On Tuesday, October 13, Gonzaga began in-person instruction under our hybrid learning protocols. On this page, you will find resources and detailed information about in-person instruction on Eye Street.
To read the full letter that was sent to all parents and students on September 25 about our switch from distance to hybrid learning, please click here.
All students and a parent must review and signGonzaga's Community Covenant and Informed Consent Form. For students, this form is an affirmation of their willingness to adopt and abide by public health best practices both when on campus and at home. For parents and students alike, this is also an acknowledgement of the risks that remain inherent in coming to campus in the current climate. This form must be signed by families of students who intend to come to campus for activities and hybrid learning if and when it is offered. If you have not yet signed this form, it is accessible by logging into Gonzaga's website atwww.gonzaga.orgor https://gonzaga.myschoolapp.com/app/#login. If you have difficulties logging into Gonzaga's website, please contact Scott Blair, Director of Information Systems, firstname.lastname@example.org
An email communication regarding this Community Covenant and Informed Consent Form was sent to all students and parents from the Gonzaga Operations Office on September 3, 2020. Acopy of that email is available here.
Gonzaga's Health Screening for Students and Faculty will be done via an app-based platform call Safety App by AUXS. This app will enable parents to easily review a health questionnaire with their sons on any day their son is scheduled to be on campus prior to his departure from home. The app will significantly speed up the campus entry process for students who are well enough to be on campus, and significantly help the school with tracking health concerns among faculty and students.
On October 7, 2020, you were sent an email from Gonzaga's COO with information on the app, as well as a subsequent email from a company called AUXS with the subject "Welcome to Safety App" that includes information on how to set up the app. Please check your spam or junk folders if you did not yet receive the email, or email email@example.com to have it resent.
Beginning on Tuesday, October 13th, parents who have downloaded the app will see a form available to fill out regarding their son's health. This form should be used on any day your son will be on campus, or when you have information regarding your son's health that should be shared with the school.
Once the form is filled out, students will receive an email to their Gonzaga.org email account that includes a "green pass" that they can show on their mobile phone at check in. Students do not need the app in order to receive the form.
Drivers: Students who drive or bike to school, and have the correct color hang-tag for any given day (see "Parking" section) will be allowed to enter the garage. They should park in any of the marked student parking spots, which will be in the rows on the right side when entering the garage. Student parking spots are not individually assigned. Before exiting their cars, students should put on their mask, and exit the garage via the stairs at the southwest corner of the garage (closest to the old "tennis court" lot). Students will then line up along the Alumni Pavilion overlooking the west end zone -- observing the marked social distance -- and will be checked in by school staff when they get to the area by the field access elevator on Eye Street.
Drop-Offs: Students who are dropped off in the morning should exit their cars at the traffic circle outside of Forte Hall. Cars dropping off students should not turn onto Gonzaga's campus. Once dropped off, students will queue along the sidewalk in front of Forte and Kohlmann Halls -- observing the marked social distance -- to be checked in by school staff when they get to the main gate.
Metro and Other Means: Students who use Metro, other forms of public transportation, or other means can only enter campus from in front of Forte Hall.
NOTE that all other entrances will be closed in the morning. Students may not enter via the Ruesch Cantwell stairs at North Capitol and K Streets or via either of the two entrances on either side of St. Aloysius Church. Having all students enter via the west Eye Street gate will allow for each student to be checked in daily and for in-person health screenings as necessary. Those health screenings will take place in the Sheehy Theater lobby.
Given the size of our student body and the physical limitations of our campus, we have determined that on any given day, one-third of our students can be physically on campus -- meaning two-thirds of our students will be learning virtually from home.
However all students -- whether they are on Eye Street or at home -- will be learning synchronously with their teachers and classmates every day. It is important here to note that Gonzaga and our faculty view the hybrid classroom as a single learning space in which students are present both in the physical classroom and from home through new video conferencing technology. Therefore the educational experience for the student -- as well as the expectations placed upon that student by his teacher -- will be the same every day, no matter where the student is learning from.
With that philosphy in mind, click here to see a graphic that illustrates our six-day schedule rotation, and here to see a graphic that illustrates our daily hybrid schedule.
As mentioned in the Hybrid Learning Overview and Block Schedule section, each day one-third of our students will be physically on campus and two-thirds will be learning virtually from home via new technology Gonzaga has installed. As such, each student will be assigned to one of three cohorts, by alphabet, and will come to campus on a rotational basis.
With the transition to in-person instruction, Gonzaga students need to have a completed health record on file in Magnus in order to attend classes on campus. Students' immunization records should already be up-to-date.
In order for a student to compete in athletic practices, his annual physical - known as the DC Health Certificate - needs to be current immediately.
In addition, Gonzaga is requiring all students to have an updated physical before January 1, 2021. This request revises a previous communication that waived the need for an updated physical for this school year. Up-to-date physicals are defined by having been conducted in the last 365 days.
For any health record related questions or concerns about Magnus, please reach out to either Debbie Onufrychuk or Amy Harper via email or by phone: 202.336.7169.
Finally, making plans for an early flu shot is strongly encouraged as well.
Click here to see a visual calendar that shows the second quarter cycle calendar.
Please take note of the time we've set aside on October 23 for Virtual Parent Teacher conferences. More information on signing up to speak to teachers will be available as the date approaches.
You will also notice that for the three school days before the Thanksgiving break, Friday, November 20 through Tuesday, November 24, all classes will meet remotely. All extracurriculars and athletics will also be on hiatus during this time. This break is to allow our students and faculty/staff a break from coming to campus to aid in self-isolation before Thanksgiving day. We understand that this is a time when many will endeavor to see family, some of whom may fall into risk categories, notably older grandparents. We hope this time, in conjunction with the use of appropriate testing, allows everyone to celebrate Thanksgiving with the ones they love while mitigating virus spread to those who may be more vulnerable.
Gonzaga will not be offering food service for student lunch or breakfast and the cafeteria/Sage will not be open for student meals, snacks or beverages at any point during the school day. All students should eat breakfast before arriving on campus, and bring their own brown-bag lunch. Students will not be permitted to leave campus during the school day, so if a student forgets their lunch, they will not have options either on or off campus to purchase lunch. In addition, students will not be allowed to share lunches, so it is imperative that students make and bring their own lunch and bottled water every day they are scheduled to be on campus.
Lunch will be eaten in individual classrooms, and is the only time while on campus that students will be unmasked. As this creates a higher risk scenario, all students will eat with the same group every day -- their classmates from their period immediately preceding lunch period -- and can not eat on campus outside of their lunch period.
While it is the expectation that all teachers will assess students cumulatively for the semester, the assessments might not be test-based and/or synchronous. Teachers may choose projects, papers, cumulative work packets, or other alternate assessments that will stand in place of a traditional final exam. While this is consistent with Gonzaga’s current practice, please realize that more faculty may opt for alternative assessments this year. Please know, however, that academic rigor will be kept at a high level throughout these assessments and, while not as weighty as usual, poor performance on these assessments could reduce a student’s semester grade significantly. For the purposes of calculating a First Semester grade for a student's Academic Transcript, grades from Quarter 1 and Quarter 2 will each count for 40% and Semester Exam/Assessment grades will count for 20%. Exams are scheduled for December 14-18 and will be administered virtually. A detailed schedule will be made available as the date of exams approaches.
All indoor activities will operate according to alphabetical cohorts, in groups of no larger than 12 in any room (inclusive of adults). Each school day there will be a co-curricular period from 3pm to 4:20pm where student clubs can meet in-person on their cohort day.
For our first week of hybrid learning - October 13-16 - we will take a pause in after-school activities to ensure that we have our school-day protocols in place. So, in-person club and activity meetings will begin on Monday, October 19. Campus Ministry events and retreats will continue on weekends as planned, as they are already following the cohort model.
Athletics will take place outdoors only from 4pm to 6pm on weekdays and at various times on weekends. Athletics will follow a distinct cohorting model which will be outlined and discussed by each individual coach with his/her team. If a student is interested in participating in a sport, but has yet to sign up, please contact the head coach.Contact information can be found here. For our first week of hybrid learning - October 13-16 - we will take a pause in after-school activities to ensure that we have our school-day protocols in place. Athletic workouts will recommence on October 17.
Gonzaga places the health and wellness of its student body and faculty at the forefront of our decision-making as we look ahead to reopening Eye Street. Gonzaga continually and carefully monitors updates and information from the CDC and DC Department of Health. We are committed to following public health guidance as it relates to bringing students back on campus and resuming on-campus activities responsibly in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gonzaga has adopted many new core health practices and recommendations designed to reduce the potential risk of spread of the virus during traditional on-campus learning. These recommendations will mitigate but not eliminate the risk of spread of the COVID-19 virus within the Gonzaga community. In addition to the health screening process, classroom configuration, hallway movement patterns, use of outdoor spaces, and other measures described elsewhere on this page, four health areas of emphasis will define how we operate.
Masks: Students and faculty are 100% required to wear masks at all times on campus. Masks are essential for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and are a sign of respect for the Gonzaga community. Masks may be removed only briefly while actively eating and drinking. Masks must be be properly fitted and properly worn -- bandanas, gaiters, makeshift face coverings, or masks that do not fully cover the mouth and nose will not be permitted.
Social Distancing: Community members will keep a physical distance of at least six feet at all times. Classrooms have been rearranged to optimize space and learning, while also ensuring social distancing. Stickers have been placed throughout campus that will assist with identifying proper distancing (for example on the bleachers, in the line areas prior to check-in, etc.). Signage in bathrooms will remind the boys to not use adjacent sinks and urinals.
Hygiene: Hand washing and sanitizing will be increased throughout the school day and prioritized between classes and before and after lunch. Hand sanitizer stations have been installed throughout campus; classrooms will each have disinfecting kits in the classroom and wipes at each doorway; desks and shared spaces will be sanitized between uses. Bathrooms will be cleaned multiple times each day, and each evening, campus will undergo a deep cleaning protocol that includes the use of aerosol disinfectant of classrooms.
Daily Health Screenings: Before arriving on campus each morning, faculty, students, and families must fill out a daily health screening to confirm that they are free of symptoms of COVID-19. This practice will encourage symptom monitoring and result in community members staying home and isolated when ill. More detailed information on the Daily Health Screening process is located in the specific section on this page.
Gonzaga will effectively communicate, promote and stress these "big four" health requirements and fully expects all community members to comply. Adherence to these is required in order to join us on Eye Street. Students who do not abide by the health recommendations will be asked to attend class digitally and, therefore, forfeit their privilege to attend class in-person. As a matter of health and safety, Gonzaga also asks families to adhere to the "big four" health recommendations of the school while interacting in their local communities - acknowledging, in doing so, that this best preserves Gonzaga's ability to remain open during the length of the pandemic.
With Gonzaga students as our top priority, Gonzaga's campus -- including the parking garage -- will be closed to everyone except faculty, staff, students, the Jesuit Community and essential outside personnel (contractors, cleaning crews, food service, etc).
This includes no campus access for Gonzaga parents and guardians and siblings who are not students until further notice.
All access to campus will be via the western Eye Street gate (by the circle behind the Walmart). A gatehouse and tent have been installed by this gate and will be staffed by Gonzaga Security. This location will be used to receive packages and deliveries, check-in essential contractors (and enforce our health protocols for those entering campus), limit access to the garage to students and faculty, etc. If parents need to pick up their son at a time other than after school, they should park on or near the circle behind Walmart, check in at this gatehouse and then return to their vehicle. Student Services will contact the student and have him meet his parent at the car.
The McKenna Center will be operating programming outside (weather permitting) on the east end of Eye Street (by North Capitol Street). Separation fencing and signage has been installed on Eye Street and in the bleachers to allow the McKenna Center staff to serve the men of the Center in this area. Please respect the Father McKenna Center's operations and do not attempt to enter Gonzaga's campus via the east end of Eye Street. Similarly, all volunteers for the McKenna Center must park off-campus and enter the McKenna center via the North Capitol Street gate.
All juniors and seniors who wish to drive while the hybrid-learning model is in place may do so and park in Gonzaga's parking garage. Each student will be issued a color-coded permit that hangs from their rear view mirror, with a color that corresponds to their assigned cohort. That hang-tag must be visible for a student to access the parking garage on a day they are scheduled to be on campus. Students without the hang-tag or with the wrong color for any given day will not be allowed past the circle behind Walmart.
Parking spots will not be individually assigned, but students will park in clearly marked student-only spaces in the rows to the right as you enter the garage, and will enter campus through the door closest to the old "tennis court" lot. See check in protocols for more information about student check-in upon arrival.
There will be no cost for parking while we are in the hybrid learning model. Once we are able to return more students to campus, and when demand outstrips available spaces, we will return to assigned spaces with a fee charged.