Grace Christian School’s promotion of health and wellness goes beyond sending students home when they are not feeling well or asking parents to keep their students home during illness.  Health and wellness begins with healthy bodies and minds.

Healthy Body & Mind

Ensuring your student receives a healthy breakfast daily and eats regular, well-balanced meals will provide an optimum outcome for your student.  Studies have shown that students who eat a well-balanced, healthy diet and participate in physical activities (physical education class, recess, organized sports, etc.) are likely to have:

  • Improved academic performance
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Improved energy
  • Improved cognitive skills
  • Improved ability to focus

It is also important to limit or avoid saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.


Our Grace Café offers a variety of foods to please many different tastes and daily nutritional requirements for breakfast and lunch. In addition, you can order a snack for your elementary student to be delivered to the classroom. Kindergarten snacks are included in the tuition. Otherwise, if you have an elementary student, please be sure to pack a healthy snack for them each day.

Healthy snack recommendations:

  • Carrot sticks
  • Pita chips with hummus
  • Fruit
  • Trail mix
  • Fruit cups (packed with water or 100% juice, not syrup)
  • Yogurt

Physical Activity

Physical fitness plays an important role in keeping students healthy. Grace Christian offers not only P.E. and scheduled recess for elementary, but a variety of athletics and fitness electives for middle and high school.

In addition, GCS offers after school and summer camps that focus on sports, arts, and STEM development to keep students healthy, both physically and mentally.

Children who participate in sports and outdoor activities are likely to be healthier as a whole and experience less stress. In addition, organized sports promote a team- building environment and help children build and strengthen friendships.

Clean & Healthy Environment

Grace Christian School strives to provide the cleanest learning environment possible for your child.  Our sanitation efforts to include:

  • Protexus Wands – used to sanitize classrooms and common areas
  • EcoLab Cleaning Solution and Bleach Wipes – supplied to our teachers to help ensure student surfaces are cleaned routinely and as needed.
  • Housekeeping – Increased janitorial staff
  • Hand Sanitizers – strategically placed throughout the campus to provide convenience and frequent hand cleaning.
  • Staggered Schedules/Social Distancing, including:
    • Scheduled recess breaks and designated areas for elementary grades
    • Staggered class and school dismissal times

Healthcare Team, Medical Equipment & Facilities

GCS takes the health and wellness of our students and staff very seriously. Our full-time healthcare team includes a licensed practical nurse as well as a full time assistant.

Medical Equipment & Facilities

Necessary medical supplies and facilities are maintained at GCS, including:

  • Automatic Electronic Defibrillators (AEDs), located strategically throughout campus
  • First Aid Kits in GCS vehicles
  • Nurse’s office and nurse’s station

Medical Release Form

Health & Wellness Team

Director of Health and Wellness, Geneieve Paschal

Geneieve graduated from the Licensed Practical Nursing Program at Central Carolina Community College in 2013. She spent several years of her nursing career working in a long term care facility in Sanford as the Staffing Coordinator.  Her nursing career has allowed her to serve patients in various aspects of the medical field including the med surgical floor and as a floor nurse at Central Carolina Hospital, Epic Computer Program Coordinator at Rex UNC Health, and in family healthcare nursing. Geneieve is certified through the American Heart Association as a Basic Life Support, First Aid, and Heartsaver Instructor.

Health Protocols & Common Questions

Providing a healthy environment is of utmost importance to GCS administration and staff.  Our “all-in” approach includes a commitment from our GCS families to keep students home when they are exhibiting any signs or symptoms of illness.

General Illness

  • Notify GCS school Nurse at the beginning of the school day.
  • Keep your ill child at home until he/she has been cleared to return to school. Notify GCS Nurse when the student is cleared.
  • Each student must exhibit signs of wellness and be free of symptoms for at least 24 hours prior to returning to school.
  • No fever and/or fever-reducing agents (Tylenol/Motrin/Acetaminophen/Ibuprofen/ Aspirin) for at least 24 hours prior to returning to school.
  • Please keep your child at home if they are showing any signs of not feeling well or any signs of illness regardless of whether they have fever or not.

COVID Illness

  • Notify a member of the GCS Health & Wellness Team as soon as you know that someone in your household may be getting tested:
  • Keep your student(s) at home when someone in your household is being tested.
  • All COVID test results for any GCS household, whether negative or positive, must be reported to the GCS Health & Wellness Team prior to the student returning to school.

If your GCS student tested positive for COVID:

  • Notify the GCS Health & Wellness Team immediately:
  • Isolate your child at home. The GCS Health & Wellness Team will determine the length of time based on current CDC guidelines.
  • All GCS students in your household must quarantine at home.
  • Supply a copy of the test results to the GCS Health & Wellness Team

If anyone living in the same household as your GCS student tests positive for COVID:

  • Notify the GCS Health & Wellness Team immediately:
  • All GCS students in your household must quarantine at home.
  • Students need to be cleared by the GCS Health & Wellness Team in order to return to school.