Below are the current COVID-19 updates for Archbishop Spalding High School 2022-23 school year. We will follow guidance from the Archdiocese of Baltimore for mitigation and safety protocols to ensure the safety of our school community.
Beginning on Monday, February 14, 2022, we transitioned to optional (parental choice) masking for students, staff, and visitors in all of our schools. This applies to all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.
** Catholic schools located in Baltimore City are required to continue following the order issued by the Baltimore City Health Department mandating masks in all schools.
While the archdiocese is implementing parental choice for masking, all Catholic schools will adhere to CDC guidance relative to individuals who test positive for COVID-19 or who have been identified as a close contact by the health department or other health officials. Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 and those who are unvaccinated and identified as a close contact, are required to wear a mask following their respective period of isolation or quarantine for five additional days. Those who are vaccinated and identified as a close contact are not required to quarantine; however, they must wear a mask while in school for 10 days following the date of exposure.
Anyone who would like to wear a mask may continue to do so, and is fully supported in their decision and should be treated with respect. Parents of child(ren) of any age or vaccination status may request their own child(ren) wear a mask; however, enforcement of this request is between the parent and child, not the school administration, faculty or staff. The movement to parental choice masking is about a parent’s personal accountability and responsibility for the health and well-being of their children.
Please notify the Spalding COVID line at COVID@spaldinghs.org if your student has been diagnosed with COVID, considered a close contact of a positive case, or if a family member within a household has tested positive. Spalding's COVID team will reach out with information regarding quarantine guidelines as well as the return to school protocol.
If your child is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (head-ache, sore-throat, etc.), please consult your health care provider, keep them home, and the COVID team will contact you the next school day for more information and assistance.
Please include the following in your email: 1) Name of student 2) Date of positive test and type of test 3) Date of onset of symptoms (if applicable) 4) The last day the student was in school 5) If student is an athlete, please state which team.
No. We will no longer contact trace for cases of COVID-19. Employees and students are encouraged to report COVID-19 concerns, confirmed cases and close contacts to the COVID email (COVID@spaldinghs.org or the Health Office at 410-969-9105 extension 1231). If your child is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (head-ache, sore-throat, etc.), please consult your health care provider, keep them home, and the COVID team will contact you the next school day for more information and assistance.
We will no longer be requiring staff and students to complete a daily screening questionnaire (MAGNUS). However, if an individual is experiencing symptoms or is unwell, please contact your health care provider and stay home.
The safety and well-being of our students and staff remain our top priority. While COVID-19 vaccinations are not mandated in our schools, we encourage vaccination for all eligible students and staff to reduce the potential for serious illness and hospitalization.
The building is cleaned throughout the day. Sanitization of bathrooms and other shared spaces also occurs regularly. There is also thorough evening cleaning. The COVID cleaning protocols and products all meet CDC and OSHA standards.
Hand hygiene is encouraged and properly enforced throughout the day. Hand hygiene stations are located in every classroom and other high touch areas, and educational materials are posted in each restroom.
Students and faculty may enter Spalding through four locations, the Performing Art Center, the Main Office, the Athletic Lobby and rear entrance. Students are asked not to use other entrances. Prior to 7:30 a.m. each morning students are asked to wait in the Athletic Foyer or the Café. Students may access their lockers and classrooms after 7:30 a.m.