Return to School Plan

Planning for the 2020-2021 school year has been like no other, and as September 2nd approaches quickly, the uncertainty of the coronavirus and the depth of the public health crisis in the United States makes the opening of the school a very complex matter. We appreciate your patience, goodwill and flexibility as we develop health and safety policies and protocols, as well as, redesign our daily schedule to accommodate as many students on campus as possible. The start of school will look and feel different, and reopening our campuses safely, will require all of us to adopt and adhere to new habits and guidelines, both on campus and at home, to reduce and mitigate risk. 
 
Regardless of the model - full brick and mortar, hybrid or fully remote - the health and safety of our students, teachers and school community will always remain our top priority. As we continue to ensure academic excellence and the socio-emotional development of our students, face coverings, physical distancing and other measures will help safeguard the health and wellness of our community. Severn faculty, staff, students and families hold a collective responsibility to safeguard the health of our community, and while there will never be a “zero risk” scenario, we will strive to achieve low risk through protocols, daily practices and school design to adapt to the uncertainty of the pandemic.
 
We acknowledge that constant handwashing, wearing face coverings and physical distancing are challenging. However, we implore you to remain vigilant, for both yourself and all members of the Severn community. While the School will mitigate exposure during the school day, it is important that our families understand their obligations in ensuring the same when the school day ends. 
 
We are committed to providing you with as much clarity as possible about the year to come. The Return to School Plan below is our best thinking at this point using the most current research, medical knowledge and best practices available. Obviously, given the fluid nature of the pandemic, any plans designed today may have to change to address new public health concerns, if, and as they emerge. We will communicate frequently about any changes throughout the month of August and the school year. There is also a strong likelihood that at some point in the school year, we will need to move, with little notice, to remote learning. 

It is important to note that at any time we are conducting on-campus learning, a student that is feeling ill, has been in contact with anyone with COVID-19-like symptoms, is under quarantine, or a parent chooses to keep their child(ren) at home will be able to join all classes in real-time via technology we have purchased for each classroom. This technology will improve the learning experience beyond the pandemic; when students are absent for a day, week, or longer, they will be able to actively participate in classes, learn, ask questions, and receive feedback in real-time. 

As of the publishing of this Return to School Plan on August 3rd, we hope to implement a hybrid model (described below) to begin the school year. Specific details about orientations and other division-specific information will be forwarded to you in the coming weeks from the division heads. Again, this will depend on the course of the pandemic in the coming weeks.

The Board of Trustees and School leadership will look to make a final decision about the specific learning mode in which we will start the school year, on, or around, August 24.  The decision will be made after careful consideration of the most up to date medical advice and current data on COVID-19 from the Maryland Department of Health.

Lastly, each parent will be required to sign an acknowledgment of the Return to School Plan 2020, including a limited waiver of liability for the school as it relates to COVID-19. This will be sent in a future mailing. We thank you, in advance, for your assistance in helping our community remain on campus as long as possible. 

Guiding Principles

No matter what the coming school year holds, the on-campus and virtual learning program at Severn is designed to be a seamless extension of the care we always provide our students, families, and community. It’s not only rigorous and reliable, but it’s also engaging and infused with joy from beginning to end. As we planned for the coming year, the ensuing guiding principles were always foremost in our thoughts:

  • Prioritize the health and safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and families.
  • Excellence in programming and courses in each division, regardless of instructional modality.
  • On-campus and synchronous learning as priority.
  • Focus on fostering and maintaining relationships and socio-emotional learning regardless of the modality.
  • Focus on flexibility and nimbleness as the external circumstances change.
An underlying reality now in our community, nation and world is uncertainty due to the pandemic. That means that everything in this plan is subject to change with little notice as conditions change, beyond Severn’s control. This entire plan should be read with that in mind.

Health and Safety for our Community

Please find below a number of steps we are taking to promote health and safety while students, faculty and staff are on campus. These guidelines have been developed utilizing CDC recommendations, and in consultation with Severn’s Reopening Task Force. Health and safety training will take place for faculty, staff and students during orientations.

Health Protocols

List of 9 items.

  • Daily Health Survey

    Teel Campus: Each member of the community (grades 6-12 students and all faculty and staff) will be required to perform a daily health survey prior to arrival. Using the LiveSafe app, a privacy-compliant Daily Health Survey using CDC guidelines will be completed by the parent for a student or by the student within the Survey section of the app (sample of survey available here). Based upon the answers to the survey, the app will provide guidance that the person is either healthy enough to come to school or should stay at home. If directed to stay home, the app instructs the student(s) to inform the School Nurse or faculty/staff member to inform their supervisor. The School Nurse or supervisor will follow the “Decision Aid: Exclusion and Return for Laboratory Confirmed COVID-19 Cases and Persons with COVID-19 like Illness in School, Child Care Programs, and Youth Camps.” (Updated 8/14/20)

    If we are in a hybrid model, only those students who are scheduled to be on campus must perform the health survey.  Students attending class on campus will be required to show their advisors each morning that they have completed the health survey and are approved to attend classes on campus.

    Teel Campus Nurse: Melissa Wienk - m.wienk@severnschool.com


    Chesapeake Campus: Parents of K-5 students and all faculty and staff will be required to perform a daily health survey prior to arrival. Using the LiveSafe app, a privacy-compliant Daily Health Survey using CDC guidelines will be completed by each person within the Survey section of the app (sample of survey available here). Based upon the answers to the survey, the app will provide guidance that the person is either healthy enough to come to school or should stay at home. If directed to stay home, the app instructs the student(s) to inform the School Nurse or faculty/staff member to inform their supervisor. The School Nurse or supervisor will follow the “Decision Aid: Exclusion and Return for Laboratory Confirmed COVID-19 Cases and Persons with COVID-19 like Illness in School, Child Care Programs, and Youth Camps.” (Updated 8/14/20) Upon arrival in the car line, faculty will ask parents if the survey was completed.  If not, the parent and child will need to leave the arrival line and park in a parking space until doing so. Through the reporting feature of the app, we will be notified of who completed the survey each morning.  Parents who do not complete the survey for their students, will be called to do so and may be required to return to campus.  


    Parents of preschool and prekindergarten students will conduct a health survey check-in on campus, including a temperature check upon arrival, as required by MSDE. Students with a temperature of 100.4° Fahrenheit or above will not be permitted to attend school.

    Chesapeake Campus Nurse: Sheila Given - s.given@severnschool.com
  • Download the LiveSafe App and Daily Health Survey Procedures

    Because the Daily Health Survey is required each day, downloading the LiveSafe app is required for the below:
    • All Faculty and Staff
    • All Teel Campus students (grades 6-12)
    • All Chesapeake Campus parents (grades K-5)
    • Recommended for parents of Teel Campus students

    Campus Procedures
    (Added 8/24/20) 
    Please be sure to review the following daily instructions for Chesapeake Campus and/or Teel Campus.
  • COVID-19 CONTACT AND/OR INFECTION SCENARIOS

    Possible Faculty Situations:

    Faculty member is in direct contact with a confirmed, infected individual:
    • 14 day quarantine at home
    • Must stay off campus and at home
    • May teach virtually from home
    Dependent family member of a faculty member is required to be quarantined due to contact with a confirmed, infected individual:
    • Faculty member is a “contact of a contact” and, therefore not a contact themselves and may continue to come to work.
    Faculty member feels ill and/or has a temperature on his/her daily at-home COVID check:
    • Faculty member stays home
    • If feeling better may teach virtually from home
    • Seeks medical advice
    • Faculty member may return to school upon:
      Medical clearance and/or 10 days post onset of symptoms and 24 hours fever-free (without medication)
    Faculty member feels ill during the day:
    • Faculty member is isolated in medical isolation room
    • Faculty member, if stable, is sent home and is directed to seek medical attention/evaluation
    • Faculty member may/may not be tested dependent on medical advice
    • Faculty member may return to work upon medical clearance
     Faculty member is confirmed infected:
    • AA Co Health Department is contacted
    • Contact Trace is performed
    • Direct Severn contacts will be identified and told to quarantine for 14 days from last contact with infected person
    • Faculty member stays home:
      • If asymptomatic, Faculty member should teach virtually from home and may return to work no sooner than 10 days after the positive test.
      • Faculty member may return to work no sooner than 10 days after symptoms began/positive test.
      • Must have a negative test and no symptoms for 24 hours (without medication).
     
    Possible Student Situations:
     
    Student is in direct contact with a confirmed infected individual:
    • 14 day quarantine at home from day of last contact with infected individual:
      • Must stay off campus and at home
      • May learn virtually from home
    Family member of student is required to be quarantined due to contact with a confirmed, infected individual:
    • Student is a “contact of a contact” and therefore not a contact themselves and does not need to be quarantined
    • Family member with contact should take steps to isolate from other family members
    • Student continues to come to school 
    Student feels ill and/or has a temperature on his daily at-home COVID check:
    • Student stays home
    • If able may learn virtually from home
    • Seek medical advice
    • Student may return to school upon:
      • Cessation of symptoms
      • Medical clearance
    Student feels ill during the day:
    • Student is isolated in on-campus medical isolation room
    • Student is sent home and is directed to seek medical attention/evaluation
    • Student may/may not be tested for COVID-19 dependent on medical advice
    • Student may return to school upon medical clearance
    Student is confirmed infected:
    • AA Co Health Department is contacted
    • AA County Health Department Contact Trace is performed
    • Direct Severn contacts will be identified and told to quarantine for 14 days from point of last contact
    • Student stays home:
      • If asymptomatic, student should learn virtually from home and may return to school no sooner than 10 days after the positive test.
      • Student may return to school no sooner than 10 days after symptoms began/positive test.  Must have a negative test and no symptoms for 24 hours (without medication).
  • Becoming Ill at School

    If a student or faculty member becomes ill during the school day, they will immediately be isolated in a special area in the Health Suite. The School Nurse will call the contact person(s) on mySevern. Students must be picked up from school within 30 minutes of receipt of the call.
     
    IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to facilitate this process, it is critical that families confirm that all contact information is up-to-date in the mySevern portal and that a minimum of two emergency contacts are provided.
  • Contact Tracing

    If we have a suspected or actual positive case of COVID-19, contact tracing will be conducted by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health. In addition, to support the efforts of the Health Department on our campus, we will have our school nurses and other staff members complete a contact tracing course through Johns Hopkins University. 
  • Reporting a Positive COVID-19 Test

    If your child or someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19 or has been notified by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health or any other health organization that they were in contact with an individual infected with COVID-19, you must notify the School Nurse(s) immediately. The School Nurse associated with the Chesapeake and/or Teel Campus, in consultation with the School’s health team and Anne Arundel County Department of Health, will provide the family with directions about the student’s return to school.
  • Quarantine

    Q: When should I quarantine?
    A: You should quarantine if you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. 

    Q: What counts as close contact?
    • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes.
    • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
    • Had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed them)
    • You shared eating or drinking utensils
    • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.

    Q: What’s the difference between quarantine and isolation?
    A: Isolation separates people who are infected with the virus from people who are not infected. Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others.

    Q: What steps to take for quarantine?
    A: Stay home and monitor your health.
    • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19
    • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19

    Q: When is it safe to be around others?
    A: Deciding when it is safe to be around others varies by situation. The School nurse, in consultation with the School’s Health Team and Anne Arundel County Department of Health will provide directions about the individual’s return to school.

  • Maryland Department of Health Guidance for school closures in the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19

    We will be consulting with the School Nurse, the School’s Health Team and using the State Health Department’s Guidance for school closures in the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Restricted Travel

    Any student or employee returning from a destination under a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice or under travel restrictions by state or local authorities, or whose household member has returned from such a destination, will be required to stay home for 14 days prior to returning to campus. Further, the School Nurse should be notified.

Daily Community Protocols

List of 12 items.

  • Face Coverings and PPE

    Evidence continues to mount for the importance of universal face coverings in mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Masks and face coverings are an accessible and effective way to protect our community. 
    • All persons (students, faculty, staff, and visitors) will wear cloth (recommended by CDC), or disposable masks that cover their mouth and nose throughout the school day and may choose to wear face shields for additional protection. Neck gaiters and bandanas are not sufficient face coverings and should not be worn. (Updated 8/18/20)
    • We understand that prolonged use of face coverings could be difficult, and we hope to provide flexibility based on meeting physical distancing criteria when possible. We will encourage mask breaks particularly when outside and able to maintain appropriate physical distancing.
    • If a student is on campus in spaces that require a face covering and refuses to wear one or wear one properly, they will be asked to go home and continue learning remotely.
    • Students who have health conditions that prevent them from wearing face coverings will be able to attend classes remotely.
    • For developmental reasons, it may not be possible for our youngest students to wear masks safely all of the time, especially during outdoor recess or PE class. We encourage parents to work with their children on safe and independent mask usage before the start of school as students will need to be able to do so with little to no teacher assistance.
    • At the beginning of the year, we will give each student, faculty and staff a Severn branded mask. We will have additional masks for sale.
    • Parents are expected to send their children to school wearing a face covering each day. Masks should be solid color or patterns and free of slogans, writing or large branding. The Severn logo should not be used on face coverings - other than the provided Severn branded mask.
      • Middle and Upper School students should have 2 extra masks.
      • Lower School students should have 3-5 extra masks kept at school. Lower School students should also have a paper sandwich bag to place their masks inside when able to remove it and a second paper sandwich bag to place soiled masks that need to be cleaned.
    • Face coverings must be brought home and cleaned daily.
    • Severn School has a limited number of single-use masks available for use by students if they are forgotten, lost or soiled.
  • Physical Distancing

    • With active guidance of school personnel, all adults and students will maintain recommended physical distancing (6 feet) to the extent possible while on campus. This includes avoiding handshaking, hugging and other intimate or close proximity greeting behaviors.
    • Parents of Early School/Lower School students are asked to talk with children about physical distancing and practice this at home. This includes not hugging or touching classmates and adults. 
    • CDC guidance on physical distancing
  • Healthy Hand Hygiene

    Proper handwashing techniques will be emphasized throughout the day. We will require that K-12 students carry sanitizing gel with them throughout the day (or have in their desks)
     
    • Severn School will provide one Severn branded sanitizing gel bottle that can attach to a backpack.
    • An increased number of hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout all buildings.
    • Due to MSDE regulations, preschool and prekindergarten students will not have access to hand sanitizer but will have additional hand washing times built into their daily schedules.
    • The maxim “gel in, gel out” as you enter and leave a room is a good way of keeping good hand hygiene in your daily routine.
    • CDC guidance for Hand Hygiene.
  • Restrictions to the use of Nebulizers

    The use of nebulizer systems will be prohibited on both the Teel and Chesapeake Campuses. (Added 8/14/20)
  • School Supplies and Equipment

    Students should maintain individual supplies and equipment. The use of shared items will be discouraged when possible. Shared items will be disinfected between use and/or stored for several days before returning to the classroom. 
  • Bathrooms

    Bathrooms will have limited occupancy and trash cans will be placed outside of or near the bathroom doors so that upon leaving the bathroom you can open the door with the paper towel and then discard it in the trash can. 
  • Recess at Chesapeake Campus

    Recess will be scheduled for each class and designed so that the students remain in their cohorts.
  • Drop-Off and Pick-Up

    Teel Campus: In the morning, students may stay outside prior to entering a building, provided they wear masks and maintain appropriate physical distance. Once a student enters a building, they must go directly to their Advisor’s room. 

    Chesapeake Campus: Morning arrival and afternoon dismissal times will be adjusted to support the daily morning health survey/check-in and physical distancing as students exit the school building during dismissal. Lower School Head Cathy North will share specific details.
  • Dress Code

    Lower, Middle and Upper School dress codes as well as faculty dress codes will be relaxed to allow for easier nightly cleaning and easier transitions to physical activities. Details for each division will be updated by the division directors in the coming weeks.

    All students are required to wear cloth or disposable masks that cover their mouth and nose throughout the school day and may choose to wear face shields for additional protection. Masks should be solid color or patterns and free of slogans, writing or large branding other than a Severn mask. Neck gaiters and bandanas are not sufficient face coverings and should not be worn. (8/18/20)
  • Athletics on Teel Campus

    Locker rooms will not be available.

    Middle School PE will be part of the daily schedule.

    (Updated 8/14/20) Statement from the MIAA and IAAM regarding Interscholastic Athletics for the 2020/2021 School Year

    In response to the unprecedented challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and with the health, safety and well-being of our member-school campus and athletic communities being paramount, the members of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland (IAAM) have voted to postpone all fall athletic competitions and championships. This postponement applies to the MIAA and IAAM sponsored sports and impacts cross country, field hockey, football, soccer, tennis, volleyball, and water polo. On behalf of our member schools, the MIAA and IAAM Board of Governors will reconvene in mid-October to evaluate the public health crisis and manage competitive options for the remainder of the 2020/2021 school year.

    Guided by the commitment to preserve and sustain the student-athlete experience as a core component of the educational mission, the MIAA and IAAM have researched numerous options to develop policies and protocols that would support a safe return to play progression this fall prior to making this decision. Ultimately, the persistence of the virus and the potential for exposure among student-athletes, coaches, administrators, support staff, fans and local communities, coupled with the need to safely reopen campuses this fall, made it impossible to execute a return to competition at this time without undue risk.

    To enhance the experience for all student-athletes, opportunities for strength and conditioning and sport-specific opportunities may be made available at each member school’s discretion in adherence with local and state health and safety guidelines. Member schools are not permitted to participate in scrimmages or competitive play until further notice.
  • Lockers/Cubbies

    Teel Campus: No lockers will be available. Students must carry with them what they need for the day.

    Chesapeake Campus: Students will have access to their individual cubbies or lockers in their classrooms. Upon entering the classroom, students will go directly to their seats and when directed by the teacher to allow for proper physical distancing, students may place items in their cubbies or lockers.
  • Community Events, Gatherings and Field Trips

    We currently plan to maintain the 2020-2021 Master Calendar with no changes to holidays and breaks. Events such as concerts, community events, and assemblies will be altered and many likely canceled. 

    Large in-school gatherings such as assemblies will be held virtually. Severn's larger spaces (Price Auditorium, Louise Sivy Theater, etc.) will be used at times for larger groups but at restricted capacity maintaining physical distancing to the extent possible.

    For the foreseeable future, we will not take field trips or offer any travel opportunities.

Family Support

List of 4 items.

  • Food Service and Lunch

    Teel Campus: Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to bring lunch to reduce foot traffic in the dining hall. Grab-and-go meals will be available from the cafeteria. 
    • We will use a combination of the dining hall, outdoor spaces and classrooms to eat lunch and maintain physical distance of 6 feet.
    • Vending, coffee and soda dispensing machines will be off limits to students and faculty.
    • Condiments will be individual packet servings and eating utensils will be individually dispensed. 
    Chesapeake Campus: Students, faculty and staff must bring their lunches to school including napkins and utensils needed for their daily lunches. 
    • Students will continue to eat in their classrooms with physical distancing in place.
    • When possible, students will have opportunities to eat outside.
    • Students should bring their lunches in a disposable bag or in a vinyl/plastic lunch tote that may be easily wiped down (no cloth totes).
    • Reusable totes must be cleaned inside and outside each night.
  • Transportation

    VVS Transportation will be able to continue the two bus routes to Severn each morning and adhere to state guidelines for physical distancing.
  • Visitors on Campus

    Until further notice, to focus on the safety of our students and employees, and to monitor the effects of the virus on our campuses, visitors to our buildings are limited to those who are critical to operations. 
    • Parents, alumni, and other guests will only be permitted for emergency reasons.
    • Parents who need to make a drop-off will be instructed to drop the item(s) in the designated “Drop-Off” box outside the front door of Teel Academic Center (Teel Campus) and outside the front door of the Chesapeake Campus.
  • ASP and BASC

    For students on both campuses, it is very important that if you can pick up your child immediately after school, please do. 

    Teel Campus: Middle School ASP (After School Program) will take place, but if you are able to pick up your child, please do so that the number of students in ASP is manageable given the physical distancing requirements and space limitations. We will require prior sign up for Middle School ASP. Middle School Head Dan Keller will provide details closer to the start of school.

    Chesapeake Campus: BASC (Before and After School Care) will be provided for students who are enrolled in BASC plans. To start the school year, drop-in BASC (both before and after school) will not be available as we need to plan our staffing accordingly to keep students in their cohort groups. BASC Clubs will not be scheduled during the first semester. 

Facilities and Operations

List of 4 items.

  • Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfecting

    In addition to nightly cleaning of all our buildings, high touch areas will be cleaned and disinfected throughout the day. All cleaning products and disinfectants meet EPA, OSHA, and MSDE standards.
     
    Where possible, exterior doors at the Teel Campus will be propped open for drop off and pick up and classroom doors will be propped open between classes to reduce the need to touch handles and push bars often. Front lobby doors at the Chesapeake Campus will be propped open during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal. 
  • HVAC System

    The HVAC system in all buildings will be tested regularly to ensure adequate ventilation and filters will be changed often to maximize effectiveness. The rotation of HVAC filter replacement throughout the campuses will be increased. 
  • Signage

    Floor markers and signage promoting safe distancing and healthy habits will be added to help reinforce protocols and procedures.
  • Water Fountains

    Teel Campus: Fill stations and sinks will be available to fill water bottles brought from home. Water fountains will be off limits to students and faculty. We are looking into and likely will add additional stand alone fill stations in buildings that do not have them currently.

    Chesapeake CampusSinks will be available to fill water bottles brought from home. We are looking into and likely will add additional stand alone fill stations on the Chesapeake CampusWater fountains will be off limits to students and faculty.

Learning Models

List of 5 items.

  • In-Person Learning Model

    Ideally, we would be fully on campus conducting our classes in our beautiful brick and mortar buildings as we have done for decades. However, until the virus numbers flatten to a point where restrictions are relaxed, or a vaccine becomes readily available, the full brick and mortar option is simply not feasible. Our greatest hope is that we will eventually be able to operate fully under no restrictions.
  • Hybrid Learning Model

    This model combines on-campus learning with remote learning for grades 2-12. There are many hybrid models being designed by schools to employ this fall. The goal of a hybrid model is to have as many students on campus as possible and still meet mandated physical distancing restrictions. The model we have designed divides students in grades 2 through 12 into two groups where one will be on campus and the other will be at home engaging with the teacher and fellow classmates via technology. This model is the most complex and is detailed in the ensuing paragraphs.

    Preschool - 1st Grade: Because of the unique learning needs of PS-1st grade, we reconfigured classrooms at the Chesapeake Campus and increased teaching assistant hours to accommodate nearly all students on campus after an initial gradual entry to instruct them in health and safety protocols. With this said, we encourage parents of younger students to continue to think through child care arrangements should there be a need to switch to a hybrid or fully remote model.
     
    Grades 2 - 12: The hybrid learning model allows students in grades 2-12 to attend school on campus for part of the week (2 or 3 days depending on the week) and will be able to attend classes remotely using technology on the remaining days. This plan allows us to return to school while abiding by the prevailing capacity restrictions and social distancing expectations in Maryland. Siblings on the Chesapeake Campus will be scheduled to attend school on the same days as their Chesapeake Campus siblings with a schedule of Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday and alternating Fridays for each group. This consistent schedule is important for students to know their structured routines as well as for families to plan child care for on days their children are home. Likewise, we will do our best to have siblings on the Teel Campus scheduled to attend school on the same days as their Teel Campus siblings with an A/B rotating schedule. Due to the age appropriate and developmental needs of students at each division and best instructional models, families with siblings on both campuses may be scheduled to attend the same days on some weeks due to the alignment of the Chesapeake Campus Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday and alternating Friday schedule with the Teel Campus rotating A/B schedule but not on other weeks. 

    Because child care is such an important matter for Lower School families, details about A and B groups for the hybrid model will be sent to families early in the week of 8/3. Middle and Upper School will send A and B groupings to parents the week of 8/10. Making sure all sections in Middle and Upper School fit within the physical distancing restrictions of a given room and keeping siblings in the same group, is an incredibly complicated puzzle. If one student is moved from the A group to the B group, it has ramifications across five or six classrooms.
  • Remote Learning Model

    If the virus numbers increase significantly, either in Anne Arundel County or locally at Severn, we will conduct learning remotely. The remote model will be an enhanced version of what we employed this past spring (See Spring 2020 Remote Learning Guide). Faculty have engaged in significant professional development this summer to improve remote teaching techniques and strategies. The feedback we received from parents and students has been very helpful in creating a remote learning environment that will be second to none.
  • Classroom Technology

    Severn has made a significant investment in technology, classroom materials, additional staffing, and professional development of our teachers in order to continue to deliver a high-quality educational experience. The hybrid learning model uses technology to extend the reach of the classroom beyond the physical space on campus, providing real time access to those students who are at home.  

    All students will be able to actively participate in their classes, learn, ask questions and get feedback in real time on the days they are scheduled to be home, or if they are sick or quarantined. For parents who opt to have their children attend school virtually full-time, students will attend class remotely through the newly acquired technology. 
  • Community Expectations - Respect and Privacy with Technology Usage

    While using a hybrid learning model -- students attending classes on campus while other students attend the same classes virtually -- it is important to be mindful and respectful of the privacy of other students’ unique learning styles and levels. As needed, faculty may turn off their classroom video and/or audio to support students. Confidentiality is essential to support the developmental levels of our students. Parents and students may not record or photograph classes and should contact the division head, dean or teacher if they have questions or concerns regarding a given class or exchange between and/or among students. 
At any time that we are conducting on-campus learning, students may opt to join all classes remotely in real-time via technology we have purchased for each classroom. This applies to students who are immunocompromised, ill, under quarantine, or exhibiting COVID-like symptoms -- or if parents have opted to have their child(ren) attend school virtually full-time. 

Virtual Parent Town Halls

Please mark your calendars.
More division-specific information will be shared during the following parent Town Halls. Details for joining these events will be emailed.

Lower School (grades PS-1)
Monday, August 10th @ 5 pm

Lower School (grades 2-5)
Tuesday, August 11th @ 5 pm
 
Upper School (grades 9-12)
Tuesday, August 11th @ 7 pm

Middle School (grades 6-8)
Wednesday, August 12th @ 5 pm

Virtual Faculty Town Halls

Lower School
Wednesday, August 5th @ 1 pm
 
Middle School
Tuesday, August 4th @1 pm

Upper School
Tuesday, August 4th @ 10 am

Communications Updates

Important Reminder

Please note that the information included on this page is updated as of August 18, 2020 and uses guidance from various health organizations. Further decisions will be made after careful consideration of the most up to date medical advice and current data on COVID-19 from the Maryland Department of Health. Please continue to check this page for on-going updates and communication. All updates will be indicated with a timestamp. 
Preschool-Grade 5
Chesapeake Campus
1185 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd
Arnold, MD 21012
410-647-7700
Grade 6-12
Teel Campus
Severna Park, MD 21146
410-647-7700