Covid Response Plan
and Health Guidelines
Frequently Asked Questions

These questions will be updated as information becomes available and as new questions arise.

The health and safety of The Gregory School students, faculty, and staff are of the utmost importance. We base our protocol and decisions on recommendations from the Pima County Health Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Pediatrics, National Association of Independent Schools, as well as local medical experts. TGS is committed to creating and maintaining an environment where learning can happen safely and productively.

May students move freely between in-person and remote learning?

We ask that students consistently attend classes in the format they selected—either in person or remote. The primary reasons for this are:

  1. Teacher planning: To provide everyone with the best educational experience possible, it is important for teachers to know which and how many students will be in each format.
  2. Saftey: For everyone's well being, especially in the event of an emergency, it is tremendously important for our staff and faculty to know who to expect on campus each day. This prevents faculty and staff from searching for an in-person student who is not here.

If your in-person student will not be on campus due to illness, quarantine or an appointment, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the main office at 520-327-6395 as soon as is reasonably possible.

What are the test and quiz policies for students learning in person?

In-person learners are expected to take quizzes and tests in person. Students who will not be on campus for a test or quiz should contact the teacher to discuss options to make up the test or quiz.

What are the expectations and requirements for students while participating in remote learning?

The following are student requirements and expectations for attending every Zoom class: 

  • Zoom invitations and instructions to join class meetings will be provided by your teacher in Google Classroom. 
  • Use your school email account to join Zoom and be admitted to class.
  • Be on time and prepared for class. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of every Zoom meeting. 
  • Video and microphone will be required. Test your video and audio before joining. 
  • Dress appropriately according to the TGS dress code as stated in the Student Handbook.
  • The same standards for classroom behavior as stated in course syllabi and the student handbook apply to Zoom meetings, chat sessions, online discussions, and breakout rooms. 
  • Contact your teacher and email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. immediately if you have technological problems logging into Zoom. 

Zoom Etiquette 

  • Create an appropriate environment free of visual and auditory distractions.
  • Sit at a desk or table. Make sure you can freely access class materials.
  • Simplify and organize your screen. Close unnecessary windows and tabs. Avoid all digital distractions that are not relevant to class. 
  • Avoid backlighting.
  • Look at the camera when speaking rather than your screen. This gives the impression of eye contact.
  • Wear headphones or earbuds for better sound and microphone quality. You might consider muting your microphone when you’re not talking during class in order to reduce any distracting background noise.
  • Interact. Though the pacing of Zoom discussions can be slower than live discussions, you learn more when you participate. 
  • Announce yourself before speaking (e.g., “This is Elizabeth”). This method of announcing yourself creates audio/visual clarity on the screen.
  • Practice the same careful listening skills you would while in the classroom (take notes, prepare follow-up questions, offer additional ideas). 
  • If a Zoom meeting gets interrupted or unexpectedly ends (due to technological issues), wait a few minutes for the meeting to resume, but also check Google Classroom to see if your teacher has posted further instructions or updates. Do not assume that class is over.  

What are the COVID testing and quarantine protocols regarding travel and houseguests?

Aside from encouraging families to use the wide-spread testing available in Pima County should they feel unwell or learn they were exposed to someone who tested positive, we also expect our families* to follow these best practices regarding travel: 

If you travel, you have two options*: a full quarantine with no symptoms, or a shorter quarantine period with a negative test and no symptoms. For details, please see this document from the Pima County Health Department and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

  1. This travel policy applies to all forms of travel (air, car, etc.).
  2. If you have visitors while school is in session or during our breaks that fit into these categories, the same protocols should be used.

*Members of our school community who have been fully vaccinated will not be required to quarantine upon return from any travel within the U.S. per CDC guidelines.

What measures are in place to help keep everyone on campus safe?

We are making extensive efforts to keep our campus community as safe as possible, and have implemented the following precautions and requirements:

  • Masks are required.
  • Hand sanitizer is readily accessible in all classrooms as well as high-traffic areas on campus such as the office, dining hall, theater, library, etc.
  • Teachers and advisors encourage handwashing throughout the day.
  • Bathrooms and high-touch surfaces are cleaned and sanitized throughout the day.
  • Plexiglass barriers and face shields are utilized in offices and classrooms where they are determined to be needed based on the work being conducted.
  • Disinfectant and paper towels are in all classrooms to use throughout the day.
  • Students, faculty and staff may not enter campus with a temperature above 100 or any reason to suspect they may have a virus.
  • Classrooms are arranged and class sizes adjusted to allow for the best possible social distancing.
  • Classrooms and other indoor areas contain HEPA air filters and/or fans.
  • Classroom doors and windows remain open and the ventilation system remains on.
  • Tented outdoor areas are used as additional classroom, lunch, and study space.
  • Students are monitored in outdoor spaces for social distancing.

Will the fact that the school year had a delayed start date affect the end date of the school year?

Yes. The school year will be adjusted accordingly. Spring semester final exams and assessments will end on May 27, 2021. 5th Grade promotion will take place on May 27. Middle School promotion and Commencement 2021 will be held on Friday, May 28. Please refer to our downloadable calendar for more information.

Do teachers take attendance for students who will continue doing remote learning?

Yes. Faculty will take attendance within the first 20 minutes of each block, whether the student is in person or remote. Attendance will be taken in PowerSchool. A staff member will call the family of any student marked absent. If your student is going to be absent or late, whether in person or to a Zoom session, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

How are teachers organizing Google Classroom for each class?

Faculty Google Classroom standards for 2020-2021 academic year are as follows: 

  1. Stream will only be used for announcements and reminders.
  2. All assignments and materials will be organized in topics on the Classwork page.
  3. Assignments listed on the Classwork page will have due dates. These due dates will match the due dates in PowerSchool.
  4. Graded assignments listed on the Classwork page will be named the same as they are in PowerSchool.
  5. If one assignment has multiple parts (e.g., a video to watch, an article to read, a quiz to take), all the parts will be listed under one assignment.
  6. All teachers will have a "Classroom Essentials" topic that includes Class Syllabus, Curriculum Night Video for Parents/Guardians, TGS Academic Pledge, and Zoom Protocols.
  7. Zoom links will be available on the top of the Classroom page, either on their own or under a topic called "Zoom Links." 

How will families be communicated with?

School-wide updates and announcements will be sent to all families by email. Where applicable, these FAQs and our web page will be updated as well and, again where applicable, announcements may appear on The Gregory School Facebook and Instagram pages. However, families should rely on email foremost for initial information.

Information about specific classes will be posted in Google Classroom and, depending on the announcement, will be emailed to families from teachers.

Are physicals for students still required?

We can waive physicals for all students with the exception of Upper School students who plan to participate in a school sport, because physicals are required by the AIA. However, all students registered at TGS MUST have immunizations up to date.

Will campus visitors, including parents and families be allowed? Will they be screened?

Generally speaking, visitors will not be permitted on campus, and as much business as possible will be conducted via email and online meetings. Family members and other visitors with school business that must be conducted in person will be required to make an appointment and wear a mask.

Will there be interscholastic athletics?

We are moving forward with competition for our Upper School spring sports. While Middle School sports will not compete, we are offering a basketball training program for Middle School students outside after school three days per week.

3231 N. Craycroft Road, Tucson, AZ 85712
Phone: (520) 327-6395
Fax: (520) 327-8276
The Gregory School is an independent, private,
non-profit 501(C)(3), coed day school for grades 5-12.