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

Frequently Asked Questions - Summer Camp

Who teaches camp?

Most of our summer camp is taught by GISSV instructors from the Kibili, Afternoon Club, or Saturday School programs. This means that our campers are in the hands of trained educators who either are German or speak German at the native speaker level. There is also a chance that we hire new instructors depending if we need more teachers to cover different classes. 

German-speaking Counselors in Training (high school students) will assist instructors in Preschool, Vorschule Camp, and Elementary School Camp classrooms.

Our German-speaking camp managers are also there to help with check-in, student safety, lunch, and other camp logistics. They also organize games and sports activities for all campers during snack and lunch breaks. The camp managers are parents' first point of contact.

How are ages and language abilities mixed?

In Preschool and KindergartenCamp, all levels of German, including total beginner are mixed in the classroom. The instructors speak only in German.

In Elementary School Camp and Middle School Camp, the language classes in AM Camp are divided into three or two basic levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. Because classes are small, each student will receive individualized instruction and support within their level. In AM Camp, instructors speak only in German.

In Elementary School Camp and Middle School Camp in the PM Camp, groups stay in the theme activity classrooms. Activities may be held outside or in the same classroom. Please refer to our Covid regulations on our Camp operation site. To help all students understand context and directions, instructors will speak some English. However, the main camp language is German all day.



What do we need to bring?

Preschool
Participants must be potty-trained to enroll. In case of accidents, send some pull-ups, wipes, and extra pairs of pants. Campers participating in the Full-Day camp must bring a sheet, pillow, and blanket for nap time.
Bring a extra snack, a cooled lunch box with a hearty lunch, and a water bottle every day. We play outside and make crafts. Campers should wear clothes that can get dirty, and bring two complete changes every day. Wear sunscreen to camp, and bring extra to re-apply. A wide-brimmed sun hat is a must.

Kindergarten/ Vorschule Camp
Bring a little extra for snack, a cooled lunch box with a hearty lunch, and a water bottle every day. We play outside and make crafts. Campers should wear clothes that can get dirty, and bring two complete changes every day. Wear sunscreen to camp, and bring extra to re-apply. A wide-brimmed sun hat is a must.

Elementary and Middle School Camps
Bring a cooled lunch box with a hearty lunch, and a water bottle every day. For Full-Day Camp, bring a pencil, sharpener, eraser, colored pencils, and a pen each day. Wear clothes that can get dirty, and bring an extra shirt and shorts/pants each day. Wear sunscreen to camp, and bring extra to re-apply. A wide-brimmed sun hat is a must.

Please refer to the GISSV webpage for campus drop-off and pick-up regulations and parking lot rules. It is essential to carefully read these guidelines. The GISSV Summer Camp operates from 9 am to 4 pm, with extended care available for an additional fee from 8 am to 9 am and from 4 pm to 5 pm. If a student has not been picked up by the end of their camp session, they will remain under the supervision of the coordinator(s) until picked up. A late fee of $20 will be charged for every 10 minutes beyond the camp end time (1 pm for half-day or 4 pm for full-day) or the extended care end time (5 pm) during pick-up. Students who are not registered for extended care cannot participate in drop-in sessions.

 

How do we sign up for 3rd party lunch providers?

You can sign up with My Green Lunch to get pre-paid lunch delivered to campus on a weekly basis. Your child will get a hot/cold entree of choice, fresh sliced fruit cup or whole fruit, fresh vegetable, and a healthy snack.

Click the below link to for sign up details

SAN FRANCISCO CAMPUS - SCHOOLFOODIES - (510) 556-8900, or contact@schoolfoodies.com

MOUNTAIN VIEW CAMPUS - MY GREEN LUNCH - (408) 352-5333, or info@mygreenlunch.com

All students should have their own snack and lunch in a cooled lunch box. Students in Preschool should additionally bring food for the breakfast circle each morning. Please send all students with a refillable water bottle every day!

Nut-free School - The GISSV is a nut-free campus. Please ensure that food never contains any nuts, nut butters, or nut flours. 

What does GISSV do in case of emergencies & Injuries?


In the case of an emergency, instructors and camp managers are expected to follow the guidelines they have been provided with by the Head of Administration. Students are expected to follow the instructor’s directions. The camp managers and Head of Administration issue all commands in an emergency.

Instructors are required to read through their class lists, and to make note of any reported allergies or health conditions. Parents are encouraged to contact camp managers in advance of camp to personally discuss any important health concerns. 

Instructors and camp managers may not administer any medication to students, unless the parent has given notice of the medical condition during enrollment, and has provided the camp managers with a doctor’s note about dosage for the specific student. Parents and camp managers must agree on a safe space to store the medication that is inaccessible to young students. 

Instructors and camp managers always tell parents about any injury or potential injury.

For small cuts, scrapes, and similar minor injuries, instructors and camp managers may wash injuries with soap and water, and will provide band-aids, but will not administer medications like Neosporin. 

If a student has a concerning or potentially concerning injury (e.g. larger fall in playground, any injury to head or neck), camp managers will complete an Injury Report, file it with the Head of Camp Administration, and provide parents with an electronic copy.

If a student becomes seriously ill during camp, the instructor or camp manager will:

  • If necessary, call 911.
  • Call the camp managers or Head of Camp Administration for immediate support. 
  • Call the student’s parents using the contact information provided during registration. 
  • Stay with the student and the rest of the class until help arrives. 


What are the Covid Regulations like? 

Please refer to our regulations on our school website.

Updated COVID-19 Regulations


The California Public Health Department has recently changed their guidance around COVID-19 prevention and mitigation efforts. Based on their guidance, we have reviewed our regulations and updated them to match the guidance and still uphold the safety of our school community to the best extent possible.

If a student develops symptoms, we ask the families to keep the student home to recover and strongly recommend taking a COVID-19 test. Common symptoms of COVID-19 include 

  • Fever (greater than 100.4F)
  • Cough
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Recent loss of taste or smell
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Congestion or runny nose in combination with above symptoms

Please let the school know as soon as possible if a student has had a positive COVID-19 test (camp@gissv.org). 

Students infected with COVID-19 and have symptoms are excluded from campus and may return if:

  • 24 hours have passed with no fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications, AND
  • They are symptom-free (or the symptoms are mild and improving)

Students infected with COVID-19 who do NOT have symptoms can continue coming to school. We ask that they wear a mask indoors. If symptoms develop, the criteria above will apply. 

For 10 days after symptom onset or a positive COVID-19 test, we ask and strongly recommend students to wear a mask on campus.

GISSV will continue to send out exposure notices. We still recommend testing immediately after a close contact and 3-5 days afterwards and wearing a mask for that time. 
 
We ask all families to be mindful of their children’s health as well as the health of the other students, faculty, and staff on campus. Please keep your children at home if they are sick so that they can recover and we can keep the school community safe. 
 
Thank you for your continued support!

I have more questions...

We are happy to answer them! 

Parents´ first point of contact for all questions or concerns is the camp coordinator, who can be reached at camp@gissv.org