Latest COVID-19 Update

In our ongoing efforts to share information with the school community, here is the latest update from Immaculate Heart of Mary School regarding COVID-19 and the impact on student learning. 
 
As you heard yesterday from the Governor, as well as Archbishop Lori, schools and students will be using a "learn from home" format from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27.  All activities taking place in the school building during this time are cancelled or postponed. Here is how this will look at IHM:
 
Students who are in school today will be bringing home textbooks, workbooks and packets from their teachers.  We understand that not all students are here today.  Therefore, on Monday, March 16 from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm and from 5:00 pm until 6:00 pm, Immaculate Heart of Mary School will be open for families to retrieve any of the above items.  This also allows students who "forgot" something to get it.  Please use the main lobby doors. Students will not be taking their IHM Chromebooks home during this time, but will be using devices of choice at home.  If you have concerns regarding limited internet access or devices, please contact Mrs. Kozlowski at mkozlowski@ihmschoolmd.org.  If you need to retrieve anything from school after Monday, please email Sr. Susan Louise at sleder@ihmschoolmd.org to set up a time that you can get into the building. 
 
Beginning on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, students will need to go the school website (www.ihmschoolmd.org) and click on "Faculty and Staff" in the upper right hand corner.  This will take you to the links for teacher websites. On each individual teacher's website, look for the "Learning from Home: March 2020" tab across the top.  Each school day by 9:00 am, teachers will post their expectations and activities for student learning. Instructions and due dates will be provided.  If your child has more than one teacher, they will need to check each teacher's website, including special area classes. Teachers will be checking email for any questions you may have. Your children will be using a variety of both online resources, as well as paper/pencil and book activities. Regarding online access, especially through Google Classroom, your child's email address is firstname.lastname@ihmschoolmd.org.  Google Classroom (grade 2-8) works best in Chrome. Students already are logging into a number of educational sites through the  "Log in with Google" tab and have routinely practiced this throughout the school year.  If you find that your child/family is overwhelmed by the workload, please contact your child's/children's teachers or Sr. Susan Louise or Mrs. Kozlowski. This is new for all of us and we want to work through this together. 
 
In addition, we are required to continue our reporting to the Baltimore County Health Department.  If you or members of your family have possible exposure or positive test results for COVID-19, or any other communicable disease, please contact Miss Susan at sbaer@ihmschoolmd.org throughout the next two weeks.  We appreciate your honesty and know that all of the information that you provide will be kept confidential.  Please also continue to alert Miss Susan with any travel plans, including both domestic and international travel.
 
We look forward to sharing more information with you at the beginning of next week via email and social media. Thank you for your patience and flexibility during this uncharted territory with our school and our world.  Our prayers are with you, your families and all of those affected by COVID-19.