an excellent, coherent academic experience.
Students will maintain appropriate physical distance of 6 feet apart.
Students and faculty will be required to wear masks while at school.
A revised schedule will provide longer class periods (predominantly 90 minutes) and fewer transitions; this will allow for better engagement in academic work, less time spent in transition between classes, and more flexibility for students and teachers.
Classes and advisory groups will gather in person; larger groups (class meetings, assemblies, and announcements, for example) will gather virtually.
To begin the year, clubs and student groups will meet virtually at designated times during the week.
Student lockers will not be in use; students will need to carry what they need for the day.
When not in class, students will be in study hall, seminar, or other supervised locations where distancing will be maintained. Students will not have the freedom to congregate in the traditional indoor spaces--such as the Common Room, senior hallway, or library--though outdoor spaces will offer students somewhat more freedom of movement.
In lieu of Harkness tables, most rooms will have desks set up to allow for appropriate physical distancing; students will not move them unless asked by the teacher.
Hallways will be marked to indicate one-way traffic through the building.
We understand some students may not be able to attend classes at times because of family health circumstances. We are committed to allowing these students to continue their education while off campus. However, faculty will not be able to create separate educational experiences for students while they are not on campus.
Hosting a virtual student does impact the classroom experience. For example, it can prevent a class from easily going outside, or can somewhat limit the range of classroom practices that can be effective.
Because of this, we are reserving virtual learning for students who have to be at home because of a family medical situation, students who need to quarantine after travel or a possible exposure, and students who are experiencing COVID-like symptoms and are staying home to avoid possible transmission.
We do appreciate your student's desire to keep up on classes during a family trip or an appointment; we also recognize that for everyone's sake, we need to limit the number of virtual learners to those who need it for its intended purpose.
Please emailTeresa Furegno by 7:30 a.m. when your child needs to shift into virtual learning.
When we are unable to hold school in person, we will make several adjustments to provide for academic continuity and progress, connection amongst faculty and students, and flexibility to accommodate community members’ needs.
The Remote Learning daily schedule (a modification of the in-school schedule) will set aside time for classes, advisory, clubs, assemblies, announcements.
Classes will have time set aside for synchronous work and “co-work,” to ensure that students and teachers have access to one another when they have questions or need to connect.
Classes, advisory, and community time will run from 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., with office hours, clubs, and other extracurricular activities taking place later in the afternoon.
Classes, assignments, and grades will transition as seamlessly as possible, to minimize disruptions during a shift into remote learning.
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, students, faculty, and staff will be practicing physical distancing in combination with other everyday preventive actions, including wearing cloth face coverings, avoiding touching one’s face with unwashed hands, and frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Those students traveling by B&B, CTS and Dattco (Town of Westport) will follow the safety procedures implemented by the providers, following guidelines set forth by the State of Connecticut.
All of our vehicular transportation providers plan to operate van and bus service close to capacity with heightened health and safety protocols, and operators and students are required to wear face coverings.
Transportation plans from B&B, CTS and Dattco (Town of Westport) will be available soon.
Specific procedures for students arriving by train or car in the week prior to the start of school.
All staff and students are required to wear face coverings throughout the day except when outside and physically distanced or in designated locations. Face coverings are optional for preK students in line with the CT Early Education guidelines.
We recommend that every student come to school with two face coverings every day.
No slogans and written statements are permitted on face coverings, but we encourage you to label face coverings with your child’s name.
GFA can provide face coverings on campus on an emergency basis only.
GFA has created the conditions for physical distancing inside the school. Physical distance means keeping a safe space between yourself and other people who are not from your household. To practice physical distancing, we recommend that all staff and students stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ lengths) from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.
Students, faculty and staff will follow a regular schedule of hand cleaning — when possible, with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds, and otherwise using an alcohol-based sanitizer. Portable sinks and hand sanitizer stations will be at school entry points, in every classroom, and in other key locations. Hand cleaning will be required prior to entering school, before and after going outside, before and after lunch, and after using the bathroom.
Lunch will be delivered to assigned spaces for all students, faculty and staff prepared by Flik, our Food Service team. Details about the lunch service process, ensuring physical distancing, will be made available later in August. No food delivery vendors will be allowed to come to campus.