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The Calverton School Fall Reopening Plan

HUNTINGTOWN, Md. -- As the school year begins at college preparatory school Calverton, in Huntingtown, faculty make the decision to offer students three learning options, with two involving on-campus education.

Although Southern Maryland public schools have made the decision to start classes online, private schools have had to make tough decisions this fall. Head of School Christopher Hayes says that Calverton’s agreement to give students two on-campus options came largely because of their small size.

“Students may attend in-person on-campus classes for four days each week with a fifth day's classes provided via teleconference,” Director of College Counseling William Wright explained, “...attend in-person on-campus classes on alternating weeks and teleconferenced classes during the off weeks when they are at home; or attend classes entirely via teleconference.”

Hayes further noted that Calverton’s “first priorities are health and safety precautions” which will include high school students taking a Covid test before returning to campus, as well as temperature checks as students enter the school, and masks will be required.

“(we will be) giving them the chance to go outside and take their masks off” Hayes added.

Concern for student’s health has been right alongside those of teachers, who are more likely to be high-risk individuals.

“At this point, we gave the option to teachers. The vast majority have chosen to work on campus.” Hayes told thebaynet.com. “When we surveyed them about their thoughts, they said they need to come back to campus...(their) personal sacrifices are inspirational.”

Wright, who also serves an English teacher, echoed this hopeful point of view.

“Moreover, as a teacher and as a member of this particular faculty, I see this as an opportunity to flex our muscles as educators.  Another advantage of being a small, independent school full of smart people who are unencumbered by bureaucracy is that we can pivot and innovate more nimbly than is possible elsewhere.  The pandemic has accelerated all kinds of learning, not just in the classroom, and what we have discovered will serve us well in the future.”

“We have the opportunity to make the best of the situation,” Hayes agreed. “I’m highly optimistic about our students focusing on what they can do, rather than what they can’t.”

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