Principal Newsletter 11.5.20

Update on Travel Policy

With the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays just around the corner, we wanted to remind families about travel during these unusual times. The guidelines have once again changed for travel. It is also highly recommended that large groups of families do not travel currently together.  

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo last week announced new guidelines allowing out-of-state travelers to New York to “test out” of the mandatory 14-day quarantine. Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York will continue to be exempt from the travel advisory. The new protocol is effective Wednesday, November 4. 

For any traveler to New York State from out of state, exempting the contiguous states, the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 14-day quarantine are below:

  • For travelers who were in another state for more than 24 hours:
    • Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure from that state.
    • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
    • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests comes back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.
  • For travelers who were in another state for less than 24 hours:

    • The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state, and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.
    • However, the traveler must fill out our traveler form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York.

OLMCA would need to see the results of both COVID tests to clear a child before they come back to school.

Please note that your transparency and honesty are needed to assist us in keeping all in our school including our faculty, staff, and students safe. Thanks in advance for your complete and total cooperation. It is much appreciated as any positive case can have a greater effect on the school community.


Update on Mandatory Testing in the Yellow Zone


As you are aware, Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy is still in the “Yellow Zone.” One crucial component is 20% mandatory testing based on our onsite population. The Diocese has been working to ensure that all the schools follow the governor’s mandates. We have received testing kits from the state. However, the challenge remains:


  1. Who will administer the exams?
  2. How will the exams be reported to the state?
  3. Who will cover the costs of the exams?


The Diocese has been extremely proactive to ensure that all mandates are being met. As soon as more information becomes available, I will let you know. Thank you for your patience and ongoing support.


Breast Cancer Awareness Thank You!

I am extremely overwhelmed at the success of our Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser. Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy raised a total of $914. All proceeds were donated to Ms. Revette Hinkson’s Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness.

On behalf of Ms. Hinkson, I thank you for your generosity and sharing your stories with us. The success of this event truly demonstrates the mission and vision of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy.

Pie Sale and Raffle


Our Annual Thanksgiving Pie Sale began on October 28, 2020. All orders are due by Monday, November 9, 2020. Payment must be made in full with the order form and all checks are to be made payable to the school. ** No late orders will be accepted due to the company’s high volume. Delivery of the pies will be on Monday, November 23, 2020. Our Food Pantry is organizing Thanksgiving baskets for those in need. Their greatest need are pies for a delicious dessert. Please indicate on the order form if you would like to donate a pie to our Food Pantry. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school office.


We are holding a Thanksgiving Day raffle to raise funds for Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy. The revenues generated by this raffle will be used to pay COVID 19 related expenses which continue to grow. Following is a description of the prizes that are available: 1. Thanksgiving Turkey and Sides from Metro Meats: Includes a fully cooked 10-12 lb. turkey, gravy, homemade cranberry sauce, stuffing and two vegetable sides. Enough to feed 8-10 people 2. Thanksgiving Basket: Includes a set of 12 Autumn Scroll Damask Napkins, and a cornucopia of products including: stuffing, pumpkin cookies, cranberry sauce, cakes/cookies/bread mixes, seasonings, sweets, and nuts. 3. Wine and Cheese Basket: Includes 4 bottles of wine, variety of cheeses and sweet/savory treats. Raffle Tickets are $10 dollars each OR 8 for $50. Raffle tickets are were sent home. If you need additional tickets, please contact the office. When filling out the raffle tickets, kindly indicated the prize you want to win. Tickets will be sorted and entered for each prize. Raffles without a Prize Number will be placed in #3. All proceeds will help to cover the cost of Covid-19 related expenses.