Reopening Plan

For a complete copy of our Reopening Plan, click here. And for the Request for Review of Plan to Open for In-Person Instruction, click here. Please also see these documents: The Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP) and the COVID-19 School Guidance Checklist.

Mercy High School is committed to providing a safe environment to return to school that aligns with San Mateo County’s Pandemic Recovery Framework built around the Four Pillars of Health and Hygiene, Face Coverings, Physical Distancing, and Limiting Gatherings. 

These are the comprehensive safety steps being taken to allow for safe connections and sisterhood throughout each day. All faculty, staff, students, and parents will be educated on this safety plan in a thoughtful and detailed manner. This safety plan will continue to adapt as new information is brought to us. 

We look forward to the time when these policies are no longer necessary. We are appreciative of your partnership in upholding these policies to ensure our campus remains a safe environment for your daughters, our entire school community and our loved ones at home.

Current COVID Testing Requirements

COVID-19 Testing (As of April 19, 2021)

Starting April 19, Virus Geeks is on campus on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays for COVID-19 Testing. Tuesday testing is for students, faculty, and staff only and will be on the Mansion Patio. Students are encouraged to get tested during the school day while at break, lunch, study hall, internship period, or collaboration. Students do not need an appointment, but they must be registered with Virus Geeks. You only need to register once, and your information will be saved and available for all testing dates. We hope this will make Mercy’s weekly COVID-19 Testing requirement as easy as possible to fulfill. Thank you for partnering with us to keep our community safe!

  • Tuesdays from 10AM - 4PM: Mansion Patio for Students, Faculty, and Staff
  • Wednesdays from 1PM - 4:30PM: Mercy Parking Lot for all Mercy Community Members
  • Saturdays from 8AM - 1PM: Mercy Parking Lot for all Mercy Community Members

Please note: Wednesday testing results will arrive in time to clear students for a Monday return; however, the Saturday testing results could take until Tuesday to receive since the lab is closed on Sundays. Please remember until lab results are received, students are not cleared to be on campus. 

Safety Plan / Ruvna Screening: Our Safety Plan remains unchanged. We continue to ask Mercy families to respect all aspects of our plan and to complete the Ruvna screening app prior to arrival each morning. Thank you for your partnership in keeping all community members and their loved ones safe. 

Updated Mask Policy: As of next week, we ask that all students wear only solid masks of any color or a mask with the Mercy logo or plaid. All students were given a plaid mask as their Christmas gift. If your child did not pick this up in December, she can pick it up in the Main Office next week. 

Lunch Pre-Orders: Every Wednesday, families will receive a Lunch Pre-Order Form via the weekly newsletter and Schoology. Lunch order forms are due by 11AM each Friday. Please know that because we are working with an outside company, we cannot take any late orders. Families will be charged via their FACTS accounts for all lunch orders. 


March 1st Return to Campus Plan

Cohort Schedule

Please remember that the phased plan below will be followed with students being on campus Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday of each week unless it is a four day week. All students will remain home on Wednesdays. As of next week we will begin using this schedule. Please note the new school day end time is 2:45PM.

  • March 1-5
    • McAuley Junior and Senior Cohort on Campus 
    • Remainder of Students in Distance Learning
  • March 9-12 (No school on Monday so students will be on campus Tuesday-Friday)
    • Russell Junior and Senior Cohort on Campus 
    • Remainder of Students in Distance Learning 
  • March 15-19
    • McAuley Freshman and Sophomore Cohort on Campus
    • Remainder of Students in Distance Learning 
  • March 22/23 and March 29/30 (Due to an on site retreat March 24-26 that will require all students to be in Distance Learning for these three days, we will split this cohort into being on campus two weeks in a row Monday and Tuesday so they have four days on campus like the other cohorts.) 
    • Russell Freshman and Sophomore Cohort on Campus
    • Remainder of Students in Distance Learning 
  • Wednesday, March 31
    • All School Distance Learning 
  • Thursday, April 1-Sunday, April 11 
  • April 12-16
    • All School Distance Learning - all students will be required to quarantine and test for COVID-19 after Spring Break
  • April 19
    • Because of the change to three feet distancing, all students who elected to be on campus will return.
  • June 1-4 FINALS

Wednesdays - Beginning next week only AP students will have courses on Wednesdays. All other students are encouraged to use Wednesdays to get ahead of their assignments and work with teachers one on one. All students are encouraged to take some screen free time for themselves on Wednesdays. AP students will receive their special Wednesday schedule on Friday. 

March Educational Plans - In order to finalize plans for our Return to Campus, we ask that all families complete this short form to let the school know if your family will be choosing to remain in Distance Learning or if you will be returning to campus for the month of March. We will ask all families to re-answer this question for the remainder of the school year from Spring Break on. Please complete this form by the end of the day today.

Testing Reminder

Please remember that COVID-19 testing must occur the week before your daughter comes to campus. You will find COVID-19 testing information as well as on campus testing opportunities further down on this page. All McAuley junior and senior cohort students who plan on being on campus next week must be tested this week in order to be cleared to come on campus the week of March 1st. More online appointments were added this afternoon.

Remote Sections

The following courses will be taught remotely:

  • AP Government/Economics (1/1 section)
  • AP Literature (2/2 sections)
  • AP Studio Art (1/1 section)
  • AP US History (1/1 section)
  • Art 1 (1/1 section)
  • Art 2/3H (1/1 section)
  • English 4 (3/4 sections)
  • Religion 1 (2/5 sections)
  • Religion 3 (1/5 section)
  • Religion 4: Paschal Mystery (1/1 section)
  • Government/Economics (5/5 sections)
  • Photo (2/2 sections)
  • Spanish 2 (3/3 sections)
  • Spanish 3 (1/1 section)
  • Spanish 4 (1/1 section)
  • US History (4/4 sections)
  • World History (4/4 sections)

Students who are enrolled in courses that will be taught remotely through the month of March will be notified via email on Friday. This email will include which room they should check into in order to Zoom into their class with their teacher while on campus.

Tri-School and Study Hall Students

All Tri-School and Study Hall students should report to the Library for their courses. The only exception is Tri-School Drama students who will receive an email on Friday with the class they should report to. 

Travel Policy

We ask that all families honor the state’s guidance on travel. Should you travel outside of 120 miles from San Mateo County, you are asked to notify the school and abide by the following policy:

After traveling, students, staff, and families must monitor symptoms for 10 days after their return. Testing is recommended 3-5 days after travel AND travellers are recommended to stay home for 7 days after travel. Even if you test negative, stay home for the full 7 days. If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 10 days after travel.


COVID-19 Testing Requirements

All students are required to test for COVID-19 the week prior to them being on campus. See links below for testing information as well as on campus testing opportunities. All McAuley junior and senior cohort students who plan on being on campus next week must be tested this week in order to be cleared to come on campus the week of March 1st. More online appointments were added this afternoon.

Students may choose to test at Mercy or go to an outside testing company.


Mercy High School will provide on site testing through Virus Geeks twice a week, every Wednesday (8AM-4:30PM) and every Saturday (8AM-1PM). The only exception to these dates are below:

  • Monday, March 8th instead of Wednesday, March 10th 
  • Monday, May 31st instead of Wednesday, June 2nd 

To sign up for testing on campus, please follow the instructions below:

  • All tests are self- nasal swabs. You will be instructed on how to swab your nose if you have not done so before.
  • Virus Geeks does take same day appointments. All you have to do is show up during the scheduled times!
  • While you do not have to make an appointment, if you want to you can do it here. Pre-registering is encouraged as it allows you to get in and out much faster. 
    • When you register you will be asked if you would like to be notified of your results by text, email, or both. It is recommended that you choose both
    • When you are filling out your insurance information, if your insurance provider is not listed in the drop down menu, you can type it in directly. 
  • Family members and friends are able to come for testing so please feel free to share testing information with others.
  • There is no need to bring a copy of your insurance, but you will need to submit your insurance information when you register so please make sure if you register on site that you know your information. 
  • If you are uninsured your test will continue to be covered through the CARES Act.

Register your daughter and family member by clicking here or using the QR code below.

Testing Self-Registration URL - QR Code (scan with phone camera)

If you test at Mercy, we will receive your daughter's test results directly. You do not need to do anything else to complete the testing requirement. 



If you test outside of Mercy, you may access a number of drive through testing centers in your county or go through your healthcare provider. You can click here to view various testing options or do your own Google search to see what local testing options are available to you. There is a testing center in San Mateo that is working out of the Marriott (1770 S. Amphlett Blvd.). They have been taking non-appointments.

When you receive your daughter's testing results you must submit a copy of your results to this Google Form by the Friday before your daughter will be on campus. Without a copy of this test your daughter will not be able to come onto campus. Please note that students must submit testing results due to their needing a Mercy email account.


Is Your Daughter Campus Cleared?

In order for students to be cleared to come to campus for academic or extracurricular purposes, the following items must be completed:

  1. Student/Parent Handbook Acknowledgement Form completed and turned in to the Administrative Assistant for Student Life and Athletics, Christine Folan. This form can be found here:

  2. Magnus Health must be fully updated. Enter Magnus Health through the PowerSchool Parent Portal.
    • Look for the box with the arrow icon, upper right corner.
    • All sections must be completed as applicable.
    • If your daughter is NEW TO MERCY or a STUDENT ATHLETE, she will need a current physical on the Mercy Physical Form uploaded into Magnus. Other forms are not accepted.
    • Students who are NEW TO MERCY also need to submit immunization records.

  3. COVID-19 Negative Test Results - COVID testing must occur the week before your daughter comes to campus.

    • If your daughter tests at Mercy, we will have access to the results

    • If your daughter tests outside of Mercy, she will need to share her results via this Google Form by the end of day the Friday prior to her coming onto campus. Please note until this is received your daughter will not be able to come onto campus. Please note this must be completed by a Mercy student as it requires a Mercy email. 

  4. Daily Ruvna Health Screening - All parents, guardians,and students will receive an email and text message each morning that should be completed prior to her coming onto campus. If you have any questions about receiving these notifications please contact our Registrar Stephanie Jewett

  5. Parents Attend Mandatory Parent/ Guardian Safety Training - All parents are expected to attend a Mandatory Parent/ Guardian Safety Training session.

  6. Students Attended a Safety Training the Week of February 1 - All students attended an on campus safety training the week of February 1. If your daughter was unable to attend this training for any reason, please have her contact our Assistant Head of School for Student Life Coach RG.

*Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for students to be considered cleared to return to campus.