This page contains information about the COVID-19 outbreak as it pertains to Girard College and our students.

Last updated: 4/27/2020

On April 9, Governor Wolf announced that all Pennsylvania schools, including Girard College, will remain closed through the end of the 2019-20 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Girard College’s faculty will continue to provide meaningful academic instruction through virtual learning. Report Period 4 begins on Tuesday, April 14, and Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held virtually on Friday, April 17.

We expect to conclude the year with ceremonial celebrations and to recognize our staff and students for the 2019-20 school year, especially the Class of 2020.

Campus will remain closed to all but essential personnel and residents.

All events on campus, including external rentals, remain cancelled for the foreseeable future. We will continue to follow CDC guidelines regarding public gatherings, social distancing, and other best practices.

Virtual GC – Girard College’s Virtual Learning Experience

Thanks to a great effort from our faculty and staff, Girard College was proud to launch Virtual GC on Tuesday, March 17. Using Google Classroom and other digital platforms, Girard students will continue to work with their teachers and classmates in meaningful academic instruction.

Girard families can access resources on Virtual GC using the links below:

Family Resources from Our Counseling Team

As we adjust to the new challenges posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis, know that the Girard College Counseling Team will continue to support students and families.

Please reach out to our counselors using the contact information below. There are limitations to what our counseling team can do without face-to-face meetings, and counselors will make referrals as necessary. In the case of an emergency, please call 911.

The counseling team has also gathered a list of State and Local resources so that families can access the services they need. As new resources become available, they will be added.

Girard College Counseling Team Contact List

Kymelle Clark
Dean of Counseling Services and Student Affairs

Kathy Jrateh
School Social Worker

Alana Tipton
Elementary School Counselor

Cassandra Mack
Elementary and Middle School Counselor

Kimeesha Reed-Walker
Elementary and Middle School Residential Counselor

Andre Walker
High School Counselor

Lisa Rivers
High School Residential Counselor

Girard College's Response to Coronavirus

Girard College places the highest priority on the safety, health and welfare of all of our students, faculty and staff. We will continue to follow the guidance of medical and government officials regarding this public health crisis.

Currently, Girard administrators are working with staff, students and families who have been impacted by the coronavirus. If any member of the Girard community is diagnosed with COVID-19, they should notify a Girard administrator or email


What Families Need to Know

How is coronavirus spread?

  • Coughing and Sneezing
  • Touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes
  • Close contact with people

What are the symptoms?

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

How can I help protect myself and others?

All community members are encouraged to follow these best practices to keep Girard healthy:

  • If you or a member of your household has been exposed to anyone diagnosed or suspected to have the COVID-19 virus, please notify Girard immediately.
  • Stay home and seek medical attention if you are not feeling well, especially if you are experiencing a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other flu-like symptoms.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water (20 seconds of scrubbing) or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if water is not readily available. Be sure to cover all surfaces and rub until dry.
  • Cough/sneeze into a tissue. Dispose of used tissues immediately into a trash can. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into the crook of your elbow, not your hands. Then wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, which accelerates the spread of infections.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Do not share glasses, eating utensils, water bottles, lipstick/makeup, etc.