Calvert Hall is committed to protecting the health and safety of all of its community members in the fall. To that end, and in order to design our  reopening plan, the school has put together an Advisory Task Force of professionals from different communities (doctors, medical personnel, etc.) as well as consulting other schools and experts in the field along with guidance from the CDC, American Academy of Pediatrics, and other state/local education and health agencies.

The information below is our plan at this time. As conditions change, it will be updated on a regular basis.

Please check back frequently for updates. If have any questions, please email us at communications@calverthall.com.

Reopening Logistics

List of 17 frequently asked questions.

  • Academic Model for the Reopening of Calvert Hall

    Beginning October 5, 2020, we will open school with 50% of the students attending each day. In the 50% hybrid model,  the “1” and “2” designations will no longer exist, and students will now be Group A or Group B.  

    Zero Days will remain the same as they were in the 25% hybrid model.  On Wednesday, virtual half-credit classes will occur, office hours for faculty will be scheduled so students can get extra assistance, and this day will offer a chance for faculty and students to “catch-up.” This will also offer us an opportunity to thoroughly clean the building mid-week. We believe there is a good chance we will need to switch between modalities (all students in the building, hybrid model, all virtual). Because we will be on our normal 6 day / 8 periods a day schedule, we will be able to switch between modalities seamlessly
  • Advantages of a Hybrid Model

    We believe there is a very good chance we will need to switch between modalities (all students in building, hybrid model, all virtual). Because we will be on our normal 6 day/8periods a day schedule, we will be able to switch between modalities seamlessly.

    This model will also allow students who do not feel comfortable being in school to receive instruction at home. All classes will be taught in person with at-home students having ability to use Microsoft Teams to virtually be in the class. This will maximize synchronous learning from home. If a student's comfort level changes and he would like to attend in-person classes, that can certainly be arranged.

    This model also takes into account the feedback we received in the spring from parents, students, and faculty who indicated a desire for more structure and more classes.
  • In-Person Learning Social Distancing

    Students will be socially distanced in class. In most classrooms, there will be 14 desks.  Extra desks will be taken out of the classroom.

    We will continue to provide lectures. Larger lectures will be held in both lecture halls and the theatre.  Students will only sit in seats with a sticker.  Given social distancing requirements, the theatre holds approximately 100 students (usually 750 students) and each lecture hall will hold approximately 60 students (usually 325 students).

    Classroom doors will be open to limit the touches on door handles.
  • Daily Health Screenings

    Students will be required to answer a Daily Health Screening Questionnaire before entering the building each day.  When a student logs in, he will click on the form at the top of the page and complete the questions.  Upon entering the building, he will need to show the faculty member at the door that he has completed the survey and verbally acknowledge he has no symptoms.  Survey answers will be verified during homeroom.  If a student arrives before 7:30 a.m., he must enter by the front doors of Keelty Hall.  After 7:30 a.m., the back doors by the gym will be open.  It is IMPERATIVE that any student who exhibits symptoms on the questionnaire, stay home.  The Perfect Attendance Award has been discontinued.
  • Hand Sanitizers & Wipes

    While we have installed additional hand sanitizers around the building and the building will be cleaned more thoroughly, we ask each student to have a can of wipes and a small hand sanitizer with them each day. We will ask students to wipe down their desk at the beginning of each class. If a student forgets his wipes or is unable to get them, disinfectant spray will be available in each classroom.
  • Dress Code & Masks

    All faculty and students will be required to wear masks. Each student will be given a CHC mask during orientation. Only a CHC mask or a plain mask will be permitted. A mask break area will be located on the practice field.  Students may sit in the Adorondack chairs.  Other than that area, masks must be worn at all other times.

    After much study, the following are Calvert Halls protocols for the wearing masks of and face shields. These protocols have been informed by guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the State of Maryland to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 among our students, faculty and staff.

    • Calvert Hall will be supplying each student with one mask. We encourage students to have 2-3 masks. A mask should be washed daily.

    • Masks may be homemade, purchased cloth or disposable face coverings. A multi-ply tightly woven cotton cloth or multi-ply disposable face covering is recommended. Masks should be plain (no logo’s or writings) unless it is a Calvert Hall Logo. (These may be purchased at the Cardinal Shop). Bandanas, neck gaiter masks, or masks with respirator or filter valves are not permitted.

    • Masks should cover the nose and mouth and wrap under the chin.

    • Students should carry at least two extra labeled cloth face coverings or masks with them daily to ensure that they have a replacement if one becomes wet or dirty while they are on campus.

    • Face Shields may be used in addition to wearing a mask. Face shields are not a substitute for a mask.

    • If a student feels lightheaded because wearing a mask then the student will be sent to the health suite to be assessed.

    The CDC does not recommend use of face shields for normal everyday activities as a substitute for cloth face coverings. Reusable face shields should be cleaned and disinfected after each use.

    Recommendations

    The following are recommendations for the care and usage of masks and face shields. How to safely put on the cloth face covering or mask:

    • Wash your hands or use sanitizer on hands before touching the mask or shield.

    • Touch only the ear loops and place them over your ears. 

    • Do not touch the face covering except to adjust it to your nose and face.

    • The mask should cover the nose and mouth and wrap under the chin.

    • Wash or use sanitizer on hands after applying the face covering or mask.

    • Cloth face coverings should be washed after each use. 

    While sport coats will need to be worn during orientation for a student’s ID picture, sport coats will not need to be worn during the first semester.
  • Health Suite

    The Nurse’s Office is equipped with new air purifiers and additional PPE equipment. Separate spaces will be available for medication/diabetics, injuries, and symptomatic students.
  • COVID Protocols

    Calvert Hall Protocol for Exclusion from School and Return to School for Laboratory Confirmed COVID-19 Cases and COVID-19 like Illness

    A COVID-19 - like illness is defined as: Any 1 of the following:  cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell, Or at least 2 of the following symptoms: fever of 100.4 or higher, chills or shaking chills, muscle pain, sore throat, headache, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, and congestion or runny nose. This definition was adapted from clinical criteria in the CDC case definition of a probable case of COVID-19.

    If a student is at home, and presents with a COVID-19-like illness as stated above, the student/parent will notify the School Nurse.  The student will need to see a health care provider about being tested for COVID-19 or whether there is another specific diagnosis. If a student with COVID-19-like illness has a sibling at Calvert Hall, the sibling should not come to school even if symptom free.

    • If the student tests positive for COVID-19, the student will remain home and may return after 10 days since the symptoms first appeared and when fever free for 24 hours without medication. The student may return to school with the approval of a health care provider. 

    • If the PCR COVID-19 test is negative, the COVID-19 like symptoms have improved, and the student is fever free for 24 hours without medication, he may return to school. The student may return to school with the approval of a health care provider. Rapid COVID-19 Negative tests will not be accepted at this time.

    • If the health care provider documents another specific diagnosis (e.g. influenza, strep throat, ear infection) or the health care provider documents that symptoms are related to a pre-existing condition, the student may return to school when the symptoms have improved and the student is fever free for 24 hours without medication. The student may return to school with the approval of a health care provider.

    • If the student does not receive a laboratory test or a specific alternative diagnosis from a health care provider, the student must remain home and may return after 10 days since symptoms first appeared and he is fever free for 24 hours without medication. The student may return to school with the approval of a health care provider.

    If a student is in school, and presents with a COVID-19-like illness as stated above, the student will be assessed, isolated and will be sent home.  The student will then follow the steps above.  Please note that a student must be picked up within 30-45 minutes if a student is sent home for COVID-19-like symptoms. Please have emergency contacts as backups if you are unable to get to school to pick up your student within the 30-45 minute period. Students cannot be sent home in an Uber or Lyft.
     
    Close Contacts

    The Maryland State Health Department is notified of anyone who tests positive for COVID-19.  The Health Department will then contact that individual and begin contact tracing.  The Health Department will then notify anyone who has been in close contact with the individual with instructions.  Close contact is defined as less than 6 feet apart for 15 minutes or longer.  This will happen within 24-48 hours. 

    As an added precaution, the school will need to immediately be notified of anyone in the community who tests positive for COVID-19.  The name of the person will not be released.  However, we will immediately notify anyone who has had close contact with the person and tell them to quarantine for 14 days and/or until the Health Department contacts them with further instructions.  If there is a sibling at school, the sibling will be considered a close contact and will be sent home.

    In general, unless the Health Department indicates otherwise, the contact may return to school after 14 days or when the health department has determined:

    • COVID-19-like illness student receives a negative COVID test.

    • Close contact tests negative for COVID-19.

    • Contact tracing determines the student was not a close contact.

    • COVID-19-like illness student receives a negative PCR COVID test.

    • If close contact has a sibling at school then the sibling must remain at home as well.

    COVID-19-Positive family member

    If there is a family member or someone that resides in the same home that tests positive for COVID-19, the student will be told to stay home and distance learn for 14 days.

    Any questions do not hesitate to contact the Health Suite.
  • BYOD Requirements

    We ask that each student’s computer be equipped with a camera and microphone. Each student should also bring headphones that can be used with his device. If a student’s computer is not equipped with these features, we ask that these add-ons be purchased so learning can be maximized. In order to provide the best possible experience, students should use a computer to attend classes as opposed to their phone. Additionally, students will need a reliable internet connection. If a student does not have access to the internet, please contact Ronnie Phillips at phillipsv@calverthall.com to inquire about purchasing a discounted hot spot.

    Click here to review Calvert Hall's BYOD requirements. 
  • Facilities

    Plexiglass has been installed to enhance safety at all counter and student service stations. 

    Hand sanitizer stations will be available in multiple locations of each building.  

    Two day porters will be added to our maintenance staff to clean/disinfect high touch areas and surfaces throughout the school day and all cleaning and disinfectant protocols have been reviewed and updated. High touch points, restrooms, the Health Suite, the Dining Hall and servery will receive particular attention. 

    Vytis Shield bio burden reducing surface protectant is being applied throughout the campus.  This is a long-acting treatment and is done in addition to regular cleaning/disinfecting.

    Classroom doors will remain open to reduce the number of touches. 

    All faucets have been updated to hands free operation.   Water fountain faucets have been off, but the bottle fillers will be available.

    Filters on rooftop HVAC units are being upgraded to MERV-13 filters.  This is per recommendations of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

    A dedicated cleaner has been added to the dining staff to provide cleaning in the dining hall during the day, and a line monitor has been engaged to supervise student flow through the dining hall serving line.

    Individual air purifiers are being installed in smaller spaces including department offices, student affairs, guidance, admissions, finance and LaSalle offices.

    Additionally, CDC signage is displayed in restrooms and throughout campus to increase awareness and encourage compliance.
  • Hallway Layout & Locker Usage

    All hallways will be designated for one-way traffic. Click here to see a diagram layout. 

    Lockers will be available for use but only available before & after school and on free periods. Students will not be able to go to their lockers between classes.
  • Common Space Usage

    Common areas such as the Library, Commons, and Dining Hall will have limited seating. Public computers in the Library and the Academic Resource Center will not be available.

    The Auxiliary Gym will be designated as one overflow area. Desks have been put in the Aux Gym and students will be able to study in this area during free periods.

    Two outdoor tents will be available for students as overflow areas. One tent is in the plaza of George Young Hall for outdoor dining. A second tent will be available on the turf practice field for study. Depending on weather, the walls of the tent may be up to increase airflow or they may be down during inclement weather.
  • Dining Hall

    The Dining Hall will be open for food service. The menu will be somewhat limited and all food will be served in pre-packaged or “grab and go” fashion. Only a limited number of students will be allowed in the serving area at a time.

    Payment for food will be cashless. It will be necessary for all students to either use their ID cards, which are attached to a First Financial Federal checking account, or to use a FFFCU campus debit card. The FFFCU student-run branch at Calvert Hall will continue to be available.

    First Financial released a new website that will allow you to apply for a campus card online. We have updated our information sheet which can be found HERE. You can now apply online HERE.  If you prefer to download a paper application, you can do that by clicking HERE.

    Students will be socially distanced in the Dining Hall. Masks will be required in the Dining Hall when students are moving about and not eating.

    Students will be able to fill their water bottles at water stations throughout the campus, but drinking fountains will not be available.  
  • LaSalle & Academic Support Students

    Academic Support Students will meet in Room 210. Plexiglas partitions will be put in each LaSalle office to provide separate areas for students/teachers to work.
  • Retreats

    While the faith development of our students is vital to our mission, and faith activities will take place during the first semester, retreats and service projects will not occur during the first semester.
  • Activities & Athletics

    The MIAA has announced that the fall season has been postponed.  We will continue to allow conditioning workouts for upperclassmen through the first day of classes.  Social distancing, mask wearing, and daily screenings will continue to be in effect.  By September 8, we will announce a schedule for all fall student-athletes who would like to condition.  

    The league is looking into the feasibility of having three-shortened season which will begin in December or January.
  • Visitors on Campus

    There will be limited visitors allowed in the building.

Calvert Hall College High School

8102 La Salle Road | Baltimore, MD 21286 | 410-825-4266 | 410-825-6826 (fax)
Calvert Hall College, a Lasallian Catholic college preparatory school, prepares a diverse community of young men to achieve their full potential utilizing their unique talents. Through excellent academic and extracurricular programs led by innovative and dedicated educators, our students become confident men with the ethical foundation for service, independent thinking,and responsible leadership. Inspired by the faith and zeal of St. John Baptist de LaSalle, our students develop a respect for others as part of an inclusive, lifelong Calvert Hall brotherhood as Men of Intellect, Men of Faith and Men of Integrity.