Letter to GSMS Families

Dear Glade Spring Middle School Families,
 
At the school board meeting on Monday, September 28, the decision was made that students in PreK-3rd grade will return to school four days a week starting Monday, October 12.  We will transition fourth grade through twelfth-grade students to return in our hybrid schedule starting on Monday, October 12.  
 
As a result, we will return to in-person instruction on the hybrid model.  This model will have students return in their A-Day in person or B-Day in-person group.  A-Day students will attend school on Monday and Tuesday and will learn remotely on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  B-Day students will learn remotely on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and will attend school on Thursday and Friday.  We mailed a letter to all parents over the summer to inform you of the day assignment for your student.  If you do not remember if your student is A-Day or B-Day, please contact the school to find out.  Students who report to school on an incorrect day will have to be picked up from school.  If you chose for your student to be a virtual student for the first nine weeks, we will revisit possibly returning to school or remaining virtual before the end of the first nine weeks.   
 
We also want to encourage parents to talk to students, in advance of the first day of in-person school, about changes to normal school life that are necessary for the safety of our students, faculty, and staff.  These changes include working to maintain appropriate social distance, wearing a mask on all buses and at all times while at school, and changes to daily routines such as class changes and breaks.  In addition to these changes, we encourage students to bring plastic water bottles with lids to carry with them throughout the day in order to limit visits and use of our shared water fountains.  We also want to remind parents that all visitors will have to schedule an appointment, wear a mask, and be screened before meeting with school staff. 
 
Finally, as we transition back to in-person learning one of our biggest obstacles will be student transportation.  At this time, we will have to require that students not bring notes to ride buses home with friends.  We would also greatly appreciate any assistance that parents can give with providing transportation for their students.  The more help we have with transportation the better our chances will be of limiting the need for multiple bus runs in the morning and afternoons.
 
We look forward to having our students back in the building and working toward a return to what we know as normal.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call the school. 
 
Thank you for your support of your student and Glade Spring Middle School.