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 & Travel Policies

    Calvert Hall Travel Policy and Return to Campus

    Calvert Hall students that travel outside the state of Maryland are required to notify the Attendance Office (attendance@calverthall.com) on the days your son will be absent from school and in person learning. Calvert Halls travel policy strongly encourages COVID testing upon return from out of state travel and or participating in any large group activities, such as sports tournaments, concerts, large family gatherings., Free COVID testing will made available to all students. Please contact the Health Suite if you wish to have your son tested (schoolnurse@calverthall.com). Thank you for keeping our community safe.
     
    Student or Household COVID-Like Illness and Return to Campus Policy

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

    If the student at home has any of the above COVID-Like symptoms, the student must remain home, and a parent/guardian must contact the Health Suite and the Attendance Office.

    The student may return to campus when any one of the following is met:
    • The student receives and returns a negative PCR COVID test to the Health Suite and is symptom free for 24 hours without medication.
    • The student remains home for ten days once symptoms started and is symptom- free for 24 hours without medication.
    • The student receives and returns to the Health Suite proof of an alternative diagnosis from a physician or nurse practitioner. If the health care provider documents another specific diagnosis (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.
    If a student is on campus 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.

    The student may return to campus when anyone of these is met:

    • The student receives and returns a negative PCR COVID test to the Health Suite and is symptom free for 24 hours without medication.
    • The student remains home for ten days once symptoms started and is symptom- free for 24 hours without medication.
    • The student receives and returns to the Health Suite proof of an alternative diagnosis from a Physician or nurse practitioner. If the health care provider documents another specific diagnosis (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.
    If a Member of Household presents with COVID-Like illness as stated above or has been tested for COVID-19, the student must remain home, and a parent/guardian must contact the Health Suite and the Attendance Office.

    The student may return to campus when any of the following is met:
    • The member of the household receives a negative COVID-PCR test and documentation is received.
    • The member of the household receives and sends in proof of an alternative diagnosis from a physician or nurse practitioner or if the health care provider documents another specific diagnosis (influenza, strep throat, ear infection) or the health care provider documents that symptoms are related to a pre-existing condition.
    COVID-19 Positive Student and Return to Campus Policy

    If the student tests positive for COVID-19 the parent or guardian must notify the Health Suite. The student must remain home in isolation for 10 days from the positive test. The student may return to campus when these are met.
    • Documentation of the Positive Covid-19 result is received.
    • The student is symptom free for 24 hours without medication.
    • The Health Suite has received documentation from MDOH, BCDH and or health care provider for return to campus.
    If the student is an athlete or taking Physical Education, a Cardiac Clearance Form must be obtained prior to returning to Athletics or Physical Education.
     
    Exposure/Close Contacts and Quarantine Return to Campus Policies

    Close contact is defined by the CDC as someone who was within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of fifteen minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

    If your son is deemed an exposure/close contact to a COVID-19 positive individual, the following conditions must be met prior to return to campus:
    • The Health Suite must be notified (schoolnurse@calverthall.com). Once days of quarantine are established, please contact the Attendance Office (attendance@calverthall.com) with this information.
    • The close contact must quarantine and remain virtual for ten days since the last exposure to the COVID-19-positive individual. Day 1 is the day after exposure.
    • If the positive individual cannot isolate in the home, then the close contact will have to quarantine for ten days after the COVID-19 positive ends their 10-day isolation.
    • A return to campus letter from the MDOH or County Health Department must be given to the Health Suite.
    • If the close contact becomes symptomatic and or COVID-19 positive within the quarantine time, then a 10-day isolation from campus will then start. Day 1 is the day after the COVID19-like-illness or a COVID-19 positive test result.


    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,  faith activities will take place during the second semester. Calvert Hall continues to evaluate our retreat plans. As of February 23, 2021, current local and state government restrictions are prohibiting Calvert Hall from hosting retreats. 
  • Activities & Athletics

    Calvert Hall is offering an abbreviated winter athletic schedule. Spring sport tryouts will begin on March 1, 2021. Please email Athletic Director, Lou Eckerl at eckerll@calverthall.com, with any questions or for more information. 
  • 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.