b'COMING BACK TO CAMPUS: SAFE AND READY FOR A NEW ACADEMIC YEARSafe and ReadyOn August 26, we welcomed 772 students, including 180 new students, our largest new student enrollment in a single year since 1972! Here are a few of the safety precautions we put into place this past summer to prepare for our return to campus: A new Global Plasma Solutions air filtration system in every buildingSwivl Technology: families can choose in-person or remote learningAn innovative new scheduleA renovated Health Center with a sick and well areaEight tents for outdoor lunch, learning, and playCrazy Creek chairs for mobile seating for students and teachersDaily Box LunchesOutdoor tables and chairsNew wayfinding systems and signageA new key card system for building entryAn additional full-time nursePart of the 50th birthday festivities on Monday, September 14 included tie-dye shirts, cupcakes, a happy birthday song, and a panel conversation with former faculty, board members, and alumni parents. Even in the midst of all of our social distancing protocols, the GDS community found joy throughout the day. We continue to look forward to a proper celebration in person when we get to the other side of the pandemic. We are using every corner of our beautiful 65-acre campus and our students and teachers are so happy to be reunited. We remain committed to a strong academic offering, but we know more challenges will come our way as we prepare for life during COVID-19 on campus in the winter season.nGDS Magazine | 39'