Principal Newsletter 10.1.20

Happy October! I hope that you and your family are enjoying the crisp autumn weather. October is always a memorable month. We have many exciting events ahead of us including Confirmation for the Class of 2021, Unity Day, All Saints Pageant, and a socially distanced day of Halloween activities!

A Parent Meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 5th at 6:30PM. The meeting should last for about 45 minutes. A Zoom link will be emailed on Monday morning. The meeting will be an overview of the past month. The meeting will be recorded and emailed if you are unable to attend.

Please note that TerraNova testing has moved to November for all Diocesan schools.

Protocols for when a Student is Ill During the School Day

Please additional clarification from the Diocese and Department of Health if a student becomes sick during the school day.

Any individual who exhibits COVID-like symptoms which potentially include, but are not limited to, the following during the school day must be immediately isolated and sent home according to the established protocols and according to the best judgment and discretion of the school nurse

  • Fever of 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • Cough
  • Stuffy nose
  • Chills
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion/runny nose
  • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
  • Muscle/body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Headache

Return to School

Any individual who is sent home ill is required to submit medical clearance signed by a licensed NYS Medical Professional clearly stating the individual can return to school, and either indicate a diagnosis, or that the illness was not COVID-related. There are no exceptions to this requirement. 

The medical clearance must be emailed to Ms. Hinkson at rhinkson@olmercyca.com.

If a COVID test is administered according to doctor recommendation, students must remain home while awaiting results, and a copy of the negative COVID test result should accompany the medical clearance letter.

Protocols for when Students are Kept Home from School Due to Illness

Any individual who calls out ill is required to submit medical clearance signed by a licensed NYS Medical Professional clearly stating the individual can return to school, and either indicate a diagnosis, or that the illness was not COVID-related. There are no exceptions to this requirement. 

The medical clearance must be emailed to Ms. Hinkson at rhinkson@olmercyca.com.

If a COVID test is administered according to doctor recommendation, students must remain home while awaiting results, and a copy of the negative COVID test result should accompany the medical clearance letter.

Wall of Fame

Wall of Fame will begin on Thursday, October 1st. Students in Grades 1-8 have the opportunity participate each month. Students that receive Wall of Fame will earn a dress-down pass and a special prize.

To earn Wall of Fame, students must:

  • Be prepared for class
  • No unexcused lateness
  • No unexcused absences
  • No missing homework assignments
  • Classwork is complete
  • No uniform violations
  • No detention/disciplinary issues