St. Mary’s Ryken Fall 2020 Learning Plan

Greetings St. Mary's Ryken Families,

First, we hope that you and yours are healthy and happy.  You are in our daily prayers.

We are happy to share our St. Mary's Ryken Fall 2020 Learning Plan with you. Our goals are to get students back on campus as much as possible, provide families with flexibility, and assure our practices meet health guidelines. This plan includes:

  1. When and how your child will attend classes
  2. How your child will access extra-curricular activities and support services
  3. The changes that are in place to assure each member of our community remains healthy.   

There are some pieces that will fall into place once we are in August as our conversion to our new information platform, Veracross, is complete and further preparations continue. Therefore, the pieces that are not included in this plan are attendance tracking, assigned spaces for students working virtually on campus, work flow (deadlines, assignments), etc. 

Within our plan, we describe Hybrid Learning which is likely how the 2020-21 school year will start, full-capacity in-person learning and virtual learning. Our plan is built to flex quickly from in-person to virtual as local and state health and government officials determine it is safe.  An overview of each learning plan is below. 

On August 25, we expect to begin the school year in Hybrid Learning (see below for details).  Our new students (freshmen and transfer students) will attend classes and events on campus on August 25, 26, and 27.  Our returning students will participate virtually during this week. All students begin Green Day, Blue Day rotation on Monday, August 31.

Please review the Fall 2020 Learning Plan, Block Schedule, Weekly Schedule and other details including the Frequently Asked Questions. Please submit any questions that occur to you HERE. 

Please attend any of the Zoom meetings (call-in information listed on the right side of this screen) where we’ll give an overview of the plan, address questions that have been submitted using the form and take live questions submitted in the chat feature.

As we are publishing these plans for our community members, we are continuing to track increasing COVID-19 activity in Maryland.  Currently, we are expecting to open in Hybrid Learning.  However, our community should be prepared to open in Virtual Learning, and we will alert parents and students as soon as it is determined that any change to our plans is necessary. 

We look forward to seeing you next week during the Zoom meetings. 

President Rick Wood and Principal Catherine Bowes


Even though learning will be different this Fall, our community remains strong!



Contingency Plan for CAMPUS
FALL 2020

Updated 7/30/20



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Monday In-Person Classes 1 - 4 Virtual Classes 1 - 4
Tuesday In-Person Classes 5 - X-Hour Virtual Classes 5 - X-Hour
Wednesday Virtual Classes 1 - 4 In-Person Classes 1 - 4
Thursday Virtual Classes 5 - X-Hour In-Person Classes 5 - X-Hour
Friday Enrichment Friday Enrichment Friday

Beginning on August 31, St. Mary’s Ryken will follow a block schedule format.

This schedule will be followed for in-person and virtual learning.

  Green Day Blue Day
8:10 a.m. -
9:35 a.m.
Period 1 Period 5
9:45 a.m. -
11:05 a.m.
Period 2 Period 6
11:15 a.m. -
1:10 p.m.
Period 3: Lunch
Lunch 1 = 11:05 a.m. - 11:35 a.m. (Class starts at 11:45 a.m.)
Lunch 2 = 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (Class starts again at 12:20 p.m.)
Lunch 3 = 12:40 p.m. - 1:10 p.m. (Class starts at 11:15 a.m. and ends at 12:40 p.m.)
Period 7: Lunch
Lunch 1 = 11:05 a.m. - 11:35 a.m. (Class starts at 11:45 a.m.)
Lunch 2 = 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (Class starts again at 12:20 p.m.)
Lunch 3 = 12:40 p.m. - 1:10 p.m. (Class starts at 11:15 a.m. and ends at 12:40 p.m.)
1:20 p.m. -
2:40 p.m.
Period 4 X-Hour*
(1:20 - 1:56 p.m. / 2:04 - 2:40 p.m.)

*X-hour clubs begin meeting in mid-September. Until then, students will participate in orientation activities with Administration, School Counseling and Information Technology. Because X-hour is 80 minutes in the block schedule, students will be able to make two choices during this period.


FACE Coverings must be worn to school every day and must be worn at all times (except during physical education classes and athletics).

SIX FEET of social distance in classrooms and one-way foot traffic in buildings and on campus sidewalks will be followed.

ENHANCED SANITIZING and cleaning processes will be in place.

SPACES in the Donnie Williams Center and Paschal Hall will be utilized for tutoring and virtual learning.

Each appropriate space of our 87-acre campus will be utilized including OUTDOOR SPACES (weather permitting).

GRAB AND GO lunches will be prepared by Sage Dining. Student will eat in classrooms and outside (weather permitting).

RETURN-TO-PLAY competition will be determined based on WCAC recommendations and our local health experts.

Parents, friends, and NON-ESSENTIAL VISITORS are not allowed on campus, except for student drop-off and pick-up.

BUS RIDERS will be socially distanced and sit one to a seat. Masks are required. Sanitation procedures will be in place after each transport. Siblings will sit together. 

Any student or staff member RETURNING FROM A DESTINATION under a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice or under travel restrictions by state or local authorities, or whose household member has returned from such a destination or been exposed to someone with COVID-19, will be required to stay home for 14 days prior to returning to campus.

QUARANTINE GUIDELINES will be in place if a student or staff member becomes ill or exposed to COVID-19.

TWO MEDICAL OFFICES on campus to accommodate anyone who may exhibit COVID-19 symptoms -- one for non-COVID symptoms and one for COVID symptoms.

Parents, students, and staff will be IMMEDIATELY ALERTED if anyone in our SMR community tests positive with COVID-19.

Even though learning will be different this Fall, our community remains strong!