The State of Maryland and Anne Arundel County are both currently working through Stage 2 in their Recovery Roadmaps.

General Information - Update on July 30, 2020

We hope you have had the chance to view our Town Hall presentations to get answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding our reopening.  We have compiled all information available at this time in our Through This Together Reopening Plan.  In it you will find information about our blended learning model, health and safety procedures and more.  Please know that we are continuing to collaborate and prepare and will announce additional details as soon as we are able.  

Masks & Compliance

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: Will masks be required?

    Masks are mandatory for all students and employees during the 2020-2021 school year, and incorporated into the student uniform policy. Anyone (student or employee) not wearing a mask while on campus will be sent home. Under no circumstances should anyone ever share a mask!  All students, faculty and staff will have access to an extra mask if needed.  Students who are not comfortable wearing a mask for the entire time they are on campus, should opt for full-time distance learning.  Non-Spalding branded masks are allowed; however, they must be kept to solid colors or basic patterns (no logos or inappropriate graphics will be permitted). 
  • Q: What type of masks are permitted?

    Three layer cloth masks will be mandatory for all students and employees on campus (as shown on the CDC website). Bandanas, buffs, etc. are not permitted.  Spalding encourages reserving the use of N95 masks for healthcare professionals only so as to prevent depleting their supply. 
  • Q: Will masks be available for purchase?

    Spalding branded masks will be available for purchase through the Cavalier Shop very soon.   

Pre-Screening, Contact Tracing & Quarantining

List of 11 frequently asked questions.

Physical Distancing & Facility Accomodations

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

Academics & Learning Models

List of 13 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: How will Spalding enable a blended learning model?

    Spalding is prepared to conduct a blended learning model consisting of on-campus and distance learning.  Both locations will have synchronous and asynchronous (see below) instruction.  Additional details regarding the schedule and days on campus is forthcoming.  We are also prepared for full distance learning, should the need arise.
  • Q: How does Spalding plan to enhance its Distance Learning Plan from the spring?

    Our experiences with Distance Learning last spring have given us an opportunity to reflect and prepare best practices.  Our goal for distance learning is to mirror the in-person school day as closely as possible while recognizing the inevitable differences inherent in distance learning.  The Distance Learning schedule is structured to ensure that 100% of the curriculum will be covered regardless of method of instruction.  Our distance learning plan will include, but is not limited to, the following:
    • Social-Emotional Support for Students
    • Professional Development for teachers
    • Technology Proficiency
    • Multiple forms of Assessment
    • Differentiated instruction

    We have also incorporated a variety of student enrichment and involvement activities in order to enhance the learning experience.  
    • Spiritual Life and Campus Ministry support
    • Mentoring for all students
    • Extracurricular programming: clubs and activities
  • Q: What will happen in the event that Spalding is forced to close and/or if a state-wide school closure occurs?

    In the event that we must close our campus, students will engage in full distance learning.  We use the the term distance learning in lieu of technology-specific terms such as “e-learning” or “online classes”  because we believe that meaningful distance learning:
    • Promotes student engagement through daily learning opportunities for authentic learning experiences across all disciplines
    • Maintains connections between students, teachers, and the Spalding community 
    • Consists of differentiated instruction for all types of learners
    • Incorporates multiple forms of assessment to monitor student progress
  • Q: Can students/families opt for full distance learning?

    Yes. Teachers will be trained on how to best support students who are uncomfortable with or unable to attend class on campus when it reopens. Families who know they would prefer to enroll in distance learning full-time will be given a form to complete indicating their preference on Monday, July 27th.
  • Q: What is the difference between synchronous and asynchronous instruction?

    Synchronous learning refers to “live” lessons that take place in real-time, either in a classroom setting or through a video conferencing tool with the teacher directly guiding those assignments/discussions. An example is a Google Meet class discussion.  
    Asynchronous learning refers to teacher-prepared lessons that take place within a more flexible time frame on the student’s own time.  An example is students watching a pre-recorded video and answering questions or completing a project that reflects specific learning objectives.

    The Google platform (Google Meets, Google Docs, etc.) allows for real-time, live video or chat lessons as well as means for students to access lessons and submit assignments. 
  • Q: What will assignment submission be like?

    Students will submit assignments online while on campus or distance learning to minimize contact. This may include Spalding's Learning Management System or the use of Google folders, forms, etc.
  • Q: Will students be expected to wear uniforms for online learning?

    Yes.  Students will be expected to be in a dedicated workspace, have their cameras on, and be in uniform during class.
  • Q: How will engineering and more hands-on classes be addressed?

    The combination of on-campus learning with distance learning will allow for hands on instruction on the days students are in the building. Project based learning will be implemented to help bridge the gap between on-campus and distance learning.

    The Engineering and Art Departments are working to purchase individualized kits for students.  Science labs will be limited to those we can safely do with individual equipment, use of virtual lab and demos.
  • Q: Are half days being considered so students do not have to eat lunch here?

    No.  In order to ensure that all classes are able to cover the entirety of their curriculum, more class time is needed than a half day schedule can provide.
  • Q: Will you split groups of students alphabetically?  By grades??

    We are currently researching the optimal way to split the student body to give each student an equal opportunity to attend in-person instruction.  Accommodations will be made to ensure siblings are not split.
  • Q: What are the expectations for teacher's response to emails?

    Teachers will respond to all student and parent emails within 24 hours on weekdays.
  • Q: Will ALL teachers be able to do synchronous instruction?

    Yes.  All teachers will be teaching live lessons online or in person.
  • Q: Can Spalding allow for one-on-one time with teachers (what additional teacher support will be in place)?

    Spalding will continue to provide students with the opportunity to meet with teachers one-on-one to have questions answered and receive help with any work.  

Operations & Sanitization

List of 11 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: Who, ultimately, makes the final decision regarding Spalding’s reopening?

    We are under the directive of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.  In the event of a state-wide school closure, we are prepared to implement a full distance learning model.  
  • Q: Will there be a reduction in tuition if full distance learning is in place?

    Due to the cost of COVID related mitigation and continued operating expenses we are unable to reduce tuition for the 2020-2021 school year.  As an independent school of the Archdiocese of Baltimore we are reliant on tuition and philanthropy to pay salaries and benefits, maintain our facilities and cover COVID related costs.  
  • Q: What are the tuition deadlines for this year? 

    We realize many of our families are under economic and personal distress due to this pandemic.  If you are impacted and would like to discuss your tuition agreement - please contact CFO, Shannon Gilligan-Barlieb
  • Q: What hygiene and cleaning protocols will be implemented?

    Proper sanitization of classrooms will occur between classes.  This includes the cleaning of desks, chairs and other high touch areas.  Furniture made of fabric material has been removed and replaced with wipeable surfaces.  Sanitization of bathrooms and other shared spaces will also occur regularly.  

    Spalding is currently revising all cleaning procedures to ensure daily cleaning of high touch areas and evening cleaning to adhere to CDC cleaning standards.  The COVID cleaning protocols and products will meet CDC and OSHA standards. 

    Bipolar Ionization Systems will also be installed throughout the facility.
  • Q: How will hand hygeine be addressed?

    Hand hygiene will be encouraged and properly enforced throughout the day.  Hand hygiene stations will be in every classroom and other high touch areas, and educational materials will be posted in each restroom. 
  • Q: How will Spalding ensure students and employees aren't intentionally exposing others?

    Please note that intentionally exposing others to illness (e.g., intentionally sneezing, coughing at another individual) will not be tolerated and will be met with appropriate consequences as discussed in the student handbook.
  • Q: How many students will be permitted in each classroom?

    Class size will be determined by square footage and space for proper social distancing in each classroom.
  • Q: How will lunches be addressed?

    To minimize exposure, students will have designated time in their schedule to eat lunch in their classroom.  Time will be provided for hand hygiene. We will ask students to remain seated and to place their mask back on as soon as they are finished eating.  Proper cleaning will occur after lunch. 
  • Q: Will outdoor lunches be an option?

    We are not planning for outdoor dining facilities at this time. 
  • Q: How will student arrival and dismissal occur?

    Staggered arrival and departure details will be forthcoming with designated locations, times and protocols.  No student, faculty or staff will be allowed to enter the building without going through the temperature screening which will begin at 7:00 am.  All students, faculty and staff must leave campus by 4:00 pm to enable proper and thorough cleaning of the building. 
  • Q: What transportation options will be available (if any)?

    Updates regarding transportation options will be forthcoming.

Student Experience & Engagement

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: What are Spalding’s plans to maintain its strong sense of community and belonging?

    Spalding will implement a mentor program called "Cav Time".  The goal of these 12:1 mentoring groups is to provide a small group setting to enhance the student experience and connectedness to the Spalding community.  These groups will provide weekly check-in and shared curriculum to support possible student concerns and needs.   Our goal is that these groups will increase student and staff protective factors to better handle the transitions and changes in the school setting through this unusual  year. The group will be for students to check in by their grade level on a weekly basis with a Spalding faculty/staff person and establish peer relationships. We anticipate this group to:
        • Actively engage and participate in group discussions
        • Cultivate and promote a healthy and safe school climate
        • Develop, pursue, and achieve academic and personal goals
        • Access mentors to obtain answers to academic and extra-curricular needs
        • Help group solve current issues or concerns
        • Act as coach and advocate
        • Facilitate discussion of various topics
        • Help student’s problem solve current concerns or issue
    In addition we will build time into the weekly schedule for virtual club and activities to meet virtually.  On Friday nights the Make Every Day Count club will continue hosting their Netflix movie watch-a-long.
  • Q: How will Spalding maintain its faith-based sense of community?

    We will remain committed to our Catholic Identity through opportunity for prayer at the beginning of each day, and each class. Our Campus Ministry Department will continue to provide prayer services, retreats and/or liturgies in accordance with social distancing and keeping our students safe.  We will continue to support our students in creative ways to serve others. 
  • Q: Will clubs and other extracurriculars take place this year?

    A hallmark component of the Spalding education is the opportunity for students to explore their interests and passions and “find their place here”.  We are working to allow for clubs and extracurriculars to have allocated time in the weekly schedule for online meetings and are planning a virtual Club Fair in the beginning of the school year.  When it is safe for these groups to meet in person we will make accommodations for them to do so. 
  • Q: When will a decision be made for Fall sports?

    On July 17, the IAAM and MIAA shared the below update. Archbishop Spalding will continue to update you as quickly as possible as things progress and/or change.

    In an ongoing effort to mitigate health risks while supporting student-athletes, the IAAM and MIAA will be delaying the start of the Fall Preseason until on or after Tuesday, September 1, 2020.  At this time, we anticipate that league play will commence on or after September 21, 2020. Revised schedules will be issued to keep within the projected timeline for fall athletics. The IAAM and MIAA will continue to reevaluate the viability of interscholastic competition for the fall season. The Board of Governors of both leagues will meet again in mid-August.  Blackout periods and out of season practice policies will be waived until further notice.  The IAAM and MIAA share a common commitment to athletics as an extension of the educational process. Participation in healthy athletic practices provides our student-athletes opportunities to compete, build character, acquire, and improve skills, demonstrate leadership, and have fun. Both leagues hope to honor this commitment and, at the same time, keep athletes and their coaches as healthy as possible.
  • Q: What support will be in place to help students, especially those new to Spalding (incoming freshmen and transfers) acclimate?

    We are planning orientations for our freshman and transfer students.  We aim to acclimate all new students to our community and the culture of Archbishop Spalding High School. In addition, we will have COVID-19 related educational trainings for all students and staff.
  • Q: What considerations are being made for student events - Homecoming, Spirit Week, etc?

    All school wide events will be made virtual until physical distancing mandates loosen.  We understand the importance of events like homecoming, spirit week and more and will do our best to ensure that all still take place, virtually, to boost student morale. 
  • Q: How will band, chorus, drama and the arts adapt to distance learning?

    We know that the Performing and Visual arts are an integral part of the Spalding experience.  These faculty are working diligently to prepare and accomodate for both distance and on campus learning as best they can.

    The Music Department will continue to offer performance classes and extra-curricular ensembles during the fall semester. Physical distancing protocols, as directed by local and state health departments, will be followed for student performers and good instrument hygiene will be practiced and enforced. 
  • Q: Will seniors have the opportunity to order senior fleeces? And how will senior portraits be taken?

    Senior fleeces can be ordered online through the Cavalier Shop.  Additional details on Senior specific items are forthcoming 
  • Q: Will the Senior Garden be open?

    Yes, The Senior garden will remain open, adhering to physical distancing guidelines.

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Archbishop Spalding High School

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Severn, MD 21144