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

Last updated: 3/25/2020

Girard College has transitioned to a virtual learning model as of Tuesday, March 17, with online instruction continuing through April 2. Spring Break will be held as scheduled, Friday April 3 through Monday, April 13.

We intend to resume all normal daily operational activities by Tuesday, April 14. Because of the fluidity of this public health crisis, we will either confirm or extend the return by Thursday, April 2.

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. The College is operating with essential personnel only.

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
kclark@girardcollege.edu
215-787-2630

Kathy Jrateh
School Social Worker
kjrateh@girardcollege.edu
215-787-2628

Alana Tipton
Elementary School Counselor
atipton@girardcollege.edu
215-787-2627

Cassandra Mack
Elementary and Middle School Counselor
cmack@girardcollege.edu
215-787-2647

Kimeesha Reed-Walker
Elementary and Middle School Residential Counselor
kreed-walker@girardcollege.edu
267-338-8336

Andre Walker
High School Counselor
anwalker@girardcollege.edu
484-899-0881

Lisa Rivers
High School Residential Counselor
lrivers@girardcollege.net
215-768-6908

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, no students, faculty or staff at Girard College have been diagnosed with the virus.

 

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?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

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.