COVID-19 Resources

For Current Families

Given the latest directive from State School Superintendent
Dr. Karen Salmon and Governor Hogan, Mount de Sales Academy will continue the closure of our campus through the
remainder of the school year.

We will maintain our eLearning platform
until Friday, May 29, 2020. 

School Updates

At Mount de Sales Academy, we are working diligently to provide proper and timely responses to COVID-19 and are closely monitoring guidelines from the CDC, the Archdiocese, and Maryland agencies. 

Given the latest directive from the State Superintendent of Maryland Schools Karen Salmon and Governor Hogan, Mount de Sales Academy will conform to the State’s guidance and continue the closure of our campus through the remainder of the school year.

School Information

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  • AP Exams

    AP Students: CollegeBoard is working to offer your spring AP Exam online. More details will be coming from the College Board on April 3. If you have specific questions about your AP exam, please speak directly to your AP teacher. If you are not getting the AP updates, please see the CollegeBoard website.
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  • School Events

    Following recommendations by the CDC, Mount de Sales has canceled the following events:
    • March 16 - Freshman Retreat is postponed
    • March 20 Spring Dance canceled
    • March 22 - Communion Breakfast is canceled
    • March 27 - Mercy Night is canceled
    • March 27-28 - Music Department's Trip to Williamsburg is canceled
    • April 14-17 - Nashville Trip is canceled
    Please see our school calendar for up-to-date school events.
  • Athletics

    All games, gatherings, and practices are canceled beginning on March 13 through March 30. As more information is presented, the Athletic Department will follow up if and when we can continue spring seasons.
     
    Please note the following about the league:
    • Effective immediately, the IAAM will place a moratorium on spring season league competition.
    • The moratorium on league competition will last through Friday, April 10, 2020.
    • The Board of Governors will reevaluate the situation on Monday, April 13, 2020.
    Please be safe and take proper precautions during this time.
  • Travel

    Please be advised that the CDC has issued guidelines for travel during this outbreak of COVID-19. We ask that, for the safety of your family and the MDSA community, you please adhere to these guidelines, which you can view here.

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  • From the Tech Team Regarding Canvas Conferences

    Dear Students,
     
    Above, you will find a one-page basic guide to using Canvas Conferences. Additional information and resources to help you navigate Canvas Conferences can be found below.
     
    As we begin our E-learning adventure please take note of the following:
    1. Make sure to have latest version of the CHROME browser installed on computer. You should be using Chrome for Canvas.
    2. It is highly recommended that if you are participating in a live lesson through Canvas Conferences that you utilize headphones and a microphone where possible. This will help to provide the best audio experience for you.
    3. If you need technology help:
      • For assistance with Canvas or Canvas Conferences please email Mrs. Murphy directly at lmurphy@mountdesales.org
      • All other technology-help requests should be made by emailing helpdesk@mountdesales.org as usual. In your email, please make sure to include your name, class year and description of the problem. Mr. Mnkande or another member of the MDSA Tech team will reach out to you as soon as possible to help resolve your issue.
     Additional resources for Canvas Conferences:
    Though not recommended, if you need to use the Canvas Student app on your smartphone you can view guides here:
    Please see the minimum requirements for using BigBlueButton (the web conferencing interface used within Canvas Conferences).
     
    Though you are encouraged to read through all requirements listed in the link above, the following information may be most helpful:
     

    The following settings are recommended for all users connecting to BigBlueButton via desktop or laptop device:

    1. For computer, you need a laptop or desktop computer with (at least) 2G of memory and a 1Ghz processor (any computer bought in the last five years should be fine). 
    2. For bandwidth, you must have at least 0.5 Mbits/second upstream and 1 Mbits/second downstream.  To check bandwidth use, https://speedtest.net/.
    3. For browsers, we recommend Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox or Microsoft Edge (the latest version).  
    4. For audio, we strongly recommend using a headset.  A headset will ensure that others can hear your voice clearly and you don’t cause echo or background noise for others.  You do not need to buy an expensive one -- any basic headset with a built-in microphone will work.   
    A laptop with a built-in webcam and microphone will be sufficient as well if you’re in a quiet area.
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    *Regarding webcams and microphones:  It is OKAY if your computer/tablet does not have a working webcam/microphone. Your teachers have been told that not all students may have the capabilities to use a webcam/microphone. Please let your teachers know if this is the case for you.
     
    As stated previously, please email helpdesk@mountdesales.org if you experience any technology issues during E-learning. For Canvas Conferences issues you may email Mrs. Murphy at lmurphy@mountdesales.org directly.
     

    Thank you,
    Your MDSA Tech Team

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    Mary Beth Audy 

    School Nurse
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    Nancy Lukowski 

    School Nurse

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