Preschool-12 Dual Language Education in
Two Locations in the Bay Area

School Operations under Covid

School Year 2022-2023

GISSV COVID Regulations
Updated November 3 & 17, 2022

We are closely following Santa Clara County guidance on how to make sure our school community is safe. As we are going into winter, we will closely evaluate our protocols to keep in line with recent guidance and to serve our community in the best way possible. The California Public Health Department encourages everyone to get their flu shot and their booster, if eligible, to make sure that we are protected ourselves and the ones around us. 

  • Symptoms Check: Parents commit to a daily symptoms check before leaving for school. If the students display any symptoms that are congruent with COVID-19, the students stay home and are tested before returning to campus.
  • Ventilation: The classrooms will continue to be ventilated to the best of our possibilities, with air filtering equipment and open doors and windows.
  • Masking: All students and staff may wear masks at all times. The school will continue to provide masks for everyone who needs one. We strongly recommend that all students and staff carry a mask on them in case they encounter high traffic areas in which a mask would prove beneficial. We will require students and staff to wear masks for 10 days after a COVID-19 infection. Those who receive a close contact notification must also wear a mask for 10 days. GISSV strongly recommends students wear masks if they have cold symptoms, even if they test negative. (The Santa Clara County has defined 'close contact' as all people who shared a room with a positive case for more than 15min, regardless of masking. )

  • Testing: GISSV switched to strategic testing. We require testing after breaks, overnight field trips, and long weekends. We will also require testing for all students who display symptoms, were in close contact with a positive individual or wants to return on campus after COVID-19 infection. The tests have to be taken and uploaded on the day the students return to campus. Students who tested positive in the last 30 days will continue to be exempt from testing. All tests that are available over-the-counter in the U.S. are acceptable. GISSV will provide tests if you need them. This way, we would like to ensure that we can be mask-free for as long as possible.

GISSV encourages all members of our school community to be updated on COVID-19 vaccinations. As you might have heard, the booster for the current variant is now available for the general population. 

We are aware that there are families among our community that are at higher-risk because of COVID-19. We will ask for everyone’s consideration to make sure that everyone feels safe. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns (, and we will try to accommodate you to the best of our ability. 

GISSV will of course fulfill all county, state, and federal requirements. If those change because of higher transmission rates, if we experience a higher caseload on campus, or if the guidelines change, we will evaluate our approach and keep you updated. 

Decision Tree - Public Health Guidance
Updated November 17, 2022

We will continue to follow the Decision Tree from the Santa Clara County for both campuses*  - unless major differences in community spread occur.

Please Note: We have received revised testing guidelines from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention): 
If your child tested positive within the last 30 days are exempt from testing. The CDC has shortened the time from 90 days to 30 days for which infected persons do not need to test. 

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.

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

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COVID-19 and AQI - It’s Wildfire Season

High AQI can happen with wildfires increasing in the late summer. Measures against COVID-19 and high AQI are mutually exclusive!

  • AQI at 100+: Students can stay inside during recess; running during recess is discouraged; PE is non-exerting exercises only

  • AQI at 150+: If measured at 6:30 am: campus closed for the day and distance learning takes place (K-12); if measured until 11:30 am: all students go home at 1:50 pm


School Years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022