COVID PROTOCOLS

Gloria Dei Lutheran School COVID-19 Protocol

Below you will find the protocol for our 2021-2022 school year. Please read all the information carefully.

Pick-up/drop-off: Kindergarten through 8th grade-Willow Oaks Campus:

  • Pick-up and drop-off will occur in front of the flag poles.
  • Parents should remain in their cars for pick-up and drop-off.
  • Drop-off: Students who do not need morning childcare will be dropped off at the Willow Oaks Campus between 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Students should remain in the car until their daily health check is completed. Then, students will walk to their classrooms. There will be staff outside to assist with students getting to their classrooms.
  • Pick-up: There will be three options for pick-up at the Willow Oaks campus:
    • Students who are riding the bus home will be loaded at 2:30 p.m. before carpool begins. All other students who are not staying for childcare need to be picked up through our carpool system on the Willow Oaks Campus. A map will accompany the carpool number. Students staying for childcare will be bussed to the Fox Hill campus in small groups as to adhere to social distancing.
  • Dismissal Times:
    Middle School: 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Kindergarten-Fifth: 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • To alleviate heavy congestion and to leave room for our buses to safely navigate and load the children, please do not line up for carpool pick-up until 2:30 p.m. If you arrive prior to 2:30 p.m., please park in a space in the adjacent parking lot and wait to line up for carpool. As the carpool line moves, please pull up to the curb and your child will be brought to you. Please do not get out of your car.**Please refrain from using your cellphone when dropping off and picking up your child.All parents will be given a carpool number specific to their child. The students will be brought to their cars to be picked up. Please display the hanging tag on your rearview mirror so we can see your student’s carpool number. If you need additional hanging tags, please ask your child’s teacher. If you are a returning student, you will use the same number as last year. New students will receive their number at Open House.

    All students that are not picked up by 3:00 p.m. will be bussed to the Fox Hill campus for childcare. If you are picking-up a student from childcare at the Fox Hill campus, please do not pick up until after 3:00 p.m.

    • The gate on Willow Oaks Blvd. will be closed for pick-up and drop-off. Please enter and exit the parking lot using the Harris Creek Rd. entrance. (See map for details)
    • Students will have designated entrances and exits in the building during the school day.
    • Students will wash their hands upon entering the classroom.
      Pick-up/Drop-off Fox Hill Campus: Toddlers - Prekindergarten and
      Before/After School Kindergarten - Seventh Grades

      1. Pick-up and drop-off will occur ONLY at the back door of the building. Drive thru the black gates at the playground and the road will bring you to the back door. (See attached map).
      2. Drop-off: Parents of students in toddlers through prekindergarten are encouraged to get out of the car and assist children with unbuckling from car seats and exiting the car after their temperature has been checked. If your child does not need assistance with unbuckling, please remain in the car. Students will receive their daily health check and then a teacher will assist them with entering the building.
      3. Pick-up: All parents will receive a carpool number that is specific to their child. If your child is being picked up from the Fox Hill campus (toddlers through prekindergarten and after school childcare K-7th), please call the school five minutes before picking up so that we can have your child ready. Parents can pull up to the back door and your child will be loaded into your car. Parents of younger students may exit the car to assist children with the buckling of car seats. Please be sure your carpool number is visible when you pick up!

The following procedures apply to ALL students

  • Daily Health Check:
    1. All students and staff will have their temperatures checked before entering the building. Anyone with a temperature higher than 99.8 degrees Fahrenheit will not be allowed into the building. Students should remain in their cars until their temperature has been checked.
  • Face Coverings:
    1. At this time, masks are optional for all students and vaccinated staff.
  • Resource Classes:
  • Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19:
    1. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
      • Fever or chills
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Fatigue
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Headache
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Sore throat
      • Congestion or runny nose
      • Nausea or vomiting
      • Diarrhea
    2. For the safety of the students and staff, if your child is exhibiting any of these symptoms, please keep them home. If a child begins to display any of these symptoms once at school, a parent will be called immediately to pick up the student. Children who exhibit any of these symptoms due to a pre-existing condition, such as seasonal allergies, will need a physician’s note to document the medical condition.
  • Water Fountains:
    1. All water fountains in the building will be off limits. Students are encouraged to bring a refillable water bottle from home that they can store at their desk.
  • Visitors:
    1. Visitors, volunteers, and parents will not be allowed in the building for the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Playground Usage:
    1. There will be a playground schedule. Each class will use the playground at their scheduled time. Students will wash their hands immediately following recess on the playground.
  • COVID Infection:
    1. If we become aware of a case of COVID infection, we will communicate with the Hampton City Health Department. Parents of exposed students will be contacted regarding quarantine guidelines. We will then follow the health department’s guidelines for returning the student or staff member to school.
  • School Supplies:
    1. Students will not be sharing school supplies this year. All students must bring their own school supplies. Supply lists are located on the website www.gdlshamptonva.com.
    2. Please make sure ALL supplies are labeled with the student’s initials, including individual pencils, markers, crayons, and erasers.
  • Sanitization and cleanliness:
    1. Staff will be sanitizing all desks and door handles before and after each class. All bathrooms and frequently touched surfaces will be sanitized between each class and throughout the school day. Students will wash their hands upon entering the classroom, after using the bathroom, before and after eating, after recess and as needed throughout the day. Quad Pods have been built for each classroom (Grades K-8th) to separate the desks and protect the students. Signs promoting healthy hygiene habits will be placed throughout the school buildings.
    2. A designated cleaning crew will complete a nightly deep cleaning of all the buildings.
    3. Buses will be sanitized in between each class.
  • Social Distancing:
    1. Social distancing is encouraged as students move throughout the classroom and buildings.
    2. Students will walk on the right side of the hallways.
    3. Markers are located on the floor outside of the bathrooms to designate safe distancing.