The Archdiocese of Agaña’s Office of Catholic Education announces that a Notre Dame High School teacher has tested positive for COVID-19. The person tested positive late yesterday afternoon, Thursday, March 11 and notified Principal Mariesha Cruz-San Nicolas.
Though the teacher did not acquire the virus at the school, Notre Dame is following all the necessary steps to ensure the safety of its students and adults.
The archdiocese has initiated its Mitigation Plan and Protocols and is working closely with the Department of Public Health and Social Services on contact tracing. That includes coordinating testing for students with possible exposure, which is limited to only students in the teacher’s class.
There are no classes at Notre Dame today as scheduled due to Office Hours Day. However, the school’s seniors had a Mass and ring ceremony at 9 a.m. at the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica. The Mass and ceremony was held as scheduled since the seniors were not exposed to the teacher who tested positive.
The principal is communicating with parents, students, faculty and staff and will advise them of any updates. By law, neither the school nor Public Health are permitted to disclose the names of individuals who have COVID-19.
Archbishop Michael Byrnes, Superintendent Juan Flores, NDHS President Sister Jean Ann Crisostomo, SSND and Principal Mariesha Cruz-San Nicolas extend their prayers to the teacher, the NDHS Family and all who have contracted COVID-19.
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