Dear GCS Community,
As many of you know, the Maryland State Department of Education voted this week to lift its statewide school mask mandate, and the Howard County Board of Education has decided to go mask optional effective next Tuesday. In light of these developments, and given a very low current COVID case count at GCS, declining positivity rates in Howard County and across the state, and rising vaccination rates, I write to inform you that GCS will be moving to a mask optional policy for all students and for all faculty and staff effective Monday, February 28. While proof of vaccination will not be required to go without a mask, we strongly encourage everyone eligible to be fully vaccinated, and we ask all who are willing to please send a copy of their vaccination cards to our nurses at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although masking will no longer be required after February 28, anyone who chooses to continue to mask may certainly do so. Recognizing that this change may be welcomed by some and may cause concern for others, please know that we understand that this is a highly personal decision for each family to make and that we will respect and support every family’s choice. As always, we will continue to watch the GCS and local landscapes carefully and will adjust our approaches as may be necessary.
Head of School
COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to spread by person-to-person contact. The School has implemented reasonable preventative protocols, policies, and procedures designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on the School’s campus, and these will be updated in response to new information. Despite the protocols, policies, and procedures in place to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 on campus, there are inherent risks associated with being on campus. Those who come onto campus for any reason acknowledge and voluntarily assume these risks.