Back to School

Prepare for the 2021–22 Academic Year

The Back to School page is designed to help prepare you and your son for the upcoming academic year. If you have any questions, or are looking for information that is not listed, please email us.

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  • COVID-19 Policies & Protocols

    Please note: All COVID-19 protocols are subject to local orders and public health directives and may evolve throughout the course of the school year. Your flexibility and commitment to the health & safety of our school community is much appreciated!

    Face Masks
    Due to our commitment to preserve 100% in-person learning for all students and ensure minimal disruptions to the academic year, multiple layers of mitigation are necessary. The use of masking in an educational setting recognizes the latest guidance relative to the high transmission rate of the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant, including transmission by both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Masking in school communities also plays a critical role in significantly reducing the number of defined close contacts required to quarantine (see updated CDC exception, which has been adopted by the Maryland Department of Health).
     
    The use of face masks at Loyola will be tied to the following risk levels as defined by the CDC using case data for Baltimore County.
     
    Low or Moderate Transmission = Face masks optional in all settings
     
    Substantial or High Transmission = Face masks required indoors only

    Current Status: The current Baltimore County case rates place us in the "High" transmission category.
     
    Note: A federal order mandating face masks be worn by all individuals while on public transportation, including public and private school buses, is still in effect.
     
    COVID-19 Vaccination: Loyola is not requiring a COVID-19 vaccine for students as a condition of attendance. Vaccination is strongly encouraged by the CDC as a means to reduce the risk of people spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 and as a critical mitigation strategy to protect members of school communities. For those who are eligible, we encourage a consultation with your health care provider to make an informed decision regarding vaccination.

    Daily Screening: All individuals are asked to refrain from being on campus if they are ill or have symptoms of COVID-19, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or are awaiting results of a COVID-19 test. Students may return to campus once symptoms have stopped. If COVID-19 testing is pursued, a rapid or PCR test is accepted. 

    Contact Tracing: All families, faculty, and staff are required to report positive household cases and any possible exposure to the School Nurse: kklug@loyolablakefield.org or 443-841-3348. Full compliance with reporting procedures enables us to track any on-campus exposure and to most efficiently partner with the Baltimore County Department of Health on necessary contact tracing and outreach. Per the Baltimore County Department of Health, persons who come within six feet of a person with COVID-19 infection for 15 or more total minutes in a 24-hour period are considered to have “close contact” and must quarantine unless fully vaccinated or if universal masking is in place. We will continue to provide timely notification of confirmed positive cases and issue quarantine instructions as needed.

    Learning Mode: We will operate with daily in-person attendance for all students. A virtual mode will no longer be offered. In exceptional medical cases that preclude long-term in-person learning, accommodations may be arranged with physician documentation. Please contact the Health Suite with any questions.

    Health Department Quarantine Protocol

    NOTE:
    Students, Faculty & Staff who are fully vaccinated are not subject to quarantine protocol per the Maryland and Baltimore Co. Departments of Health. See below for additional details
     
    Not fully Vaccinated

    Close Contact - No Symptoms: 
    Quarantine and may test on day 5 and return on day 7 upon receipt of negative test (PCR or rapid).
     
    Close Contact - With Symptoms: Quarantine and may test on day 5 and return on day 7 upon receipt of negative test AND if symptom-free for 24 hours.
     
    Fully Vaccinated

    Close Contact - No Symptoms: No quarantine required
     
    Close Contact - With Symptoms: Quarantine and may test on day 5 and return on day 7 upon receipt of negative test (PCR or rapid).
     
    For individuals who have had COVID-19 in the previous three months and (1) have recovered and (2) remain without COVID-19 symptoms do not need to quarantine after they have had close contact with someone with COVID-19.    
     
    Positive Test Result - Not Dependent Upon Vaccination Status

    Tested Positive for COVID-19 - With Symptoms: Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are showing symptoms must stay home for a period of 10 days since symptoms first appeared and 24 hours have passed with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.

    Tested Positive for COVID-19 - No Symptoms: Students who have tested positive for COVID-19, but do not develop symptoms, must stay home for a period of 10 days following their positive viral test for COVID-19.
  • After Care (Middle School Only)

    We offer an After Care Program for our middle school students. All families are required to register for the program and select one of five different levels of service. Please complete the online form by August 15, 2021.
  • Athletics Tryouts & Fall Season

    More information about Fall Tryouts may be found here.

    Fall Sports Tryouts Reminders & Updates:
     
    Varsity and JV Football tryouts begin Monday, August 9 from 2:00-6:00PM at Hargaden Field.
     
    Varsity and JV Cross Country tryouts begin on Wednesday, August 11 from 9:00-10:30AM. Students should meet out front of Knott Hall.
     
    Varsity, JV and Freshman Soccer tryouts begin Wednesday, August 11 at Meadowood Regional Park  (10650 Falls Road, Lutherville, MD). JV and Freshman tryouts from 9:00 – 10:30AM;  Freshman report to field #4, JV report to field #5. Varsity tryouts from 10:00AM -12:00PM on field #3.
     
    Varsity and JV Volleyball tryouts begin Monday, August 16 in the Fieldhouse (4CT Gym). Varsity tryouts from 10:00AM – 12:00PM; JV tryouts from 11:00AM – 1:00PM.
     
    Varsity Water Polo tryouts begin on Monday, August 16 from 5:00 -7:00PM at Knott Hall Swimming Pool. JV Water Polo tryouts begin Wednesday, August 18 from 7:00 – 9:00PM.
     
    WATER WILL NOT BE PROVIDED AT TRYOUTS.  ALL PLAYERS ARE RESPONSIBLE TO BRING THEIR OWN WATER.


    We also offer an Athletic Formation program. Our goal is to have an athletic program that is highly competitive, but also one that is placed within the perspective of a Jesuit, Catholic, college preparatory school. At least one parent/guardian must attend the session for the respective team before your son can compete interscholastically. The Ignatian Formation meeting will precede the parent team meeting for your son’s team. If your son is a multi-sport athlete, you will be required to attend the respective Parent Team Meeting for each season your son participates. Information on the Fall formation meeting will be available soon.
  • Bus Transportation

    In order to accommodate families who travel from different parts of the metropolitan area, we offer a fee-based bus service. For additional questions, please contact Mr. Joe Pyzik at (443) 841-3644 or by e-mail. For more information and to register for bus transportation, click here.
  • Calendar

    You can access the calendar for the 2021–22 school year by logging in to onCampus and clicking on the Calendar tab. Once there, you can switch between grid and list views as well as day, week, and month views. Some other helpful features are listed below:

    Toggling Event Categories: You can toggle between different event categories including Athletics Events, Arts Events, College Counseling Events, General School Events, and more.

    Managing Separate Calendars:
    If you have more than one son at Loyola, you can toggle between their individual calendars, which include assignments, athletic schedules, class events, and more.

    Printing: There is a dedicated print button in the top right corner to print the schedule. See screenshot below for reference.

    Exporting & Subscribing: You can export the calendar to an external calendar platform of you choice, such as Outlook. You can also subscribe to each individual calendar and receive updates when changes to the calendar are made. These options are available via the button at the top right next to the print button.

    The calendar is also accessible on the front end of our website here, but it is more limited as you can only filter by a limited number of categories, and you cannot toggle between your son(s) specific calendars.

  • Dining Plans

    Welcome back to the Dining Hall! To ensure your student is ready to enjoy breakfast and lunch with fellow students, simply fund your account at loyolablakefield.revtrak.net

    Once they have a balance, the student can simply select their menu items and enjoy! We have several exciting new options this year-including a Mediterranean station, and full deli!

    If you are a new student this year, keep an eye out for the welcome letter- it will come from noreply@myschoolaccount.com, and can often go to spam. If you have any trouble, please email cisennock@sagedining.com.

    Our offerings this year include: 
    • Full Deli, made to order
    • Mediterranean Station
    • Salad Station
    • Soup from scratch daily
    • Sushi Menu
    • Cold Brew Coffee
    • Flavor station - spice blends and hot sauces
    • Harvest of the Month spotlights
    • Daily Entree combos

    Take a look at our Back to School Opening Menu and Events Calendar.
     
  • Dress Code

    Dress code for the 2021–22 school year may be found here.

    Students are required to dress according to standards determined by the school. In all cases, student dress should be characterized by neatness and cleanliness.
  • Health Records & Forms

    Please visit our Health & Wellness page for more information regarding student health information, required forms, and deadlines.
  • Math Prep

    Math packets are required this year. Packets for each course are linked below on this Back to School page. Students should complete the packet for the course he will begin in the fall. Students must show all work. Answers only will not earn any extra credit.

    If your son does not remember which math course he is taking this year, student schedules will be posted on BNC K-12, our online book provider, starting August 2nd, and through onCampus on August 9th.
  • School Store

    The school store will be open 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. during Orientation weeks, August 23 - September 2.

    Store hours are 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. during normal school days beginning September 7. The store is also open during special events.
  • School Supplies

    Time to start shopping for school supplies! We provide supply lists for students in grades 6–9 (see links below), while students in grades 10–12 are expected to come to school equipped with pencils, pens, and paper, and will receive their supply lists from their teachers on the first day of school. 

    Middle School Supply List
    9th Grade School Supply List
  • Student Handbook

    Access the 2021–22 Student Handbook here.
  • Student Schedules

    Please log in to the onCampus portal to view your son's schedule.
  • Summer Reading

    6th Grade: Students will read The Wild Robot by Peter Brown. Book discussion and assessments will occur during the first week of Language Arts classes.

    7th Grade & 8th Grade:
    Students selected two books to read over the summer. If your son cannot remember his selections, the list is available on the Parent Resource Board (available after logging in to onCampus). Summer reading discussions will occur during the first few weeks of school during Advisory period.

    9th Grade:
     In addition to your son’s required reading of St. Ignatius of Loyola by Peggy Sklar (this book will be available through BNC K12, our online book provider), students entering 9th grade will select a book to read and complete a writing assignment. View details here.
     
    Grades 10, 11, 12: Summer reading discussions will take place on the same day as your grade level orientation in August. Students will receive an email from Ms. Darr this summer with an assigned room number. Students should be ready to discuss the pair (book/movie or two books) in detail and should plan to bring a copy of the book to the discussion.

    You may view your son's book selection by logging in to the Parent Resource Board section of OnCampus.
  • Textbooks

    Books and materials for the 2021-22 school year are now available via BNC K12, our online book provider. You may access the BNC K12 website here: https://bnck-12.com/lbs
     
    To order books, you will need to:
     
    1. Visit the online bookstore and create an account, if you have not previously done so. The online bookstore can be accessed here.

    2. Navigate to "Menu" then "Order Your Materials" as seen in the image below. You will be asked to enter a Student ID, which is the student e-mail address. Student e-mail addresses are based on the following convention: first initial of student's first name, middle initial, student's last name, and class year. For example, John Paul Smith of the Class of 2022 would be jpsmith2022@loyolablakefield.org.
     
    3. View course materials and select your preferred format (new, used, or purchase from the marketplace).
     
    4. Check out.
     
    Please take note of the following:
     
    - If you order between August 2 and August 15, BNC K-12 will provide free shipping for orders of $100 or more. It may take several days for books to arrive, so it would be ideal to order on or shortly after August 2.
     
    - You are not obligated to purchase books through BNC K-12. You may use this site to view the texts required for your son’s courses, and you may decide which texts you prefer to purchase directly from them or through other providers.
     
    -Take note that some texts are listed as "required, previous purchase." This means that your son likely already has this book and should have kept it over the summer. If your son for some reason does not have the text, you can then purchase it from BNC K-12.
     
    - If you are not sure of your son’s placement in a course, do not order the book for that course yet. If you have questions or concerns about the courses your son is enrolled in, please do not order books yet. We will begin addressing issues or concerns about course enrollment beginning on August 9. At that time, you may contact our scheduling office by emailing kskinner@loyolablakefield.org.
     
    - If you have any financial concerns and need assistance with a payment plan for books, please contact Josh Poole in the business office.

    For questions regarding returns or any other customer service related concerns, please contact BNC K-12 directly through their Customer Support Page. 

2021–22 Summer Math Prep

Students should complete the packet for the math course/level they will be entering in the fall. Math packets are required and must be turned in on the first day of classes.

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