GDS Modifications during COVID-19

We would like to welcome each one of you with the reminder that the health and safety of our students, staff, families and community continues to be our first priority. Here are some things you can expect from us: 

Classroom sizes will be limited to groups of 10 or less. Infants and younger toddlers are limited to 8 per classroom. Modified classroom layout, enhanced outdoor and small group activities will promote social distancing between the children. Children will not mix with other groups and will remain with the same teachers throughout the day.

You will be greeted by GDS staff who will assist you with the check-in of your child each morning, as well as checkout in the afternoon. Your child will be escorted directly to the classroom. Drop off and pickup locations will be announced later.

Staff and children will have 2 daily temperature checks during the day.

Increased daily cleaning, sanitation, and disinfection will be practiced before, during and after school hours of classrooms, bathrooms and playground.

Protective equipment will be worn by GDS staff and teachers such as protective clothing, gloves, and face coverings/shields. Children ages 3 and older must wear a face covering, but can be removed when eating, naptime, or during strenuous activity such as playground time.

On-site School Hours:

Infants/Toddlers………8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
PreK 1-PreK 3……. 8:45 am –  1:00 pm
VPK Only…..……….8:45 am – 11:45 am
VPK Wrap………….8:45 am – 2:00 pm
Kindergarten………8:45 am – 2:45 pm

After School Care will be offered until 4:00 pm only. Your child must be pre-registered for this service. Before School Care will be unavailable until further notice. If your child was previously registered for these services, billing adjustments will be made if applicable.

As we adapt to a new normal, things can change as our state and local authorities ease restrictions. In the meantime, GDS is committed to following all state and local authorities, complying with regulations from the Florida Department of Health, Department of Children and Families (our licensing agency) as well as following the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

For more information about COVID-19 and a detailed description of the guidelines to be followed at GDS please visit:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/index.html

https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/