Can I travel with my students outside of Maryland or Pennsylvania?
Please refer to this letter regarding details of the MSS Travel Policy.
If I fill out the survey one way, can I change my mind later?
Your final decision of in-school or virtual instruction is due to MSS no later than August 17. A detailed reopening plan to include the process and procedures for both in-school and virtual options has been sent home to guide you in making your choice. This document is a work in progress and subject to change based on further recommendations from governmental and health authorities.
As the school year progresses, you may want to switch from in-person learning to remote learning or from remote learning to in-person learning. One switch will be permitted. Additional switches will be discussed and decided on a case by case basis. It is important for the students and teachers to have consistency and it is equally important that students participate in the best possible learning option.
Can I Choose To Mix Remote Learning with In-School Learning?
At this time, for planning purposes, we are asking parents to choose only one option. As we proceed forward, we will re-evaluate the options.
How will online class assignments be handled?
All Pre-K – Grade 8 students and teachers will use Google Classroom as our official learning management system. Assignments will be posted on Google Classroom, assignments will be turned in using Google Classroom, assessments will take place using Google Classroom, and teachers will provide feedback and communicate with students using Google Classroom. Each student will receive log in information and instructions on how to access and use Google Classroom.
Will enrichment classes be available through virtual learning?
Enrichment classes will be taught to all students using the Zoom for Education Platform. Weather permitting and depending on the circumstances, PE class will be held outdoors.
Will Masks Be Required?
All students, teachers, staff, and visitors will be required to wear a cloth mask with at least two layers in all areas of the school, including classrooms. Students will be required to provide their own masks. They do not have to be a specific color or pattern. Per health officials, the following types of masks are not allowed: single layer masks, neck gaiters, masks with holes, masks with valves and bandanas. We ask that students bring an extra mask with them in the event they need to change their mask out. Disposable masks will be provided if a student forgets their mask. Masks may be removed at lunch, when outside and properly distanced, and in the classroom at the direction of the teacher*. Students may want to consider attaching a lanyard to their mask. This will help keep the mask from dropping to the floor or being lost.
*Subject to current Maryland state mandates.
How Will Social Distancing Be Accomplished?
Classrooms will be arranged so that student desks are properly distanced. Hallways and common areas will be marked to ensure proper distancing as well. We will be following CDC recommendations on social distancing on our buses.
What If There are Too Many Students to Social Distance on the Bus?
As soon as we know how many students will require bus service, we will determine if additional runs are needed to be able to adhere to guidelines.
How Will Cleaning Be Done?
All areas of the school building will be sanitized throughout the school day and at the end of the school day. Additional cleaning will take place every Friday afternoon. HVAC filters will be replaced more frequently. In addition, ample hand sanitizer, hand soap, and disinfectant wipes will be available throughout the school building. Buses will also be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected in adherence to health recommendations.
Will Health Checks Be Performed Each Day?
All students, teachers, and staff will be required to complete a daily health questionnaire. In addition, all students, teachers, staff, and visitors will be required to have their temperature checked prior to entering the school building or boarding a Mother Seton School bus.
In order to maintain a healthy school environment, students and employees are required to stay home when sick. Students and employees will be expected to stay home and will be sent home if experiencing any of the following conditions:
• New onset cough or shortness of breath
• Fever of 100℉ or higher
• Loss of sense of taste or smell
• Muscle pain
• Sore throat
To encourage students to stay home when sick, a 2020-2021 perfect attendance award will not be issued.
What if my child experiences COVID-19 symptoms during the school day?
Students or employees who experience COVID-19 symptoms during the school day will be directed to an isolation room on campus and monitored by the school nurse. The individual will remain in this room until it is safe to be sent home.
What if my child or someone close to them experiences COVID-19 symptoms? What if my child or immediate family were exposed to a virus-positive person?
If a student, employee, parent, or community member displays any COVID-19 symptoms or has had close or sustained contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, a COVID-19 test should be obtained. The individual tested and any siblings or household members are required to stay home until the test results are received.
If the results are positive, students, siblings, and any household members must stay home for at least 14 days since the onset of symptoms and at least three days after no fever is present without medication. Students may transition, as physically able, to remote learning during this time. Families and teachers will work together to coordinate make-up assignments and assessments.
Will the school close if someone tests positive?
Classroom and school closure will be determined on a case by case basis with consultation with the local health department.
What if a single class needs to be quarantined. How will the students receive instruction?
In this event, students in that class will transition to virtual learning for the two-week period of quarantine.
Will School Visitors Be Allowed?
School visitors will be limited to essential needs only. We will not hold any school assemblies, in-person Masses, or prayer services. If a parent needs to sign their child out early, they may come to the office. Masks are required at all times.
Do We Still Need to Wear the Full Uniform? Are Masks Part of the Uniform?
Students may choose to wear either the regular school uniform or the PE uniform every day. The PE uniform will continue to be required on PE days. The school shoe must be a white tennis shoe, with white or light non-marking soles. The shoe itself may have colored markings, such as logos.
Cloth masks do not have to match the uniform, though Lands' End will shortly be offering 3-packs of masks for purchase that will have our logo on them. Dennis Uniform will also have cloth masks for purchase. These will be optional.
Students learning from home are not required to wear a uniform, however, their attire must conform with the policies in the student handbook, i.e. no pajamas, no spaghetti straps, and no lewd or inappropriate graphics.
Have arrival or dismissal times changed?
Yes, to alleviate crowding. Arrival will take place from 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM. Students will be marked tardy after 8:45 AM. Car rider dismissal will be extended until 3:30 PM. Bus transportation times will not change. After 3:30 PM, students who are not picked up will be sent to aftercare.
On Fridays, school closes at noon. But I can't pick up my child until later. What will happen?
Students who are registered for after care will not be charged a fee for the additional Friday hours. All other students registering for Friday noon – 3:00 PM after care will be charged the following rates: $4.00 an hour for one child, $7.00 an hour for two children, $10.00 an hour for three or more children. Please contact the school office for more information and to register for aftercare.
Can My Child Still Buy Hot Lunch?
Students will eat lunch in the classroom, or weather permitting, outside. Students may purchase lunch however options will be limited to a full lunch only consisting of a hot or cold entree, fruit or veggie, snack/dessert, and drink. On Thursdays, pizza will be served. Students bringing a lunch from home are asked to use a brown paper bag with all disposable items. This will limit the transport of items between home and school.
What About Using Water Fountains?
The water fountains will not be available. Students may bring a water bottle to school every day. If a student needs additional water, or forgets their water bottle, bottled water will be available in the school office.
Will My Child Still Have Recess?
Weather permitting, students will have outdoor recess. Depending on the circumstances and teacher direction, masks may be removed during outdoor recess time. However, if students are unable to adhere to social distance protocols, they will be required to wear a mask.*
*As of November 10, masks are required during ANY outdoor activity regardless of social distance measures. This is a mandate from the State of Maryland.
Will There Be After School Clubs and Activities?
At this time, we will not have any after school clubs or activities. This decision will be revisited later in the school year and adjusted based on health and safety guidelines.