Last March due to COVID-19 and mandates from Gov. Larry Hogan, Baltimore County, and the Maryland State Department of Education, Concordia Prep quickly and transitioned to an online learning environment, Virtual School.

Students attended six classes with their teachers via Zoom daily. The Virtual School schedule began at 8:00 am and ended synchronous learning at 1:30 pm. Teachers were available to support students with asynchronous learning until 3:30 pm. 

The faculty and staff found innovative ways to stay connected and celebrate milestone events: 

  • The clubs met virtually after school.
  • The Campus Pastor began an after school bible study/prayer group.
  • Coaches held virtual after school team meetings and workouts.
  • The Music and Fine Arts Department created a virtual spring concert and fine arts festival.
  • Drive-up chapel ceremonies were held for the senior class and 8th-grade affirmation.
  • An in-person, socially distanced graduation was held for the class of 2020 as well as other senior class events.

Concordia Prep spent the summer months preparing for three scenarios for the 2020-2021 school year. While working on this plan to provide an in-tact educational experience for our students, the Administrative team focused on the guiding principles that first and foremost the priority is the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, families, and the community at large. 

In mid-August the decision was made to begin the school year with Virtual School, however, the plan will be evaluated in mid-September, and based on the latest metrics the school is ready to reopen with a hybrid schedule (Scenario #2). Students who do not wish to attend school in person, have the option to attend Virtual School throughout the year.

SCENARIO #1: ON-CAMPUS LEARNING WITH MODIFICATIONS

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

  • Masks will be required for students, faculty, and staff in all indoor locations on campus (classrooms, offices, bathrooms, and hallways).
  • Temperature checks will be required for students, faculty, and staff upon entering the campus.
  • Handwashing with soap and water will be encouraged and hand sanitizer will be available throughout campus.
  • 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 device—either their own device based upon the guidelines from our Director of Technology or a device provided by the school. (complete details can be found here).
  • Each teacher will have access to an iPad, which will serve as a mobile webcam and digital whiteboard to support a hybrid learning environment.
  • Outdoor spaces will be utilized for learning and other activities.
  • 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

Students will return to school but be designated for Red/Gray days. While “Red” students attend in-person classes, “Gray” students at home will be able to synchronously participate in classes in real-time. All the health and safety guidelines above will be implemented, however, we will provide a space for students to be on campus, but socially distanced, in the event they must attend school on a given day.

SCENARIO #3: VIRTUAL SCHOOL

Unfortunately, distance learning remains a possibility throughout the year. Over the summer, we have continued to refine our Virtual School learning platform and programs to ensure that we are ready to transition back to distance learning at any time.

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 

Office Hours for teachers: 1:30 – 3:30 pm

ATHLETICS

Concordia Prep is a member of the IAAM and MIAA leagues for upper school sports. Our Director of Athletics, Mrs. Fredrica Newman (fredricanewman@concordiaprepschool.org), has been working with members of both leagues, Towson Sports Medicine, and Dr. McCambridge of Governor Hogan’s task force for guidance on how and when sports will safely resume. We will clearly communicate that information to you when it is available.

GUIDANCE AND COLLEGE COUNSELING

Under Scenarios #1 and #2, Mrs. Kim Grill (kimgrill@concordiaprepschool.org) 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.