Back Together GPS

School Reopening & Re-entry 2020

This site contains the information and resources you need about the reopening of the Gloucester Public Schools in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

To read Gloucester's submitted plan for school reopening, please click here.

We're coming Back Together GPS on September 16

Families, Colleagues, and Community Members,

School begins on September 16th. Teachers, staff, school leaders, the Department of Health, the Department of Public Works, and all of Gloucester have been working all summer to make sure our students have safe and healthy schools to enter this Fall.

We are very excited to open our schools and be back together.

This site is your "go-to" spot for information and resources for returning to school safely.

What Parents & Guardians Must Know about Returning to School

  1. Stay Home if Sick -- Make sure to do a COVID-19 Symptom Check everyday before your child comes to school. Use our COVID-19 Symptoms Check Guide.

  2. Masks & Face Coverings - All students (PK-12) and all staff must wear masks or face coverings. Families are expected to supply their student's masks. Please be sure your child comes to school every day with a face covering or mask. See our Masks & Face Coverings for tips for selecting and wearing a mask safely.

  3. What if? - We have clearly defined Protocols in case a student or staff member has symptoms or gets COVID-19. See all of our COVID-19 Scenario Protocols.

  4. Health Hand Hygiene - we have added hundreds of hand sanitizing stations in all of our schools. Students will wash or sanitize their hands regularly.

  5. Chromebook Distribution & Collection - We will start distributing Chromebooks on Monday, September 14. See here for more details about Chromebook distribution and how we are collecting Chromebooks issued in the spring.

  6. Fall Athletics at GHS - The School Committee will decide on September 16 whether GHS will compete in interscholastic sports now or wait until the Fall 2 Season in February.

With community transmission of COVID so low in the Cape Ann area, we will begin with in-person learning at our Pre-School, Hybrid models at K-5 and O'Maley Middle school, and Remote Learning at Gloucester High School. GHS will start its Hybrid model on October 13.

After looking at our Safety & Health page, reading our FAQs, and reviewing the Update Section, if you have more questions, please contact your School Principal and talk to your child's teacher. They will have answers that are specific to your school or student.

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