For families of Gordon students


Travel survey
Families, faculty and staff are all asked to fill out the survey if their plans change, at

Lost and found online
Check the inventory at

Reopening campus
A detailed overview of the plan for fall 2020 is at www, and the nitty-gritty on health and safety is at

My child feels sick. Now what?
A COVID-19 Q&A at

Schoolwork during absences
All the information you need is at

Antiracism resources
Reading lists and videos, as well as links to recent public forums that included Gordon, at

The Commons online
Zoom links to upcoming meetings, and dozens of online resources, are at - the password is in the parent email

Parent login
Update your contact information, access the parent directory and catch up on classroom connections at

This week's Gordon News


Courageous conversations

Last Wednesday's conversation with Dr. Howard Stevenson is now online at

Next up? A conversation between Gabby Rivera, creator of Marvel Comic's America Chavez, and Brown University's Leticia Alvarado will be December 8th, as part of Gordon's online Book Fair. It's open to the public; more information at

Giving Tuesday

Gordon's season of generosity continues with Giving Tuesday, Tuesday, December 1st. Tuesday's goal will be to get one hundred new gifts to the Gordon Fund. That's in honor of the faculty and staff - 100% of them have have already given to this year's Gordon Fund.

Giving Tuesday is a national effort to focus some of the holiday spending energy into philanthropy. It follows Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, but it should not be last in your family's priorities!

Two tips for supporting Gordon

1. It's not Giving Tuesday yet, but the Gordon Fund always welcomes your support at

2. When you shop online at Books on the Square through December 14th, 20% of your purchase goes to Gordon ONLY IF YOU CHECK THE "GORDON BOOK FAIR" BOX on the checkout page. Forgive the all caps.

Travel survey

Please continue to keep Gordon posted on your travel plans as they change, at

Worth repeating

from Dr. Thomas López's email to faculty, staff and families on October 8th:

All community members who plan to travel [over Thanksgiving break and winter break] will need to refer to the Rhode Island Department of Health travel guidelines and adhere to all recommendations upon return.

Currently, the Rhode Island K-12 Outbreak Response Playbook recommends that children, faculty, and staff who travel internationally or travel to a US state where more than 5% of the COVID tests are positive quarantine for fourteen days before returning to school.

Gordon will be following the RI Playbook guidelines and will not accept a negative COVID-19 test in lieu of the fourteen-day quarantine following travel to the aforementioned areas.

Because the Rhode Island Department of Health is allowing individual schools and school districts to make the final decision about accepting a negative COVID-19 test from people who travel internationally or to states with >5% positive rates, it is likely that our policy will differ from those of some of our peer schools.

Gordon's rationale comes from the Rhode Island K-12 Outbreak Response Playbook, which states that quarantining for fourteen days before returning to school is the best way to reduce the chance of exposing the school community to COVID-19.

If you weren't following Gordon on social media this week, you missed... two three readalouds from Gordon leadership, brought to you by the Book Fair