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2020 Reopening Plan


 
In order to prepare for every foreseeable scenario, our Calvert staff have reviewed the spaces, schedules, and many routines that comprise a typical school day.

 
  

COVID-19 FAQ

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: Who are considered close contacts? 

    Someone you were with for more than 15 minutes while less than 6 feet apart (mask or no mask), someone in your household, someone in your carpool. 
  • Q: What do I do if someone in my household is sick?

    Do not come to school until that person’s symptoms have resolved. If they have more than one (1) symptom, then they should call their doctor to get tested for COVID-19 or have their doctor rule out COVID-19 by giving an alternate diagnosis. If the doctor recommends a COVID-19 test then the individual must quarantine until they receive their test results and they must self-monitor.  
  • Q: What does self-monitoring mean?

    Monitor your symptoms and stay in touch with your doctor while continuing to social distance. 
  • Q: Can I travel? 

    There should be no non-essential traveling. Please follow the State of Maryland travel guidelines. We ask that if you travel to a place with a positivity rate of 10% or above, that you get tested for COVID-19 exactly 5 days after your return or quarantine for 14 days.
  • Q: How can I protect myself and others?

    Wash your hands frequently, practice social distancing, wear a mask when outside of your home, monitor your symptoms, and stay home if you feel sick or someone in your home feels sick.
  • Q: What if I am a close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19?

    You must quarantine yourself for 14 days and monitor your symptoms. You must get tested if you become symptomatic.
  • Q: What does the date of last exposure mean?

    The last day that you had close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Q: What is the difference between isolation and quarantine? 

    Isolation?separates sick people with a positive case of COVID-19 from healthy people. They should stay in separate rooms and use separate bathrooms. You must isolate for 10 days following your first symptoms of COVID19.

    Quarantine?separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to COVID-19 to see if they become sick. You must quarantine if you are in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. You must quarantine for 14 days following your last day of exposure to the person who has tested positive. 
  • Q: What is social distancing?

    Staying 6 feet apart from and spending less than 15 minutes with individuals outside of your household.
  

OUR GOAL
 
Over the summer months, we carefully planned and worked toward offering a safety-focused, in-person learning experience for Calvert students. Due to these efforts, which are outlined below, we were able to welcome our boys and girls back to campus on September 2. If permissible and consistent with applicable public health restrictions and guidance, we plan to continue this on-campus experience. We are prepared, however, to immediately transition to remote learning if necessary. The safety of our students is our most important concern. Calvert is very fortunate to have a standing Board committee devoted exclusively to the health and wellness of the students. The team of doctors and healthcare professionals that make up this committee have been invaluable during this time. With their help and the permission of the governor, we look forward to continuing on-campus learning.


  

HEALTH AND WELLNESS


Although there is no amount of preparation that will provide a risk-free environment, we are doing all that we can to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Calvert has created new cleaning protocols and schedules, set aside additional space for the nurse, and studied ways to enhance filtration in our HVAC system. We have rearranged desks, installed dividers, removed water fountains, and reworked schedules and classroom placement to reduce interaction between the grade levels throughout the day. To promote health and safety this school year, our return to campus includes the following:
  • Morning wellness checks
  • Scheduled hand-washing
  • Masks worn in ages where appropriate 
  • Socially distanced classroom layouts
  • Installation of barriers where appropriate
  • Staggered arrivals and departures
  • Reduced mixing of groups throughout the buildings
  • No visitors allowed during the day


CLEANING AND DISINFECTION

  • Addition of maintenance personnel
  • New maintenance schedules and additional cleaning personnel on campus during the day
  • Classrooms and common areas disinfected throughout the day
  • Increased air filtration
  • Replacement of water fountains with filtered water dispensers
 
Three Possibilities
The three plans outlined below are subject to change, and may change with little notice. These plans also rely on state guidelines. If these guidelines change, Calvert's plans will change too.



ALL ON CAMPUS

With the permission of the governor and clearance from our own medical professionals, we welcomed students back to campus on September 2. While current guidelines hold, we are able to continue on-campus learning, but this preparation has required some small and large structural changes. Our boys and girls will move around less throughout the day, Specials teachers will visit the classroom, and some structures that are familiar to us will be different. As our plans for Middle School and Lower School are slightly different, the safety measures by divisions are below:

Lower School
  • With the exception of Fifth Age, each grade has five homerooms.
  • Homerooms are co-ed from Fifth Age through Tenth Age. Co-ed classrooms allow us to evenly distribute the children throughout our five homerooms in an effort to maintain social distancing.
  • Grade-level homerooms have been relocated to keep each grade together and limit movement throughout the building, e.g., the five co-ed Tenth Age homerooms are clustered together in one corner of the LS building. 
  • Ages Seven through Ten have five developmental reading and math groups instead of six.
  • All classrooms have been arranged using social-distancing guidelines.
  • Lunch, recess, P.E., and some specials classes are running differently.

Middle School
  • Grade-level rooms are clustered together to reduce mixing groups throughout the building.
  • Teachers travel to the classrooms where possible.
  • Barriers have been installed in certain classrooms, and social distancing is implemented throughout the building.
  • Lunch, recess, and P.E. are running differently.


ALTERNATING DAYS

In the event that spacing and gathering guidelines change, we have created a plan that will allow half of our students to be on campus while the other half learns from home. In this case, and depending on the guidelines, we will do all that we can to keep our youngest students on campus full time. We will prioritize access to campus beginning with our Fifth Age and moving our way up through the grade levels. We would also make sure that siblings are assigned to the same groupings. This plan includes the following: 

  • Half of each grade on campus at one time, while the other half streams into their classroom via the technology provided. 
  • Two groups: Group A would be on campus Monday and Tuesday. Group B would be on campus Thursday and Friday.
  • Wednesday would be a full remote learning day as the school is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. 
  • The schedule on campus and at home will remain similar. Newly installed 360-degree classroom cameras allow students to attend class fully from their homes.


FULLY REMOTE

Although we have planned for a year of in-person instruction, we have also created a remote program that provides the same quality education that our children receive on campus. Director of Technology Craig Luntz has reviewed everything from devices to our internal bandwidth. We have also undergone a thorough review of the platforms used to deliver content, and our teachers have engaged in extensive training on running a remote classroom. Should we need to return to this medium, we will follow closely to our daily on-campus schedule. This will mean more synchronous time in addition to our asynchronous content.
  • Fifth Age - Eighth Age: All students have received an iPad for use in school and at home.
  • Ninth Age - Fifth Grade: All students have received a tablet Chromebook for use in school and at home.
  • Sixth Grade - Eighth Grade: Students continue to use their current devices.
  • All classrooms have been outfitted with 360-degree digital cameras to support live streaming.
  • The school's bandwidth has been increased to support additional traffic.
  • Google Classroom, Seesaw, and MyCalvert are the main platforms for delivering asynchronous content. These are platforms that provide age-appropriate access to content and faculty instruction.

     

 
Calvert School is a coed independent lower and middle school.

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