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COVID-19 Mitigation Information

 
Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School is dedicated to the health and safety of our school community.

In considering the needs of our entire school community, the following mitigation strategies are in place, and effective implementation of our policies and procedures require the cooperation of all.

The outlined policies and procedures are in place to ensure the health and safety of the entire Gwynedd community, while continuing to monitor health guidelines and recommendations as the situation continues to evolve. Your continued patience and flexibility over the coming weeks and months as we anticipate adjustments may be required based upon the most recent guidance. 

Masking 

In compliance with a directive from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, all students, faculty, staff, and visitors, working, attending, or visiting the school are required to wear a face mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status.  

Athletics 

  • At this time, masks are not required for student athletes of outdoor sports and sporting events while actively engaged in athletic performance. We will continue to monitor this during the school year. 

  • The Athletics Department may require student athletes to wear masks on the sidelines and in training facilities. We will continue to monitor this during the school year. 

  • Outdoor athletic event spectators need not wear masks. 

Ruvna App
We ask all parents to continue to monitor student symptoms. Only unvaccinated individuals (and those who chose not to disclose vaccination status) are required to complete the Ruvna app daily prior to morning arrival.  

Surveillance and Diagnostic Testing  

In conjunction with the Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH) and Affinity Empowering, free COVID-19 testing will be offered weekly at Gwynedd for all students, faculty, and staff, regardless of vaccination status.

Testing Details:

  • As of September 21, COVID-19 testing is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the Community Period at 9:20AM. Testing will be performed by a registered nurse.
  • The test will be self-administered and involves two sterile, non-chemical nasal swabs.
  • The test turnaround time is 24-48 hours.
  • Individuals testing positive will be contacted by the nurse and will be required to abide by the Montgomery County Office of Public Health School COVID-19 Isolation & Quarantine Guidelines.

Contact Tracing  
We will continue to work with Montgomery County Health Department to contact trace any students, faculty and staff with a positive COVID-19 test result, whether through surveillance testing or diagnostic tests. Students, faculty, and staff who are “close contacts” and who are fully vaccinated will not need to quarantine. Students, faculty, and/or staff who test positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate, regardless of vaccination status. 

Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School will follow the guidance provided by the Montgomery County Health Department. In the event of a positive case, member(s) of the school community may return to our campus in accordance with the guidelines of the Montgomery County Health Department.  

Vaccination clinics
The following provides a listing of COVID-19 vaccination clinics administered by the Montgomery County Office of Public Health as well as select other local clinics. Please note that walk-ins are welcome at all clinics unless otherwise noted. Appointments are typically recommended to keep wait times low.  

https://www.montcopa.org/3660/COVID-19-Vaccine  

https://www.montcopa.org/3671/COVID-19-Vaccine-FAQs  

Facilities Cleaning, Sanitizing, Disinfecting, and Ventilation 

  • Continue enhanced cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting standards will continue. 
  • HVAC Units have been serviced and filters will continue to be replaced regularly 

  • Adequate sanitizing and disinfecting supplies will be available to support healthy hygiene practices. 

  • Continue to practice social distancing during lunch periods.