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. We are limiting parents and visitors to classes and lunchrooms until after Labor Day.

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.

 

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

We will require masks for our 6th-grade volleyball team, the only indoor sports team this fall. We strongly encourage those who are able to be vaccinated. If a whole team is vaccinated, they will not need to quarantine if exposed to the virus. The athletic department is operating within the guidelines set forth by the TSSAA, Shelby League, and state and local governments.

Testing

St. Mary's will offer optional PCR testing for unvaccinated 6th-grade students and below. Scheduled testing dates for the fall are currently Aug. 30, Sept. 13, and Sept. 27. If you would like to sign up for testing, please email Lynn Isaacs by the Thursday before the testing date

 

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.