Health & Safety Precautions

We believe that the school and each family hold responsibilities to ensure the health of our school community. Our priority is the safety and wellness of our students and their families, as well as our faculty and staff. The COVID variants still present challenges to the health of our community. We are continuing to monitor an actively changing landscape and listen to the experts including the Shelby County Health Department and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. We reserve the right to change protocols as conditions change in our community.

 

As we look to return to school on January 4, our goal is to maintain a healthy campus for our students and employees. Shelby County and SMS community case numbers have risen significantly over the last few weeks. So it’s important that we all take the necessary precautions to protect the health of our school community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its recommendations on isolation and vaccination status based on when you received your last shot.

 

We believe that the school and each family hold responsibilities to ensure the health of our school community. Our priority is the safety and wellness of our students and their families, as well as our faculty and staff. We reserve the right to change protocols as conditions change in our community.

We will continue to require masks for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to campus until further notice. 

 

Masks

All students, faculty, staff, and visitors are required to wear face coverings indoors. This includes classrooms, hallways, lunch line, Chapel, and Aftercare. Please make sure that your student has a mask on campus at all times. Teachers are encouraged to take students outdoors so the children can remove their masks. Students will be allowed to take frequent mask breaks.

Physical Distancing

We will provide as much space as possible between students. We will continue to increase ventilation by opening doors and windows when possible. 

Lunch on North Campus

Our youngest children (St. Mary’s Space and Pre-K) will eat lunch in their classrooms. For those participating in the meal plan, lunch will be delivered to their classroom. For our older students, we will encourage students to eat outside as much as possible. We’ve expanded our lunch schedule to three periods in order to provide ample spacing in the cafeteria. We will also open doors to increase ventilation.

Extracurricular and Athletic Activities

The athletic department is operating within the guidelines set forth by the TSSAA, Shelby League, and state and local governments.

Cleaning & Sanitation

We will continue to maintain a high level of cleanliness on campus. Students will be encouraged to frequently wash their hands or use hand sanitizer. Classrooms and shared spaces will be cleaned regularly.

Lunch on South Campus

In addition to our spacious new dining room on the South campus, we will increase our dining spaces by converting the faculty dining room and multipurpose room into student seating. We will keep the doors open to increase ventilation. Students are also encouraged to sit outside as we have 15 umbrella-covered tables. Students are also encouraged to bring towels and sit outside on the field.

Illness, Contact Tracing, and Quarantine

Alert the Health Center if your daughter is positive for COVID or has been identified as a close contact. If your child is showing any signs of illness, please keep her home. Please get tested when recommended and follow contact tracing, quarantine, and isolation protocols. When a positive case is reported on campus or in athletics, we will follow Shelby County’s guidance for contact tracing. The Health Centers on both campuses have added space for the isolation of ill students. Please contact Nurse Judy Bearman if you have any questions. Learn more about isolation quarantine, and close contact guideline.