COVID-19

Overview

Mount Saint Joseph will begin the 2020-2021 academic school year in the distance learning model. Each day, students will have the opportunity to engage with teachers and classmates in real-time class sessions via video conference (ex.– Zoom), work individually or in groups on coursework, and access teachers for extra help and support. On occasion, students will be required or have the opportunity to participate in meetings, tutoring sessions, extracurricular programs, etc. A schedule for the month of September and the class schedule can be accessed by clicking the tan "Schedule" button.

Philosophy

During this unprecedented time, the Xaverian values of humility, trust, and compassion are our guiding principles. Every action we take can affect others and ourselves in either a positive or negative way. We will choose the positive and will think of others before we think of ourselves. As a school community, we will act as one to provide a learning and working environment where our students, faculty, and staff can thrive.

On-Campus Safety Policies

Although the academic program will be operating on a distance learning model, Mount Saint Joseph is planning smaller scale in-person activities that will occur on campus. Please follow our on-campus safety procedures any time you are on the campus of Mount Saint Joseph.

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  • Notifying the School of Symptoms or Exposure

    Weekdays
    If your son is displaying any COVID-like symptoms, or if you become aware of someone in your family who tests positive on a weekday, please keep your son at home and notify Mrs. Baker in the Attendance Office at ebaker@msjnet.edu. She will then notify the school nurse who will follow up with you if needed.

    Weekend
    If your son is displaying any COVID-like symptoms, or if you become aware of someone in your family who tests positive on a weekend, please call 443-310-5857. The message will be relayed to the appropriate people and the school nurse will follow up with you if needed.
  • Procedure for Someone With Symptoms

    When we receive word that a student, faculty, or staff member has tested positive or has symptoms of COVID-19, Mount Saint Joseph will notify the Baltimore City Health Department.
     
    If the student is on campus, he will be immediately sent to the nurse, who will bring him to an isolated area in the Health Room for evaluation. The School Nurse will call the student’s parent or guardian.  Students must be picked up from school within 30 minutes of receipt of the call.  If a parent or guardian is not reachable within the first two tries, the student’s emergency contact will be called.  The CDC Decision Aid will be followed for what this student should do and who should be contacted.

    Any faculty or staff member who is displaying symptoms of COVID-19 should immediately leave campus and notify the school. If the faculty or staff member does not feel safe driving with the symptoms, he or she should report to the nurse for evaluation and isolation. The CDC Decision Aid guide will be followed for what this person should do and who should be contacted.
     
    As determined by the Health Department, exposed individuals will remain in their classroom while parents or guardians are notified to pick them up (again, within 30 minutes of receiving the phone call).  If unreachable, emergency contacts will be called.
     
    The school will be in touch with the individual and families whose students have had close or prolonged contact, as determined by the Baltimore City Health Department’s contact tracing, with further instructions and information. 
  • Procedure for Someone Who Tests Positive for COVID-19

    If Mount Saint Joseph is notified of a community member who tests positive for COVID-19, all parents, students, faculty, and staff will be notified via email as soon as possible. Close contacts of the community member and their parents will also receive a second email notification. Due to HIPPA regulations, the identity of the positive individual will be kept confidential. The school nurse will inform the local health department of the positive test and will follow the health department’s recommendations for establishing quarantines or sending other communications. The COVID-19 Decision Aid will also be used to decide who should quarantine.
  • Masks

    All faculty, staff, visitors, and students must wear an approved mask from the moment they enter our campus until they leave for the day. Masks should follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. It is preferred that you have one mask for each day of the week you are on campus and that they be washed after each time it is used.
    • Plastic face shields may be worn in conjunction with, but not in lieu of, a mask.
    • Students should wear an MSJ mask or a solid color mask.
    • Writing, letters, symbols, and/or markings of any kind on masks are prohibited.
    • Gaiters are not permitted because they do not align with the CDC guidelines.
    • If a student is wearing a mask or face covering that is not permitted, he will be given an appropriate mask by a faculty or staff member. He will receive a warning and be asked to get an appropriate mask prior to returning to school.
    • If a student refuses to wear a mask, he will be asked to leave campus and will be suspended from school that day. He may incur further days based on recommendations of the Director of Students. If suspended for the day, the student will receive a zero on all assignments and not be allowed to make them up.
    • If a student pulls down his mask or unhooks the mask from his ear, he will be reminded about the health and safety of himself, his classmates, his family and his teacher. If the student is seen doing this multiple times, it is at the discretion of the faculty or staff member to bring the student to the attention of the Director of Students, which may result in a verbal warning, JUG, or suspension, depending on the severity and consistency of the issue(s).
  • Screening Process

    Students with any COVID-19 symptoms should stay at home and engage in distance learning. Parents are expected to screen their sons for COVID-19 symptoms every day before they come to school. 

    To aid in this screening and to track and communicate symptoms, Mount Saint Joseph has purchased the AUXS Safety App. This app is free for parents and students to download, and the symptom screening is required to be completed before students enter campus. A secondary screening, including temperature checks, will occur on campus each day prior to the student's first class of the day.

    Faculty will also be required to have their temperature taken each day.
  • Classroom Cleaning Procedure

    After each class, teachers will spray each desk with disinfectant. When students enter the room, students will wipe down their desks with paper towels and then use hand sanitizer to clean their hands. Cleaning materials and hand sanitizer will be provided by Mount Saint Joseph.

    The cleaning solution is alcohol-based and is similar to hand sanitizer, but in a liquid form instead of a gel. Gloves are not required to use it, however, gloves will be provided if students choose to use them. Students may also bring their own gloves to school.

    Daily sanitizing efforts will also be made by a contracted cleaning company.
  • Physical Distancing

    Desks will be physically distanced in classrooms, with a goal of at least six feet apart where possible.
  • Handwashing

    Every person on Mount Saint Joseph’s campus is encouraged to wash his or her hands or use hand sanitizer upon entering any room. Hand sanitizer will be available in every classroom. Students are encouraged to bring hand sanitizer as well.
  • Cafeteria

    Clear plastic dividers have been purchased for the cafeteria, allowing for 2 people to sit at a table. Food options will be a grab-and-go style to limit the amount of contact with food. Payment will be cashless by loading money onto a student's First Financial account. Weather permitting, students will also be able to eat lunch outside.
  • Lockers

    Since lockers are high-touch areas, no lockers will be used while we are implementing the hybrid model.
  • Increased Air Flow and Filters

    Each building has specific plans to increase outside airflow, including drawing air from the outside into cooling units and opening windows when possible. MERV 13 filters will be installed in air conditioning units that cool rooms without the ability for increased outside airflow.
  • Buses

    Bus services will run with safety procedures at a modified capacity. Students will need to show successful completion of the AUXS app and must have their temperatures taken upon entering the bus. Windows will be open when possible to increase airflow. Because students will not be riding all 5 days, discounts on the bus fee will be given.
  • One-Way Hallways

    One-way hallways will be implemented where necessary. Administrators will be monitoring hallways to enforce direction and physical distancing.
  • Water Stations

    Water fountains will be turned off. However, bottle fillers are available, and students are encouraged to bring water bottles.

Mount Saint Joseph High School

Mount Saint Joseph is a Catholic, college preparatory school for young men sponsored by the Xaverian Brothers.