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.

Is school remote after Thanksgiving for the rest of the semester?

Yes. We have determined that, in the interest of the health and safety of our entire community, we will return to full remote learning between Thanksgiving and the winter break (November 30-December 18). 

If my student was in the original cohort of students who was learning on campus in August, will they be able to return to campus this semester?

We will honor the return of the small cohort of learners that were on campus since August on Monday, December 7th. (Therefore, the small cohort will work remotely for the full week after Thanksgiving.) If your child is part of that cohort and you choose not to retain your seat for the last two remaining weeks before winter break, we would be grateful to know that so we can offer in-person assistance to students we believe would benefit from that additional support. In addition, if your child is part of that cohort, please review the quarantine and testing guidelines in the next question.

What are the testing and quarantine protocols regarding travel?

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 outside of Arizona OR to any of these Arizona counties (Apache, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, Yuma), we ask that your family quarantine for 14 days upon your return, beginning with the day you return to Tucson. Should you be interested, if you are feeling well, you can “test out” of quarantine after the 5th day, given that if you were exposed during your travels, the virus should appear by that time in your system. Presenting a negative PCR test dated after the 5th day will allow you/your child to return to campus.

  1. This 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.

What are plans for the spring semester?

We will survey families in early December about your choice of in-person and remote learning for second semester. We will give you an opportunity to make separate choices for 3rd and 4th quarter rather than a blanket decision for the entire semester, recognizing that factors such as weather and virus curves could well impact your thinking. Once we receive the survey results, we will communicate plans for 3rd quarter by the middle of December.

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 during remote learning?

Yes. Faculty will take attendance within the first 20 minutes of each block. 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 late or miss a Zoom session, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.  

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 working to make this determination in collaboration with the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) and with the guidance of the Pima County Health Department and other health experts.

Will there be field trips?

There will be no field trips in the fall semester. We have not yet made a determination about the spring semester.

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.