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)


UPDATE: New Public Health Guidance
January 20, 2022

Santa Clara Public Health, in conjunction with the Santa Clara Office of Education, published a new decision tree and COVID-19 guidance. We will continue to follow the Santa Clara decision tree but chose to exclude certain measures to err on the side of caution. In order to both fulfill safety standards but also provide academic and social-emotional support, we have amended our decision tree in several key areas (See email from January 20).


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.

Safety and Hygiene Measure

We will continue to enforce the safety and hygiene measures that we have in place. This includes wearing masks at all times while on campus, washing and sanitizing hands frequently, keeping social distance as much as possible, staggering breaks, and some additional measures. Please help us by reminding your children about the importance of wearing masks and keeping distance.  

Please outfit your children with KN-95 or equivalent masks, as they have proven to be a lot more effective than cloth masks. (Starting January 20, 2022) Our teachers are equipped with the safer masks. 

Updated 08/24/2021

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

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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.