September 22nd, 2020 | Posted in News

UPDATED: September 23, 2020

Hybrid FAQs and Calendar

Students will be placed into two different groups by the last name of the student. Groups will be called “Concordia” or “Saints”.

CONCORDIA GROUP SAINTS GROUP
6th Grade A-J 6th Grade K-Z
7th Grade A-H 7th Grade I-Z
8th Grade A-K 8th Grade L-Z
9th Grade A-L 9th Grade M-Z
10th Grade A-J 10th Grade K-Z
11th Grade A-K 11th Grade L-Z
12th Grade A-K 12th Grade L-Z
 
“Concordia” Group and “Saints” Group will switch every two days. 
 
Drop Days will be RED or GRAY. Students Drop Day Schedule will be visible through OnCampus. 
 
RED Days are Classes 1(MS Only), 2, 3, 4, and 8(HS Only)
 
GRAY Days are Classes 1(MS Only), 5, 6, 7, and 8(HS Only)
 
These drop days will alternate every other day.
 
HYBRID SCHEDULE*
Upper School   Middle School  
Class 8 7:55 am – 8:35 am    
Class 2/5 8:50 am – 10:05 am Class 2/5 8:40 am – 9:55 am
Class 3/6 10:20 am – 11:35 am Class 3/6 10:10 am – 11:25 am
Lunch/Advisory 11:45 am – 12:30 pm Lunch/Advisory 11:35 am – 12:20 pm
Class 4/7 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm Class 4/7 12:35 pm – 1:50 pm
    Class 1 2:05 pm – 2:45 pm
*The hybrid schedule will change at the start of the second quarter on Monday, November 2.
 
While working on our plan to provide an in-tact educational experience for our students, we have focused on the guiding principles that first and foremost our priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, our families, and the community at large. 

Concordia Prep’s COVID-19 task force working collaboratively over the past several months with the administrative team, technology committee, and members of our Board of Trustees have created plans that will continue our students’ academic and spiritual growth.

Below are the scenarios that we are planning to implement this fall based upon the latest guidance from the Maryland State Board of Education and Baltimore County. Please note, we reserve the right to update these scenarios as state and local mandates dictate.

Planning

Concordia Prep has prepared three scenarios for the opening of the 2020-2021 school year and is prepared to transition from each of these scenarios as the situation warrants. The school will transition to Scenario #2 – the Hybrid Model on Monday, September 28, 2020, while still providing the option for students to learn virtually. 

SCENARIO #1: ON-CAMPUS LEARNING WITH MODIFICATIONS

Students will return to school with enhanced health and safety procedures.

  • Masks will be required for every person on campus (classrooms, offices, bathrooms, and hallways).
  • Desks will be arranged to maintain social distancing guidelines.
  • Middle School students will be organized into cohorts to contain their exposure to larger groups.
  • Lockers will not be used to avoid crowding in small areas.
  • All students will be required to have their own personal devices (complete details can be found here).
  • Extensive cleaning and disinfecting will occur during the school day and every night.
  • Parents and non-essential visitors will not be permitted on campus except for student drop-off and pick-up.
  • Students will eat their lunches in classrooms.

SCENARIO #2: ON-CAMPUS LEARNING WITH DISTRIBUTED ATTENDANCE (Hybrid Model)

Students will return to school but be designated into Concordia and Saints groups. While “Concordia” students attend in-person classes, “Saints” students at home will be able to synchronously participate in classes. Teachers will access an iPad, which will serve as a mobile webcam and digital whiteboard to support the hybrid learning environment.

SCENARIO #3: VIRTUAL SCHOOL

For those who desire virtual learning or students with symptoms. Outside factors may dictate a return to Virtual School at any time throughout the school year.

Virtual School Schedule

  • Class 1 – 8:00-8:40 am
  • Class 2 – 8:50-9:30 am
  • Brain Break – 9:30-10:00 am
  • Class 3 – 10:00-10:40 am
  • Class 4 – 10:50-11:30 am
  • Lunch – 11:30-Noon
  • Class 5 – 12:00–12:40 pm
  • Class 6 – 12:50–1:30 pm
  • 1:30 – 3:00 pm – Asynchronous Work 

Faculty Office Hours: 1:30 – 3:30 pm


Protect

SCHOOL DAY SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

  • Students’ parents/ guardians and staff will perform symptoms and temperature checks at home prior to departing for school each day.
  • Anyone with any of these symptoms should stay home: temperature of 100 degrees or more, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, the new loss of taste or smell, chills or shaking chills, muscle aches, sore throat, headache, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue or congestion or runny nose.
  • Students and staff will be responsible for washing/sanitizing their hands prior to entering the building for the start of school, after using the restroom, and prior to eating snacks or lunches.
  • All students and staff will be required to wear a cloth face mask while inside the school and outside when it is not possible to socially distance from others.

CPS MASK POLICY

Students are required to wear a face-covering at all times during the school day except for eating and drinking indoors. Face coverings must cover the mouth and nose while being worn. Students are responsible for having two masks with them each day.

  • A cloth face covering is a fabric that covers your nose and mouth. It can be:
  •  A sewn mask with ties or straps that go around the head or behind the ears. 
  • Made from a variety of materials like cotton, fleece, or linen. 
  • No valves or vents allowed on masks.
  • Bandanas and Neck Gators are not allowed.

The face coverings should be appropriate to the educational environment. It should have appropriate logos, graphics, or designs.

SCHOOL NURSE GUIDELINES

  • CPS has built a stockpile of PPE to use as necessary and supply of masks for students and staff whose masks are destroyed or lost during the day.
  • The School Nurse will follow state and local recommendations and the School Nurse’s Office has been modified to meet state and local recommendations.  An isolation room has been created for students who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Parents of students attending in-person school will need to have a plan in place to pick up sick students within 60 minutes of being notified by the School Nurse.
  • Staff and parents of students must notify the School Nurse if they or their student test positive for COVID-19, have COVID-19 like symptoms, or have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • Students who have been absent from school due to illness will be required to have a note from a medical provider specifying their diagnosis and stating they can return to school.
  • Students and staff who are exposed to COVID-19 and those who exhibit symptoms will be required to follow local and state recommendations for isolation, quarantine, and testing.
  • The local health department will be consulted if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19.

FACILITY MANAGEMENT

  • Disinfect surfaces between each class with EPA approved disinfectant.
  • Frequently contacted surfaces will be disinfected on a regular schedule
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the facility.
  • When possible, ventilation systems have been equipped with filters to maximize airflow quality.
  • Weather permitting, classroom, and office windows will be opened to circulate air and outdoor spaces will be utilized as much as possible.
  • Classrooms will be distanced following the recommendations of the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Hallways, classrooms, common spaces, and restrooms will all have new guidelines and signage to ensure proper social distancing.
  • Parents and guardians are not permitted to enter school buildings for any reason.
  • Students will be discouraged from sharing resources and will submit work electronically when possible to prevent unnecessary handling of items.

SCHEELER BUS SERVICE, SAFETY PROTOCOLS

  • Scheeler Bus Service will adhere to all safety protocols including requiring masks and disinfecting of all areas.
  • Only one person per seat will be allowed unless students are related.
  • Bus drivers will be required to wear a mask, sanitize their driving area, and have their temperature checked prior to each run.
  • A substitute driver will always be available.

Community

FAITH LIFE

From Campus Pastor Peter Couser:

Faith is one of our core values here at Concordia Prep. Encouraging the spiritual formation of our students and families is a huge aspect of what we are about here!  

This week we are launching Weekly Gospel Hubs as a part of our 8-Week journey through the Gospels of Mark and Luke.  These gatherings will continue virtually even while transitions occur (times may be adjusted as our daily schedule adjusts).  We are also looking to launch a Faith Foundations/Confirmation class for those in middle school that want to explore God’s Word more deeply.  Special events are also being planned for our students to gather safely for various activities, fellowship, and devotion.  Weekly Chapel services will continue as well.  

And soon we will be sharing information on a new church starting on the campus of Concordia that we are shaping with the students and families of Concordia in mind who do not have a church home.  

Please feel free to email or call me at any time if you want more info on any of the above (petercouser@concordiaprepschool.org), if you have prayer requests or spiritual questions, or if you simply need to process life.  I am here for the students, families, and staff of Concordia!  God’s faithfulness continues as we navigate these challenging times!  You are never alone on this journey!

PARENT-TEACHER MEETINGS

Until further notice, all parent-teacher meetings and will take place via Zoom or over the phone.

COMMUNICATION

Concordia Prep sends out daily announcements, weekly e-newsletters, and posts information on the school’s website and through the OnCampus learning platform.

ATHLETICS

Beginning with our hybrid schedule, we will allow athletes to return to campus on their off days for their team’s workouts. They must provide their own transportation. Workouts are still optional at this time and nonattendance will not be held against an athlete. If an athlete plays multiple sports, they should prioritize attending their fall season sport’s workouts. All athletes are responsible for bringing their own water to each workout. There will be no sharing of water or equipment. Please contact the coaches of each sport for workout times and schedules. They will be able to provide more information. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Newman at fredricanewman@concordiaprepschool.org.

Concordia Prep is a proud member of the IAAM and MIAA leagues for upper school sports. Both leagues are working diligently to create a return to play plan that balances the priority of health and safety and the importance of athletic participation. The league recognizes the diverse needs of its member schools and has not finalized a return to play plan yet. Concordia Prep has been at the forefront of advocating for a return to play of all three seasons as quickly and safely as possible. We have developed safety guidelines that we will implement as we expand our on-campus offerings. The athletic department works closely with the school administrative team to determine the best courses of action moving forward. Again, we reiterate that we will continue to work diligently with both leagues to ensure that play of three athletic seasons happens during the 2020-2021 school year and we are prepared to explore all options to ensure that our students can enjoy some alternative physical health opportunities this year.

GUIDANCE and COLLEGE COUNSELING

Under Scenarios #1 and #2, Mrs. Grill will meet with students for college counseling and personal counseling matters. These meetings will be scheduled in advance, when possible so that students are able to maintain social distancing guidelines. All school COVID-19 procedures will be observed during these meetings. On days that students are not on campus, Mrs. Grill will meet with students for college counseling and personal counseling via Zoom. Should Concordia Prep adopt Scenario #3, all college counseling, and personal counseling will be via Zoom. Resources will also be available to students and families through the OnCampus College Counseling and School Counseling pages. 

DROP-OFF/PICK-UP PROCEDURES

  • Those providing transportation should not exit their vehicles.
  • Students will leave cars and go to assigned areas without congregating in front of the school or anywhere else on campus.

EXTENDED DAY PROGRAM (EDP) 

  • CPS will continue to operate its extended day program for middle school students.
  • Students who are unable to be picked up within 30 minutes of dismissal will be required to attend CPS Extended Day Program (EDP)
  • Students will be rescreened prior to entry and asked to maintain social distance regardless of EDP location.