Parents are required to fill out and sign the "Golden Ticket" form for each student on each morning that they are coming to the SGS campus for in-person learning. Go to this link to download the Golden Ticket Form.
January 12, 2021
SGS Athletic Director Ryan Peplinski sent out a letter to all parents and Upper School students on Jan. 12 with details about the restart of after-school practices and the return of athletic competitions. Read his Letter on Practices and Athletics as well as the Governor's Sporting Activities COVID-19 Requirements.
January 7, 2021
Thank you and continue to take care of yourselves.
Head of School
What should I do if my child has any COVID symptoms?
Please refer to the latest Return to School Guidelines from the Spokane Regional Health District for COVID symptoms and the next steps for you to take. Students and family members with COVID symptoms should not come to school, and should alert COVID Coordinator email@example.com immediately.
Can we carpool safely to school?
Where can I find the "Golden Ticket" form that I need to fill out for my student to present each morning for learning in-person at SGS?
Go to this link to download the Golden Ticket PDF.
Why aren’t we starting in-person like some other schools in the area?
While there are some schools attempting to start in a hybrid model, their plans continue to change leading up to their various start dates. Some schools are adjusting their initial plans to mitigate additional risks that may reduce the numbers of students on site. Our rationale with the current high case load data and delayed testing response, was to communicate our initial plan to limit disruption at the start as conditions continue to change. We wanted to provide time for families to plan accordingly with the many unknowns still in play. Just last week, the Pierce County Health Officer (for the Tacoma area), changed his “recommendation” for schools to start remotely into a mandate that all schools must start remotely.
We felt the best course of action was to follow the guidance of the Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) and work with them to address the specific SGS factors that create the safest environment for our community. With their support, we can control our start-up process in a more predictable and less disruptive manner and ideally lead to more in-person schooling throughout the year.
What type of refunds or discounts will there be?
This is challenging and complex as there are many unknown factors to consider. We know we can calculate and prorate bus fees like we did last year and will plan to do that again this year. This may happen mid-stream or at the end of the semester depending on the situation. The tuition is more challenging at this time, because we will still need to compensate our employees to deliver instruction to our students. At this time, we do not know how long we will be in a distance learning environment across K-12 and what services/experiences will be lost during the year. We are unable to make a broad stroke decision related to this issue at this time. The Administration and Board Finance Committee have been working on several scenarios related to the overall financial situation since the pandemic hit last year. Like other educational institutions, we have realized there will be a financial impact to the institution in the short term and are working to mitigate those conditions for families and the school. The Distance Learning program will be much improved, in terms of teaching strategies and techniques, platforms and expectations. The Division Heads and/or teachers will provide more details before school begins on the improvements since school ended last year.
Will there be specific dates given to when my student can return to in-person/hybrid learning?
Working with the SRHD, we are creating a timeline that will predict when we can have students return. However, that will be influenced by the COVID-19 conditions in the area and how our school is doing at each stage of re-opening. As Dr. Lutz has communicated, it will also be important to see how the virus is acting at schools in the area as students return to in-person learning.
The Division Heads, teachers and I are developing more specific plans to present to SRHD focusing on how to bring small groups of students on campus during Distance Learning for labs, small cohort work and academic support.
The Distance Learning instruction model has been the focus for teachers over the summer. We have invested heavily in profession development for them to be better equipped with the latest techniques and approaches to teaching on-line. We recognize the vital nature of our ability to deliver instruction to our students. Our students will be provided with the essential learning at every level and will continue to progress and excel in our college preparatory program.
Who should I contact with IT issues related to distance learning?
Please email your teacher and one of our IT Team, Thomas Hurst or Tony Shuler.
Is the admissions office open and accepting applications for enrollment for the 2020-21 school year?
Yes. The admissions office is still operating, though we are not scheduling tours during the closure. The Admissions Director, Tami Peplinski, is still available to answer questions and provide any customer service needed or you can inquire electronically at SGS/SchoolAdmin. Applications are submitted electronically, for more information on this, please visit us at Application Process.
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