Preschool-12 Bilingual Education in
Two Locations in the Bay Area

School Operations under Covid

School Year 2021-2022

COVID Regulations

GISSV is committed to ensuring full in-person instruction in Mountain View and San Francisco for the 2021/22 school year. Aligned with California's Safe Schools for All Plan, GISSV has established procedures to minimize in-school transmissions and enable safe in-person instruction.

You find an overview of our plans here. In a nutshell, these are the general safety measures:

  • Everybody on campus wears masks (indoors as well as outdoors) except for eating and drinking
  • Students and staff continue to wash or sanitize their hands before entering and exiting a room
  • No cohorts, but divisions are separated as much as possible
  • Students are instructed not to touch each other; special distancing is enforced during eating and drinking
  • Ventilation in the classroom is a priority. 
  • Parents sign an honor code to check symptoms and keep children home
  • Testing continues for all people on campus
  • Faculty and staff need to be vaccinated (exceptions apply)

January 2022

Quarantine and Distance Learning Protocols 

The decision tree on isolation regulations remains in place. When tested positive for COVID-19, the quarantine period is 10 days (regardless of vaccination status and of the latest CDC changes). The close contact protocols will be the same as well. 

Monitor Closely for Symptoms

COVID symptoms with the Omicron variant mirror those of a common cold, so it is very important to monitor for cold- or flu-like symptoms, such as a sore throat, runny nose, body aches, and fever. When students feel poorly, they should stay home, and if they have symptoms, they need to have tested negative for COVID before returning to campus.

Mask Recommendation and Requirement

We will continue requiring masks for everyone who is on campus, inside and outside. The new surge has shown that the efficacy of medical masks is much higher than regular cloth masks. We will require all faculty and staff to use medical masks (KN-95 and equivalent) in school settings. We strongly urge all families to equip their students with medical masks at school as well. 

While we all hope that no one has to be absent from class due to COVID, we will of course make sure that class content is mapped in parallel via Google Classroom and can thus be tracked if quarantine is necessary.

Let's all do our part in keeping the GISSV school community safe. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to

Updated 08/24/2021



School Year 2020-2021



GISSV Guiding Principles

1. We commit to keeping our students and staff safe on campus at all times, abiding by all state and county regulations and following best practices

2. We commit to following a strict cleaning and disinfecting protocol based on current guidelines and recommendations

3. We commit to opening up the campus for as many students as is safe, while providing accommodations for students who are not able to come to campus

4. We commit to prioritizing younger students (preschool-grade 6) on campus because of their unique learning and family needs as well as recognizing
    California supervision laws

5. We commit to providing high-quality learning opportunities for all older students, either on campus or via distance learning.