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COVID-19 Information

Pandas Return to Campus Plan

Notre Dame Academy developed the Pandas Return to Campus Plan to safely welcome our students back to campus for the 2020-21 school year. 

To that end, NDA assembled a 2020-21 School Planning Team with several subcommittee members to ensure the necessary health and safety measures are in place prior to the return of our students. This group includes NDA leaders in administration, technology, facilities, finance and communications along with medical professionals from within our NDA community. These dedicated professionals, along with their committee members, are closely following guidelines provided to us by the CDC, NKY Health Department, the Kentucky Department of Education and the Diocese of Covington. They are also taking into consideration all of the data collected from parent surveys as well as input from faculty, staff and students. 

As the COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving, our 2020-21 School Planning Team is putting together three plans for the upcoming school year: 

  • Plan 1 - Traditional Learning @ NDA:  Full return to school with safety precautions in place

  • Plan 2 - Blended Learning @ NDA: Combination of online and in person classes to reduce the number of students at school 

  • Plan 3 - Remote Learning @ NDA: Full remote learning
Beginning on Monday, August 17, Notre Dame Academy has followed Plan 1 with a full return of everyone to school for the 2020-21 school year with safety precautions in place. NDA began the school year with an orientation week 

to walk students through a typical school day. That day included: 

  • Completion of NDA’s COVID-19 Symptom Check form prior to arriving on campus 
  • Report to school entering at assigned entrance
  • Temperature check
  • Welcome and class meeting in NDA Theatre
  • Mini walk-through for meet and greet with teachers
  • Dismissal
Additional information regarding our health and safety policies for the upcoming school year can be found in our Pandas Return to Campus Plan. This document includes important information about precautions we are taking on campus this school year to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. You can also find information regarding our healthy policies and protocols regarding a possible coronavirus diagnosis within our NDA community. 


We appreciate the cooperation of our entire NDA community throughout these challenging times. As we move forward, please know that our goal is to protect the health and wellbeing of our students, faculty and staff while continuing to meet our responsibility to educate our students. Thank you for partnering with us in your daughter’s Catholic education.


Questions about NDA's Pandas Return to Campus Plan? 
Thank you for partnering with us for the 2020-21 school year. If you have any questions about the NDA Return to Campus Plan, please submit them HERE. We will be providing answers to the questions we receive within the next two weeks.

Remote Learning Request Form:
Families who choose to join school remotely must request remote learning for their daughter with a Remote Learning Request Form by August 7, 2020. This decision will be reevaluated after the first two weeks of the school year and parents can then make a decision regarding in person or remote learning for their daughter for the remainder of the quarter. Families will be asked at the end of the first quarter what they would like to do for the 2nd quarter.

NDA Visitor COVID-19 Symptom Check:

COVID-19 Response Chart for Students and Staff
COVID-19 Response Chart for Students and Staff 


COVID-19 Information from the NDA Nurse's Office

How to Protect Yourself and Others - COVID-19

If a person within your household is being tested for COVID-19, your daughter must stay home until results are received and confirmed. 

In the event that someone in your household is being tested for COVID-19, please contact Mrs. McLeod in the front office 859-292-1821 mcleods@ndapandas.org or Tina Sizemore, the school nurse, 859-292-1843 sizemoret@ndapandas.org

Even if the person within your household is being tested for COVID-19 as a precautionary measure or you are seeking a definitive diagnosis from a physician, please keep your daughter home from school until results are received and confirmed. 


COVID-19 Relief Fund for NDA Families
If you would like to support the COVID-19 Relief Fund OR if you are an NDA family in need of financial assistance due to the global pandemic, CLICK HERE to learn more about NDA's COVD-19 Relief Fund. 

NDA COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies
NDA COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies

Travel Advisory Information

There are specific directives from the Diocese of Covington regarding travel which parents received in the Panda Press Weekly. These directives are listed below and can also be found on page 13 of the Diocese of Covington Department of Catholic Schools COVID-19 Return to School Requirements.

FAMILY TRIPS:

  • According to the CDC, travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html

  • To help keep our school communities safe, all families are discouraged from traveling to another country or state for family trips.

  • Families must notify the school of trips that may increase student exposure to COVID-19.

  • As a result of traveling, students may be subject to a 14 day quarantine in order to return to school. Considerations for this include the location, trip activities and the mode of travel.

  • Travel that meets any of the following criteria will require a mandatory 14 day quarantine:

    • Travel via public transportation such as plane or bus
    • Travel outside of the United States
    • Travel to the states listed under the Kentucky Department of Health travel advisory. This is based on states with a positivity testing rate at or above 15%. See latest data HERE

​Additional information from the Diocese of Covington (10.09.20) 
We have received a few questions regarding a recent update to Kentucky’s Travel Advisory.  For reference, the Kentucky Department of Health recently added the state of Florida to its travel advisory.  Prior to adding Florida, Kentucky’s travel advisory had recommended a 14-day self-quarantine for travelers who visit any state reporting a COVID-19 positive testing rate equal to or greater than 15%.  Florida was added to the advisory because they have lifted their COVID-19 restrictions and there may be a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 as a result of travel there.

In the current “Diocese of Covington COVID-19 Return to School” document, the mandatory travel quarantine is based on the positivity rate.  As a result, travel to Florida at this time does not require a mandatory quarantine unless students are traveling by commercial means, they are planning to engage in higher risk activities such as visiting amusement parks, or the positivity rate reaches 15%.  Families who choose to travel to Florida are encouraged to use extra caution and should notify the school if they choose to participate in the state recommended 14-day self-quarantine upon return.  An update to the COVID-19 Return to School document will be released on Monday, October 19th and will align its 14-day quarantine mandate to include any places listed on the Kentucky Department of Health travel advisory.


NDA Athletics
NDA Athletics COVID-19 Workouts Policies July 13-August 2, 2020

Diocesan Correspondence
Letter from Superintendent Mr. Michael Clines
Reopening School Letter from Diocese 08.12.20
Diocese School Covid Response - Updated August 28, 2020
Holiday Weekend Parent Letter 09.02.20
Return to School Requirements - Updated October 19, 2020
Return to Sports - October 
Miscellaneous School Activities 10-19