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COVID-19 and Other Resources

As the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we are responding with best practices to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff and DMCA community. Please note that our policies, procedures, and information are subject to change based on the advice of Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown or other governing bodies. We will keep you apprised as information becomes available and update this site accordingly. In the meantime, we encourage you to stay in contact and read our communications included below. Information is also provided on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

COVID-19 Weekly Instructional Review Process
Each week, a team of DMCA administrators, our health coordinator and a DMCA board representative meets to determine instructional guidelines for the following week. The team thoroughly reviews local COVID-19 information, including quarantine and exposures within the DMCA community; PA Department of Health county positivity rates, statistics and recommendations; current Diocesan guidelines; and other data. Based on these findings, the team determines the instructional methodology for the following week. Families are notified by approximately 5 pm on the Thursday prior to the upcoming week via email and our Facebook page.

PA Department of Health Updates
 
DMCA Resources 
An array of resources are available by clicking on the links to the right. Resources include:
Cleaning East
  • Help Keep Our Students Save as We Return to School -
    Kristen Instone, RN, DMCA Health Coordinator
  • DMCA Health and Safety Plan
  • DMCA Health and Safety Plan Overview
  • DMCA Athletic Resocialization Plan
  • DMCA Music and Fine Arts Health and Safety Plan
  • Health and Safety Plan FAQs
  • Pick and Drop-Off Procedures
  • Back-to-School Q&As
 
Our daily protocol includes electrostatic disinfectanting, multiple daily wipe-downs of high-touch areas, specially-fitted desk shields, temperature checks and more.
Weekly Updates
Parents are asked to check their email for Weekly Updates. The updates are typically distributed on Fridays of each school week or Sundays before the start of the next school week.
Grab and Go MealsGrab and Go
Meal orders are available for students who are participating in remote or concurrent instruction. Meals include an assortment of fruits and vegetables, grab-n-go breakfast items, various lunch items, milks and juices, and are available at no cost to students. Please visit our Facebook page to access the most current sign-up form. If you do not have a Facebook account, please call us at 814.961.DMCA (3622) and we will send the information to you. 

Please note that the pick-up location cannot be changed once it's been submitted as part of the order form.