Mercy Begins School Year
Mercy High School will welcome 82 freshmen and several transfers to the school this fall. Using a hybrid model, a combination of in-class and online teaching, freshmen will arrive on August 13 and August 14 depending on the beginning letter of their last name. Student Ambassadors will greet them with cheers and shouts of welcome. Inside the building their lockers will already be decorated by their Big Sisters.
“Our freshman class resides in 30 different Omaha area zip codes, represent all socioeconomic levels and include 27.5 percent students of color. We also have two sets of twins,” said Kristi Walters Wessling ’88, principal.
There will be a modified schedule for other classes for several days until the entire school opens for all students beginning August 17 with rotating schedules. Students with last names beginning with A-L will be in the building on Mondays and Thursdays and M-Z last names will be working from home “zooming” into classes. On Tuesdays and Fridays, M-Z students will be in the building and A-L will work from home. Wednesdays will be remote days for all students, and classes will be meeting virtually, or girls may be working asynchronously.
The school has also instituted numerous safety and health precautions including everyone wearing masks at all times, keeping students at least six feet apart and carrying their own water bottles, drinking fountains will be closed and stairwells will be one-way. Thanks to recent updates, the school’s air conditioning and ventilation system also provides the recommended ventilation for classrooms. All-school and large group meetings will be limited in size and large parent meetings will most likely not occur in-person.