Resurrection-St. Paul School
News and Notes
2020-2021 Be a Light for All to See, Matthew 5:16
Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! This will be a year of opportunities and thinking outside the box, perfectly aligned to our STEM school mission. We are grateful to be on this journey with you. A warm welcome to all our new families as well, we are excited you have joined our panther family.
We have spent the summer focused on planning for the return of students with student and staff health and safety as a priority. Our reopening plan was approved by the Howard County Department of Health and commended for its extensive risk mitigation strategies. In partnership with the school board, we have invested in facilities upgrades and services to ensure the safety of all.
The concurrent learning modalities, in-person and distance, is new for all of us. We have studied best practices and have trained over the summer to use the technology and adapt pedagogy to meet the needs of our learners in this model. As with anything new, there will be a learning curve for all. We do not expect it to be a perfect system from the start, but we promise we are doing our very best to make this as smooth as possible. Please be patient as we work out any kinks this first week of school.
This new school year in the context of COVID-19 can be focused on the "CANNOTs." We cannot congregate in large groups, we cannot share materials, we cannot eat in the cafeteria...We can also change our mindset to seek the opportunities in this situation and focus our energies on the CANs.
We can learn together, in school or at home.
We can innovate, create, communicate, and collaborate.
We can share our faith and continue our faith journeys together.
We can support each other and serve our community through our outreach programs.
We can laugh, play, read, write, draw, count, analyze, synthesize, extrapolate, etc.
We can be our best that we can be, each day.
We can remember our Panther Pride:
- We are RESPECTFUL.
- We are SAFE.
- We are PREPARED.
- We are SMART.
We can remember who we are and whose we are as we navigate this new school year.
Let's model for our children and each other the CAN-DO mindset.
On this eve of the new school year for students, please join me in prayer for our students, faculty and staff, and for all who serve our community:
Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
RSPS Reopening Plan
Class Cohorts and Google Classroom Invitations
- before and after care
- in-person/distance learning student balance
- overall class sizes
- academic strengths and areas of growth
- social-emotional needs
Our teachers are so excited to start the new year! Please extend grace and understanding as we navigate the new blended learning platforms.
Families will receive information about joining Google Classrooms where students will find all their assignments, notes from their teachers, and Google Meet (our video conferencing platform this year) links necessary to join their synchronous classes.
RSPS PBIS GOLD AWARD...5th Time in a Row!
We are the only school in the AOB to have earned this honor 5 times, and in a row no less! Brava to Mrs. Kelsey Jordan, our PBIS coordinator.
We get to add 2020 to this collection of Gold Awards!!
Important Back to School Forms
2020-2021 Resurrection-St. Paul School Parent/Student Handbook
Important Forms to be Completed Before Returning to School
As we prepare for the start of the school year, we have two forms that need to be completed for students before returning to campus for in-person learning. All families, whether opting for remote or in-person learning, may sign these forms now, but any family who has opted for in-person learning must sign the forms before your child may attend in-person instruction on campus. Each of these forms can be reviewed and submitted electronically through your School Admin portal.
School Admin Portal: https://resstpaul.schooladminonline.com/users/sign_in
The Assumption of Risk Statement outlines the facts. You will sign to acknowledge your understanding and acknowledgement of the contents of the letter. A separate letter must be signed and returned for each individual child.
The Acknowledgement Agreement outlines requirements for in-person attendance to ensure the safety and well-being of all students, staff, and faculty. Parents must initial throughout, and sign the form prior to your student commencing in-person instruction on our school campus. A separate letter must be signed and returned for each individual child.
Please note that your child will not be permitted to attend in-person learning on campus until both of these forms are signed and submitted.
Please reach out to the school office with your questions and concerns. Thank you for your partnership in ensuring the health and safety of our entire school family.
Acceptable Use Policy for the Internet and Technology Tools
Please see the Acceptable Use Policy attached below. Then:
- print it, one for each student in your household
- read it with your student
- sign it (both student and parent signatures are required)
- return it to school ASAP
Students will have access to the school's technology devices once this completed form is on file.
Lessons plans for this week have been created with this requirement in mind. Please make sure this form is turned in before this Tuesday, September 1st.
In a socially distanced hybrid learning mode, schools will be teaching the AOB curriculum while adhering to health and safety guidelines. Teachers will maximize classroom and facility space to distance students. Inventive teaching strategies will be used to allow for physical distancing while still encouraging discussion, collaboration, exploration, discovery, socialization, and movement. Personnel will be reassigned as necessary to limit exposure and to maximize teaching effectiveness. Students regardless of the mode of instruction (e.g. in-person or remote) must adhere to school policies regarding the use of technology. Unacceptable uses of technology include violating the rights or privacy of others by photographing, recording or filming an individual without consent.
Chromebook Loan Agreement Form
Talent Release Form
Please complete the Talent Release Form and return to school by Friday, September 4th.
Electronic Daily Wellness Attestations
RSPS has an important role in slowing the spread of communicable diseases and protecting students and staff, and to help ensure that students have safe and healthy learning environments by working to limit the possibility of the entry of the virus into the school. To mitigate the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, commonly known as COVID-19, RSPS has established protocols targeted at excluding those who show symptoms of the virus or have been near others with the virus. The protocols developed and will be adapted based upon guidance from state and local public health authorities.
A daily text and email with a link to a Google Form will be provided to every parent and staff member. This text and email will be sent automatically from Swift K-12 at 5:00 AM each morning.
The form will request the following:
Email, date, student’s name, grade level
Does the student have a temperature greater than 99.5 F?
Has the student been in close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more while indoors whether wearing a mask or not) with an individual actively diagnosed with COVID-19?
Does the student have any of the following symptoms:
shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
muscle or body aches
new loss of taste or smell
congestion or runny nose
nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea?
The survey response will be recorded in Google Sheets and updated in real-time. School staff assigned at each entrance door will view a completed Google Sheet with the date, students’ name and grade level. This will indicate that the parent has completed the Google Form for the school day and that the student is permitted to attend school. This sheet will be compared to the roster of all students entering that particular door.
Parents will be required to wait while an assigned faculty member checks the submission for the student. If the form is not complete, the child must return to the car. The parent may submit the form via a cell phone and then return to the drop off line. Those students without a submitted form will not be allowed into the building. Parents will be contacted as needed to pick up the child.
RSPS will follow their regular absence procedures for students who will stay home for an illness that is not COVID-19 related. Daily phone calls will be made to track any illness.
Policies and Procedures
Student arrival by car begins 8:40 a.m.
Please refer to map and follow signs on campus.
Students in Pre-K 3 & Pre-K 4:
Please proceed to the back of the school building, park in the parking lot next to the playground. Walk your child/children up to the temperature taking area (up the back ramp). You will be directed where to go from there. (Please refer to PreK Arrival and Dismissal Procedures in the next section for more specific procedures.)
Students in Grades Kindergarten-2nd:
Please proceed to the back of the school building, drive as directed by the signs. Please stay in your vehicle and let your child/children out of your vehicle at the back of the building (recess doors). Students will be directed where to go from there.
Students in Grades 6-8:
Please proceed to the back of the school building, drop your child/children off at the corner of the back of the building near the cafeteria. Students will walk around the school building to the upper link doors. This is where students will enter the school building.
Students in Grades 3-5:
Please proceed to the main front entrance of the school building. Please stay in your vehicle and let your child/children out of your vehicle. Students will enter the school building and head up the stairway to their classrooms.
Anyone arriving at school after 9:00 a.m. (other than PreK3 and PreK4 students) is considered late and must report to the front office for a late slip before entering their homeroom.
PreK3 and PreK4 Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, we will be establishing a new drop off and pick up procedure outside of the building. Please note arrival times per class:
PreK4 A&B: Arrive between 8:40-8:55
PreK3: Arrive between 8:55-9:10
- Drop Off – Parents will park in the designated area of the back parking lot as indicated on the map. Once parked, the parent and child will walk up to the PreK door. Please remain in your cars until the staff member is present. The parent/guardian and child must wear masks. The intake staff member will watch as the parent takes the child’s temperature.
- Your child will then be escorted from the door to the classroom by a staff member and his/her hands will be washed.
- Staff members will also wash his/her hands in between greeting children.
- Your child will be escorted to their parent or guardian by a staff member at the end of the day. Parents will stand on socially distanced spots until reunited with their child.
- Ideally, we would like to minimize the persons designated to drop off or pick up your child.
Park in the assigned parking spot for your child's grade level (if you have more than one child, please decide as a family in which section you will park). Please stay in your vehicle. Your child/children will be dismissed one grade level at a time from the entrance they come in through each morning. Your child will be escorted around the school building by their homeroom teacher for dismissal each day.
All car riders should be picked up outside of the school building, unless a note is sent or a phone call is made to the school office necessitating departure from the school foyer. Students who are not picked up following dismissal will be sent to the school office.
Attendance and Tardy Policies
The school attendance line (410-461-9111 ext. 250) must be called to report absences each day by 9:00 a.m. Failure to contact the attendance line regarding an absence will result in a phone call from school to report the absence. Parents may leave homework requests, if requested by 9:00 a.m., for after school pickup in the office or for work to be sent with a sibling/friend on the attendance line.
For medical procedures or travel when a family is aware ahead of time of an absence, that information may also be left on the attendance line. One message can be left with the student names and dates of expected absence, eliminating the need to call daily.
On the day the student returns to school, a note signed by the parent or guardian must be presented to the homeroom teacher. A telephone call does not replace the written note. Maryland State Law requires that students absent for five (5) consecutive days must obtain a doctor’s release and present it to their teacher upon return to school.
As soon as a student has been absent ten (10) days, either consecutively or non-consecutively, a parent or guardian will be contacted. A conference may be set by an administrator with the student and parent or guardian to discuss the effects of absence on the student’s academic performance. A student may be denied promotion if absences throughout the year are in excess of twenty-one (21) days unless homebound tutoring by a certified teacher has been received.
Students who are dismissed from school before the end of the school day will be marked as tardy on the progress reports.
The school day begins at 9:00 a.m. Students arriving after 9:00 a.m. will be considered late and should report to the school office.
In the event that a child will be late for school, a parent/guardian must call the office before 9:00 a.m. The student must first report to the school office where he/she will receive a Late Slip. The Late Slip will allow the school to change the child’s attendance from absent to tardy.
Update: We have received several requests for lunchboxes, ice packs and thermos use. In order to mitigate risk and reduce items going back and forth to school, we are encouraging paper bag lunches, disposable containers and utensils. If you must, you may have your child bring in a lunchbox with ice packs or thermoses. Students must be able to open and close their own containers.
As part of ensuring the overall safety and health of the school community, students will eat in an assigned cohort either in the classroom or outside. To mitigate risk, while eating, students will be seated 6 feet apart from others, who are also eating without a mask on.
Students will eat in the classroom or outside.
Students should bring their own lunch.
No microwavable foods
No nut or peanut allergy foods
No sharing of food/drink
No sharing tables
Students will keep their lunch in their book bags and/or in their desk until lunch, so there is less handling of their lunch bags
Desks will be cleaned before and after students eat.
Students must wash hands with soap and water before and after eating.
Students will take their masks off before they eat and place it in a sealable with their name on it and placed either in or on their desks while eating.
After students are finished eating, they need to put their masks back on, throw their trash away and then wash their hands again.
Meals need be placed in secured individualized, self-contained, disposable containers along with condiments, forks, spoons, napkins, and straw individually wrapped.
Custodial staff will create a procedure for trash pick-up, and trash containers and buckets will be washed and sanitized daily.
Water Bottle Policy
Water is an essential component of health and well-being. Increasing hydration through the consumption of water has been shown to improve nutrition, decrease excess weight gain, and improve students’ cognitive function.
Water fountains, with the exception of the water bottle refilling station, have been disconnected for the 2020-2021 school year.
Students may access water from the refillable water bottle station located in the school throughout the school day. Students should bring a non-breakable bottle filled with water from home. The following guidelines apply:
Water bottles must be clear/transparent and have a closable lid with a pushup top to prevent spills. Disposable water bottles are not permitted.
Steel water bottles are not permitted.
Water bottles must be clearly labeled with the student’s first and last name in permanent marker.
Water bottles must contain water only: NO juice, sports drinks, or energy drinks.
Water bottles are to be taken home daily by the student to be washed and refilled for the next school day.
Water will only be consumed at the beginning of class or the end of class or at the discretion of the teacher supervising water bottle use.
Students may not leave class to refill the water bottle.
Water bottles are not to be in close proximity to technology equipment and are not permitted in the computer lab or library.
Water bottles are not permitted during exams, science labs, or other activities where student safety is a concern.
Water bottles are not to be taken to recess or other places on the school grounds.
Throwing or flipping bottles, pouring the contents on another student or teacher, students’ property, or school property will result in loss of water bottle privilege and disciplinary action.
School administration and teaching staff reserve the right to direct, supervise, and modify water bottle use in school as it applies to the curriculum, specific academic activities, and student safety.
Failure to abide by any of the above guidelines will result in loss of the student’s water bottle privilege.
Students will not be allowed to stay inside for recess without a note signed by a doctor. Please do not ask that your child remain indoors during recess. If they are too sick to go outdoors, they should remain home. If outdoor recess is canceled due to weather conditions, an announcement will be made prior to the lunch shift. During the winter months, students should come to school prepared for outdoor recess with appropriate outerwear.
The school will provide enough space to accommodate students with social distancing.
The recess schedule will be staggered to allow for more socially distant movement outside.
Recess is an important part of the school day for students and will continue to be incorporated into the schedule.
To mitigate the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, protocols for recess and using playground equipment will be established and implemented at RSPS.
The rules of the playground are governed by concern for safety and to ensure respect for others.
Currently, recess will be limited to classroom cohorts.
RSPS is blessed with extensive grounds, approximately 26 acres, that allows us to separate groups of students on the grassy areas, the Mary garden, and the blacktop to provide enough space to accommodate proper social distancing.
Games/activities that allow for social interaction, but no physical contact (Simon Says, jump rope, running or walking laps, group exercise classes).
The playground equipment (slides, climbing equipment, gaga pit, etc.) will not be used and other safe alternatives will be put in place.
Only faculty-approved games may be played on the playground.
Students will stay in their designated play areas while practicing social distancing.
Re-entry into the school building during recess will only be permitted for first-aid or with permission of the playground supervisor.
All faculty, staff, and students (age 3+) are required to wear a cloth face mask when indoors and whenever social distancing is not possible outdoors.
In order to maintain a proper supply of masks, on the first day of school ALL students pre-K-8 and optional for 9-12 must provide their homeroom teacher with an extra face covering. These are to be labeled with first and last name and sealed in a labeled plastic bag. These will be stored and used if the primary face covering gets lost or damaged or the student forgets and does not bring a face covering to school on a particular day.
Disposable masks will be provided in the event a student or staff member forgets to bring their cloth mask to campus. Schools will provide appropriate alternatives, such as a face shield, for students and staff who have a verifiable medical basis for being unable to wear a cloth face covering.
Out of State Travel Policy
In an effort to reduce the possibility of introducing the COVID-19 virus into a school community, RSPS established a policy applicable to both students and employees which requires notification be provided when individuals are traveling out of state to areas defined as high risk jurisdictions based upon positivity rates of the destination.
Students (attending in person) and staff (working on campus in person) are advised if they intend to travel to a state with a positivity rate for COVID-19 of 10% or greater during the period of their stay, notification of such intention must be communicated to the principal. For purposes of this guidance, the positivity rate should be based upon the average rate as determined for the period of the entire stay. Those traveling will be required to quarantine upon their return until such time as either they provide evidence of a negative test result for COVID-19 and are asymptomatic or they complete an entire 14 day quarantine.
Students in quarantine may participate in the remote learning program.
COVID-19 Presumptive and Positive Case Protocols
“Affected Individual”-the individual with the confirmed or presumptive COVID-19 diagnosis
“Close Contact”- coming within 6 feet of the affected person for a minimum period of 15
minutes whether masked or unmasked.
Students Who are Quarantining
Please let Julie Rice, email@example.com, to inform her of any close contact exposures, presumptive positive cases, or positive cases in your household so we can coordinate instructional programming and follow all COVID-19 protocols.
Distance Learning Synchronous Class Schedules
Synchronous class times and Google Meet links for distance learners will be shared with students and families by this afternoon. Please note that the first few days' schedules will not be the daily instructional schedule for regular classes.
Middle school students will be participating in their orientation Ed Camp sessions on Monday and Tuesday. Regular classes will begin Wednesday.
If you have any questions about schedules or links, please email your student's teacher.
Please be sure to check your emails frequently for updates from teachers.
Helping your child to be successful during virtual learning
Things to remember (Video conferencing expectations):
Students should not be attending synchronous virtual classes in their pajamas (it is required that all students wear the RSPS white polo or a plain white or polo shirt when participating in distance learning).
Students should be sitting at a desk, table, etc. when attending synchronous virtual classes (it is not acceptable to attend classes while sitting or lying in bed).
Create a positive comfortable learning environment
“The Learning Zone”
Provide a designated area for learning (free from distractions) i.e. desk, table
Routine and Schedule
Help to create consistency (schedule should be posted for student viewing with times (pictures, if needed)
8:00 a.m. Get dress
8:15 a.m. Eat breakfast
8:40 a.m. Brush teeth
8:45 a..m. Get ready to learn
9:00 a.m. Language Arts begins
Hang a poster with visual expectations and rule for a virtual classroom (review expectations/rules daily)
Examples of rules:
When I am in my learning zone, I am working hard and trying my best.
When I am in my learning zone, I will try to solve problems before asking for help.
I will use a quiet voice when others are working.
I will clean up my area before starting my next activity.
Store items for easy access to student (labeled 3-drawer storage bins or other storage with multiple drawers)
Items to include: headphones, visual timer, sharpened pencils, erasers, crayons, markers, ruler, paper, printer, ink, pencil sharpener, etc.
Encourage independence by creating an area for students to work in without needing to constantly look around for needed materials.
Create a space for calming or quiet time with a timer for students when they are feeling frustrated or need to take a break
Create a positive attitude reward based program for your child.
The best rewards are those that provide quality time with the child (i.e. bake cookies, play a board game, take a walk/hike, etc.).
Some children require tangible rewards like stickers, or reusable charts to help visualize positivity.
Uniforms for 2020-2021
As with any change in uniforms, there will be a three-year phase-in allowance. This means that from now until Spring of 2022, uniforms compliant with the 2018-2019 school year policy can be worn. For the 2022-2023 school year, all students will need to be in compliance with our new uniform policy.
The HSA still has gently used uniform pieces available for sale. You can purchase them during school summer office hours, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, or during the school supply kit pick-up times as designated below.
Personal Appearance Policies
Student undergarments must be solid white or solid flesh tone in order to not be noticeable under uniform clothing.
Girls and boys may wear a watch with the exception of an Apple watch. Girls may wear one pair of post earrings. Boys may not wear earrings. A cross or religious medal may be worn around the neck and one ring. If a cross or religious medal is worn, it must be attached to a thin chain, not a neckband. No other jewelry is permitted.
Hairstyles for both boys and girls should be neat and appropriate to the spirit of the uniform code. No fad hairstyles are permitted. The administration will make the determination as to what constitutes fad hairstyles. Boys’ hair must be above the eyebrows, ears, and the collar and not in a ponytail. Students’ hair should not be dyed, color treated, or highlighted during the school year.
Ribbons may only be solid navy blue, solid white, or made from the official school uniform material.
Barrettes may be solid navy blue, solid white, solid black, solid brown, solid gold, solid silver color, or tortoise shell.
Headbands may be solid black, brown, navy blue, white, or made from the plaid school jumper material.
Ribbons, barrettes and headbands should be plain and should not be embellished with additional bows, jewels or decorative items.
Hats and Accessories
No hats are to be worn in the building, including non-uniform days. No purses are to be carried.
No make-up or nail polish, including neutral colors or French tips may be worn.
First and foremost, we're so happy you're here and we look forward to working together to provide our kids with an unprecedented year of fun! Please use the following link if you are interested in volunteering as a Room Parent for the 2020-2021 school year. We ask that all interest be recorded by Friday, August 28th.
- Jen Ford and Ashley Mellott, Room Parent Coordinators
Student Insurance Opportunities
The Office of Risk Management, in conjunction with the Division of Schools, is pleased to once again offer a two-tier student accident insurance plan for the school year 2020-2021. The plan includes a voluntary primary basic plan, which can be purchased by the parent/guardian of the student, and a secondary catastrophic plan paid for by the Archdiocese for those schools that participate in the Archdiocese Property and Casualty Program. The catastrophic plan provides coverage up to a $5,000,000 limit, in excess of a $25,000 deductible.
The voluntary student accident plan can be purchased by any family with a student attending either an Archdiocesan school or an independent Catholic school within the Archdiocese, including pre-K students. This coverage is a very inexpensive benefit for school families If purchased by the family, the primary plan provides up to $25,000 in covered benefits for accidents. The details of this plan can be reviewed by looking through the attachment, “Brochure Student Accident ”. There are various coverage options from which parents can select, but all are offered at a very low cost. Most beneficial about this coverage is that it has no deductible.
The forms can also be found here: School Admin Portal: https://resstpaul.schooladminonline.com/users/sign_in
VIRTUS Training for all Volunteers
Required training for all volunteers
Due to COVID-19 policies, visitors and volunteers will not be allowed in the building until further notice. We welcome volunteer service that can be done from home.
Monday, August 31st, 9:00 a.m. - Back to School Mass for Parents In-Person (by reservation) and Live-Streamed on Facebook
Please go to Resurrection-St. Paul School Facebook site for live-streamed Mass starting at 9:00 a.m.
September 9th-6:30-8:30 Virtual Back to School Night Gr. 5-8
September 16th-6:30-8:30 Virtual Back to School Night Gr. 1-4
HSA Fundraiser -RSPS Cookbooks -Order Now!
We will contact you when your order is ready for pick up. When you arrive at school for your designated pick up, please wait outside and your order will be brought to you.
2020-2021 School Year
August 27th and 28th: Distance learning student textbook and material pick-up, Meet the Teacher drive-by in the RSPS parking lot
August 31st: First day of school for students (In-person and distance learning)
September 7th: No school, Labor Day
September 25th: 12:30 p.m. Dismissal day for students, no after care, Afternoon professional development for teachers
October 15th: 12:30 p.m. Dismissal day for students, no after care
1:00-5:00 p.m. Parent-Teacher video conferences
October 16th: No school for students, AOB professional development day for teachers
October 21st: 12:30 p.m. Dismissal day for students, no after care
1:00-5:00 p.m. Parent-Teacher video conferences
November 25th: End of Trimester 1
November 25th-27th: No school, Thanksgiving Break
December 23rd-January 1st: Christmas Break
January 4th: Classes resume
January 15th: No school, Faculty retreat
January 18th: No school, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
February 5th: 12:30 p.m. Dismissal day for students, no after care, Afternoon professional development for teachers
February 15th: No school, Presidents' Day
March 4th: Trimester 2 ends
April 2nd-9th: Easter Break
April 12th: Classes resume
May 31st: No school, Memorial Day
June 2nd: 8th grade graduation
June 8th: 12:30 p.m. Dismissal day for students, no after care, Afternoon professional development for teachers
June 9th: 12:30 p.m. Dismissal day for students, no after care, Afternoon professional development for teachers
June 10th: 12:30 p.m. Last day of school for students, Dismissal day for students, no after care, Afternoon professional development for teachers
June 11th: Last day of school for faculty and staff
At Resurrection-St. Paul School, students have unique opportunities for real life critical thinking, problem solving, and experiential learning through enrichment programs built into our curricula such as theater, art, outdoor education, and much more. We offer a well-rounded academic education rooted in the Catholic tradition of excellence and values. We prepare our students to assume responsible, creative roles in an ever challenging and changing world.
Resurrection-St. Paul School, through the teaching of the Catholic Church, is dedicated to the total formation of the child by preparing them for a global society through innovation, problem solving, and cross curricular collaboration.