CGPS Reopening Information

What to Expect Fall 2020 at CGPS

A message from the Head of School, Dr. Bill Donohue:

CGPS has developed a comprehensive plan that keeps our community’s health and safety as our first priority, as well as providing an academic plan that maintains the essence of a CGPS education: a student-centered learning experience that focuses on nurturing the interests and talents of all your children.  

Our plan begins on Tuesday, September 8, with full-day distance learning for this opening week. Our phase-in schedule will begin for our youngest students on Monday, September 14 with a gradual ramp up to our full in-person and hybrid programs by Tuesday, October 13. 

We know that, given the unique nature of this school year, our parents and students will have many questions. To help answer them, we have provided information by division and category on such wide-ranging topics as health and safety, academic excellence, social-emotional health, transportation and dining. We will continue to update the plan and this webpage, as needed.

CGPS is an extraordinary community and I am confident that, united together, we will navigate these extraordinary circumstances and that our students will have a successful and enriching year.

CGPS's phase-in schedule

Grammar School
PreK Phase-in: September 14-18 
PreK Full Day In-person: September 21
K Phase-in: September 29-October 2 
K Full Day In-person: October 5
1st Grade Phase-in: October 5-7 
1st Grade Full Day In-Person: October 8
Grades 2, 3 & 4 Phase-in: October 8-9 
Grades 2, 3 & 4 Full Day In-person: October 13

Middle School
Grade 5 Orientation: October 5-6 
Grade 5 Full Day In-person: October 13
Grades 6 & 7 Orientation: October 7-8 
Grades 6 & 7 Full Hybrid Program Begins: October 13

Prep School
Grades 8-12 Full Hybrid Program Begins: October 13

Note that Monday, September 28 and Monday, October 12 are holidays

THE CGPS Health & Safety pledge

In our collective fight against COVID-19, we know that our individual actions have a direct impact on the health and safety of others around us. Every member of our community must take personal responsibility for their own health and that of others. 

We ask that every member of our CGPS community pledge to: 

  • Adhere to the current New York State and City public health guidelines 
  • Abide by the specific health and safety instructions provided by the School, including but not limited to conscientiously completing the daily health screening before arriving to campus, taking COVID-19 tests when administered and staying home when feeling ill or having failed the daily screening
  • Wear face coverings and maintain physical distance on and off campus
  • Follow best practices regarding regular hand washing and sanitizing
  • Observe capacity limits in educational and social settings both on and off campus as directed by the State, City and School
  • Adapt to new protocols and procedures as they arise
  • Be compassionate and helpful to everyone in our community who may be experiencing increased fear and anxiety due to these new protocols 

Health & Well-being: Safeguard the physical and mental health of students, faculty and staff through new safety protocols, technology tools, facility improvements and support mechanisms.

Teaching & Learning: Maintain the integrity and excellence of our academic program across multiple learning modalities.

Equity & Access: Address the needs of our community by meeting them where they are and ensuring a sense of wholeness and belonging.

Live our Values: Stay true to our core values of balance, integrity, curiosity, unity and excellence. Especially in these challenging times, create a space that is welcoming and safe for all community members.

Flexibility: Prepare for the uncertainty of the moment through nimble processes and protocols that are responsive to the broader environment.

The School Day: What You Need to Know

Heath & Safety

Campus Life

Teaching & Learning

Community & Wellness

School Offices

Please contact your Division Directors with any questions you may have. Our families are an integral part of our reopening success, and we rely on our partnership with you to make that success happen.