"When we are finally able to get together the best way to show our hospitality and care for one another is to wear a mask and physically distance from one another. We are striving for a social connection but with a physical distance."
The Mercy Return to School Response Team has worked diligently this summer to develop a framework allowing for a safe reopening of school this August and to address each of the MI Safe Start phases. This plan was developed with care and concern for student learning and health, as well as an ability to remain flexible since conditions and protocols may rapidly change.
A hybrid model for return to school under Phase 4 has been selected for the reasons listed. A hybrid model
Is supported by 80% of our parents and students.
Allows for the return to school in a controlled manner as we closely monitor local COVID-19 infection trends.
Reduces student infectious exposures when 6' social distancing measures are in place.
Employs advanced Mercy technology, infrastructure, resources, and staff skills to implement a model that supports academic excellence.
Encourages ill students to stay home, thus reducing the risk of exposure to others.
Includes reduced class sizes to help with enforcing hygiene and health standards while accommodating a complicated high school program and schedule.
Includes social distancing protocols which increase our chances of maintaining a healthy instructional staff for continuity of learning.
As a result, we are committed to a hybrid model for Phase 4, with plans to resume full return to school in Phase 5. Any families who prefer a remote model will be accommodated and may indicate interest here. Contingency plans are ready should the need arise to employ remote instruction (Phases 1-3).
The safety, mental wellness and learning needs of our Mercy family is of highest priority. Through adherence to stringent COVID-19 prevention protocols, we commit to providing the excellence of a Mercy education for each of the possible return to school Phases. Working together, we can lessen the risks associated with virus transmission to maximize the possibility of resumption and continuity of full in-person instruction as soon as possible.
You may watch and reference the Parent Return to Learning Virtual Info Night Q & A Session here. An FAQ document is being developed and will be posted here soon.
We take seriously our responsibility as educators to do all that we can to help our students continue to grow academically, spiritually and socially through this challenging time. As we all know, there is no substitute for the attention and engagement that is only possible with in-person learning. We ask your support for the proposed plan as we move toward that goal.
Because COVID-19 is a novel disease, our knowledge and best practices are ever evolving. What is consistent is our priority to the health and safety of our students and staff, while committing to academic excellence for all students.
Thank you for your support as we work in partnership to navigate these extraordinary circumstances.