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Mercy switches to remote teaching as precaution

mercy-logo-jpg-full-hiresOur Lady of Mercy School is the latest local educational institution to announce that students will be taught remotely instead of attending school en masse, as a precaution against the COVID-19 virus. 

Mercy’s announcement Friday afternoon said students should not return to school on Monday, and the school will operate on a remote basis at least through April 13. Remote instruction will begin on Tuesday. 

Though just a single case of illness caused by the virus has been confirmed in Monroe County, public health officials have said avoiding the congregation of people is the best way to prevent spreading the virus before it is detectable.  

“Our Mercy values compel us to protect the most vulnerable among us by taking preventative measures through social distancing. This is of particular importance at Mercy due to our relationship with the Sisters of Mercy and our physical connection to the Motherhouse—a residence for many elderly or immune-compromised sisters who receive medical services,” the notice said. 

Young, healthy people so far have proved most resistant to illness the virus causes,  but health officials have expressed concern that children may share the virus among each other and carry it to more vulnerable people. 

Allendale Columbia School announced earlier in the week that it is taking similar steps. The Harley School is closed on Monday for a deep cleaning, though it has not yet called for remote learning. McQuaid Jesuit High School is closed on Monday while faculty undergo training in online instruction, but its website says classes will resume on Tuesday.

Most educational institutions are posting statements daily as new decisions are made.

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