That said, we know from monitoring the Health Department, Harvard and Johns Hopkins travel metrix, rates are rising in our community and other communities as well.  A Maryland Department of Health advisory will remain in place continuing to encourage Marylanders to get tested upon their return. Please consider getting tested for COVID within 72 hours upon return to the state.

Masks & Compliance

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: Are masks 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 (inside and outside) 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?

    Two to 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: Are masks available for purchase?

    Spalding branded masks are available for purchase through the Cavalier Shop.   

Pre-Screening, Contact Tracing & Quarantining

List of 11 frequently asked questions.

Physical Distancing & Facility Accomodations

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

Academics & Learning Models

List of 11 frequently asked questions.

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

    Spalding is conducting a blended learning model consisting of on-campus and distance learning.  Both locations will have synchronous and asynchronous instruction.  We are also prepared for full distance learning, should the need arise.
  • Q: How did Spalding enhance its Distance Learning Plan from the spring?

    Our experiences with Distance Learning last spring gave 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 includes, 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 happens 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. Any student/family who wishes to engage in full-time distance learning may do so at any time.  Families who wish to enroll in distance learning full-time should contact  
  • 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 is assignment submission 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: Are students expected to wear uniforms for online learning?

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

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

    The Engineering and Art Departments prepared individualized kits for students.  Science labs are limited to those we can safely do with individual equipment, use of virtual lab and demos.
  • 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: Are ALL teachers able to do synchronous instruction?

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

    Spalding will continue to provide students with the opportunity to meet with teachers virtually one-on-one (with a faculty/staff proctor in accordance with Archdiocesan mandates) to have questions answered and receive help with any work.  

Operations & Sanitization

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

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

    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: What hygiene and cleaning protocols have been implemented?

    Proper sanitization of classrooms occurs 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 also occurs regularly.  There is also thorough evening cleaning.  The COVID cleaning protocols and products all meet CDC and OSHA standards. 

    Bipolar Ionization Systems were installed throughout the facility.
  • Q: How has hand hygiene been addressed?

    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. 
  • Q: How does 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 are permitted in each classroom?

    Class size is determined by square footage and to ensure space for proper social distancing in each classroom.
  • Q: How are lunches being addressed?

    To minimize exposure, students have designated time in their schedule to eat lunch in their classroom, our outdoors (weather permitting).  Time is provided for hand hygiene. Students are required to remain seated and to place their mask back on as soon as they are finished eating.  Proper cleaning then occurs after lunch. 
  • Q: Are outdoor lunches an option?

    Depending on weather conditions, outdoor lunches are encouraged.
  • Q: How does student arrival and dismissal occur?

    Staggered arrival and departure details have been assigned including designated locations, times and protocols.  No student, faculty or staff is allowed to enter the building without going through the temperature screening which begins 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. 

One in Christ

Archbishop Spalding High School

8080 New Cut Road
Severn, MD 21144