January 25 at 7 pm: Virtual Back to School night for families-
the whole school will attend a meeting to review procedures, go over the handbook, and COVID-19 procedures. This will be led by the school’s director. A link to the google meets will come out in an email and will be listed on this page the day of the meeting.
January 26-28: Parent/Student orientation-
Each family in our school will have an individual meet and greet times. This meeting will be primarily done outside, but families who are new to the school will have an opportunity to walk through the building for a quick tour. Families must wear a mask and practice social distancing. This meeting is teacher-led and the other classes will be on different days. Here, we will learn about our program, get to know me as their teacher, and answer any questions. Please bring with you a change of clothes to be kept at the school in a labeled Ziploc bag.
At GUMS, we take the safety and well-being of our staff and students very seriously. First and foremost, we will follow the regulations and policies of MSDE and the Health Department. We work with our License Specialist from the Office of Child Care and our Health Department representative.
1. All staff and students must wear a mask.
2. Only staff and students are allowed in the building.
3. Social distancing and cleaning in the classroom.
4. Morning drop-off.
When Your Child is Sick
If someone in your child’s family is sick, then we consider the whole family is sick.
STAY HOME. Failure to not comply may result in expulsion from our program.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, no child should come to school with ANY COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to someone waiting for results or has tested positive for COVID-19. Also, if anyone in their family is sick or is waiting for results or has tested positive for COVID-19, the child may not attend preschool. As a general rule of thumb, if one person in the family is sick, the whole family is sick!
1. Did your child feel feverish or have a measured temperature of 100.0 or greater in the past 24 hours?
2. Has your child experienced any symptoms associated with COVID-19 in the past 24 hours such as:
● Sore throat
● Nasal congestion
● Runny nose
● New or worsening cough
● Shortness of breath
● Body aches
● Loss of taste or smell
3. Has your child had close, prolonged contact (<6 feet for more than a few minutes) with anyone (household member or any other person) known to have COVID-19 or who has symptoms of COVID-19 (see above) in the past 24 hours?
If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, your child may not be permitted to stay at preschool today.
With BCPS virtual, we will need to make snow decisions independently. A text will go out by 7:30am via the Remind App.
Pick up and Drop off Policies
Pick up and Drop off Policies
When parents are dropping off and picking up their children, parents should enter the church parking lot via Butler Road and exit through the back of the lot onto Central Avenue. This one-way traffic pattern is to be observed at all times.
Only authorized individuals are allowed to pick children up from school. At the start of the school year, parents are asked to complete an Emergency Contact Form, listing all the persons who are authorized to pick up their children at the end of the school day. If the list of authorized persons changes during the school year, the teacher must be notified in writing. Children will not be dismissed from school into the care of an unauthorized person. If a child is to be picked up by someone other than one of the individuals listed on the Emergency Contact Form, the child's teacher must be made aware of this prior to dismissal time and in writing.
1. Families must keep 6 feet away from other families
2. Adults must stop at the cone and wait for instructions
3. If you have a thermometer, please take your child’s temperature and share.
4. If you do not, please have your child walk up to the table.
5. Quick goodbyes and “I love yous”, and our teacher will walk your child to their classroom
Winter/Spring 2021 Calendar
School Calendar for Winter/Spring 2021 School Year
January 25 at 7 pm: Virtual Back to School night for families
January 26/27: Parent/Student orientation
February 1: Students return- Staggered entrance for the first week, each child goes to school once this week
February 8: Regular schedule begins
February 15: Registration begins for the 2021-2022 school year for current students
March 1: Registration begins for the 2021-2022 school year for public
March 29-April 2: Spring break
May 28: Schools closed for Memorial Day
June 17: Last day of classes for students
Calendar days are subject to change when necessary at the discretion of the director and school board. If there are extended closures due to inclement weather or COVID-19, the board will approve any appropriate extensions.