Key's leadership team continues to monitor COVID-19 developments and remains in close communication with the Anne Arundel County Department of Health. Key's protocols are guided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), State and County recommendations for schools. The health, safety and well-being of Key's students, faculty and staff remain the School's top priority.
All students are attending on-campus instruction five days a week.
The Gateway Option is still available for families who prefer a virtual experience.
View Drop-Off & Pick-Up Protocols & arrival/dismissal times.
March 26, 2021 - School Operations after Spring Break
March 16, 2021 - School Operations Update & Spring Break Survey
March 4, 2021 - Adjusted policies regarding exclusions and pod interaction
February 5, 2021 - From Matthew Nespole
December 18 - Preparing for our return in January
December 15 - School Operations After Winter Holiday Break
December 7 - Tips for getting your PCR test results
December 4 - Campus Return Reminders (correction to note: Key-Wees are required to wear masks as well)
December 2 - School Operation Weeks of 12/7 & 12/14
November 27 - PCR Testing Survey for Parents & Notice of Positive Case
November 25 - Access to PCR Testing
November 24 - PCR Testing
November 13 - Upcoming change in school operations
Emotional Regulation (ER) is the ability to manage one's emotions in a reasonable or socially acceptable way. These skills are often explicitly taught to children and then scaffolded as they progress through childhood. When these skills are being employed, one must resist impulses from the primitive parts of the brain, which can be extremely difficult because under heightened emotions, cognitive skills drop. As we know all too well, life with COVID-19 has increased the daily stressors that our children are facing.
Psychologists and other child experts reference the “pandemic wall” that many of our students nationwide have hit, now even more so as we cross the one-year anniversary mark of how the world changed overnight. The recent CNN piece, Why kids are hitting the pandemic wall, offers some suggestions to help adults frame for children and adolescents what it is they are feeling and why.
Accessing mental health care can be overwhelming for families, and so I have always done whatever I can to ease the burden of navigating the many complex pieces to this process, including working to eliminate some of the traditional barriers to mental health care.
It will probably come as no surprise, but adult anxiety is on the rise as we all attempt to cope with so many things over which we have no control. Anxiety is a normal reaction to danger, the body's automatic fight-or-flight response that is triggered when you feel threatened, under pressure, or are facing a challenging situation.
The number of children experiencing anxiety on a regular basis is skyrocketing. The pandemic only serves to exacerbate these feelings. As educators, we need to be able to readily recognize anxiety within the classroom and take steps to help alleviate the symptoms.