COVID-19 and School Updates

While it is difficult to predict what the future holds amid the seemingly daily changes to our lives as a result of COVID-19, we want to assure our school community and community at-large that we are acting proactively to ensure the safety and well-being of our students, our faculty, and our extended community.

Following the guidelines laid out by federal, state and local health authorities, we are ensuring complete cleaning and sanitization of all school buildings as well as the church and rectory on both campus, including all furniture and surface areas. Cleaning will be maintained on an ongoing regular basis. We will be purchasing PPE and thermometers to monitor and protect our students and faculty and staff. In addition, we included on our staff a guidance counselor/mental health professional who will be available to assist our families (Mrs. Kim Washington).

We are mindful of the social and emotional well-being of our members of the Holy Trinity community. Be well, stay safe and healthy and we hope to see you soon, whether in our classrooms on campus or virtually.

We are #HawkStrong

We have provided some important COVID-19 updates and school-related topics below. Please check your emails regularly for division-specific information that may not be included in the links below.

HT opening announcement for 2020-2021, August 3, 2020

July coffee meetings with Mr. Mullin

June, 4 2020 - Virtual Coffee with New Incoming HT Parents

Opening comments: Welcome to all new families. We’re delighted you’ve selected HT for your child’s education and excited that you are part of the community.

Eddie Pounds and Zakiya Lee, Board Chair and Board Vice Chair introduced themselves. Mr. Pounds and Mrs. Lee served as moderators for the meeting.

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May 27, 2020 - Virtual Coffee with Mr. Mulllin

May 20, 2020 - 8th Grade Graduation Update

 

We have heard back from the Prince George’s County Health Department regarding our request to hold a “drive-in” style graduation on Wednesday evening, June 3, 2020. Unfortunately, the request has been turned down. In reaching their decision the health department cited several concerns:

  • Our plan violates non-essential travel rules. Our plan violates, in principle, keeping people from congregating in groups. 
  • While our attempt to address this is by having everyone stay in their cars until called upon to receive diplomas, it really stretches the boundaries. 
  • The details we outlined follow social distancing and protective equipment guidelines. However, at celebratory gatherings these protections easily fade away and there is very little that can be done to control the outcome. 
  • The overriding requirement is to be diligent in the protection of the lives and health of our children and families.

While we are very disappointed, we are compelled to accept this decision.  I will point out that, although unlikely, we could potentially hold a graduation in this way if Prince George’s County “opens” after June 1. 
We at the school are very much in favor of an event that would bring us together safely to celebrate the Class of 2020 as a community. However, not knowing when that will be and what restriction may still be in effect, we are turning our attention to other options. As these plans evolve, we will apprise you of their development.

Thank you for your patience and support.

May 15, 2020 - End of the year Notes (The Daisy Lane School)

  • All library books for Daisy Lane students are due May 15th. If you need to drop them off next week that is not a problem just email Mrs. Pam Polk (our Daisy Lane Librarian) at ppolk@htrinity.org. Books can be simply dropped off in the breezeway through the front entrance doors).
  • There is no school on Monday, May 25th in honor of Memorial Day
  • We will continue to have class all the way through June 3rd, ending no later than noon.
  • The Kindergarten Team is working on a special end-of-the-year event.
  • On June 4th, Daisy Lane will host a staggered pick up in the morning for items that need to be passed back to families. The pick up schedule is as follows: Discovery 9-10 am, Explorer 10-11 am, and Kindergarten 11-12 pm in the Daisy Lane School Driveway. We ask that you pull up your vehicle, pop open the hatch or trunk, and we will place these bundled items inside. 

May 15, 2020 - Enrichment Information from the Primary School

A reminder of how Parent Portal and Teams is used by Enrichment Teachers.

How to locate enrichment lessons in the parent portal:
 
Submitting work in Teams:
Student work will be turned into Microsoft Teams.  PLEASE NOTE… not all work will need to be turned in.  When directed by the teacher to return work, here are the instructions:
·     Select the team/class the assignment is for
·     Click Assignments at the top of the screen
·     Click the appropriate assignment
·     Click Add Work
·     Attach work (picture of work or document)
·     Click Turn In to submit the assignment

May 13, 2020 - Primary School Updates

     Weekly Chapels will begin on Wednesday, May 20th at 8:20am.  We are looking forward to gathering together in prayer, song and reflection in the “Library/Chapel” Team.

      Library Books should be returned to the Book Drop Box at the entrance of The Primary School before May 22nd.

     A refresher on how to use Teams and Bulletin Board will be sent along as we prepare for the last weeks of school. The transition from the traditional to the virtual classroom has been amazing many thanks to our families adapting to and adopting this new technology.

     Our Moving Up Day Ceremony for Fourth Graders will be virtual this year.  We are delighted to be able to recognize this important transition from Annapolis Road to Daisy Lane the week of June 1st.   Details will be sent to Fourth Grade families.

     The last Dismissal of the year will be on Wednesday, June 3rd from 3pm to 3:30pm in the Primary School Parking Lot.  Information will be sent to everyone about what is traditionally a particularly fun carline!

     Plans are being made on how and when children’s personal items will be returned while we receive textbooks and school materials at the same time.  Please expect more information on this as we make plans for mid-June.  

     Report Cards will be posted on Friday, June 12th. Only two letter assessments, either P for Progressing or C for Consistently Demonstrates will be used this Trimester.  Skill Checks will be applied as appropriate.   Course comments will be written for each discipline to describe content.   We do not want to overburden or place additional anxiety on families. 

 

May 13, 2020 - Virtual Coffee Meeting with Mr. Mullin

Virtual Coffee with Mr. Mullin                                       Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Please access the transcript of the meeting here

Closing remarks:

We will provide a summary of the Q & A.

Mike: Thank you for your continued engagement. I appreciate the comments and words of encouragement. We’re all in this together. We’re going to be a stronger and better school for it. Take care of yourselves.

 

 

 

 

May 12, 2020 - Message from the School Counselor

I would like to take a moment to introduce myself to you and your family. My name is Mrs. Kim Washington and I will be the new School Counselor at Holy Trinity for grades Preschool 8. As the school counselor my primary role is to promote the academic, personal, and social-emotional development of all students. I am honored to serve as a resource to students, parents, staff, and faculty through scheduled counseling opportunities. 

I want to personally thank you for taking the time to complete the student surveys. They served as a valuable tool in helping to identify which students are interested in group counseling and what resources students and parents feel are most needed during this time of distance learning. 

Students who have expressed an interest in taking part in virtual groups lessons will receive an invitation from me to join next week. The parent consent must be signed by the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) and returned via email by Monday, May 18,2020 for your child to participate in counseling services.Please click hereConsent Form  

Every Holy Trinity student will now have access to weekly social-emotional wellness resources and activities through the parent portal. So even if your child is not in a group, resources will be available to view at their convenience. 

Resources for parents can be found on the parent portal in the Counselors Corner. Here you will find links to a host of topics on social-emotional wellness.  In addition to a list of mental health and social service providers. 

More information about counselingservices offered at Holy Trinity can be found here: 
  CounselingServices offered at Holy Trinity 

To make a referral for your child, please complete the parent referral form below.  

Please click here: Parent Referral  

I look forward to meeting you and your student(s) and to helping your student(s) succeed to meet their personal goals for this school year and beyond. 

Please contact me at htscounselor@htrinity.org if you have any question or concerns. 

 Kind Regards, 

Mrs. Washington 

May 11, 2020 - Extended Day Fees Credit

We have applied credits for the 19-20 extended day contracts (from March 12th, 2020 through the end of the school year). These credits were applied to your next scheduled tuition payment for the 20-21 school year. Please log in to FACTS to check the amount of your credit. 

If you have any questions, please contact tblades@htrinity.org.

May 8, 2020 - Update on School Closing from Mr. Mullin

I suspect it was not a surprise when Gov. Hogan announced that Maryland Public Schools would be closed for the remainder of the current academic year. While we expected this announcement and now that it is official, we can begin to move forward. So, what does this announcement mean for Holy Trinity?

  • Holy Trinity’s last day of academic instruction will be Wednesday, June 3.
  • We will be announcing shortly our plan for families to pick up their child’s personal belongings, art projects, medications, yearbooks and to return school materials, including library books. For those HSP students enrolled in the school’s One-to-One Laptop program, laptops and chargers need to be returned as well.
  • Families who ordered Spirit Wear from HTSA will also be able to pick up their merchandise at this time.
  • I also want to remind parents that announcements will be forthcoming regarding: graduation for the Class of 2020, posting of final report cards, Summer Camp courses, and a Covid-19 survey.
  • I can appreciate the stress and discomfort this “new” normal has injected into our lives and relationships. It has proven to be a very difficult adjustment for many of us as there does not seem to be a clear path forward or an end in sight.  However, I like to think of myself and the HT community as having a “glass half full” outlook during tough times.  Challenges present opportunities and Holy Trinity will face these challenges with the mindset for improvement. I look forward to working and sharing plans with you as we face these obstacles together.

I want to thank all families for their support and positive comments. Our faculty and students have truly stepped up and I am so proud of all their hard work. I also want to extend my deep appreciation for all parents who are on the front lines. Thank you for all you do!

I look forward to our next “virtual” conversation. Until then, please stay safe. 

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our wonderful moms!

Regards,

Michael S. Mullin

Head of School

April 29, 2020 - Virtual Coffee Meeting with Mr. Mullin

Q and A from Virtual Coffee with Mike Mullin                          Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Please access the transcript of the meeting here

Closing comments:
I want to thank everyone for their support. I’ve been doing this for 45 years and this is the
most challenging thing I’ve had to deal with. A lot of our success is because of the families and
their willingness to work with us. The level of satisfaction is going to vary from family to
family. But we’re doing the best we can with what we have in the time we have.
If we did not get around to answering your question tonight, let me know. I will answer your
questions as quickly as I can. The most important thing is to stay safe. Don’t let the frustrations
get to you. Have a sense of humor about this. We want everyone back healthy.

April 28, 2020 - Virtual coffee with Ms. Weiss, The Daisy Lane School

 Questions/Answers from the Virtual Coffee with Ms. Weiss

Good Morning, I have two questions. 1. Are you able to give us suggestions for activities to do at home for center time based on the weekly themes? 2. Do you have an update on refunds for the lunch program will we receive one?

1. Hello! I have passed along this need to the Explorer Team and they are demonstrating centers during Lives along with sharing links to additional information in their portals. Thank you for asking! 2. The refunds have been mailed and Mrs. Wingert sent an email to parents last Friday that these were sent. Thanks for asking! 

Can you advise if the specials that the students attend with their class will be scheduled that way? The gym, science, and PE classes are extremely chaotic and I know that my child does not enjoy them at all. It’s extremely noisy and just too many children to have all TDLS students attempting to do the same class for 15-20 minutes.

I have touched base with this teacher and as of the morning of April 23rd there was a completely new approach to this classroom. Thank you for your feedback and I am always happy to help and improve what we have going. I have also touched base with our Science teacher. We have worked on noise management and timing as well. We have also after the first week of learning divided out the PE and Music classes into smaller sections verses one big class. This was helpful! Thank you.

Good Morning. Has there been any further discussion/updates regarding extending the school year into summer?

Not at this time, however Ms. Becky Williams and administration are in discussion about the upcoming summer camp program so more information will be shared about this. Thank you.

GM. Can you speak to the PE class? Last week it was a shared screen of YouTube videos. Nothing physical. That’s additional screen time. Can we do better?

I have touched base with this teacher and as of the morning of April 23rd there was a completely new approach to this classroom. Thank you for your feedback and I am always happy to help and improve what we have going. Thank you.

If you are able to share any resources that we can use for building the emotional resilience of our children during this stressful time, I’d appreciate it so much.

Hello! I will be sharing these resources as I come across them with our teacher team. I will also work with our new school counselor to get resources shared as well. Finally, in each week’s Friday newsletter from teachers, they are sharing social/emotional touch points with families in their letter, along with touching upon these topics in weekly Chapel. Teachers have also begun sharing social/emotional topics with parents when they see them via email similar to the Sesame Street forum that happened this week. I will continue to share. Thank you.

First off, thank you for all of your support. Btw, Mrs. Holson and Mrs. Washington are AMAZING!!! Great at the tech and keeping the kids supported – we are so blessed! Second, do you know whether the summer program for “regular” HT school would work with HT summer camp? We signed up our 6yr old for summer camp – will camp be cancelled, and if so, will funding be refunded?

Hello! Thank you for the kind shout-out for these teachers! So nice! Right now Ms. Becky Williams (Extended Day/Summer Camp Director) is working with her team on what summer camp might look like for this upcoming summer. I do know that discussion surrounding getting summer camp (both creative and academic) are in discussion with her and the team. Many ideas are on the table as of late and as soon as more concrete decisions are made we will share that with families. I will let her know that you would like to know about summer camp refunds if that is necessary, and I will pass that question along to her. Thank you.

Good Morning, I would like more information on why there wasn’t any refund during the first 3 week of the Covid-19 shutdown. Explorers didn’t have distance-learning activity.

Hello! I am not in charge of refunds or the decisions connected to refunds that are in place. Please email or call the Holy Trinity Business Office for further discussion and guidance. I will be sure to share with them what you have asked. Thank you.

Thanks for the update. As a follow-up, please clarify. Are you comparing the distance learning activity to the online learning? That seems like two different types of learning. One is interactive and the other is self-guiding.

**Just to clarify, that question was regarding refunds.

Hello! I am not in charge of refunds or the decisions connected to refunds that are in place. Please email or call the Holy Trinity Business Office for further discussion and guidance. I will be sure to share with them what you asked. Thank you.

Do you have an update on the status of the Sponsored Spelling event?

Mrs. Nicole Boynes has been very busy with family needs as of late. I will reach out to her with your question and let her know. I have not received any updates on where we are with the event or where we are going in the future, but I will let her know. Thank you.

You may have already answered this question so please forgive me if it was addressed but will this recording be provided to all the parents?

Hello! The answers to the Q&A answers will be provided to the parents similar to what has been in place for Mr. Mullin’s virtual coffees and the other division heads.

A Few questions from Mr. Mullin’s Virtual Coffee specific to The Daisy Lane that were answered:

Where are the Holy Trinity T-shirts from the Home and School fundraiser?

These t-shirts are here in house. The front office is working on a good time connected to a more major pick-up to get these passed out to those of us who ordered. Thank you for your patience.

When will we be able to or has there been further consideration connected to turning on the cameras during Lives?

Right now as an entire school we are continuing to discuss this topic and we weigh the concerns that this feature may present and what to be as cautious as possible considering what Fairfax County has experienced and other private/public schools nationwide.

Do you have additional information regarding before/aftercare refunds and extended day contracts for next year?

Hello! I am not in charge of refunds or the decisions connected to refunds that are in place. Please email or call the Holy Trinity Business Office for further discussion and guidance. I will be sure to let them know what you have asked. Thank you!

April 27, 2020 - Schedule Update from HSP

We have decided to expand our class offerings into Friday. Instead of having only office hours on Friday we will have regular classes on a rotating A and B schedule. The Monday/Wednesday schedule will now also take place on Friday A days. The Tuesday/Thursday schedule will now also take place on Friday B days.

Please see the link below for a copy of the new schedule. Updated HSP Teams Schedule

 

April 24, 2020 - Lunch Refunds (The Daisy Lane School)

We have been working diligently with the business office and are happy to be able to share with you all that the refund checks for the remaining Chick-fil-a and Papa John’s lunch days are completed and in the mail to your homes.

April 23, 2020 - Grading Policy Update for HSP

We are moving to a Pass/Fail status for students in HSP  for the third trimester.  We understand the stress this may be causing at home and the inherent challenges of technology.  However, students will still be graded for their work and all work is expected to be turned in on time.  The third trimester will not be used in determining their cumulative GPA.  Should you have questions, please send your queries to Mr. Esposito at gesposito@htrinity.org

 

April 2, 2020 - COVID-19 Update

Dear Holy Trinity Families,

Holy Trinity has a well-earned reputation for being a caring community of families.  During my tenure as Head of School, the Holy Trinity community has demonstrated time and time again a willingness to help those in need.  As we did during the Federal Government Shutdown last year, we will again turn our efforts inward to assist those within our community who have been adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

We are grateful for your support and recognize the financial sacrifices many of you make to have your child attend the school. I want to encourage those families affected by the pandemic to please reach out to Ms. Teresa Blades at tblades@htrinity.org or 410-279-2836 to discuss ways the school can assist you through this difficult time. We are committed to working with every family to assure their child’s continued and uninterrupted enrollment in Holy Trinity.  

It is my sincere hope and prayer you all remain safe, as there is no greater priority.  I anxiously look forward to the time of seeing our young people back on campus engaged with their friends, peers and teachers.  Until then, please take care!

Regards, 

Michael S. Mullin, Head of School

 

April 1, 2020 - Virtual coffee meeting with Mr. Mullin

Coffee with Mike Mullin; Parent Q & A Session       Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Please access transcript of meeting here

March 31, 2020 - Virtual classroom guidelines at the Primary School

Reminders for the Primary School virtual classrooms:

  • Cameras are turned off.
  • All student microphones are to be kept on mute, unless otherwise directed by a teacher.
  • The text chat feature is not to be used by students, before, after or during class sessions.
  • All lessons are recorded so that parents who must work outside of the home can have a flexible virtual school schedule when they return home later in the day.  We hope this enables all our families to establish a routine for their children.
  • Assignments are to be completed after class, and not during scheduled class times. 
  • On Mondays and Fridays, children should continue to read with an adult and work on XtraMath, in addition to completing unfinished assignments.
  • If you have a question about a lesson, please contact your children’s teachers via email and allow 24 hours for a response.
  • Keep a simple log of your child’s distance learning assignments and activities.
  • Only return assignments a teacher has requested to be returned.
  • A teacher’s virtual lesson may not be photographed or video taped by a viewer.
  • Students MUST log into the Parent Portal each day to be given credit for “being in school”.
  • Adults must supervise children at home during virtual classroom lessons.

    I want to bring special attention to the last bullet which is quite serious.  Your assistance is critical to the success of your children’s distance learning experience.   In order for young students to be productive in our virtual learning environment, adult supervision is required.   Whether it is a live or a pre-recorded lesson, an adult needs to be nearby monitoring how their children are engaging the lesson.   Adult guidance is also required for the necessary practice or follow-up that is often assigned following lessons.  We rely upon our families to be present when we cannot. We know how attractive technology is to our young children.   The addictive quality of screens for children and adults is well known. We also understand our children miss each other, and wish to socialize.  However, Holy Trinity’s Microsoft Teams is not a social platform. As with any other technology your children’s engagement with Microsoft Teams must be limited to class time only.  This also requires adult supervision. We want to continue to foster our children’s social emotional development.  Compassion, self-management, responsible choices, and maintaining positive relationships during this stressful and difficult time for our students is more important than ever.

    The Life Code of Respect, Responsibility, Honesty and Kindness  is expected in all Holy Trinity settings.Misuse of the chat feature in Microsoft Teams is a breach of the Life Code, and as such, there are consequences. Not following directions in a virtual classroom will result in dismissal from that class session.  Future assessments will reflect the manner in which our children engage the lessons. It is a privilege for the teachers in the Primary School to prepare and present lessons in our virtual teaching and learning community.  

March 27, 2020 - Virtual Learning using Microsoft Teams

Dear Holy Trinity families:

Thank you for your continued cooperation, patience, and prayers during this time of transition. I am confident that together, we will continue to provide the tools and education for our students to be “The Best You”. 

When Governor Larry Hogan and Maryland School Superintendent Karen Salmon announced that Maryland Public Schools would close to protect students, families, and communities from COVID-19, Holy Trinity started preparing for virtual learning. 

Starting Monday, March 30 we will be launching our virtual learning platform using our Parent Portal and Microsoft Teams. While there is a great deal of excitement, there is also a counterbalance of anxiety and fear as our faculty and staff understand all too well the importance of their work. I cannot thank my teachers and staff enough for the extraordinary effort they have put into this endeavor. 

As we approach our first day of virtual school, I want to share with you a portion of a prayer composed by a friend and colleague, Fr. Stuart Dunnan of Saint James School in Hagerstown, Maryland.

“During this time of physical isolation and continuing distance, help us to keep our relationships and community strong; bless our alumni, families, friends, and all who support us; guide our teachers and our students in their new adventure of “distance learning;” keep everyone safe at home and at school; and give us your gifts of faith, of perspective, gratitude, and courage – so that we may face our own challenges gracefully and respond generously to the challenges of others.”

Below you will find several links. The first three are from the division heads. Each link contains important information regarding your child’s virtual learning program and schedule.

  1. High School Prep Parent Letter

  2. Primary School Parent Letter

  3. The Daisy Lane School Parent Letter

  4. High School Prep Schedule

  5. PS-2nd Grade Parent Portal Guide – this link is for parents unfamiliar (primarily those of Preschool, Kindergarten and Grades 1 & 2 students) with our Parent Portal. It is imperative that everyone has access and familiarity with this platform.

  6. Microsoft Teams Guide– this links to an informational manual on how to access and join teams. Teams are your student’s classes.

I cannot stress enough the importance that EVERY student and parent take the time over the weekend to make sure they are familiar with the information and tools we have provided. If you wait until Monday morning and run into difficulty, we will not be able to assist you until the end of that day’s classes.

THINGS TO KNOW

RECORDED LIVE SESSIONS DURING MICROSOFT TEAMS: We understand the challenges each family may face in adapting to this new mode of learning. To try and address the myriad of challenges, EVERY virtual session between students and teachers will be recorded.  Students who cannot attend the live session will have access to a recording of that class. This flexibility will reduce some of the stress some families may be experiencing. These recorded sessions will be posted in the Microsoft Team (under POST).

These recoded sessions will be available for five calendar days before being deleted.  This is being done to avoid confusion as to which classes a student may or may not have missed.

ATTENDANCE: Each virtual learning day is an official school day and student attendance will be taken. Students MUST log into the Parent Portal each day to be given credit for “being in school” whether for a Microsoft Team live session or recorded session. Students who do not log in will be marked absent. 

SPRING BREAK: I want to be clear that we will have Spring Break as scheduled. We will be on Spring Break from Monday, April 6 through Monday, April 13. Classes will resume on Tuesday, April 14.

QUESTIONS/CONCERNS: To help navigate where to direct these questions, we have compiled the following links to assist you.

    1. Parent Portal questions should be directed to mashton@htrinity.org  

    2. School-leased computer questions go to htslaptops@htrinity.org

    3. If you have a question regarding your Student user ID and Password, please reach out to your teacher first and the teacher will direct you as to what needs to be done. If the teacher is unable to assist, direct queries to HTSTeams@htrinity.org

    4. Questions regarding subject/content areas should be directed to your child’s teacher.

    5. Questions regarding policies and procedures should be directed to your Division Heads.

ABSENTEEISM: With or without the threat of COVID-19, students and staff may become ill. Student absenteeism will be calculated by his/her not logging onto the Parent Portal. In the event, a teacher is ill and unable to conduct his/her class, work will be posted for that class in the Portal.

SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL WELL BEING: I want to stress the importance of taking care of everyone’s social and emotional health.  With so much uncertainty, it is critical that we be mindful of our students’ mental health.  Even during a normal school year, stress, anxiety and depression are always present.  Please take time for yourselves and your children to unwind and relax.  Yes, school is important but not to the point of doing harm. 

In creating the schedules for each division, there was a focus on balance.  As we take this virtual learning journey together, we will review, revisit and tweak. Holy Trinity is a community built on the idea of the Learning Triangle – the collaborative and cooperative relationship that exists between parents, school, and students.  This will be a test of the strength of this ideal, but I have every confidence that by working together we will be successful. We will be a better school as a result of our efforts.

Finally, I want to thank everyone for their support. As I sit here in an empty school, I realize how much I miss the crowded hallways, my interactions with students, faculty/staff, and parents and the lively classrooms.  I look forward to us all coming together and pray for your continued safety.

Best,

Michael S. Mullin

Head of School

March 25, 2020 - COVID-19 update

Dear Holy Trinity Families,

Thank you for your continued cooperation, patience, and prayers during this time of transition and change. I am confident that together, we will continue to provide the tools and education for our students to be “The Best You”. 

Today, Governor Larry Hogan and Maryland School Superintendent Karen Salmon announced that Maryland Public Schools will remain closed until at least April 24, 2020, to protect students, families, and communities from the COVID-19 virus. In accordance with the Governor’s announcement and the Association of Independent Maryland Schools’ (AIMS) recommendation, Holy Trinity will remain closed through Friday, April 24, 2020.

As we continue to prepare for the launch of our online platform, please read the following updates and reminders in their entirety.

HOLY TRINITY & COVID-19

We have not had any additional positive tests for COVID-19 among our faculty and staff.

The School is in touch with Minute Events regarding credits and lunch orders for when we return to campus.

Both campuses are being cleaned and sanitized regularly which includes wiping down and disinfecting the area recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (doorknobs, light switches, counter surfaces, desks, chairs, etc.)

Currently, our school buildings are closed. However, one of our staff members will be answering the phone from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM starting on Monday, March 30.

ONLINE LEARNING REMINDERS

Please check the Parent Portal regularly.

Starting Monday, March 30, Holy Trinity will be moving to Microsoft Teams platform for the delivery of our classroom curriculum.

On Friday, March 27, you will receive additional information on how to access Microsoft Teams and the Parent Portal (for parents with children in TDLS , 1stGrade, and 2ndGrade).

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your child’s laptop that was rented through the School’s rental program, please refer to FAQ document on the laptop’s desktop. If you need further assistance, please email htslaptops@htrinity.org. If something happens to the laptops under the lease program, we have a limited number of loaners available. Please email htslaptops@htrinity.orgto arrange pick-up. The vendor has suspended operations for laptop pick-ups due to the pandemic. Please take care of your laptops and keep them charged. 

ONLINE LEARNING POLICIES AND PROTOCOLS

With the establishment of our Online Learning Program, there are several educational and legal policies and protocols we must consider as most of our students are under the age of 13. Following are considerations provided by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) through which we have been working. Some the items are for the home as well.

How are we educating and supporting our parents as they navigate this challenging new terrain?

We will continue to be proactive and consistent with our communication to supply you with the necessary information and support. As I mentioned in my previous e-mail on March 23rd, I expect there will be glitches, missteps, and confusion as we transition to a new virtual learning experience. It is my expectation that our Learning Triangle will help us through this transition with thoughtful advice and comments. I am confident that as we all get acclimated to the virtual learning environment, we will become more efficient.

Are 1:1 meetings permitted? 

No. Teachers will not be meeting with students other than class time or, in the case of High School Prep, office hours.

Do you permit use of the direct chat feature between educators and students? 

Students will have the ability to ask questions via “chat” or directly if called upon by the teacher.

If you are recording classes or meetings, do you have appropriate permissions under applicable law?

Although we will be recording sessions, we will not be recording our students’ faces, nor will we allow their screens to be shared. Additionally, there is a notification at the top of the screen for each class, indicating that the recording is taking place. If parents want to “opt-out” from the live stream instruction, they will have access to the recorded session.

What do your existing “acceptable use policies” say? 

The same rules and expectations that we have in our classrooms will apply during our virtual sessions.

What are you communicating to families about video “backdrops”? 

Since we will not be “seeing” our students’ faces during our live sessions, this may not be an issue. However, we have been advised legally to inform parents that if the school should be able to “see” into your home, parents are reminded the school has a legal obligation to report suspected child abuse.  

VIRTUAL COFFEE WITH MIKE 

Please join us for our “virtual” Coffee with Mike on Wednesday, April 1 and Wednesday, April 15 at 8:00 AM. You will receive additional information by Monday, March 30.

If you have additional concerns, please submit your questions by visiting the following link: http://bit.ly/HolyTrinityES

We cannot thank you enough for partnering with us to ensure that our students’ learning continues during this global pandemic.

With Gratitude,

Mike S. Mullin

Head of School

March 23, 2020 - Virtual Learning Announcement

Good afternoon, Holy Trinity families,

I hope this note finds you and your families well.  I want to take a moment to update you on what has been taking place at the school.  While we wait for Gov. Hogan to decide on the status of schools after March 27, we have been busy preparing for, what we believe will be, a long-term school closure.  As a result, I have an important announcement.

Starting Monday, March 30, Holy Trinity will be moving to Microsoft Teams platform for the delivery of our classroom curriculum.  This move from a distance-learning model to a more virtual learning platform will allow us to best meet the educational and social needs of our students.  This move is a heavy lift for my administrators, faculty, and staff, and I want to publicly thank them for the time, energy and effort they have put into this endeavor.  Speaking with my colleagues in AIMS and around the country, we agree that this shift in learning is more stressful and challenging for teachers than their normal preparation for a classroom presentation. Again, I want to acknowledge and thank them for their commitment.

Later this week you will receive additional information on what needs to be done at home for your child to access Microsoft Teams as well as the Parent Portal (the Portal part of the information will be primarily aimed at those parents with children in TDLS and First and Second Grade as they do not normally use the Parent Portal). In the meantime, the way instruction is being posted and shared with your child will continue for the remainder of this week.

I am very excited to be able to make this announcement to the Holy Trinity community. Holy Trinity will be taking the lead in the delivery of PS-Grade 8 “virtual” education in Prince George’s County.  This is a new and challenging endeavor that has a steep learning curve for all involved. As such, we can expect obstacles and glitches as we roll out this new platform.  However, as we confront the challenges and overcome the obstacles, we will improve and refine our skills and abilities. 

It is times like these that truly test the strength of our Learning Triangle.  It is imperative that the collaborative and cooperative relationship that exists between all three sides (Parents, School, Students) remains strong.  As we take this journey together let us remember we are all working toward the same goal of providing our young learners with an exciting new way of learning during difficult times.

Communication such as this often engenders a million questions (tests, grades, homework schedules, office hours, chat rooms, etc.)  These questions will be addressed in forthcoming communications from the school.  The purpose of today’s announcement is to let you know our plans.  I hope you are as excited as I am.

Please be on the lookout for additional communications and, as always, thank you for your support and patience.

Take care and be safe.

Regards,

Michael S. Mullin

Head of School

March 18, 2020 - COVID-19 Update

Good evening, Holy Trinity Families,

As we closely monitor the rapidly evolving pandemic, it is with regret that we inform you of the third confirmed case of the COVID-19 virus in our Holy Trinity community. This afternoon, we were notified that an additional member of our High School Prep faculty has tested positive for COVID-19.Wednesday, March 11, is the last day that this individual had any interaction with our school community; therefore, please continue to keep all High School Prep students in self-quarantine until March 25, 2020, which is 14 days after our last day at school. To clarify, as of today, March 18, we now have three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our Holy Trinity community. Please continue to keep them in your prayers for a speedy recovery.

Legally, we must remind you that due to privacy laws, the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the School is prohibited from sharing the identities of these individuals.

We feel that the awareness of the potential exposure is vital to the well-being of our entire community, and we hope it will assist you in taking informed actions. Because of the global seriousness of this virus, and the flow of our school, everyone should continue to monitor your children and families for fever and other symptoms of COVID-19, including cough and shortness of breath. 

We understand this unfortunate set of circumstances in our school community, along with the stress and anxiety of this unprecedented global pandemic, may raise additional questions or concerns. We cannot stress enough that the health, safety, and well-being of our students, families, faculty, and community-at-large is our highest priority. We have been and will continue to be in constant communication with the Maryland Department of Health and the Prince George’s County Health Department and strictly adhere to their guidelines. Additionally, we are closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of Maryland,  Prince George’s County, and surrounding areas for updates. 

Please understand that we are not medical experts, and the school cannot offer any advice or guidance on the COVID-19 virus. Please continue to use the resources below to ensure that you and your family are taking the recommended precautions for your safety and well being.

COVID-19 INFORMATION AND RESOURCES 

If you have additional concerns, please submit your questions by visiting the following link: http://bit.ly/HolyTrinityES

As we navigate this challenging situation together, we thank you for standing with us in prayer. 

Mike S. Mullin

Head of School

March 17, 2020 - Virtual Town Hall with Mr. Mullin

Thank you for joining us for our Tele-Town Hall yesterday evening. Please visit the following links for the FAQ pages:

Also, if you have additional concerns, please submit your questions by visiting the following link: http://bit.ly/HolyTrinityES

As a reminder, please continue to monitor your children and families for fever and other symptoms of COVID-19, including cough and shortness of breath.  

COVID-19 INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

 

March 16, 2020 - Distance Learning Announcement

Good afternoon, Holy Trinity families:

While the primary purpose of this note is to explain our plan for distance learning, I would be remiss if I did not take another opportunity to thank you for your patience and support as we work through this difficult time.  Please know how much we appreciate the notes of support and that you are all central in our thoughts and prayers.

DISTANCE LEARNING

Below you will find links to your child’s division. Once you click on the link, there is a letter from that division’s head explaining how distance learning will work in their division. There is also a tutorial attachment for parents who are unfamiliar with how to access and use our Parent Portal.  This has been a massive undertaking for us but we are confident we will continue to add to our students’ learning.  

  •  If you need to reach your child’s teacher, please send your email during school hours (9:00 am to 3:00 pm).  We are asking teachers to monitor their email during this time to respond to questions.
  • This work will be graded and be used for assessments.
  • There will be no one at the school to answer phones calls while we are closed.  Please send your non-academic questions to your child’s division head.
  • As with any new, untested program, we are expecting challenges. I ask, in advance, for your patience if we encounter problems and allow us time to address them.

DIVISION HEAD LETTERS

Below are the links for parent access to the portal

Parent Portal: Kindergarten

Parent Portal: 1st & 2nd Grade

Parent Portal: 3rd & 4th  Grade

Parent Portal: 5th-8th Grade

PICK-UP OF SCHOOL MATERIALS

As was outlined in the email we sent home last evening, parents may return to campus on Tuesday, March 17 between 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM to pick-up books and materials for distance learning classes. Please know this is NOT mandatory.  If your child has his or her materials, please do not come to the school.  For greater clarity, we did not pack articles of clothing, nor will we be retrieving them for you at this time. If you wish to pick up your student’s belongings, the procedure for pick-ups is as follows: 

    • Upon arriving on campus, please enter the regular car line and patiently wait your turn. You are to stay in your car!!!

    • When it’s your turn, a Holy Trinity official will get your child’s name and deliver your student’s books and materials to your car. Please do not leave your vehicle.

    • No students or parents will be allowed to enter the building.

    • Once you receive your student’s belongings, please leave the campus immediately. 

    • We will do our best to gather each student’s essential belongings for distance learning classes. If your student is missing critical items, please contact your division head. We will work to address all issues by Friday, March 20.

    • Please strictly adhere to the following schedule on Tuesday, March 17:

      • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM                Kindergarten 

      • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM                Grades 1 and 5

      • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM                  Grades 2 and 6

      • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM                  Grades 3 and 7

      • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM                  Grades 4 and 8

      • Families with multiple students in one household, please arrive on campus according to your youngest child’s schedule. For example, if you have a student in 5thgrade and a student in 8th grade, please arrive between 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to pick-up both students’ books and materials.

      • Remember, patience is a virtue!

At this point in time, no one knows how long this closure will last. We will continue to monitor developments and, should this event last longer than two weeks, we will be exploring ways to add to our distance learning programs and capabilities.  This is a difficult time for all of us and I ask that you please follow the guidelines recommended by the state and local health departments.  Please take care of yourselves and pray for those affected by the Covid-19 virus.

We will get through this!

Best,

Michael S. Mullin

Head of School

March 15, 2020 - Important COVID-19 Announcement

Dear Holy Trinity families,

We fully understand your concerns regarding the information we shared via email on Friday, March 13, and we recognize that it may have raised additional questions about its possible impact on your children and families. In an effort to provide further clarity, the following outlines all the information and resources we are able to share at this time. Please read this email thoroughly and carefully in its entirety.

COVID-19 AND HOLY TRINITY COMMUNITY

  • On Friday, March 6, the entire Holy Trinity staff participated in a school-wide staff/faculty luncheon and professional development event at the Daisy Lane Campus.
  • On the evening of Wednesday, March 11, an attendee at the luncheon and professional development event (High School Prep Faculty Member No. 1) notified the school leadership of an incident whereby that person had unknowingly been in close contact with an individual who later tested positive for COVID-19. The High School Prep Faculty Member was then tested for the COVID-19 virus.
  • Since we were aware that the High School Prep Faculty Member was present at the luncheon and professional development event on March 6, it was out of an abundance of caution that school leadership decided BOTH campuses would be closed on Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13 to disinfect and sanitize the School buildings according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Prince George’s County Health Department’s guidelines.
  • On the afternoon of Friday, March 13, school leadership was notified that the High School Prep Faculty Member’s COVID-19 test came back positive.
  • Today, Sunday, March 15, school leadership was notified that a second member of our community (High School Prep Faculty Member No. 2) also tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. To clarify, as of today, Sunday, March 15, we now have two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our Holy Trinity community.
  • As a result of the two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our Holy Trinity community, today, we received the following recommendations from the Maryland Department of Health for the greater good of our community and the community-at-large:
    • Maryland Department of Health recommends that High School Prep students be self-quarantined until March 25, 2020, which is 14 days after our last day at school.

    • Maryland Department of Health does not recommend that parents self-quarantine at this time.

    • Because of the global seriousness of this virus, whether you fit into one of these categories or not, everyone should continue to monitor your children and families for fever and other symptoms of COVID-19, including cough and shortness of breath.

    • School leadership has been in constant communication with the Maryland Department of Health, and the Prince George’s County Health Department and its Communicable Disease Control Division. We are adhering to their guidelines, but we are also awaiting additional information and guidance from them.

    • Due to privacy laws, the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the School is prohibited from sharing the identities of these individuals. This unfortunate set of circumstances could happen to any of us within the Holy Trinity community, so out of respect and concern for these individuals’ privacy and wellbeing, we strongly urge you to refrain from speculation about these faculty members’ identities and instead ask for your prayers for a speedy recovery.

    • Please understand that we are not medical experts and the school cannot offer any advice or guidance on the COVID-19 virus. As many of you have already done, please use the resources below to ensure that you and your family are taking the recommended precautions for your safety and wellbeing.

COVID-19 INFORMATION AND RESOURCES 

DISTANCE LEARNING

  • In accordance with the Governor’s guidelines and the Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools’ (AIMS) recommendation, Holy Trinity will remain closed until Friday, March 27.
  • Distance learning classes will start on Wednesday, March 18 and remain in effect until Friday, March 27.
  • As approved by the Maryland Department of Health, parents will be allowed to briefly return to campus on Tuesday, March 17 between 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM to pick-up books and materials for distance learning classes. Please know this is NOT mandatory.  If you wish to pick up your student’s belongings, the procedure for pick-ups is as follows:

    • Upon arriving on campus, please enter the regular car line and patiently await your turn.

    • When it’s your turn, a Holy Trinity official will get your child’s name and deliver your student’s books and materials to your car. Please do not leave your vehicle.

    • No students or parents will be allowed to enter the building.

    • Once you receive your student’s belongings, please leave the campus immediately.

    • We will do our best to gather each student’s essential belongings for distance learning classes. If your student is missing critical items, please contact your division head. We will work to address all issues by Friday, March 20.

    • Please strictly adhere to the following schedule on Tuesday, March 17:

      • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM                Kindergarten

      • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM                Grades 1 and 5

      • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM                  Grades 2 and 6

      • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM                  Grades 3 and 7

      • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM                  Grades 4 and 8

      • Families with multiple students in one household, please arrive on campus according to your youngest child’s schedule. For example, if you have a student in 5th grade and a student in 8th grade, please arrive between 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to pick-up both students’ books and materials.

      • Additional information will be sent on Monday, March 16 with additional instructions on distance learning for each division.

VIRTUAL TOWN HALL

To further address your questions and concerns, we will host a virtual town hall on Tuesday, March 17 at 8:00 PM. Details will be sent via email on Monday, March 16.

This is a challenging and uncertain time for all of us. Please be reassured that we are monitoring this fluid situation very closely and will send updates as they become available. Thank you for your continued prayers, flexibility, patience, and understanding.

Mike S. Mullin

Head of School

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March 13, 2020 - COVID-19 Email to Parents

The health, safety, and welfare of our students, families, staff, and community at-large are our highest priority. We regret to inform you that the Holy Trinity community member has tested positive for COVID-19. Although we fully understand that you would like additional information regarding the community member, please understand we cannot share identifying details about the individual due to confidentiality rules.We do ask you to keep this individual in your prayers, and we will continue to work with the Prince George’s County Health Department as needed as we move forward.

Please monitor your children and families for fever and other symptoms of COVID-19, including cough and shortness of breath. If any members of your family have developed a fever or respiratory symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider or Prince George’s County Health Department’s Coronavirus Hotline at (301) 883-6627.

For more information and resources on COVID-19, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or Prince George’s County websites or call the Prince George’s County’s Coronavirus Hotline at (301) 883-6627. More information can also be found in the Prince George’s County’s COVID-19 fact sheet.

To limit the spread of the rapidly escalating COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Larry Hogan announced major actions to protect public health and limit the spread of COVID-19 pandemic including the closure of all public schools in Maryland starting on Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 27.

In accordance with the Governor’s guidelines and the Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools’ (AIMS) recommendation, Holy Trinity will remain closed until Friday, March 27. Distance learning classes will start on Wednesday, March 18 and remain in effect until Friday, March 27. Please make proper childcare arrangements for your families.

 This morning, we received clearance from the Prince George’s County Health Department and Communicable Disease Control Division to allow students and parents to briefly return to campus on Tuesday, March 17 between 8:00 AM and 12:00 PM to pick-up their books and materials in preparation for our distance learning classes. To adhere to Prince George’s County Department of Health’s guidelines on social distancing, and in an abundance of caution to protect our families, a limited number of parents and students will be allowed to enter the building at any given time. Please limit your interactions with other Holy Trinity community members while on campus.

We will send additional information on Monday, March 16 with detailed instructions on distance learning for each division. We are monitoring this situation closely and will send updates as they become available. If you have not already done so, please enroll for text message notifications on our Parent Portal.

 

March 12, 2020 - Email to Parents

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we gather additional information on the possible COVID-19 situation. On the evening of Wednesday, March 11, we were notified that one of Holy Trinity’s community members had close contact with someone who was diagnosed with COVID-19. Our entire staff participated in a professional development event on Friday, March 6; therefore, out of an abundance of caution, we were compelled to close both campuses for the remainder of this week to further assess the situation. In choosing this regrettable but prudent step, we are in line with local public health department guidelines regarding COVID-19, as well as appropriate procedures determined by Holy Trinity’s Board of Trustees. We have been and will continue to stay in touch with Prince George’s County Health Department officials. As of this morning, we have been informed that this individual has been tested and we remain prayerful as we await the test results. Due to confidentiality rules, we cannot share identifying details about the individual.

As you may be aware, Bishop Mariann Budde has directed parishes in the diocese to suspend church services and normal parish operations during the next two weeks and is supportive of schools associated with the Church remaining open at the discretion of school administrators. In part, her decision on parish activities reflected the high percentage of older parishioners in our congregations as being much more susceptible to contract COVID-19.

The health and safety of our students, families, and community at-large are our utmost priority. Since the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak in our region, we have taken extra precautionary measures by placing additional hand sanitizers in our classrooms, sanitizing both campuses in accordance to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s best practices for cleaning and disinfection, requiring proper handwashing for students and faculty, and remaining vigilant in our efforts to prevent the spread of any sickness.

We encourage you to continue to take the following preventive steps:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds on both sides and between your fingers.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid people who are ill and keep your children home from school if they are ill.
  • Disinfect high-contact surfaces, such as doorknobs and tables.

We understand you may have additional questions or concerns; however, we humbly ask for your prayers and patience as we wait for additional information.

For more information and resources on COVID-19, please visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or Prince George’s County websites. More information can be found on the Prince George’s County’s COVID-19 fact sheet.

Please be assured that we will notify the entire community when we receive the test results and we are prepared to take the necessary action to keep everyone safe during this situation. As I stated in my email yesterday, school will be closed both today and Friday, March 12th and 13thWe will make a determination on when to reopen our campuses and notify our families by 5:00 pm on Sunday, March 15.

 

March 11, 2020 - School Closing

We have just learned that a member of the HT community has unknowingly been in direct contact with an individual recently diagnosed with COVID-19. This community member is now in quarantine and under doctor’s care. Due to privacy concerns, we cannot provide any additional information regarding this community member. We ask that everyone refrain from speculating about the individual’s identity, especially on social media.

Because this community member has been in school after being exposed, Holy Trinity will be closed both Thursday and Friday, March 12th and 13th. We will work with the appropriate governmental health agencies for guidance on necessary steps to ensure the safety of the school community. Further, all school buildings will be cleaned and sanitized.

All school-related events planned for the rest of the week and the weekend are cancelled, including the HS Prep Drama presentation, STEM Fair, and all sports practices and games.

We will keep you updated with further developments as soon as they become available.  

 

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Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Holy Trinity will be 100% virtual learning as we begin school year 2020-2021. Our mission, philosophy and Learning Triangle remains strong and true.  Our students will continue to thrive and become “The Best You”. We are #HawkStrong!

Please view our Virtual Learning video here.

 

Link to the HT Virtual Learning page

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