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COVID-19 Resources

Over the summer months of 2020 and throughout the 2020-2021 school year, we carefully planned a safety-focused, in-person learning experience for Calvert students. Due to these efforts, we were able to welcome our boys and girls back to campus on September 2, 2020, for a full year of in-person learning.
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 alter our plans 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.
  

COVID-19 FAQ

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: Does Calvert need PCR Covid-19 test results or can I submit my rapid test results?

    Calvert requires the results from a PCR Covid-19 test. Results from rapid tests will not be accepted.
  • 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 COVID-like symptoms (for a list of symptoms please refer to our COVID-19 flowchart), 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. If anyone in the household is quarantining per the health department, then we ask that your child also quarantines during that time. Click here to view Calvert's 2021 COVID Decision Aid.
  • 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? 

    If unvaccinated and traveling internationally, or to a location above 10% positivity rate, please take a PCR test 3-5 days upon return to Maryland. Send a copy of your test results to Nurse Macsherry before having your child return to school.

    Vaccinated members of the community who have traveled to a state with a 10% positivity rate or higher must obtain a PCR test upon their return and send the results to Nurse Macsherry .  If negative they may return to school.  

    This applies to vaccinated household members traveling as well.
  • 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?

    If unvaccinated, your child may return to school on day 7 with a negative PCR test given no earlier than day 5 after the last known contact with the positive case and provided that they remain asymptomatic.

    If vaccinated, they may return on day 5 with a negative PCR test given no earlier than day 3 after the last known contact with the positive case and provided that they remain asymptomatic. 
  • 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.
  

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
 
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 move around the buildings less throughout the day. For example, Specials teachers visit homeroom classroom. Our plans for Middle School and Lower School are slightly different, the safety measures are listed below by division:

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.



 
Calvert School is a coed independent lower and middle school.

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