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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 were in place prior to the return of our students in August. This group included 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, closely followed guidelines provided to us by the CDC, NKY Health Department, the Kentucky Department of Education and the Diocese of Covington. They also took 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 put 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 (long term): Full remote learning

  • Plan 4 - Remote Learning @ NDA (short term): Full remote learning
Beginning on Monday, August 17, Notre Dame Academy 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. 

In an abundance of caution, we transitioned to Plan 3 of our Pandas Return to School Plan with Remote Learning @ NDA on November 12 and planned to return to Plan 1 on November 23. On Thursday, November 18, Governor Beshear signed an executive order mandating all public and private schools to cease in-person instruction beginning November 23. As a result of this order, Notre Dame Academy continued with Plan 3 of our Pandas Return to School Plan with Remote Learning @ NDA until January 4, 2021, following Christmas break.

After careful consideration of the data collected by our COVID-19 Team over Christmas break, the team decided to stagger our return to campus on January 4 to ensure that we could provide a safe and healthy environment when our students returned from Christmas break. To that end, only freshmen and sophomores reported to campus on Monday, January 4 and only juniors and seniors reported to campus on Tuesday, January 5. We followed Plan 1 of our Pandas Return to Campus Plan with a full return of everyone to school on Wednesday, January 6 and thereafter. 

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 Requests:
Contact NDA's Administration to request remote learning.

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 or Tina Sizemore, RN., the school nurse, 859-292-1843

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 receive in the Panda Press Weekly. These directives along with our NDA travel advisory information 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.


  • According to the CDC, travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. 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 10 or 14 day quarantine in order to return to school. Considerations for this include the location, trip activities and the mode of travel.

  • Prior to your trip, travel must be reported to our school nurse, Tina Sizemore, RN. (859.292.1843), Mrs. McLeod (859.292.1821) or Mrs. Grayson (859.292.1826).

  • International travel will require a mandatory 14 day quarantine.

  • Domestic travel that meets any of the following criteria will require a
     mandatory 10 day quarantine:

    • Travel via public transportation such as plane or bus
    • Travel to a to a state with a positivity rate of 15% or higher

  • A positive test result showing your daughter has antibodies from an infection that causes COVID-19 and/or a COVID-19 vaccination does NOT eliminate the need to quarantine after travel.

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
Letter from Superintendent Kendra McGuire 11-28-20
Updated Guidelines from the Diocese of Covington
Letter from Superintendent Kendra McGuire 12-17-20
Updated Guidelines from the Diocese of Covington 01-22-21