As we closely follow the evolving situation around COVID-19, our goal is to keep the GCDS community informed at every step. The safety and health of our students is our top priority. Since COVID-19 began on March, 2020, Glenwood Country Day School HAS NOT closed one day due to the pandemic. By following our guidelines set forth by the CDC (Center for Disease Control), we were able to continue teaching our children in our community. We will continue to implement safe practices based on the current CDC guidelines.

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School starts on Monday, August 29th, 2022, and we will provide 100% “On-Campus Learning.”   For the families who choose to stay at home still with their children, we will have a flexible attendance policy for “Remote Learning.”  You can have “Remote Learning” for a brief or extended time.  The cost is the same.  It is the parent’s choice of how they want to educate their child at G.C.D.S.


Glenwood Country Day School never closed one day during the pandemic.  We were able to continue teaching our children in our community due to the strict precautions that were given to us by the CDC (Center for Disease Control.)  We will continue to implement safe practices based on the current CDC guidelines.  They are listed below:

  • Drop-off and Pick-up times are pre-arranged via sign-up genius the Tuesday before the following week.  We implement staggered arrival/departure times in order to implement health checks.  When the parent drops off, you must be here at your scheduled time. At your pick-up time, the parent will have a 30-minute window.     

         Drop-off Procedure

  1.  The parent pulls their car up to the white check-in table.
  2. A teacher will come to your car to watch the parent take their child’s temperature with their own thermometer and it is recorded into our school log. As the temperature is being taken, the teacher asks the CDC (Center for Disease Control) questions about COVID-19. If the child has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, the child is unable to stay at school.
  3. The child is then escorted by our teachers to their designated class.

       Pick-up Procedure

  • Parent pulls their car up to the white check-in table at their scheduled pick-up time.
  • A designated teacher will escort the child to the parent’s car.


  • What Does My Child Bring To School?
  1. Each child must have a washable backpack.  They do not have to be plastic, but they must be washable because we are outside most of the day.
  2. Lunches should be in a washable lunch bag. It needs to be washable because our children are also outside throughout the school year.  Lunches are kept in their classes insulated coolers.
  3. A complete change of clothes in a gallon zip bag which will be in your child’s plastic backpack.
  • Optional
  1. Inside masks are optional.  That is up to the individual child.  If you want your child to wear a mask inside, please provide one or two in his/her back pack.  If you choose to have your child not wear a mask inside, then you don’t need to provide any masks.
  • Our Staff
    1. When a teacher arrives at our school, the Director takes their temperature and asks them the CDC questions in regards to COVID-19. If the teacher has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, he/she is unable to stay at school.


  • Illness due to COVID-19
    1. Any teacher or child exposed to a person diagnosed with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19:
      1. They may not work or attend school until they have completed self-quarantine following the CDC guidelines.
      2. Persons who have recovered from COVID-19 must be cleared for release from isolation according to CDC guidelines.
    2. If a class has a teacher or child that is found to have a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 at the facility:
      1. The class shall quarantine following the CDC guidelines.
      2. Individuals may not work at or attend until completing self-quarantine and obtaining clearance from an individual primary-care physician.
      3. Follow-exposure plan in the school’s health program.
      4. Communicate with the health department.
      5. Based on consultation with the local health department, the entire facility may be closed based on the level of contact and potential exposure.
      6. Wait 24 hours, then complete extra cleaning/disinfection of the facility, all areas not just high touch surfaces, and wait at least 5 days to bring in the next group.
    3. If a staff member or a child develops symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath) during school, safely isolate the person and place a mask or face covering in our Isolation Room. Contact the youth health supervisor and the parent/guardian immediately of any case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and arrange for safe transportation to a healthcare facility or home. Advise those who have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay home, self-monitor for symptoms, and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
    4. If your child becomes ill while at school, you will be notified immediately for your child’s prompt dismissal. If your child is sent home with a fever of 100 degrees, diarrhea, vomiting, etc., your child may not return to school for at least 24 hours after the symptoms have stopped. We will notify you promptly in the event of an emergency. Unless otherwise instructed, your child will be transported to the nearest hospital.
    5. Every child will stay with 1 very small class that has the same teacher all day. This model helps in preventing the speed of COVID-19. When our teachers rotate to different learning stations outdoors, on our 40 acres, the teachers will immediately disinfect touchable surfaces before going to the next learning station. The teacher will also model for her students the importance of washing their hands between our learning stations.
  • Further precautions to prevent COVID-19 
  1. Each classroom has a Germ Guardian Air Purifier with HEPA filter and UVC
  2. Each child has their own Montessori washable mat that they will use to put their daily work on.
  3. Each child will be assigned an area in the classroom to do assigned activities.
  4.  Individual plastic school containers with their own supplies in it.
  5. For an extra layer of protection in each classroom, we replaced our normal filters with MERV13 filters.  They contain commercial, industrial, and medical-grade MERV13 material that protects against airborne particles.  MERV13 air filtration material cleans and protects schools, offices, warehouses, and medical facilities
  • Outside Learning – The children will continue to learn outside just as they do during our camp season.  We will have stations throughout our 40 acres for the children to learn, collaborate, create, and play.  We will also keep our VIP potty’s and hand-washing stations.


**Glenwood Country Day School has been open for “essential” and “non-essential workers” during this pandemic without missing 1 day of child care.**


  1. COVID-19 Updates
    1. Coronavirus Outbreak (Maryland Department of Health)
  2. Talking With Your Children
    1. Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the new Coronavirus
    2. Coronavirus Video (Brainpop)
    3. Talking To Your Kids About Coronavirus (The Child Mind Institute)
    4. Talking To Children About COVID-19 (National Association of School Psychologists
    5. Talking With Children About Coronavirus (CDC)
    6. How To Talk To Kids About Coronavirus (NYT)
  3. Parenting and Home Resources
    1. Are your kids suddenly regressing? Yes, it’s the pandemic. (AHA!
    2. Preparing your Home for COVID-19 (CDC)
    3. Resources for Households (CDC)
    4. Coronavirus and Parenting (NPR)
    5. What are the Rules for Play Dates and Coronavirus (NYT)
    6. Parenting During COVID-19 (Psychology Today)
    7. 12 Ways to Effectively Parent during Crisis (Psychology Today)
    8. Virtual Museum Tours (Travel and Leisure)
    9. Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus, (NPR)
    10. 10 Solutions To Save Your Sanity During the Coronavirus Pandemic School Closures (AHA!
  4. Emotional Support – We understand that many students and families may feel anxious during the time of risk and uncertainty. Our school has some great resources to support your families emotional needs.
    1. How to Keep the Greater Good in Mind During the Coronavirus Outbreak (Greater Good Magazine)
    2. 10 Tips for Dealing with the Stress of Uncertainty (American Psychological Association)
    3. Supporting Kids During the Covid-19 Crisis (
    4. Five Ways to View Coverage of the Coronavirus (American Psychological Association)
    5. Children and the News (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
    6. Explaining the News to Our Kids (Common Sense Media)
  5. Teaching Tolerance
    1. Coronavirus threat escalates fears — and bigotry (American Psychological Association)
    2. Countering COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Stigma and Racism: Tips for Parents and Caregivers (National Association of School Psychologists)

Communications Timeline

Effective Tuesday, March 1, 2022, universal indoor masks is no longer required. Any student, or teacher may choose to wear a mask, and should feel comfortable doing so.  If you choose not to wear a mask inside, that is fine too. 

On January 28, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control sent out a letter to all educators working in schools, child care centers, non-public schools, and guidance is posted on their website at:

They state the following:

  • Vaccination is currently the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Promoting vaccination among all eligible individuals can help Early Care and Education (ECE) programs protect staff and children in their care, as well as their families.
  • Most early childhood programs serve children in an age group that is not yet eligible for vaccination. Therefore, they emphasize using multiple COVID-19 prevention strategies together to protect children and adults in school.
  • CDC recommends universal indoor masking in early childhood programs for those ages 2 years and older, regardless of vaccination status.
  • New CDC guidance states that isolation and quarantine periods can be reduced to five days for people who can consistently wear well-fitting masks, as long as they remain symptom-free, or fever has ended and symptoms have improved.
  • Layered COVID-19 prevention strategies remain critical to protecting people, including children and staff, who are not eligible for COVID-19 vaccines, especially in areas of moderate-to-high community transmission levels.

June 13th is the first day of Summer Adventures Camp.  We will continue to have camp outdoors ONLY under our covered canopies and pavilion.  The staff are cleaning and disinfecting the stations before moving on to another activity.  We will continue to use our porta potties that are on our grounds.  The children will maintain social distancing, arrivals and departures are still staggered, and temperatures at drop-off will still be recorded.

August 29, 2022, will be the first day of school for the 2022/23 school year.


  • I read to these friends every Tuesday and they are the most polite, caring and attentive children for this age group that I have ever worked with. Jeannie
  • Love the place, they treat my kids like family. Nick
  • When Mrs. Poland gave me a tour of GCDS, I felt like she was the owner of the school. Her compassion shown through. Beth
  • Being a resident of Columbia, it was refreshing to place my child at Summer Adventures Camp. Lee
  • It was refreshing to have my child at Summer Adventures Camp on 40 wooded acres. Jonathan
  • Having a class size of only 6 is why my child goes to GCDS. Jennifer
  • I just want to thank you and the rest of your team for a great first day for Emma and Jack. They had a wonderful time and I just want to thank you for caring for them and keeping them safe in these trying times. Krystal
  • We want to thank you for your hard work in creating engaging lessons and meeting with students every day. As a teacher, I know how difficult it is to facilitate meaningful interaction with students in the current circumstances. Evelyn looks forward to circle time and loves watching your videos every day. Scott and Katherine
  • I've said it before to Mrs. Poland, but I'll say it kids LOVE camp. I asked Ollie all kinds of questions on Saturday about it and he was getting very excited about everything he was telling me. He loves lunch outside. He also told me this weekend that he hurt his leg, but it was ok, Mrs. Harp would clean it and make it better at camp. Vivian usually dreads the idea of swim lessons, but because of camp, she thinks maybe she could handle swim lessons, and when I ask her if there is anything she doesn't like at camp, she told me she likes everything! Thank you for all of your hard work! Katie
  • I can't believe we're already signing up for the last week :( We are all so sad to see camp ending after next week. The kids really enjoyed it - they loved the activities and their teachers. Thanks for putting on a great camp, especially considering the pandemic! Erin
  • Ms. Poland, Following up with you via email after our parent/teacher conference last night. We want to thank you and the entire staff at Glenwood Country Day School (GCDS) for enduring the risk of the current pandemic by providing in-person education to our daughter. This summer, she was a rising Kindergarten student with learning delays with her speech. The virtual experience of the Spring of 2020 turned her off from learning and we saw her regress. We made the decision to enroll her in GCDS's Kindergarten program in the Fall of 2020 and it was the best decision we ever made. Our little girl, who was struggling with learning and turned off from the concept of online school, is now flourishing. Every day she is excited to go to school and most importantly her learning and comprehension is on par with other Kindergarten students. The other night, she read a sight word book to us and the look of pure joy and satisfaction on her face was something we will never forget. We are tremendously grateful to you and the rest of the GCDS staff for helping our daughter find her confidence and desire to learn. With many thanks, Matt & Tess Wiley Matt and Tess
  • Thank you for an amazing school year- the kids had a blast and learned so much! You guys are really awesome! Kristen
  • Thank you GCDS! When all other schools were virtual or hybrid this year, you made the courageous decision to go fully in person 5 days a week! And we made it through a whole school year with no COVID closings! On behalf of all working parents, THANK YOU!!!!! Darren
  • Hi Mrs. Poland, I wanted to let you know we are going to get a head start on our traveling for the 4th of July weekend. So the boys will not be at camp on Friday. I want to thank you & everyone at the camp! The boys are having a BLAST and we will definitely be back next summer!!! Stay cool, Kelly
  • Thanks to you and your great staff for once again doing a great job keeping our kids engaged and safe. Darren
  • I'm glad that Mr. Dameon will be continuing at the school. Our daughter talks about him a lot and it's clear to us that she really enjoyed being around him. Kudos to you, Ms. Poland and Mrs. Stradling, for putting together a rockstar team. Adam and Nicole
  • Hi Mrs. Poland, My son had a great experience at Glenwood Country Day Camp this summer. It was his first summer at the camp and he didn't know anyone. After the first day, he felt very comfortable and met lots of friends. He enjoyed swimming, crafts, and field time. He can't wait to come back next summer and I'm looking forward to my youngest child being able to enjoy camp at Glenwood as well! Thank you! Kori
  • Just a quick note to let you know how much my son is enjoying camp this week. When I picked him up on Tuesday, I asked him how his day was and he replied that it "was the best day ever." I learned that his best buddy (also a camper) told his mom the same thing that afternoon! Yet, when I picked my son up yesterday and asked him the same question, he answered that his day "was even better than yesterday". You all must be doing something right to keep these 7 year old's so happy! Thanks and keep up the good work, Beth
  • Hi Mrs. Poland, We're all sad that the kids are missing their last day this summer at Glenwood. I wanted to thank you for everything this summer, specifically for your help in making sure Clark's camp experience ended on a good note. We hope you have a great rest of the summer and we hope to see you again next year. Thanks again! Kori