2020 Fall Reopening Plan
The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur is committed to having our talented Notre Dame students return to campus this fall in a safe environment.
The value of community is central to Notre Dame's identity and the developmental importance of our students sharing time together on campus in social, spiritual, academic and athletic contexts cannot be underestimated.
Notre Dame Administrators, in coordination with a Parent Task Force of health, risk, and emergency management professionals and the Academy's Board of Trustees, have been involved in intense planning of the Academy's 2020 Notre Dame Fall Reopening Plan. You may read or download the Reopening Plan here.
The plan complies with Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and the directives from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. They also reflect best practice in creating a robust hybrid teaching and learning environment under the current conditions. The Academy of Notre Dame has also considered and utilized information and recommendations from the following sources:
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania School Phased Reopening Guidance
Pennsylvania Department of Education Research Report
This plan assumes that Delaware County is in the Green Phase or modified Green Phase, as defined by Governor Tom Wolf and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. If Delaware County were to move into the Yellow Phase or the Red Phase, Notre Dame would transition immediately to a complete online teaching/learning environment during those phases.
This plan also calls on every member of the Notre Dame community to embrace our cherished values of mutual respect, integrity (Honor Code), willingness to sacrifice for the common good and foster community bonds across generations. All these values speak to our core identity and Mission.
To welcome our students back to campus, we shall start to gather on campus following this schedule:
August 31: Entire 6th grade, entire 9th grade, and transfer students: Orientation
September 1: All Middle School Students, only
September 2: All Freshmen and Sophomores, only
September 3: All Juniors and Seniors, only
September 8: All students return to campus for classes that will run Monday through Friday each week.
These days will include a number of welcome back and orientation activities, in addition to health and safety meetings with our school nurse and support staff. If your daughter is unable to participate during her scheduled date, please contact our Director of Middle School, Mrs. Bonner (email@example.com) or our Director of Upper School, Mrs. Burke (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Due to rapidly changing developments regarding COVID-19, we commit to sharing timely and informative communications with our community through email and our weekly newsletter, ND Weekly. Any new developments will be announced on this page.
HEALTH AND SAFETY GUIDELINES
Detailed health and safety guidelines are presented in the 2020 Notre Dame Fall Reopening Plan, which may be viewed here. The list below contains abbreviated guidelines.
Stay at home if you are ill or have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
All persons desiring to be present on or visit the Academy of Notre Dame’s campus will be required to stay home if they have traveled to areas requiring quarantine after visiting, have been in contact with a case of COVID-19, and/or display any symptoms related to COVID-19 over the past two weeks. Please reference this link for the latest list of areas requiring quarantine after visiting.
Pre-arrival: All students, teachers and staff are expected to use a pre-check system (Daily Check) prior to arrival to campus but no later than 7:30 a.m. in order to determine status of health on a daily basis. Daily Check responses will be checked every day by the Human Resources department for employees and by homeroom teachers for students when taking attendance. The Daily Check form may be accessed through Canvas or on this page.
Upon arrival: All students, teachers and staff are to sanitize their hands upon arrival within a campus building. No lockers will be used. Hand sanitizing stations will be positioned through the campus, at every main entry/exit.
- How will ND remain safe when the community is on campus?
- When does the school year start? How does the calendar change?
- What is the “Daily Check?”
- What happens if there is a diagnosed case of Covid-19 on campus?
- What happens if someone our family is in contact with gets a positive Covid-19 diagnosis?
- How long should I quarantine?
- Will visitors be allowed on campus?
- Do I need to wear a mask when on campus?
- Does my daughter have the option of staying home full time?
- Are there any changes to sports seasons/athletics?
- What is Notre Dame’s plan if we are required to move fully online?
- How are Notre Dame teachers being prepared for online teaching?
- What can families do at home to support a healthy and positive school year?
- Whom should I contact if I have any questions?
Promote the Mission and Hallmarks of the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur
Provide a safe and healthy environment for the Notre Dame Community
Create a vibrant teaching/learning experience by maintaining the integrity and richness of our academic program
Foster a deep sense of community by building connections and fostering relationships, particularly for our newest community members
Provide structured curricular and co-curricular activities/services that promote the general wellbeing of our students