Back to School Action Plan
Dear Mercy Community,
Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy, stated “No work of charity can be more productive of good to society than the careful instruction of women.” As we move through these challenging times surrounding COVID-19, our priority has to be the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff while ensuring the careful instruction of our Mercy Girls. The American Academy of Pediatrics “Strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school.. Policies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within schools must be balanced with the known harms to children, adolescents, families and the community by keeping children at home.”
Guided by these two standards, as well as advice and recommendations by the Nebraska Department of Education, Archdiocese of Omaha Catholic Schools Office, and Douglas County Health Department, we are sharing updated plans for the new school year. We have to be flexible as situations can change. First and foremost, we are committed to the safety, health, and education of every member of our Mercy community.
Committees have been hard at work over the summer researching the best options for education. At the same time, we are instituting procedures to minimize health risks and organizing our school operations and precautions to assure safety. We have created three possible scenarios for beginning school on August 13. No matter which scenario we are in, know that school is going to look and feel different this fall. Each scenario can be adapted if pandemic conditions warrant.
As of August 4, 2020
Scenario 1: All Students and Faculty in the Building Full Time
Scenario 2: Half of the Students and All Faculty in the Building on Assigned Days (current plan)
Scenario 3: All Students and Faculty in Full Online Learning
A copy of our back to school plan is available here.
Other COVID-19 information
Remember during this time you are in our thoughts and prayers. Below you will find reflections and articles related to this topic.