SafeStart 2020

The Gardner Schools' COVID-19 Action Plan Hub for the 2020-2021 School Year

Dear Gardner families,

We are so excited to be able to welcome your students back this fall! We know our expert teachers are looking forward to teaching again, and to protecting your student’s safety and emotional well being in a nurturing setting.

Our Gardner Returns Committee continues to work hard to translate new information and requirements from the various state agencies into policies and procedures that fit our educational philosophy and include the needs of our students, families, and staff. To that end, we've created this website to house these policies and procedures that we're calling the Gardner School SafeStart Plan.

Given the evolving science around COVID-19, our SafeStart Plan will continue to be refined throughout the school year (you can see changes and updates in our blog feed here). We are poised to be flexibly creative, meeting each student where they are, to offer them the social and emotional support they need to return, and to joyfully welcome them back in the full spirit of a Gardner education.

Thank you,

Emily Davis, Head of School

Courtney Tomlinson, Assistant Head of School

SafeStart Plan Contents

SafeStart Plan Overview

sources of guidance, committee members

1: Start of School- Fall 2020

mask-wearing, on-campus vs. distance learning, health screenings

2: Field Trips & Events

experiential learning, community events

3: Classroom Plan

Pizza Friday, school supplies, playground use, specials

4: Campus Plan

daily health screenings, cleaning & safety precautions, before- and after-care, sanitization

5: Communication & Response Plan

what to do if child becomes ill, community notifications, state mandates

6: Instructional & Social-Emotional Support

individual student quarantine & participation in class

7: Family Action Plan

family's role in limiting or preventing exposure in the school community

8: Additional Resources

Resources and Information

Search the SafeStart Plan

Plan Updates & News

Message From the Board

At Gardner School, we believe children learn best in community with other students and teachers. Our school, with its small enrollment, bucolic five-acre campus, and a team of dedicated education professionals, is wildly fortunate to have such a strong sense … Read More