On Monday, February 21, Mercy moved to a mask-optional policy. The Archdiocese of Louisville provided schools a matrix to follow if infection rates begin to rise. This includes guidance on when re-masking temporarily would be in the best interest of the school. Mercy will follow their recommendations (as we did at the beginning of this semester) to determine if or when re-masking is necessary for our school building.
Anyone who wishes to continue wearing a mask throughout the school day is encouraged to do so. Mercy highly recommends that any unvaccinated individual continues to wear a mask to follow health department recommendations.
Due to the higher risk of exposure, Mercy will again help the health department in tracing efforts. Should your student need to quarantine due to an exposure, Mercy’s school office or a representative from the local health department will contact you. An unvaccinated, exposed student will be required to follow the local health department’s quarantine guidelines. If, during this time, your student begins to develop symptoms or tests positive for COVID, please contact our school office at (502) 671-2010.
As a reminder, once your student is fully vaccinated, or once she receives a booster, please send Ms. Kathleen Nauert a picture of her card.
Sanitation, cleaning, disinfection and good hygiene will continue to be implemented. We know that these help mitigate the spread of COVID, flu and other infectious diseases. Please continue to do your part, as you have been doing all year. By keeping honest and transparent communication with Mercy, we have successfully limited the transmission of COVID between individuals in our building. We heavily rely on you to let us know if your student is experiencing symptoms or has come into contact with someone who has COVID symptoms.
*When calculating quarantines: Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or the day you receive a positive viral test. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected.
Policy for Extended Absence Due to Ordered Quarantine
Report any NEW quarantine orders to the school office before 9:00 a.m. on your student's first quarantine school day. Messages may be left on the school answering machine prior to 7:30 a.m.
If your student is quarantined due to a COVID exposure, she is expected to follow these guidelines with respect to coursework.
- Check Schoology daily for agenda items
- Complete and submit the assigned work for the day (Contact teachers via email if additional help is needed)
- If 6 days of school have been missed, arrangements need to be made with her teachers individually to ensure she remains on track with the pace of learning. Teachers may provide your student with instructional videos or have her Zoom into the live class.
Upon return to school, your student will meet with her academic counselors to establish a timeline for submitting any missing assignments.