COVID-19 Preparedness and Response
Dear Mercy Community,
We recognize that there is apprehension and anxiety around COVID-19 (the disease caused by Coronavirus). In these frustrating and uncertain times, we appreciate the understanding our school community is bringing to these conversations and decisions. The health and safety of our students, families, and staff is always our primary concern, and we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation.
We feel it is important to communicate directly with you about COVID-19, and the steps we are taking as a Mercy community to ensure best health and safety practices are followed. This webpage will serve to house all information and communications about process, procedures, event updates, and contingencies.
We are in contact with San Mateo County officials including the Office of Education, the Sisters of Mercy Education Systems of the Americas (of which we are a sponsored school), the Archdiocese of San Francisco, and our Tri-School counterparts at Serra High School.
As a faculty and staff we are especially empathetic to our students who are missing high school experiences as a result of COVID-19. Though we know this is small in the big picture of what is going on in the world, let's not forget this feels personal to their high school memories. We are facilitating our students’ academic learning by holding classes compliant with our extensive Distance Learning Program, piloted in the Fall for just this sort of contingency. Please click here for the procedures and expectations around Distance Learning Days. Our goal is to support the whole student - academically, socially, and emotionally. We are aware of the mental toll that this transition may take, and our Campus Ministry, Counseling, and Library faculty are continuously collecting support resources for our community.
There is no doubt that we have yet to fully understand COVID-19. We will continue sending weekly updates outlining plans. Thank you for your partnership in the unknowns these times bring. Let us continue to keep all those affected by COVID-19 in our thoughts and prayers.