opening updates 2021-2022
Academics and Student Life
- We will open the 2021-22 school year with a normal, full-time schedule (2021-22 Calendar).
- Accommodations will be made for students who need to quarantine and isolate.
- We look forward to a full calendar of liturgies, co-curricular activities, and events. Health and safety parameters for co-curricular activities and events will be communicated on a case-by-case basis and will depend on the setting of the event.
- In order to facilitate social distancing in certain large group settings, we ask that all students bring a yoga mat to school. Yoga mats can be any solid color. Mats can be stored in student lockers.
- The medical community advises us that COVID-19 vaccination provides the safest protection against the virus and its variants, helps to limit the transmission of the virus, and protects against severe illness and hospitalization.
- Access to the COVID-19 vaccine in Pennsylvania is widely available at local hospitals, physician offices, pharmacies, and through mobile vaccination programs. The vaccine is free to all individuals and does not require insurance.
- Thank you to everyone who has completed the COVID-19 Vaccination Status survey. If you have not completed it, here is the link.
- If your vaccination status changes, please make sure to inform the School Nurse by clicking here.
- To begin the school year, we will require masks indoors for all students, faculty, and staff regardless of vaccination status. This decision was made based on the recommendations of the CDC, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Montgomery County Office of Public Health, and our team of medical advisors. It was also based on the high level of infectiousness and transmissibility of the Delta variant.
- Masks will not be required outdoors unless in a crowded setting.
- Protocols are being developed to permit students, faculty, and staff to eat with friends in a social setting in the Dining Commons/Faculty Dining Room and the Patricia Waldron Center (PWC).
- Students have the option of eating lunch outdoors on yoga mats, weather permitting.
- Masking will be required on all school buses as there is a federal mandate requiring masks. This will apply to our school vans as well.
- We plan to perform surveillance testing and will provide more details in the weeks to come.
- Learning spaces have been set up for three-foot distancing between students where possible.
- We will maintain seating charts in indoor classrooms and dining areas in order to conduct contact tracing, if needed.
Daily Health Screening
- We will conduct daily screenings via the Ruvna platform, asking that families, faculty, and staff check daily for COVID-19 symptoms. Individuals who are symptomatic or who have a household member who has tested positive for COVID-19 should not come to school.
Response to Positive Cases
- We will continue to notify families, faculty, and staff when there is a positive case.
- We will follow the Montgomery County Office of Public Health's COVID-19 School Isolation & Quarantine guidance. Please click here to review the policies and procedures. This document is updated regularly, so please note that it is subject to change.
Handwashing and Personal Hygiene
- Good personal hygiene and increased handwashing remain important parts of our health and safety plan.
- Hand sanitizing and handwashing stations remain in place throughout campus.
- Handwashing and the use of hand sanitizer will be part of students' daily routine at school.
- Standard uniform requirements will be in place this school year. Please click here for more information, if needed.
- Guests, including family members, alumnae, and friends of MMA, will be welcome on campus this year. All visitors will be asked to adhere to Merion Mercy's policies and procedures while on campus.