COVID-19 is a contagious viral illness that spreads in the air through coughing, sneezing, and talking. Recent information suggests COVID-19 is spread by people who are not showing symptoms. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. For additional information regarding COVID-19, please visit the OCHD website at
Please watch for any symptoms of COVID-19. If your daughter develops symptoms, we urge you to get her tested for COVID-19. Testing locations can be found using the COVID-19 Test Finder at If your daughter or anyone residing in your household tests positive for COVID-19, is awaiting COVID-19 test results or is symptomatic, your daughter must stay home from school. COVID-19 positive test results or exposure should be promptly reported to Dean of Student Affairs, Mrs. Eleasha Tarplin ( or 248-893-3568). COVID-19 data within our Mercy HS community will be disclosed at the end of each week.

To protect the health of our School Community and per the Emergency Order issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Mercy High School will provide Public Notice to our School Community regarding School Associated Cases of COVID-19. Within 24 hours of being notified of a School Associated Case by the Oakland County Health Department or any other regional health department, this dashboard will be updated to include new and cumulative COVID-19 case counts. Individuals identified as Close Contacts of School Associated Cases will be notified separately and directly by the Oakland County Health Department.

The Oakland County Health Department assured us that our continued adherence to social distancing, limited classroom capacity size, wearing of masks, and disinfecting practices offer us the best chances to mitigate the spread of this virus throughout the school. As we work in partnership for the safety of our community, please encourage your daughter to also follow social distancing practices outside of school. Please know that you will be personally contacted by the local health department if your daughter is ever considered to be at any exposure risk.


We are excited to announce that we will soon welcome back all students to four days of in-person instruction! Although changes will soon be made to the structure of our Wednesday schedule, this day will remain remote. This change will further support the academic, emotional, spiritual and social growth of our students.

We are confident that it is safe to have more in-person instruction now that the number of COVID-19 cases has drastically declined, vaccines have become available for our faculty and staff, and community spread has decreased. Our health and safety protocols will remain firmly in place and will be required of all students.

  • All students will return to four day in-person instruction in March 2021.

  • The GOAL (remote only) option for the remainder of the semester is still offered only for those students with compromised health who need special consideration. If you have questions concerning eligibility for the GOAL program, please contact Dean of Student Affairs, Mrs. Eleasha Tarplin at or 248-893-3568.

  • The hybrid model will be discontinued.

  • We will first welcome Seniors on Monday, March 1 with all other students temporarily remaining on the hybrid or GOAL model.

  • We will welcome 9th, 10th and 11th graders to four day in-person instruction on Monday, March 15.

  • The daily schedule will be revised to accommodate two lunches, announcements and Advisor Group.

  • To maintain social distancing at six feet, different classroom solutions will be needed. Some classrooms will have ample space, others will be moved to a larger area to accommodate more students.

  • In a small number of situations, it will be necessary to split between two classrooms with an assigned teacher assistant to aid teacher-led synchronous learning, made possible by our robust technology resources. In these cases, students will alternate room location between the teacher and assistant.

  • Wednesday will remain remote so that teachers can best support individual student needs and to allow for planned small group campus activities. It is also an opportunity for deep cleaning. Students will not attend class in-person and there will be no instruction.

We are looking forward to our students returning to a schedule with more in school learning time with their peers. We once again need your help to do this. To assure everyone’s health, it is imperative that families continue to practice recommended health protocols including avoiding large gatherings, wearing masks, washing hands and social distancing. We also respectfully ask that you not allow groups of students to meet at your home and that your daughter not be allowed to meet with groups at other homes or indoor locations to help mitigate spread of COVID-19.

We are delighted for our students return and thank you for your continued prayers and support!


General COVID-19 resources can be found on the Health Division’s website at or by contacting Nurse on Call at 800-848-5533 or Nurse on Call is available 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday. For up-to-date public health information, follow @publichealthOC on Facebook and Twitter.


Oakland County’s drive-thru COVID-19 testing locations are relocating beginning Monday, Nov. 30 in order to provide shelter from winter weather. The new locations will be in the communities of Holly, Rochester, Southfield, and Pontiac.

The new testing locations will be open by appointment only from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. as follows:

Mondays: Old Holly Fire Station,
• 313 S. Broad St, Holly

Tuesdays: Rochester Fire Station,
• 277 E. Second St, Rochester

Wednesdays: Southfield City Hall Employee Parking Deck,
• 26000 Evergreen Rd, Southfield

Thursdays: Pontiac Fire Station,
• 348 South Blvd, Pontiac

COVID-19 tests are available for anyone age 4 years and over. Children age 17 years and under must have COVID-19 symptoms and be a resident of or attend school in Oakland County to be tested. There is no charge for tests and no prescription is needed; however, appointments are required. Please call Nurse on Call at 1-800-848-5533 to make an appointment.


The safety, mental wellness and learning needs of our Mercy family is of highest priority. Through adherence to stringent COVID-19 prevention protocols, we commit to providing the excellence of a Mercy education. Working together, we can lessen the risks associated with virus transmission to maximize the possibility of continuity of full in-person instruction.

We take seriously our responsibility as educators to do all that we can to help our students continue to grow academically, spiritually and socially through this challenging time. Because COVID-19 is a novel disease, our knowledge and best practices are ever evolving. What is consistent is our priority to the health and safety of our students and staff, while committing to academic excellence for all students.

Thank you for your support as we work in partnership to navigate these extraordinary circumstances.