The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur is a Catholic, independent, college prepatory school for young women in grades 6 through 12.

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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.

PHASED REOPENING

To welcome our students back to campus, we shall start to gather on campus following this schedule:

August 31: Students new to Notre Dame only (all 6th grade and any transfer students)
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 (bbonner@ndapa.org) or our Associate Head of School, Dr. Willis (lwillis@ndapa.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.

Access the Daily Check Form Here

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Download the 2020 Notre Dame Fall Reopening Plan here.

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Guiding Principles

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

Please check the Frequently Asked Questions on this page or contact:

Dr. Liz Willis
Associate Head of School
 
Mrs. Bridget Bonner
Director of Middle School