November 20th, 2020 | Posted in News
CPS will be closed on Friday, November 20, 2020
In preparation for our temporary transition to asynchronous learning and virtual school, because of the worsening COVID numbers, and acting on an abundance of caution Concordia Prep will be closed on Friday, November 20, 2020. Assignments due tomorrow will be due on Monday, November 23, 2020.
 
Asynchronous Learning Monday, November 23 and Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Due to the rising cases of COVID-19, the return of college students home from campus, and travel for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, Concordia Prep has decided to hold asynchronous classes next Monday, November 23, and Tuesday, November 24, 2020. Students should follow the current schedule. Middle school students and seniors will log in to Class 2 at 8:40 am and grades 9–11 will log into Class 8 at 7:55 am for attendance. Students will work on assignments assigned by each class. The schedule and class assignments will be posted in OnCampus. Giguere and ELL students are not allowed to attend classes at school. They should attend asynchronously.
 
Virtual School Monday, November 30 – Friday, December 4, 2020
School will resume virtually after the Thanksgiving break on Monday, November 30. The Virtual School schedule will be posted in OnCampus. No students will be allowed on campus that week. Giguere and ELL students should attend Virtual School. A decision about the remainder of the school days before Christmas break will be made by Wednesday, December 2, 2020.
 
Interscholastic Athletics
The Concordia Prep Athletic Department will not participate in any interscholastic contests after Saturday, November 21st. We are very proud of the work that went into creating a safe environment to allow our fall teams to have some competitive opportunities. We are thankful for the administration, athletic department staff, parents, and student-athletes who committed themselves to ensure we could safely conduct athletics. We would also like to send a special congratulations to the Class of 2021. Our seniors showed grace and fortitude in their last fall season. We wish them the best in their future endeavors. 
 
Plans for After the Holidays/New Year
As a courtesy to our families who wish to travel over the holidays, we are planning to transition to virtual school after the New Year to allow for quarantine for anyone traveling out of state. So starting Wednesday, January 6 through Tuesday, January 19, all classes will be virtual for all students. The school is closed on Monday, January 18 for the Martin Luther King Holiday, and Tuesday, January 19 for faculty professional development. CPS is planning to return to a hybrid schedule on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. This will allow families to travel over the holidays and follow the recommended travel guidelines as outlined above from the Maryland Department of Health.
 
If you do travel out of Maryland to a state with a positivity rate above 10% you should plan on being tested when you return to Maryland. If you do not want to be tested, you should quarantine for 14 days after you return before you are around others outside your household and before you return to campus.
 
Please also complete this form with your travel plans for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
 
 
Holiday Travel Guidelines
We are following the CDC and Maryland Department of Health travel guidelines. According to the CDC travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. The Maryland Department of Health strongly recommends that all Marylanders refrain from non-essential travel outside of Maryland due to the recent increase in COVID-19 infections in other states. Here is a link to CDC website for detailed information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html
 
Any Marylander returning from out of state travel should get tested for COVID-19 promptly upon returning to Maryland or within 72 hours before travel to Maryland. If you travel to a state with a COVID-19 test positivity rate above 10 %, when you return to Maryland, you should get tested and self-quarantine at home until the test result is received. The Baltimore County Department of Health requires a negative PCR test (not a rapid test) to return to school. Your student should remain home and do virtual school until they receive a negative test result.
 
Here are two sites to find other states’ positivity rates:
Here is a link for testing sites in Maryland:
 
There are also some Walgreens and CVS pharmacies doing drive-thru testing if you look on their websites. Most testing locations require an appointment.
 
CDC recommends Americans avoid nonessential international travel. If you do travel internationally you should stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor your health and practice social distancing.