Distance Learning Guidelines

ACHS Distance Learning Guidelines 

Effective Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 27th Archbishop Carroll will deliver instruction via the distance learning model outlined below.  We will continue to monitor the situation and keep the entire community informed of any changes or updates to our schedule.  

This period is not a vacation, but rather an online continuation of their regular schoolwork. All teachers are prepared to provide instruction virtually.  Students should check their Google Classroom courses/ACHS Email for specific instructions from each teacher and check their Archbishop Carroll email and MyBackPack frequently. 

While interaction will not be in person, classes will take place, attendance will be taken, assignments will be given, assessments will be administered, and grades will be posted. Distance Learning and virtual classes will take place primarily through Google Apps for Education - Google Classroom, Google Hangouts, ACHS Gmail.  Grades and Assignments will continue to be posted on MyBackPack. Parents can continue to view student grades and progress through the parent portal. We will follow the adjusted schedule below which will allow for 60 minute classes and daily teacher office hours. During class times, students will login to Google Classroom to engage in online discussions, complete and submit work.  Teachers will report attendance in MyBackPack at the beginning of each class.

Class time should be utilized so that students are working (independently or collaboratively) and the teacher is available for assistance and feedback. Students should plan to remain online until the teacher dismisses them and will be accountable for the work of each session. Parents should contact [email protected]  should their child be unable to attend classes. There will not be a substitute assigned if a teacher is unable to attend class, but the teacher will communicate expectations through an email.

We will continue to follow our alternating A and B Day schedule to minimize confusion and maintain the continuity of instruction. 

March 16th B Day

March 17th A Day

March 18th B Day

March 19th/20th No Classes - students are not required to login but may be required to submit work 

Deep Cleaning - cleaning and sanitizing the entire building.

March 23rd A Day

March 24th B Day

March 25th A Day

March 26th B Day

March 27th A Day

March 30th On Campus Classes Resume (TBD)





8:00 - 9:00

Block 1

Block 5

9:10 - 10:10

Block 2

Block 6

10:20 - 10:50



11:00 - 12:00

Block 3

Block 7

12:10 - 1:10

Block 4 

Block 8

1:30 - 3:00


Office Hours


Office Hour


While normal uniform dress code will not be in effect, students should be properly and appropriately dressed for all online interactions via Google Hangouts or any other video conferencing technology.  All normal standards for appropriate dress during "out of uniform" days will apply. 


Please monitor the school website for updates as well as our weekly newsletter with community updates (newsletters will be emailed on 3/18 and 3/25)


All teachers will be available via email  daily during office hours (1:30pm - 3:00pm).  Please follow the link below to access our faculty email listing.

Faculty Email List


Archbishop Carroll High School takes academic integrity very seriously. During this time of distance learning, our policy for academic dishonesty remains the same. Using someone else’s words or ideas, whether from a book, website, or a peer, without citing the source or receiving permission, is plagiarism. Any suspected incident of academic dishonesty will be investigated. If proven true, all students involved will receive 0% on the assignment. 

For your convenience, below you will find the points of contact for the various Archbishop Carroll Departments as well as pertinent information specific to each department. Please Note:  Offices will be closed on Thursday, March 19th and Friday March 20th 


Online Office Hours - Monday through Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm

Élana Gilmore, Principal [email protected]

Rosa Canales, Executive Assistant to the Principal [email protected] 

Melanie Powell, Academic Dean [email protected]

Monique Williams, Academic Intervention Coordinator [email protected] 

Judith Condezo, Registrar [email protected] 


Online Office Hours - Monday through Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm

Interviews will be scheduled 9:00am - 2:00pm

Michael Powell, Sr., Admissions Director [email protected] 

Nancy Salmeron, Admissions Associate [email protected]

  • Accepted Students’ Night has been postponed.   More information will follow.  
  • Registration is currently open.  All accepted families should follow the link in their acceptance email to complete the registration process and secure your spot for the 2020-2021 academic school year.  


All practices and athletic competitions have been postponed until further notice

All student athletes should look to stay in shape and sharp.  Reference your coach’s practice routines. That includes strength and conditioning (i.e. push ups, sit ups, dips).  Roadwork to include at least one mile a day.  

Brian Ellerbe, Athletic Director [email protected]

On Campus Office Hours - Monday through Friday 9:30am - 1:00pm

Online Office Hours - Monday through Friday - 8:00am - 4:00pm

Not available on March 26th

Robert Harris, Assistant Athletic Director [email protected] 

Online Office Hours - Monday through Friday - 9:00am - 1:00pm


Maeve Gallagher, Director of Campus Ministry [email protected]

Online office hours: B-Days 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Richard Vitale, Service Learning Coordinator [email protected]

Online office hours: B-Days 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

  • The Archdiocese of Washington has cancelled public masses beginning March 14 and has issued a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass for the time being. More information can be found here.
  • The sophomore retreat has been postponed indefinitely. We are working to reschedule it for April.
  • Students are still responsible for completing their service learning hour requirements. The Service Learning team is creating alternative plans for indirect service to help students complete their hours. You will receive more information via your email next week.


The Counseling Office will be available via Google Hangouts and via email for appointments with students and parents during normal school hours.  Please contact your counselor directly to schedule a meeting.

Sr. Helen McCulloch (A-G), Counselor [email protected]

Jocelyn Kilbride (H-M), Counselor [email protected] 

Christine Miller (N-Z), Director [email protected]  

In addition, Archbishop Carroll Counseling Office recognizes that many families may be planning on visiting colleges in the coming weeks. However, we have received messages from colleges across the country that are recommending that prospective and admitted students/families not visit due to COVID-19. If you are scheduled or planning to visit a college this spring, please visit that institution's undergraduate admissions website daily before embarking on the visit. Many institutions have moved to online instructional platforms and in some cases are unable to offer information sessions or provide tours to visitors.


Office Hours - Wednesday  - 9:00am - 1:00pm 

Online Availability - Monday, Wednesday & Friday - 9:00am - 1:00pm

Tuition Payments, TADS Questions, Registration, Parent Involvement and Participation Hours

Jeff Owens, Finance [email protected] 


The Office of Student Affairs will be available via email during normal ACHS school hours (8am - 4pm). 

As we utilize a distance learning model to deliver instruction, students will be expected to adhere to the standards of behavior as outlined in the Archbishop Carroll High School Distance Learning Code of Conduct found HERE



Students are reminded to contact Ms. Jackson for questions or issues regarding your ACHS email account.  

For all absences, a parent/guardian must email the Attendance Office ([email protected]) by 7:45 am on the day of the absence. The required information includes the student's full name; the date of the absence; explanation; and the parent’s/guardian’s contact information. The following are valid reasons for an excused absence from online classes :


  • Illness of the student (after three days of illness, parents must provide medical documentation);
  • Medical or dental appointments;
  • Death in the student’s immediate family;
  • Request to attend a judicial proceeding;
  • Other absences approved in advance by the Administration upon the written request of a parent/guardian. (Please note: This request must be submitted to the Administration at least two(2)  weeks prior to the absence. The Administration reserves the right to deny any request considered as “other absence”.)

Kristin Jackson-Nesmith, Vice Principal for Student Affairs [email protected] 

Tim Fudd, Assistant Dean of Discipline [email protected] 

Yolanda Chandler, Assistant Dean of Attendance [email protected] 

RESOURCES (Click the links below for more information)