Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

St. Andrew's Covid-19 Current Data – South Campus

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  • 1

    Confirmed Employee Cases
  • 3

    Recovered Employee Cases
  • 0

    Confirmed Student Cases
  • 9

    Recovered Student Cases
  • 1

    Employees in Quarantine*
  • 1

    Students in Quarantine*

St. Andrew's Covid-19 Current Data – North Campus

List of 6 items.

  • 1

    Confirmed Employee Cases
  • 7

    Recovered Employee Cases
  • 2

    Confirmed Student Cases
  • 21

    Recovered Student Cases
  • 1

    Employees in Quarantine*
  • 19

    Students in Quarantine*
*Recovered cases are cumulative. Quarantine numbers do include quarantine for close contact or confirmed positive cases.  

*In accordance with the MSDH, all contacts who had exposure to the infected person in the school setting up to 48 hours before symptoms started (or before test date if there were no symptoms) should be quarantined and excluded from the school setting for a full 10 days after last exposure. Quarantine can end after day 10 without testing and if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring. If testing is available, then quarantine can end after Day 7 if an RT-PCR diagnostic specimen is negative and if no symptoms were reported during daily monitoring. The specimen may be collected and tested within 48 hours before the time of planned quarantine discontinuation, but quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than after Day 7.

North Campus Hybrid Schedule

Monday
1/11
Tuesday
1/12
Wednesday
1/13
Thursday
1/14
Friday
1/15
Cycle Day
* 1 2 3 1
On Campus
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Virtual
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COVID-19 Previous Communications

List of 20 items.

  • December 4: Update from the Head of School

    Dear Parents, Faculty, Students, and Administrators,
     
    As a reminder, on Monday December 7 we will begin our final two weeks of the term following the protocols shared in our communication on November 19, which can be found on the COVID-19 page of our website, and described in various forums by division heads this week.
     
    Pre-K3 - Grade 1: in-person instruction or Saints@Home
    Grades 2 - 4: in-person instruction or virtual instruction
    Grades 5 - 12: hybrid instruction or virtual instruction
     
    (If your family is not currently enrolled in the virtual option and would like to, please contact the appropriate division head.)
     
    Moving forward, we must acknowledge that this is an extremely challenging time for many.  It is also clear that we all share a common goal of maintaining a high level of emotional and physical health for students, employees, and parents as well as focusing on the educational needs of our students.  My own conversations over the course of this week reinforced, once again, that the opinions within our Saints community regarding how to best achieve all of these goals simultaneously are wide ranging and strongly held.  This is not surprising given the complexity of our challenge.  Regardless of one’s opinion, it is through a sense of grace, compassion, and empathy that we will most effectively support each other in a time when we need one another more than ever.
     
    At the same time, there continue to be important steps we can all take to achieve our collective goal including wearing masks, social distancing, and frequent hand washing.  Those steps have now been expanded with important guidance from the Mississippi Department of Health imploring citizens to avoid public gatherings of nearly every type.  We strongly encourage all members of the Saints community to read and follow this guidance.
     
    As events throughout the fall have made clear, the choices we make in our personal lives can have a significant impact on the health of our Saints community and our plans for learning. In support of those plans the school has and will continue to make difficult decisions in accordance with our health and safety protocols, potentially and unfortunately including the need to quarantine groups of students.  If a school administrator does reach out regarding a possible case of infection, close contact, or the need to quarantine, we hope you will bear in mind the responsibility we each have to the collective health of our community.  For the many families who have embraced this spirit throughout the fall, we thank you.
     
    Looking toward the new year, our plans are to return to school on January 4 with full time, in-person instruction for all grades with Saints@Home for Pre-K3 - Grade 1 and virtual options for Grades 2 - 12.  Those plans are subject to change based on decisions that are seen as in the best interest of the community.
     
    Thank you for your continued patience, partnership, and support as we continue to navigate the road ahead.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Tom Sheppard
    Head of School
  • November 19: Update from the Head of School

    Dear St. Andrew’s Parents and Students,
     
    I write today with an update on our plans for learning.  As you are undoubtedly aware, cases of COVID infection and hospitalizations are rising rapidly in the state and across the country.  This is especially concerning as we head into the Thanksgiving vacation and consider the return to school on November 30.
     
    Since March we have prioritized the physical and mental health of our community and the educational needs of our students.  The challenges of reconciling the two have, at times, been considerable.  Thanks to the collective efforts of this community, we have experienced a limited number of COVID cases.  We have also maintained a high degree of learning continuity in spite of a notable number of precautionary quarantines following our health and safety protocols.
     
    As part of our ongoing effort to minimize the impact COVID has on our community, we have decided to implement the following measures beginning on November 21:
    1. Between November 21 and 29, the North and South Campuses will be closed to all school activity, including team practices.
    2. Between November 30 and December 4, all classes in grades K-12 will meet virtually in accordance with the Orange Plan described in the Continuity of Learning Matrix.  Both campuses will remain closed with the only exceptions noted below.
    3. Between November 30 and December 4, our Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 classrooms will remain open as a day care facility for those with critical childcare needs.  Please see more details and the required registration form below.
    4. Between November 30 and December 4, all previously scheduled interscholastic athletic contests and artistic performances will be postponed.  Please see more details below.
    5. Between November 30 and December 4, only voluntary athletic practices may be scheduled with the permission of the Director of Athletics.
    6. During the Thanksgiving vacation, we encourage all families and employees to continue reporting COVID cases to the Director of Student Health, Anna Wadlington, by email at wadlingtona@gosaints.org.
    Additionally, beginning on December 7, we will return to learning under the Yellow Plan with hybrid instruction for grades 5 - 12 and in-person instruction for Pre-K3 - Grade 4.  Virtual options and Saints@Home will continue to be offered.  Some important notes:
    1. We will continue to assess community needs and could make further adjustments to this plan if deemed necessary.
    2. Families who are not currently enrolled in the virtual option for Grades 2 - 12, but wish to do so starting on December 7, are encouraged to contact the appropriate division head anytime before December 7.
    3. The Fall Band Concert, originally scheduled for December 3, has been rescheduled for December 10.
    4. The December 5 SAT administration at St. Andrew’s has been cancelled.
    Thank you for your continued support and partnership as we move forward facing these challenges together. Below are additional details, including information on schedules and steps families can take to prepare for our virtual learning week starting on November 30.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Tom Sheppard
    Head of School
     
     
    Important Details and Questions
     
    Why is St. Andrew’s taking these steps now?
    One of our primary goals has always been to maintain continuity of learning, to the highest degree possible, and in a way that prevents any extended school closure. COVID cases are rising rapidly in our local community and nationally.  At the same time, other area schools are experiencing outbreaks. We are also heading into a Thanksgiving holiday that could create more opportunities for exposure within our community.  When we considered these external factors and a variety of internal factors, we concluded it is in the best interest of the St. Andrew’s community to learn virtually while assessing the impact of the Thanksgiving holiday time away from school.
     
    Why are voluntary athletic practices being conducted during the week of November 30 if learning is occurring virtually?
    Just as we hope to ensure continuity of learning, we also hope to ensure continuity in our athletic seasons and arts programs. We will be working to reschedule any athletic contests scheduled for the week of November 30.  We also want to support our student-athletes and the efforts they continue to put forth to ensure a successful season.  While we acknowledge that there is some risk in holding voluntary practices the week of November 30, we weigh that risk against the interruption of the athletic season and the many important educational opportunities that come through athletics.  In making this decision, we call upon all of our student-athletes and their families to embrace the responsibility each team member has toward her or his team in the choices they make that can support the collective health of the team.  We also want to emphasize the voluntary nature of these practices, so as to support families and their individual circumstances.
     
    How do families register for Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 day care?
    Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 day care for the week of November 30 is open to those with critical needs.  If you have a home day care option, we encourage you to exercise that option instead.  If a critical need for day care at St. Andrew’s does exist, please complete this form to register.
     
    Why will Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 remain open for day care while the rest of the school is learning virtually?
    During the summer the school shared that Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 would remain open as a day care facility if at all possible in the case of a government-mandated school closure.  While our current plans are not in response to a government order, we have decided to exercise this option to support day care needs.
     
    When the school returns to hybrid learning under the Yellow Plan, will there be an option for Middle School students to do their virtual days from school?
    When we return to learning under the Yellow Plan on December 7, we will offer an on-campus virtual option for middle school students.  However, with virus concerns high, we ask that families only avail themselves of this option if absolutely necessary for day care. We will send out a registration form during the week of November 30.
     
    What will be the class schedule for virtual learning in each division?
    In the middle and upper schools, students will continue to follow the 3-day rotation that we have already established.  Students will have times scheduled for each class in the morning.  The afternoon will be reserved for homework and asynchronous work.  The general schedule is below by start time (students will be given short breaks in between classes).  Division Heads will follow up with schedules specific for each grade level sent directly to each student and posted on the MySA Resource Boards.
     
    8:15 - First Class
    9:00 - Second Class
    9:45 - Third Class
    10:30 - Fourth Class
    11:15 - Fifth Class
    12:00 - End for Lunch
     
    Lower School: The class schedules for K-4 will be posted on your child’s Google Classroom.  They will have more synchronous learning than in the spring.  Students in Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 will join their teachers via Google Meet at 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily.  Other activities and assignments will be posted on Seesaw.
     
    When will schedules for hybrid learning in the middle and upper school be available? 
    The middle and upper schools will return to the daily schedule we have used this year once we enter our hybrid plan.  As we will be continuing to follow the three-day rotation even while virtual, we expect that transitioning back will be essentially seamless.
     
    What steps can our family take to ensure that our child is prepared to learn virtually starting on November 30?
     
    Lower School: All materials will be sent home with your student tomorrow.  Please ensure that you have a device with internet and access to your child’s Google Classroom for Grades K through 4 (information will be sent home on Friday) or Seesaw (Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 only).  Spend some time getting familiar with the learning platform set up.  It is recommended that you install the Google Classroom app on your phone to allow for easier uploading of assigned work to submit.  Ensure your student has headphones and a quiet place to work.
     
    Middle School: At school on Friday, students will be told what supplies they will need while virtual.  As they are already taking home supplies each evening, we expect that they will mostly already have what they need.  A working Chromebook or other computer and access to the internet are essential.
     
    Upper School: Students will need a working device and access to the internet. Students may also need supplies for individual classes and should contact their teachers regarding any supplies they may need to pick up from school on Friday, November 20.
     
    Technology Considerations Related to Learning
    1. Families in Grades K-12 should review the SA Student Checklist for Technology and Streaming.
    2. The majority of school resources and student support related to technology can accessed from the SA Go Page.
    3. In addition, follow these recommendations:
      • It is advised that students work from a laptop, and not a phone.
      • School work is best completed from an area with good lighting and a designated workspace.
      • Students need to use headphones with a microphone to reduce the background noise and improve conversations.
    4. If you are the parent of a student in Grades 2, 3, or 4 and need to borrow a Chromebook, please complete this form.
  • November 6: Update from the Head of School

    Dear St. Andrew’s Trustees, Parents, Students, Faculty, and Administrators,
     
    I write tonight with two brief but important updates regarding our community.
     
    First, as our COVID journey progresses, I continue to be grateful for all the ways that members of the Saints’ community have been navigating the challenges associated with our COVID journey. Those challenges have been many and they have been trying, but our collective efforts to meet them leave me inspired and hopeful. 
     
    With that being said, it is imperative that we continue to focus on the choices we make inside and outside of school, avoiding any sense of complacency, so that we can support the health of our students, faculty, administrators, and parents. Already this week we are seeing instances where other area schools are having to make the difficult decision to move to full-time virtual learning for all students because COVID cases have spiked within their community. We want to do everything we can to avoid having to make a similar decision at St. Andrew’s. Building upon the thorough COVID safety protocols established this summer, as well as the prudent choices and collective sacrifice of all Saints to date, we ask: 
    1. Everyone to practice physical distancing, wash hands frequently, avoid large social gatherings, wear masks, monitor your health, and obtain a COVID test when requested by our Director of Student Health. 
    2. Parents to remember that both campuses are closed, so parents are asked not to visit administrative offices. If you do need to deliver something to an administrative office, please remain in your car upon arrival and call the office. An administrator will come out and assist you. If there is an approved reason to enter the campus, health screenings should first be completed and masks must always be worn. 
    3. Everyone to review the health and safety protocols described in the Plan for Learning and School Life, the reminders about COVID symptoms published in weekly division newsletters, and the definition of “close contact” as stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
     
    These efforts are always essential and become even more so as we head into flu season and the Thanksgiving holiday.
     
    Second, as the nation’s election process continues, I would like to thank everyone who has contributed in any way to our collective efforts regarding the importance of civility in political discourse. In the weeks ahead, we must continue our work in this regard, focusing especially on the feelings of others, underpinned by the values of an inclusive Episcopal school with varied viewpoints that make such an effort possible. 
     
    Good night and be safe,
     
    Tom Sheppard
    Head of School
  • October 7: Update from the Head of School

    Dear St. Andrew’s Parents and Students,
     
    I write today with an important update to our plans for learning during the 2020-21 school year. On Monday, October 19, we will begin to offer students in the Middle and Upper Schools the opportunity to learn in-person full time, assuming there is not a significant change in our internal COVID numbers before then. We will also continue to offer virtual and hybrid options in both divisions as part of our ongoing commitment to provide families with as many choices as possible. In the Lower School we will continue to offer in-person instruction for all students along with our Saints@Home program for students in Pre-K3 – Grade 1 and virtual options for Grades 2 - 4. While this communication details programmatic changes for only the Middle and Upper Schools, it does contain essential information for all St. Andrew’s families. We ask you to read it closely and, if you have further questions, reach out to the division heads with questions.

    Our COVID Journey - Past, Present, and Future

    The latest publicly available information suggests that aspects of the global pandemic could continue to impact school operations nationwide through at least the end of the school year. While no one can predict the future, we will continue to make decisions based upon what we feel are in the best interest of our community. Since the start of the school year, we have had three confirmed student COVID cases and four confirmed employee COVID cases. While each case is a point of concern as we consider the health and well being of all within our community, we can take pride in our collective efforts to date. For that, we thank you. The health and safety protocols we put in place and the efforts of the entire St. Andrew’s community have played an important role in reassuring us that we can operate safely, even in the midst of a significant challenge.  
     
    Our goal has always been to, once again, offer full-time, in-person instruction. At the same time, our COVID journey has enabled us to imagine the ways in which learning can be customized to support a variety of learners. The process for achieving a return to full-time, in-person instruction is based on a variety of internal and external considerations, which are shared in our COVID-19 Operations Plan Level Decisions, including the ability to make decisions that we believe are in the community’s best interest. In doing so, we are balancing both the physical and emotional health needs of our students and faculty, the needs of our parents, and many other factors. This next step is a part of navigating that balance. Taking that step and upholding our continued commitment to community safety will require a strong partnership among the school, our students, and our parents. If there is an increase in internal COVID spread that threatens to put our community at risk, and we determine it is in the best interest of our community to return to a hybrid or fully virtual model, we will do so.

    The Role of Families

    Our ability to continue operating under a model that includes full-time, in-person instruction will be significantly impacted in a positive or negative sense by adherence to established health protocols while students are on campus and by the choices that families and employees make in their lives outside of school. We are grateful for the sacrifices many families and employees have made in their time away from school that have supported the health of our Saints community. At the same time, we must be ever vigilant. To that end, students who are unable to follow established health protocols will be held accountable with the likely consequence being a requirement to learn virtually, potentially without a previous warning or an opportunity to modify the behavior in question. In support of our efforts, we encourage you to have a conversation with your child about the importance of adhering to COVID health protocols, including wearing a mask and maintaining distance when possible, before full-time, in-person learning is available to families on October 19.

    How We Will Transition to Offering Full-Time, In-Person Instruction

    The first day for which full-time, in-person instruction will be available is Monday, October 19. Friday, October 16 will be an asynchronous virtual day for the Middle and Upper School students with students completing a series of assignments outside of a class schedule. Families who wish to have their children complete their work on campus will be able to do so in a supervised setting if, and only if, there is a demonstrated need for childcare. Please complete this form to request childcare on October 16. By using Friday, October 16 as an asynchronous virtual day, our Middle and Upper School faculty will be able to reconfigure their classrooms in preparation for additional learners.

    How You Can Learn More

    In the days ahead, Mr. Ware and Mr. Elliott will provide more information that will assist families in their decision regarding virtual, hybrid, or in-person instruction. Look for updates in the weekly division emails and on the COVID-19 page of our website.
     
    A crucial element to our success during the COVID journey is that the school and parents work in partnership, acknowledging that the variety of opinions on the path forward is wide-ranging. To support this partnership and to help all develop deeper understanding, we will host two webinars on the evening of Tuesday, October 13. By the end of the week, Mr. Elliott and Mr. Ware will send out links for the webinars.

    How Your Family Can Select Hybrid, Virtual, or In-Person

    Families in grades 5 through 12 may select their choice for learning in hybrid, virtual, or in-person beginning on October 19 by completing this form. The form will close on October 14. Families who do not select an option will continue with their current choice of hybrid or virtual.
     
    A family’s decision to have a child learn in a hybrid, virtual, or in-person manner will remain in place through the end of the second quarter or as long as the school feels that conditions within our community make it possible.

    Questions Families May Have

    Will the school’s decision to offer full-time, in-person instruction impact the ability to create physically distanced classrooms with desks at least six feet apart in the Middle and Upper Schools?
    Depending on how many families choose each learning mode, it is possible that some classrooms will have desks that are fewer than six feet apart. They will be spaced as far apart as possible. Some teachers may also employ innovative strategies for learning that create opportunities for students to learn outside the classroom and, in doing so, further enhance physical distancing. Our other mitigation strategies including masks, health screenings, hand sanitizing, air filtration, and additional facilities cleaning will still be in place. In addition to the school’s mitigation strategies, one of our most effective and important tools to combat the pandemic comes in the form of the choices families make outside of school. We ask families again to carefully consider those choices as part of their responsibility to our collective health.
     
    Why is the school continuing to offer hybrid learning if the school cannot guarantee physically distanced classrooms?
    An essential element of our plan for learning has always been to give families as many choices as possible, enabling families to consider that which is best for their personal circumstances. There may be reasons why a family wishes for their child to learn in a hybrid mode beyond the need for physically distanced classrooms. As such, we feel it is important to provide that opportunity.
     
    How does this decision fit within the context of the COVID-19 Plan Level Decisions and the Continuity of Learning Matrix?
    The COVID-19 Operations Plan Level Decisions and the Continuity of Learning Matrix establish criteria for decision making during this COVID journey including a series of internal and external considerations. Among the internal considerations is the ability for school leadership to make decisions that it feels are in the community’s best interest. In addition, we have maintained a commitment throughout our planning process this summer and our operations this fall to provide families with as many choices as possible in terms of the learning experience this year. In the end, there are no easy answers, and, in seeking those answers, we continually consider a variety of factors related to physical health, emotional well-being, access to learning, and a desire to support the needs of everyone within the St. Andrew’s community. In many cases, these factors are diametrically opposed to one another. In this decision, we will introduce the opportunity for in-person learning while continuing to operate all other aspects of school life under the Yellow Plan described in the Continuity of Learning Matrix. Such an approach reflects our belief that organizational planning must be clear and thoughtful while also being adaptable and forward thinking.
     
    What will happen at the end of the second quarter?
    The Thanksgiving break is a time of concern for schools across the country given the possibility of additional travel, the return of university students to their homes, and other factors that might increase community spread. At the current time, our plan is to continue with in-person instruction as long as we feel it is safe to do so. However, as more information becomes available and as we assess what is best for the community, our plans for the period after Thanksgiving could evolve.
     
    As families plan for the upcoming long weekend and longer holidays in November and December, it is an important opportunity to reflect upon the partnership between school and families, considering the ways in which the choices families and employees make outside of school can directly impact the health of the community. Our ability to continue school operations with a full-time, in-person option will be impacted by the ability of our community to follow school health protocols and practice mitigation strategies in all aspects of our lives. We continue to be grateful for and appreciative of the efforts that many in our community are making in this regard.
     
    Thank you for your continued partnership and support during this journey.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Tom Sheppard
    Head of School
  • September 11: Update from the Head of School

    Dear St. Andrew’s Families and Students,
     
    We write today with an important update on our plans for learning as we approach September 16, the first date we previously established to assess the possibility of transitioning to the Blue Plan which would allow for full time in-person instruction on the North Campus.
     
    Let me begin by thanking the entire St. Andrew’s community for the efforts we have all undertaken to support the health of our community. The degree to which students, faculty, administrators, and parents have embraced and consistently practiced our mitigation strategies leaves me very hopeful for our long term prospects. Not unexpectedly, in a few instances encouragement and thoughtful reminders have been necessary, but even there the willingness to alter patterns of behavior speaks volumes to the collective sense of responsibility we all share.
     
    After assessing the internal and external considerations described in the COVID-19 Operations Plan Level Decisions document, we have made the difficult decision to continue with school operations under the Yellow Plan after September 16. This will include in-person instruction with modifications on the South Campus, hybrid learning on the North Campus, and a virtual learning option for grades 2-12. Our Saints@Home program for Pre-K3 – Grade 1 will also continue.
     
    As we continually tend to the needs of our students and faculty, it is also worth noting here that our assessment of internal considerations was based on many conversations and much feedback. Perhaps most significantly and impressively to me was the voice of students in which they recently expressed concern regarding the way a return to in-person instruction on the North Campus could exacerbate COVID-related challenges being experienced in our community and others.
     
    Also in support of our students, we will implement the following modifications to the learning experience at the North Campus beginning on September 15 and the days that follow. These modifications are designed to support our students’ emotional needs and emerge from countless constructive conversations with parents and students since the school year began.
    1. Upper School students will be able to complete their virtual learning days on campus if they so choose beginning on September 21. Space will be limited to 40 students per day, and students who choose this option must complete every virtual day on campus. Mr. Ware will provide a registration form for families next week.
    2. The A and B Learning Groups for both the Middle and Upper School will be reconfigured starting on September 21 with more information to follow shortly from division heads. We will continue to assign siblings to the same schedule.
    3. “Grab and Go” lunch offerings will be available through Flik Food Service beginning on September 21 with more information to follow shortly.
    4. Break and lunch periods will be lengthened by 10 minutes. In their September 14 weekly emails, the Middle and Upper School division heads will forward information about revised daily schedules necessitated by this adjustment. We will operate under the adjusted schedules beginning on September 15. Drop off and pick up times will be unaffected.
     

    Important Considerations for Families

    The modifications cited above are important steps we can take to support the social-emotional wellness of our students in this most challenging time during which there are no easy paths forward. They also emerge out of many conversations and feedback provided by the community. As our journey continues, it is important that this spirit of dialogue and understanding continue. It is also important for us to be optimistic and, at the same time, realistic that our COVID journey may have many twists and turns before it comes to an end. It is likely that this journey will continue for quite some time and may not end until a vaccine is widely available, possibly next summer.
     
    We acknowledge that many of us would like to experience a return to full time in-person instruction without modifications on both campuses. At the same time, we must also work to ensure that we do not unintentionally cause conditions on either campus to deteriorate to the point that we must move to a fully virtual model for any period of time during the year. Regardless of the mode of learning under which we operate, we will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our community.
     
    Already, this athletic season has seen entire teams quarantined at a number of schools across the state. Events such as these are impactful on any community, including ours, in many ways. Our ability to avoid or minimize situations such as this and other events that affect our community depends heavily upon the collective and individual choices we make in our daily lives. With that in mind, we encourage families to avoid large gatherings outside of school, especially indoor events and especially events where the wearing of masks and physical distancing is not widespread. We also reiterate our earlier encouragement for families to carefully assess the degree to which their children need to be involved with group activities outside of school, especially when those activities are not characterized by widely adopted mitigation strategies such as wearing masks and physical distancing.
     
    If suspected or confirmed cases of COVID emerge in our community, we have been and will continue to follow guidance and protocols established by the Mississippi Department of Health both in our response and our communications. Families who have questions or desire further understanding about any aspect of steps taken by the school are encouraged to seek answers directly from school administrators or through official school communication channels such as community wide updates and our COVID-19 webpage. Messaging platforms such as Group Me are not sanctioned by the school and are not official communication channels. Therefore, they are not useful forums in which to pose questions related to COVID-19 school policies and protocols.
     

    Details Regarding Our Plans Beginning on September 16

    Our decision to continue under the Yellow Plan comes after a review of external considerations including the most recent data available from the Mississippi Department of Health which shows that cases in Madison, Hinds, and Rankin counties are above the threshold to move to the Blue Plan. More recent data available from other public sources, and outside the criteria established in the COVID-19 Operation Plan Level Decisions, notes a continuing decrease in cases over the past seven days in Madison, Hinds, and Rankin Counties. In making our decision we also examined internal considerations which do suggest encouraging adherence to mitigation strategies. Additionally, the extent of community spread at St. Andrew’s is detailed through data now available on our COVID-19 page. This data will be updated weekly.
     
    Thank you again for your partnership, your patience, and your commitment as we move forward on this journey, working together in support of our Saints community.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Tom Sheppard
    Head of School
  • August 28: Update from the Head of School

    Dear St. Andrew’s Faculty, Staff, Parents, and Students,

    As we conclude our second week of school, we are grateful for the ways the Saints community has come together to create a successful start in a most challenging time. Our goal is a return to full time, in-person instruction which may first be possible on September 16. The path by which that may occur and other important information about our journey forward can be found here and in the links below.

    Since our COVID journey began in March, we have prioritized health, safety, and learning. In doing so, our path to date is built upon numerous compromises, countless data points, and feedback from the community. This same spirit will guide our efforts moving forward as we work toward safely returning to full time, in-person instruction on both campuses. The considerations involved are explained in detail in the St. Andrew's School Operations Level Plan, the most essential elements of which include:

    • There are four plans in our recently revised Continuity of Learning Matrix. Each plan is based on factors such as community spread within St. Andrew’s, cases in our surrounding area, adherence to mitigation strategies in place on campus, and assessment of the needs, both physical and emotional, of our students and faculty.
    • We will continue to operate under the current Yellow Plan and may transition to full time, in-person instruction with modifications and a continuing virtual option on September 16 under the Blue Plan.

    We believe that by following these guidelines, we are providing the safest, on-campus learning environment possible for our students and our faculty while also balancing the needs of our community. If you have any questions, please reach out to me or to your division head as your continued feedback and partnership are essential elements of our success.

    Sincerely,

    Tom Sheppard
    Head of School
  • August 11: Update from the Head of Lower School

    Dear Lower School Families,

    It’s so exciting to be starting school in a week! As you know, our new start date is August 19. This will be the day that we start all three Lower School programs—in person learning on campus, Saints@Home (grades Pre-K3 – 1), and virtual learning (grades 2 – 4).

    I sent out an email to all of our families last Thursday but, due to an internal tech glitch, it did not go through to all of you. My sincere apologies. Included in tonight’s email is last week’s information as well as new updates for all of you. 

    COVID Precautions
    Please see our Plan for Learning and School Life for details about many of our COVID precautions and the steps we are taking to help protect your child. You will also find many details there about our program and the options you have for your child’s education this year.

    Meet the Teacher
    With our new start date, Meet-the-Teacher will be held virtually August 17-18. For ECC families, your child’s teacher will arrange a specific meeting time with each of you to have an individualized appointment on August 18. For our Lower School families, your child’s teacher will email you for a full class parent meeting on August 17 and then small group children meetings on August 18. This way the parents will get the information they need and the children can explore the class and socialize (virtually) at another time. You will receive the meeting invitation from your child’s teacher by Thursday afternoon.

    Our Co-Curricular teachers also invite you to come and visit them for virtual Meet the Teacher!  Please feel free to stop by their virtual classroom on Tuesday the 18th from 9-10 a.m.  The links to their rooms are:

    Back To School Nights
    Due to our later start to the year, we have pushed back our annual Back to School Night until after Labor Day. This event will still be virtual and additional details—dates, times, format, etc.—will be sent out at a later date. Thank you for your patience as things unfold.

    Headphones
    For students who have enrolled in virtual learning, headphones with a microphone are required. Our IT department has put together these recommendations. Also, in the event that the school needs to go to a fully virtual platform at some point this year, it is recommended that students have headphones available for home use.

    Campus Access
    Parents must remain in their vehicles when picking up or dropping off their child on campus. The exception to this is our ECC families who must strap their child in safely before leaving campus. In this case, please pull over away from the active carpool, remaining physically distanced from other families, and strap in your child. To help with student safety this year, we have implemented the following changes:
    • Late Arrivals: If your child is late to school (after 8:15 a.m.), please pull up to the main Lower School building by the front office and call the main number (601-987-9300) to let Crystal know you have arrived. We will then come to the car, complete the health screening, and have your child enter the correct building.
    • Early Departures:  If you need to pick up your child early from school for an appointment, please pull up to the building where your child’s classroom is and text the number listed on the sign (601-941-8873) with your child’s name and grade level. We will then notify the teacher and your child will be released to you. This will be the same process used for picking up from After School Care.
    • Forgotten Items:  We will continue to enforce our policy on forgotten items. If your child forgets their homework, they will have natural consequences in their classroom as work will not be brought to them. However, the exception to this rule is the occasional forgotten lunch box or water bottle. If your child forgets their lunch or water, please feel free to pull around to the main office in the Lower School building and call the main number (601-987-9300). We will come and get the lunch or water and deliver it to your child.
    • Glimpses into the School Day: It is hard to think about not attending classroom parties this Fall and seeing things that are happening in the classrooms.  Unfortunately that needs to be our reality for the time being. To help with this, all of our ECC classrooms will use the SeeSaw app. This will help the families of our youngest students get pictures and videos throughout the day to see the excitement unfolding in the classrooms. Look for more information to come from your child’s teacher.

    Medication
    If your child will need to have medication housed at school, please contact Anna Wadlington, Director of Student Health and South Campus Nurse, to arrange this.

    Carpool Tags
    New families, including those who are enrolled in Saints@Home or virtual learning, will all be receiving carpool tags in the mail in the next few days.  These tags are to be hung on your car’s rear view mirror at pick-up time so that we can call your student.  Each family will receive a set of four tags to allow for multiple cars and authorized pick-up people.

    On-Campus/In-Person Learning
    By now you should have received your welcome email from your child’s teacher. We are looking forward to having you back on campus next week. Here are some things to note:
    • Carpool will begin at 7:30 am each day, and health screening will be conducted in the carpool. There will not be early bird drop-off or breakfast at this time.
    • Masks need to be worn by everyone in the car during the health screening. For more information on our policies regarding masks, see this FAQ put together by Anna Wadlington, Director of Student Health.
    • To help your child prepare to return to campus, please assist your student with getting comfortable wearing a face mask. This video may help. It will be required for grades K-4 both inside and outside when social distancing cannot be maintained. Students in Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 are welcome to wear masks as a family choice. Faculty in all grades will be masked or wearing a face shield throughout the day.
    • School-appropriate masks are those that comfortably fit your child and are free of distraction for classmates and teachers. They do not need to be a specific color or pattern but something the child is happy wearing. Mask designs should not include gory or skeletal motifs, references to drugs or alcohol, or slogans for voting referenda or political campaigns.
    • Campus is closed to all visitors, including parents, at this time. A parent will only be allowed on campus when paying cash for student tuition or another expense.
    • For ECC families during pick-up, please pull through carpool and then pull over to buckle your child in safely, just as you have in years past.
    • Dismissal will be 2:30 for ECC and 2:45 for Elementary.

    Saints@Home Program
    For those of you who have opted in to the Saints@Home program, you should have received an email from Mrs. Watson welcoming you to the program. Here are some things to note:
    • All supplies and materials will be provided by the school. Mrs. Watson and Ms. Smith will be bringing them to you on your first day of in-home instruction.
    • Please provide a clean and quiet space for the instruction to occur. Outside is perfectly fine, weather permitting.
    • All families will be required to complete health screening by 7:15 am on the instructional days. In the event of a fever or other COVID symptoms, please reach out to me directly so we can communicate directly with the teachers. I will send out the form under separate cover.
    • Mrs. Watson and Ms. Smith will be in touch with you about your Meet the Teacher time and orientation.

    Virtual Learning
    For those of you who have chosen the virtual learning option, you should have received a confirmation email from me as well as a link to request a school device should you need to borrow one. Here are some things to note:
    • We are gathering all supplies and books, including Chromebooks (if requested), for parents to pick up on Thursday, August 13. A contactless, drive-through pick-up will occur from 7:30-9:00 am on August 13. Please enter from Frontage Road and pull around to the gym. We will bring your materials to your vehicle, and then you can depart campus from the North gate onto Old Canton Road. In accordance with the executive order, masks will need to be worn.
    • Please note that a device without a standalone keyboard (such as an iPad or tablet) makes schoolwork challenging for your child. It is recommended that your child use a laptop or desktop for virtual learning. Should you need to borrow a Chromebook from school, please complete this form.
    • Please make sure your child has headphones with a microphone on it to ensure good sound quality for their lessons. Guidance can be found here.
    • Students are required to be in a uniform shirt or school outerwear for their streaming classes and will participate in all spirit and dress down days with their class.
    • Instructional schedules will be included in the materials at pick-up on Thursday and be available early next week on your child’s Google Classroom. If you do not have your child’s Google Classroom log-in, please reach out to me.

    These are certainly unprecedented times. Like I shared with our faculty earlier today, I know our school community can weather this together with grace and flexibility. If I can assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

    Be well,
    Dawn 
  • August 11: Update from the Head of Middle School

    Dear Middle School Community,

    I know that our students are getting excited for the return to school next week. We are working hard to get our campus and our classrooms ready for the new year and all that it might hold, including preparations for handling the pandemic. Today, I wanted to share with you some significant information about our Middle School program for the Fall term. Please read this letter carefully and feel free to reach out if you have any questions. In the letter, you will also find sections specifically for all new students, for all 5th grade families, and for families who have selected our fully virtual option.

    Schedule
    A few clarifications on our schedule: below you will find the rotation of class days and our on/off hybrid schedule. Virtual students, whether fully virtual or hybrid students joining on their off days, will follow the same schedule as our on campus students. They will join their classes remotely and follow the streaming lesson. Every student will meet with their teachers every day. You can find the class schedule here. Students will be given instruction on how to access their classes virtually.

    Wed 
    8/19
    Thurs 
    8/20
    Fri 
    8/21
    Mon 8/24
    Tues 8/25
    Wed 8/26
    Thurs 8/27
    Fri 
    8/28
    Schedule Day
    1
    2
    3
    1
    2
    3
    1
    2
    On Campus
    A-L
    M-Z
    A-L
    M-Z
    A-L
    M-Z
    A-L
    M-Z
    Virtual
    M-Z
    A-L
    M-Z
    A-L
    M-Z
    A-L
    M-Z
    A-L


    COVID Precautions
    Last week we sent you our Plan for Learning and School Life. There you can find lots of information about the steps that we are taking to help keep your children safe. Please note that parents will only be allowed on campus when paying cash for student tuition or another expense.

    All students who will be coming to campus are asked to sign an agreement to abide by the campus COVID protocols. The form is linked here. Please read over the document carefully with your child.  Please note that, in order to protect our community, a child who is consistently unable to follow the protocols may be asked to switch to our virtual program.

    All children will be required to wear a mask throughout the class day. They will have short opportunities to take them off while distanced from their peers and may ask their teacher for a moment to step outside for a “mask break.” For more information regarding our policies on masks, see this FAQ put together by Anna Wadlington, Director of Student Health. When selecting a mask for your child, please consider the following:
    • Mask designs should not include gory or skeletal motifs, references to drugs or alcohol, or slogans for voting referenda or political campaigns.

    Supply List Update
    In my last letter, I provided a list of supplies for your child to bring to school. I have added one more—a small towel or blanket to sit on when having lunch outside. It should be small enough to roll up into their backpack.  Additionally, I have attached to this email a document with advice about purchasing headphones.
    1. Backpack (rolling preferred) - as lockers are closed this year, each student will need to carry their books and supplies with them.  Each evening, teachers will list the supplies needed for the next day to help them plan ahead and keep their backpack light.  Nevertheless, we recommend a rolling backpack to help with managing the books.
    2. Water bottles - students should bring 2 water bottles clearly labeled with their name each day.  We will have filling stations available.
    3. Headphones with microphones - Your child will need a set of headphones (preferably one with a microphone) that they can use for virtual learning.  They should also bring them to school on their in person days.  See attached document for some guidance in purchasing them.
    4. Mask - Middle school students will be required to wear a mask throughout the day.  They will be given short opportunities to take it off, but they should be comfortable with it.  Students will not be able to pass through our screening process without a mask on.
    5. Sack Lunch and snack - All students will have to bring a lunch and, if desired, a snack while we are in hybrid as we can not offer meal service at this time.  We hope to resume some meal options when we return to full in person schooling.
    6. Small blanket or towel - Small enough to roll up and fit in a backpack, it will be used to sit upon during outside lunch times

    Acceptable Use Agreement
    In addition to the COVID protocols, we are asking that all students (including virtual and in person) sign and agree to our Acceptable Use Policy. This document sets expectations for behavior in a virtual environment and describes important boundaries for our community. Please read over it with your child and have them sign it. The form is linked here.

    Back to School Night
    Due to our later start to the year, we have pushed back our annual Back to School Night until after Labor Day. This event will still be virtual and additional details—dates, times, format, etc.—will be sent out at a later date. Thank you for your patience as things unfold.

    Carline
    Both arrival and departure carlines will run differently this year. Please follow the procedures outlined below. Note that we are not allowing cars to pull into the parking lot to wait unless they have specific permission from the office.
    1. You will be issued a number tag (like that used in the Lower School). Please have it hanging from your mirror when you get to campus.
    2. Enter campus off of Highland Colony Parkway.
    3. At the first intersection, turn right and follow the road around the Middle School parking lot (as we have done in past years). This year, we will be forming ONE line. Please wait patiently as the cars in front of you move. As we get used to this new approach, I expect that it will eventually move more quickly and safely than our old system.
    4. At the back of the lot (see map below), you will enter and follow the long curb around.
      1. Drop Off:  At the front of the line, your child’s temperature will be taken using a touch free thermometer (mask on, please!), and you will be asked several screening questions.  We will have several screeners each morning to help this process go quickly.
      2. Pick Up:  A staff member will be calling your number into the classrooms.  Your child will be ready and will come right out when their number is called.  We will endeavor to call numbers quickly so that your child will be waiting for you when you get to the curb. 
    5. Once your child is either dropped off or safely picked up, you may pull out around any vehicles in front of you to depart. Please take care as you do so, as there may be vehicles behind you pulling around as well.



    Fully Virtual Students – Supply Pick-up
    We are offering a supply pick-up for families who have signed their child up for our fully virtual program. This Friday, August 14 from 12:00-1:00 pm, we will have supply bags for you to pick up. Just drive through our carline (see map) to pick them up. If you can not make that time, please send me an email. We will follow up with you to arrange an alternate opportunity.

    Additional information about our fully virtual program will be coming out soon directly to families who have signed up for this offering. 

    New Student Orientation
    New students are invited to come to campus on Friday from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. New families will receive a video the evening before that will give details of the orientation and how to drop off your child. While on campus, new students will get a tour, see their classrooms, check out their schedule, and test out their technology, including receiving a tutorial on how to access our Google Classrooms. We’re looking forward to seeing you on Friday!

    5th Grade Orientation
    As all 5th graders are new to the North Campus, we want to extend a special invitation to them to come to school on Tuesday, August 18. Students will meet with their advisors, tour campus, and have an opportunity to learn about our Middle School program. Additionally, students will be able to pick up Chromebooks that have been ordered and delivered to the school. Teachers will also introduce students to the steps they need to take to join their classes on their virtual days.  Parents, we will send you more information about this event next Monday!
    • A-L 5th grade students are invited to come to campus from 9 - 10 am.
    • M-Z 5th grade students are invited to come to campus from 10:30 - 11:30 am.

    Opening Circle Up
    All 6th – 8th grade students will be invited by their advisors to join a virtual, opening Circle Up Advisory session on Tuesday, August 18 at 1:00 pm. Teachers will be sending out these invitations later this week, so please encourage your child to be on the lookout for it!

    On-Campus Virtual Program
    Families who have signed up for our On-Campus Virtual program will receive confirmation and additional information about that program later this week.

    As always, please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. I appreciate your patience and the wonderful grace that I have heard from so many of you.

    Sincerely,
    Clay Elliott
  • August 11: Update from the Head of Upper School

    Dear Upper School Community,

    We are excited to welcome our Upper School students in a little over a week! Although the opening of our school year will be different than years past, I have hope in the determination of this community, and I look forward to the ways we will "find a way or make one" together. As we continue our preparations for the first quarter, I wanted to share several items with you. Some of these are related to virtual students only, while others involve in person and virtual students, so please read through each item carefully.

    Schedule
    Below you will find the rotation of class days and our on/off hybrid schedule. Virtual students, whether fully virtual or hybrid students joining on their off days, will follow the same schedule as our on campus students. They will join their classes remotely and follow the streaming lesson. Every student will meet with their teachers every day. You can find the class schedule here. Students will be given instructions on how to access their classes virtually.

    Wed 
    8/19
    Thurs 
    8/20
    Fri 
    8/21
    Mon 8/24
    Tues 8/25
    Wed 8/26
    Thurs 8/27
    Fri 
    8/28
    Schedule Day
    1
    2
    3
    1
    2
    3
    1
    2
    On Campus
    A-L
    M-Z
    A-L
    M-Z
    A-L
    M-Z
    A-L
    M-Z
    Virtual
    M-Z
    A-L
    M-Z
    A-L
    M-Z
    A-L
    M-Z
    A-L


    COVID Precautions
    Last week we sent you our Plan for Learning and School Life. There you can find information about the steps that we are taking to help keep your children safe. Please note that parents will only be allowed on campus when paying cash for student tuition or another expense.

    All students who will be coming to campus are asked to sign an agreement to abide by the campus COVID protocols. The form is linked here. Please carefully read over the document with your student and have them sign it. Please also note that, in order to protect our community, a child who is consistently unable to follow our protocols may be asked to switch to our virtual program.

    All children will be required to wear a mask throughout the day. They will have short opportunities to take them off while distanced from their peers and may ask their teacher for a moment to step outside for a “mask break.” For more information regarding our policies on masks, see this FAQ put together by Anna Wadlington, Director of Student Health. When selecting a mask for your child, please consider that masks should not include gory or skeletal motifs, references to drugs or alcohol, or slogans for voting referenda or political campaigns. Otherwise, masks should adhere to the same expectations as shirts and hats in the Upper School Dress Code: Any t-shirts or hats with inappropriate language, references, or wordage may not be worn.

    Acceptable Use Agreement
    In addition to the COVID protocols, we are asking that all students (including virtual and in person) sign and agree to our Acceptable Use Policy. This document sets expectations for behavior in a virtual environment and describes important boundaries for our community. Please read over it with your student and have them sign it. The form is linked here.

    Back to School Night
    Due to our later start to the year, we have pushed back our annual Back to School Night until after Labor Day. This event will still be virtual and additional details—dates, times, format, etc.—will be sent out at a later date. Thank you for your patience as things unfold.

    Carline
    Both arrival and departure carlines will run differently this year. Please follow the procedures outlined below.
    1. Upper School traffic will enter campus from Old Agency Road entrance nearest to the baseball field.
    2. Follow the campus road to the screening station. At the front of the line, your child’s temperature will be taken using a touch free thermometer (mask on, please!), and you will be asked several screening questions. We will have several screeners each morning to help this process go quickly. as the cars in front of you move.
    3. Drop off and pick up will still take place in front of the Upper School building.

    Fully Virtual Students – Supply Pick-up
    We are offering a supply pick-up for families who have signed their child up for our fully virtual program. Monday, August 17 from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, we will have supply bags for you to pick up from the ARC Lobby. If you cannot make that time, please notify Lauren Powell and we will follow up with you to arrange an alternate opportunity.

    Additional information about our fully virtual program will be coming out soon directly to families who have signed up for this offering. 

    New Student Orientation
    Students new to St. Andrew’s are invited to come to campus on Friday, August 14 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. New families will receive a video the evening before that will give details of the orientation and how to drop off your child. While on campus, new students will tour campus, see their classrooms, check out their schedule, and test out their technology, including receiving a tutorial on how to access our Google Classrooms. We’re looking forward to seeing you on Friday!

    9th Grade Orientation
    Rising 9th graders and students new to the North Campus are invited to a virtual orientation on Monday, August 17 from 5:15 - 6:00 pm. We will gather here. Students and parents will meet key faculty members and administrators and briefly hear more about some of our programs. We will send a separate document with a list of everyone you will meet (with email addresses included) so you can follow up individually with any outstanding questions. This meeting will be recorded, so if you are unable to attend, you will be able to watch it later.

    Again, let me reiterate that we are excited to welcome your students back to St. Andrew’s. If I can be of any help or answer any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Sending peace and strength as we begin our work together.

    Best wishes,

    Blake Ware
  • August 3: Update from the Head of School

    Dear St. Andrew’s Parents and Students,
     
    I write today with important information regarding the start of the 2020 school year. In June we released to families A Guide for Returning Safely to Campus which described broad outlines that would guide our learning journey during the 2020 school year. Since then, our COVID journey has continued and evolved in many ways as we considered a countless array of factors which will impact the school year ahead. Some of those factors have remained constant while others have changed dramatically since June. Attached here is our Plan for Learning and School Life which outlines the protocols we will follow on both campuses in conjunction with the Continuity of Learning Matrix. Also below is essential information related to the Plan for Learning and School Life.
     

    Start of the School Year

    The school year will begin on Wednesday, August 19 for both campuses under the Yellow Plan described in the Continuity of Learning Matrix. Over the course of the school year we will adjust the school calendar to create learning days that account for the August 19 start date. The first of these days will be October 13 when we will hold classes. More details will follow on the remaining dates by the end of August.
     
    South Campus: The school year will begin with in person instruction, virtual learning (Grades 2 – 4), and Saints@Home (Pre-K3 – Grade 1) available as described previously. Students on campus will be in strict cohorts to allow for smaller groups and to improve social distancing. 
     
    North Campus: The school year will begin with hybrid and virtual learning options available for all students. Through hybrid learning students will learn on campus and virtually on alternating days through August 28. Beginning that day, and every two weeks thereafter, we will assess the opportunity to return to full time in person instruction as soon as internal and external factors suggest it is safe to do so under the Yellow Plan. To assist families with childcare needs, Middle School students enrolled in hybrid learning will be able to complete their virtual learning days at school in supervised locations that are socially distanced. The hybrid learning plan does not impact daily participation in interscholastic athletics.
     
    We have considered numerous factors in developing our learning plans for both campuses. Among the most significant factors on the South Campus is our ability to create closely knit learning cohorts for all students and socially distanced learning environments in Grades K-4. On the North Campus, where cohorts become more challenging, hybrid and virtual learning options make it possible to incorporate social distancing of at least 6 feet in each classroom. When combined with the required use of face coverings for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 and numerous other mitigation strategies described in our Plan for Learning and School Life, these approaches to learning create the best opportunity for a successful school year that takes into account the educational needs of students and the health and well being of our faculty, administrators, and students.
     
    Details related to learning on both campuses can be found in our Plan for Learning and School Life and our Continuity of Learning Matrix. In addition, the division heads will be forwarding division specific communications on Wednesday, August 5.
     

    Virtual Learning and Tuition Discounts

    Our goal has been, and will continue to be, a return to in person learning with normal operations as described in the Green Plan on our Continuity of Learning Matrix. We must also recognize that at some point in the year conditions may dictate that we transition to virtual learning as described in the Orange Plan on the Continuity of Learning Matrix. If this occurs, St. Andrew’s will continue to operate the Early Childhood Center as a day care facility for Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 students as long as we are allowed to do so. For families with children in grades Kindergarten – Grade 8 we will offer a 25% tuition discount for every day of virtual learning for up to 40 school days (approximately 8 weeks) after one week of virtual classes. This discount is provided in recognition of potential child care needs. If this situation occurs, parents will be sent additional information about this option.
      

    Enrichments Program

    In order to limit the mixing of student cohorts on campus, we have made the difficult decision to pause our popular Enrichments Program for Early Childhood, Lower, and Middle School students. Enrichments will not meet for the first quarter of 2020, but we hope to resume Enrichments in October if conditions permit. After School Care will continue as planned.
     

    Our Shared Responsibility  

    Even with extensive risk mitigation strategies employed at both campuses, our ability to maintain a healthy community will be significantly enhanced by a strong partnership and sense of collective responsibility among students, faculty, administrators, and parents. Because our students, faculty, and administrators leave school each day, we cannot create a perfectly contained bubble, but there are steps we can take to mitigate risk and support the health of our Saints community:  
     
    With that in mind, the school and St. Andrew’s Parents’ Association (SAPA) ask that all families partner with the school and commit to the following:
    1. Beginning on August 5, strongly consider having children remain at home or in another family environment, avoiding in person interactions with others outside the St. Andrew’s community. We acknowledge that previously scheduled on campus activities are an exception. We are encouraged that those programs are continuing effectively under the health protocols we established earlier this summer.
    2. All members of each household will practice increased social distancing in all public spaces, including places of employment.
    3. Model and educate your children on the consistent and proper use of face coverings.
    4. Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell) in all members of your household.
    5. Disclose any positive case of COVID-19 in any member of your household to the school, and initiate self-quarantining of the household.
    6. Consider your child’s involvement in activities outside of school and the degree to which they are essential this fall.
    7. Remember that as long as learning continues under the Yellow Plan both campuses are closed to visitors, including parents, during the school day. All meetings with teachers and administrators should take place virtually.
    8. Help to ensure the success of virtual learning, hybrid learning, and collaboration in learning for all students in the middle school, upper school, and those participating from home at all grade levels by ensuring that your children have headphones with a built in microphone. These will be required for learning every day in the Middle School and Upper School. 
     

    Plans for Learning Webinar

    If you have not already done so, please register for our Parents’ Webinar on Tuesday, August 4 at 4:00 pm by clicking this REGISTRATION LINK. The webinar will be recorded and posted to the school website for those who are unable to attend.
     
    Thank you for your patience, your partnership, and your support as we strive to create a safe and extraordinary educational experience for our faculty and students. We look forward to welcoming our students back to campus on August 19.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Tom Sheppard
    Head of School
  • July 30: Update from the Head of School

    Dear St. Andrew’s Parents,

    As we approach the start of the new school year, our planning continues in earnest, leaving me confident that we will be as prepared as possible to meet the many challenges ahead. Below is important information about the start of the school year. We acknowledge that we are sharing a significant amount of information with families during a challenging time for all. The fact that we are doing so is a testament to the tremendous amount of time, care, and attention faculty and administrators have given over the summer to support faculty, students, parents and administrators during this time of need. As part of our planning, we must also take into account both the prolonged period of uncertainty in which we find ourselves and the rapidly evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. My conversations with parents, faculty, administrators, and students in recent weeks have reinforced the reality that there are no easy answers as we determine the best path forward for the Saints community.

    Plans for Learning Webinar: On August 3 St. Andrew’s will release a detailed plan describing how learning will unfold on both campuses this fall. After reviewing that information, we invite you to join us for a parent webinar on August 4 at 4:00 PM. Please register for the webinar by clicking this REGISTRATION LINK. The webinar will be recorded and posted to the school website for those who are unable to attend.

    Virtual Learning Option (Grades 2 -12): As our plans for the school year come into focus and as we consider the fluid nature of our journey, we are glad to extend the enrollment period for any families who wish to learn virtually for at least the first quarter of the year in grades 2-12. Please reach out to the appropriate division head if this is something your family would like to consider.

    Campus Closures: As a reminder both campuses are closed to parents, students, and visitors unless there is a specific need for coming to campus such as sports drop off, addressing technology needs, or to purchase items from the Saints Shop. Visitors should not congregate or socialize on campus during these times and should be masked at all times. Visitors should depart campus immediately after the purpose of their visit is fulfilled. Thank you for your help following our safety protocols.

    May Day and Crossing Ceremonies: A global event of this magnitude requires many difficult decisions for any community. Among the most difficult we have had to make so far is the decision to cancel the upcoming May Day Celebration and Crossing Ceremonies. We understand that this will be a significant disappointment for many students and parents. For that we are sorry. For families who have already purchased clothes specifically for the May Day Celebration, the school will gladly purchase those clothes from families upon presentation of a receipt.

    Thank you for your continued partnership and support as we move forward on behalf of our students. Please do reach out to our division heads for more information on any of the above and especially in regard to our plans for learning after our webinar.

    Sincerely,

    Tom Sheppard
    Head of School


  • July 16: Update from the Head of School

    Dear St. Andrew’s Parents and Students,

    As we continue with our preparations for the coming school year, I write to share more about what our families can expect this fall. A committed group of faculty and administrators have worked, and will continue to work, tirelessly on behalf of our families, faculty, and administrators under extremely stressful conditions. They have given up any semblance of a summer, dedicating themselves to a monumental task.  

    Their work is a continuation of our experience last spring which was a significant challenge for the entire Saints community. While we may not have been perfect during the opening chapter in this journey, it was humbling to see the way that all involved rose to meet the challenges presented by COVID-19 last spring. At the same time, it is already clear that this fall will be an even greater challenge which we will meet to the very best of our ability. Through it all we have prioritized the health and safety of our community and also worked to develop plans that provide families with options tailored toward their personal circumstances which, to the best of my knowledge, are unique among area schools.  

    Again this fall, we will not be perfect with countless decisions to be made, often based upon limited options. With that being said, please know that each decision will come forth after many hours of research, discussion, and our unwavering commitment to do that which we feel is in the best interests of the entire Saints community. Those decisions cannot eliminate risk, but instead only mitigate risk to the degree that we can create effective learning environments and operate critical aspects of the school’s educational program.

    On August 3, we will release more detailed plans regarding every aspect of school life as we work toward our goal of commencing the school year with in person instruction while also offering a virtual learning option (Grades 2 - 12) and Saints at Home option (Grades Pre-K3 - 1) for families who have expressed that preference by July 17. Our communication on August 3 will address additional questions for which some families are seeking answers. In many cases we can appreciate why answers to questions would be helpful before then as we would like nothing more than to plan with a greater sense of certainty. Unfortunately, an ever evolving set of variables make such planning a challenge and the answers we seek elusive.

    In the end, as both an educator and a parent, I can appreciate how difficult our COVID journey has been for all involved. Thank you for your patience, your faith in the school, and your partnership as we move forward. We do so knowing that through this time of challenge our community will grow stronger as we prepare to embrace a future that is filled with promise.

    With that spirit in mind, here are some essential updates we can provide at this point which I have grouped into Learning, Co-Curricular Programming, and Health and Safety:
     

    Learning
    • The deadline for choosing the learning from home option is July 17. Families who have not already done so may confirm their desire to select this option by completing the Learning From Home Program Confirmation form. Please reach out to the appropriate division head with questions for which you are seeking answers as you make this decision. I want to acknowledge that in some cases we do not have complete answers to questions that may seem essential. We wish this were not the case and the fact that it is so is emblematic of the many challenges we face in our planning process.
    • If, at any point during the year, the school transitions to a virtual learning program for all students, our intent is to operate the Early Childhood Center as a day care facility for Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 families who need childcare unless unforeseen circumstances make that impossible.

     Extra Curricular Programming
    • The MHSAA has announced that students learning virtually WILL be eligible to participate in interscholastic athletics. Please reach out to DeWayne Cupples, Director of Athletics, for more information.
    • The MHSAA has also announced a delayed start for the fall athletic season. We are planning accordingly and ask families to contact the appropriate coach, as needed, for more information.

    Health and Safety 
    • By now many families may have received one or more health notices which we provided regarding confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community. In such cases, it is our goal to provide as much information as possible while also following federal medical privacy laws. Such laws forbid the school from releasing the name of any employee with a confirmed case of COVID-19. As we fulfill our responsibilities related to privacy, we will communicate that which we are able to and will take whatever steps are deemed necessary to protect the health of our community. As is the case with other decisions we make related to COVID-19, we must acknowledge that these decisions may impact members of our community in a variety of ways.
    • Detailed information regarding health protocols for the school year are taking shape with some having been included in the required school forms that were released yesterday in My SA. Additional health protocols may be included in our August 3 update.
    • These protocols will include a wide range of strategies to mitigate risk including the requirement that all students in grades K-12 be masked during the school day. Details regarding when and where masks are necessary will be shared in our August 3 communication.
    • All of our health protocols are being developed after much consideration of guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the Mississippi Department of Health as well as feedback from our own St. Andrew’s medical community. We will follow such guidance whenever it is feasible to do so. There may be times when our health protocols employ a series of strategies which mitigate risk, but also seem to be in conflict with a specific piece of guidance. This, again, is part of the challenge we face and which is faced by every school in the country.

    Thank you again for your patience, support, and understanding as we move forward together. We look forward to providing you with more information on August 3 and before then as helpful.

    Sincerely,

    Tom Sheppard
    Head of School
  • July 10: Auxiliary Programs Update

    Dear St. Andrew’s Families:

    After much planning and consideration, we are ready to share updates on our Fall 2020 Auxiliary Programs. Starting this fall and until further notice, Auxiliary Programs will be open to registered St. Andrew’s students only. Please remember that we may need to change or cancel all or part of these programs at any time. We suggest that you always have a backup plan in mind for your children.

    After School Care: 

    ASC will be available to a limited number of students in each grade. ASC students will stay in small groups within their grade while they are inside, and all ASC staff will wear masks while inside. Larger groups on playgrounds will be limited in size, and social distancing will be encouraged when possible. You will be able to sign up for After School Care next week once the forms are published in your MySA account. You will be notified when you are able complete these and other important forms.

    Enrichment Programs: 

    Enrichments will be offered again this semester. Classes will be smaller and limited in scope. Early Childhood students will not be mixed in with Elementary students. All instructors will be screened upon entry to campus, and all regular school day health and safety protocols will be followed. Registration is via Campsite and will begin on Monday August 3, and will close at 5pm on Friday August 21. Enrichments will begin the week of August 31, and will end the week of November 30.

    Shuttle Buses: 

    The Madison Shuttle bus has been cancelled.

    Our inter-campus shuttle will run in the mornings only. Riders will be required to wear masks, and there will be limited seating to ensure as much distancing as possible. Registration will be per semester via Campsite, and registration will begin the morning of July 20.

    The bus will depart the south campus each morning at 7:10am, and will arrive at the flagpole on the north campus at 7:20am. It will depart from the north campus at 7:35am and will arrive on the south campus at 7:55am. There will be no afternoon shuttle. 

    School Year Day Camps:

    We are offering a limited number of school year day camps on the south campus on days when school is not in session. We will provide a morning and an afternoon snack, but campers will bring their lunch. The cost per camper will be $60. Campers will be in small groups based on grade, and all health and safety protocols will remain in place. Registration will be via Campsite. 

    We look forward to reuniting this fall in a safe and healthy environment. Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Thank you,

    Jay Losset
    Director of Auxiliary Programs
    St. Andrew's Episcopal School
     
  • June 26: Update on Returning to Campus

    Dear Faculty, Students, and Parents,

    As we plan for the 2020-21 school year, we do so continuing our COVID journey that began in March. The first chapter of our COVID journey that unfolded last spring was a significant test for students, parents, faculty, and administrators, and we are grateful for the countless ways in which the community came together to face the challenge. The next chapter in our journey this fall will undoubtedly include many moments of joy. It will also include many challenges, requiring a sense of resilience, patience, and perseverance which will, in turn, be the keys to completing this journey together as one community.

    Today, we are glad to share with you an important update on our planning. We ask that you review the information below carefully as your responses to some of our planning is important to our efforts.

    First, we are pleased to present our Guide for Returning Safely to Campus. This is also available as a download for your convenience. Within this guide you find the broad outlines of how learning will unfold on both campuses this fall as conditions allow and as determined by our Continuity of Learning Matrix. Another important part of our planning that will continue to take shape in the weeks ahead is our effort to create a virtual learning option for families, even if the school year begins with in person instruction. Many families had earlier expressed interest in such an option. We are now asking interested families to commit to this option no later than July 17 by completing our Learning at Home Program Confirmation form. Additionally, we are also planning our fall After School Care program and request that families complete our After School Care Survey.

    In our planning, we continue to monitor guidance from federal and state officials, consider feedback from the community, converse with other independent schools, and address countless variables about the practical realities of daily school life that must be considered. Some of these variables require compromise and all are complicated. We must acknowledge that it is impossible to eliminate risk, but we can work diligently to mitigate risk. Doing so will require the collective efforts of students, faculty, and parents both in the daily life of the school and the choices families make outside of school.

    At the current time, we are not planning for adjustments to the school calendar. However, the need to remain flexible and adjust plans based upon conditions is ever present since we do not know how the COVID-19 virus will impact school life as the year unfolds. The current plans for several special events that were postponed in May can be found on our COVID-19 webpage

    On August 3 we will forward to families a second communication that describes in detail how daily school life will unfold. The St. Andrew’s COVID-19 Task Force has already devoted countless hours to this effort, leaving me confident that our plans are, and will continue to be, thoughtfully developed. Their work will continue without pause throughout the summer. 

    In the weeks ahead, please do reach out with questions that arise. The division heads will be best positioned to answer questions about daily school life within each division, but we are all here to help as we continue with this journey.

    Sincerely,

    Tom Sheppard
    Head of School 
    St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
  • June 9: Update from the Head of School

    Dear St. Andrew’s Community, 

    Please visit our COVID-19 webpage that contains school updates as well as other resources. 

    Our COVID-19 Taskforce continues to make important progress in our work to prepare for the coming school year, working diligently to ensure a safe and exceptionally well executed educational experience for students on both campuses. This is a long and involved process that will come into focus as the summer progresses. Through it all we are working toward our goal of opening the year with in-person instruction while also being prepared for all scenarios the future might hold.  
     

    Here are the key points regarding work that has been accomplished to date:
    • The final decision regarding how the school year will begin will emerge in the weeks ahead and depends upon guidance from government officials.
    • We have, and will continue to consider, the feedback from our end-of-year surveys. Thank you to those who submitted feedback as your thoughts on many aspects of school life have been very helpful as we prepare for the 2020-21 school year.
    • In a separate email, our division heads have forwarded our 2020-21 School Year Parent Learning Platform Survey which you can also complete here. Your responses are essential to help with our planning as we assess the ways we can best serve all St. Andrew’s students this fall. We hope you will complete the survey which should require less than five minutes of your time. 
    • We have made great progress refining and developing our Continuity of Learning Matrix that details the conditions under which all school activities will occur this fall given various conditions. The Matrix focuses first and foremost on health and safety and will be published when it is complete.
    • We have spent much time in our subgroups of the COVID-19 Taskforce, including those focused on learning, physical health and safety, and community wellness, considering and refining plans for all aspects of the school’s operation. Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and state health officials has been and will continue to be helpful in this regard. Included in this work is extensive planning in many areas, including:
      • Class size
      • Health and safety protocols we will employ to minimize risk in all aspects of school life
      • Education and training for students, parents, and employees
      • Contingency and scenario planning for numerous possibilities
      • Facilities usage planning
      • Co-curricular programming, After School Care, and Enrichments
    • To ensure that our work is guided by all of the resources available to us, we are in the process of reaching out to members of the St. Andrew’s community who are medical professionals to gather their thoughts on aspects of our planning related to creating and maintaining healthy environments on both campuses.

    We look forward to providing even more detail on planning in our next Community Update scheduled for June 18. Please know we are always here to answer questions as needed and look forward to speaking with you.

    Until then, good night and be safe.

    Tom Sheppard
    Head of School
    St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
  • May 11: Update from the Head of School

    Dear St. Andrew’s Parents,

    These past nine weeks have been a challenge of unprecedented magnitude for all of us as parents, students, and educators, testing the very fabric of our community and the strength it draws from close personal relationships and communal experiences. We have risen to this challenge, moved forward together, pivoted with remarkable speed toward virtual learning, and taken on the daunting task of simultaneously managing personal and professional responsibilities. Many in our community have faced unimaginable hardships whether they be financial, medical, or emotional. At the same time, that which I have witnessed during this period leaves me ever more optimistic about the future and the ways in which a St. Andrew’s education will continue to lead the way in Mississippi. Through it all we will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our students, parents, faculty, and administrators. We will also be guided by a spirit of doing all in our power to keep our community of students, parents, faculty, and administrators whole.

    As we move forward, our COVID-19 Task Force is engaged in planning for the opening of school in August with in-person instruction. They are also planning for all scenarios we might encounter. This process includes many variables which evolve on a daily basis and, in some cases, are beyond the control of any school. Our work also depends upon guidance from government and public health officials which we anticipate will take shape in the weeks ahead. No matter what the future holds, our goal is to provide an extraordinary educational experience for our students.  
     
    At this point we recognize that many families will continue to face financial uncertainty during the coming year. It is also possible that there may be periods during the coming year which require a return to virtual learning. To that end, the school is committed to taking steps which support our families throughout this time of uncertainty, and we:

    1. are developing budget scenarios that recognize the impact extended periods of virtual learning can have on families’ potential need for child care.
    2. will be waiving all interest charges for the monthly tuition payment plan.
    3. have and will continue to provide refunds for services not provided, including After School Care, school operated bus routes, and auxiliary classes that could not meet. 
    4. have launched the Saints Care Fund, an additional resource to support families beyond our financial aid program.
    5. have worked, and will continue to work, closely with any family who has reached out seeking financial support from the school.
    6. appreciate the countless words of affirmation from parents regarding the quality of the education the faculty has provided during this time. We also recognize that a few parents have expressed concern about their child’s readiness for the 2020-21 school year.  While we are confident of their preparation, our promise to you will not waiver. If you do have concerns, please reach out to your division head, so that we can work in partnership. We will take whatever steps seem reasonable and necessary to address your concerns with the support of our faculty over the summer at no charge. St. Andrew’s has no interest in generating revenue based upon parental fear. Under no circumstances is this a service you should be expected to pay for at St. Andrew’s or elsewhere.

    Just as we are committed to supporting our students and parents, we are also committed to supporting our 200 employees whose lives have also been affected by this crisis. Our ability to do so will be made possible with funding the school has received through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The Board and senior administration are in agreement that accepting this funding is the appropriate decision for St. Andrew’s and our commitment to our employees whose talents are the essential ingredient in our success. This commitment remains steadfast in spite of unprecedented economic circumstances. As you are aware, over 90% of the school’s revenue comes from tuition dollars with the remaining funds coming from a combination of gifts to the annual fund, funds from auxiliary programs, and funds from the endowment. Additionally, over 75% of the school’s expenses are committed to personnel costs. As is the case for any business that has been impacted by COVID-19, it should not be surprising that this situation has affected the ability of current families to cover tuition costs. New families to St. Andrew’s may also be reluctant to commit tuition dollars or simply do not have the ability to do so at this time. As such, the PPP funds will enable us to support our employees in spite of the economic realities faced across the country today.

    We look forward to discussing these and many other important community matters with you during our webinars next week. If you have not already done so, please follow the links below to register based on your child’s division next year.

    May 12 at 4:00 PM: All families with children rising into Pre-K3 - 4th grades in the 2020-21 school year, Register here
     
    May 13 at 4:00 PM: All families with children rising into 5th - 8th grades in the 2020-21 school year, Register here

    May 14 at 4:00 PM: All families with children rising into 9th - 12th grades in the 2020-21 school year, Register here

    Thank you for your continued partnership as we live out our mission in support of your children.

    Good night and be safe,

    Tom Sheppard
    Head of School
    St. Andrew's Episcopal School
  • May 7: Update from the Head of School

    Dear St. Andrew’s Community, 
     
    Please visit our COVID-19 webpage that contains school updates as well as other resources. 
     
    Updates for May 7, 2020:
    1. As we approach the end of the school year, I know we will appreciate the celebratory moments we have planned. I also think it is important to acknowledge the exhaustion which I sense in our community and hear about on a daily basis from other heads of school across the country. It is very real. While the summer may provide us opportunities to recharge, we must also recognize that our journey will continue possibly through the summer and into the start of the next school year. This will be an important topic at each of our webinars next week.
    2. As we manage this phase of our journey, we continue to learn from our experiences throughout the year, keeping ourselves simultaneously focused on important school initiatives. With that spirit in mind, we want to share with all families our i2: Inspire and Innovate Findings video in which we discuss the results from the data we collected throughout the year. These findings have created the foundation for our decisions regarding the next phase of i2: Inspire and Innovate which we will cover in detail during our parent webinars next week.
    3. Also in the spirit of moving forward and fulfilling our vision to be a beacon of educational innovation, a task force of upper school students and faculty has completed their work. A summary of that work and the end result can be found in our Upper School Schedule video. When we do return to in-person instruction in a way that is not impacted by COVID-19, this schedule will support our students on their educational journey and create many innovative learning opportunities that were not previously possible. We will discuss this in detail during the upper school webinar next week.
    4. Last, if you have not had an opportunity to register for one or more of the division level webinars mentioned above, you may do so here:
      • May 12 at 4:00 PM: All families with children rising into Pre-K3 - 4th grades in the 2020-21 school year, Register here
      • May 13 at 4:00 PM: All families with children rising into 5th - 8th grades in the 2020-21 school year, Register here
      • May 14 at 4:00 PM: All families with children rising into 9th - 12th grades in the 2020-21 school year, Register here
     
    We look forward to connecting with you next week.
     
    Until then, good night and be safe.
     
    Tom Sheppard
    Head of School
    St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
  • April 30: Update from the Head of School

    Dear St. Andrew’s Community, 
     
    Please visit our COVID-19 webpage that contains school updates as well as other resources. 
     
    Updates for April 30, 2020:
    1. As we prepare for a number of important events to conclude the 2019-20 school year, our planning for 2020-21 is also well underway. While there are many variables and unknowns, it is important that we move forward together. With that spirit in mind, we invite all families to join us for one or more of the following webinars. While much of the information will be common to all of the webinars, there will be division-specific information as well. Registration is required and space is limited for each webinar. We look forward to discussing our plans with you and answering questions you may have.
      • May 12 at 4:00 PMAll families with children rising into Pre-K3 - 4th grades in the 2020-21 school year, Register here
      • May 13 at 4:00 PM: All families with children rising into 5th - 8th grades in the 2020-21 school year, Register here
      • May 14 at 4:00 PM: All families with children rising into 9th - 12th grades in the 2020-21 school year, Register here
    2. Also in the spirit of planning for the future, living our mission, and fulfilling our vision, we continue to make great progress on our plans to build an Episcopal Chapel on the North Campus. We are grateful to those who have supported our efforts as we move closer to making this dream a reality. We will have more updates during our webinars in May.
    3. Finally, as we plan for the coming school year, our athletic department is well underway with their planning for fall sports. For those interested in fall sports open to middle and upper school students, please take a moment to view our Fall Athletics Video from our coaches which contains important information on your participation.

    We look forward to providing even more updates on the 2020-21 school year in next week’s community update and in our webinars in May.

    Until then, good night and be safe.
     
    Tom Sheppard
    Head of School
    St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
  • April 23: Update from the Head of School

    Dear St. Andrew’s Community, 

    Please visit our COVID-19 webpage that contains school updates as well as other resources. 

    Updates for April 23, 2020:
    1. We have now distributed information related to all major end of year events. In the days and weeks ahead, the division heads will be sharing information on numerous details related to each division which normally accompany the end of the school year.
    2. As we look toward the end of the school year, we also look toward the summer and the fall. We fully intend to begin the school year in August with in-person instruction. We also know there are many variables at play that are beyond our control as we move through this crisis, requiring us to plan for many possible futures. There are considerations related to health and safety, as well as financial considerations for families and logistical challenges of many kinds. At our upcoming May Board of Trustees meetings and in the weeks ahead, all of these matters will be topics for consideration as we work to ensure that we support our students, parents, and faculty while also ensuring an extraordinary educational experience.
    3. That planning and this crisis also present us with an extraordinary opportunity to consider the ways a St. Andrew’s education can evolve and how we can add tremendous value to that experience. Recently, we unveiled the first of those initiatives with Virtual Summer Saints. We are and will continue to consider ways that the school’s programming can grow because of this crisis which has presented the world of education with an extraordinary opportunity to push forward. Recently, Ian Symmonds, an educational consultant and futurist, published Seven Things that Will Happen in Education as a Result of COVID-19, a fascinating summary of ways education could evolve in the years ahead. While there are many challenges ahead for families, the country, and the world, Ian and others see possibilities that leave me optimistic about our journey ahead and the ways St. Andrew’s can continue to lead the way. 

    Good night and be safe,

    Tom Sheppard
    Head of School
    St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
  • April 21: Update from the Head of School

    Dear Saints Community, 
     
    I write to follow up on the disappointing news that St. Andrew’s Episcopal School must postpone all Graduation and Crossing Services as well as our beloved May Day. The CDC, restrictions on large gatherings, and our own focus on health and safety make it impossible to hold these cherished events as originally scheduled.
     
    Graduation is a seminal moment for our Seniors and their families, and today’s announcement is truly only a postponement of the moment that has been so richly earned. As promised St. Andrew’s will have Graduation when the public health situation allows us to do so. Our current reschedule date is Saturday, August 1, 2020.
     
    Our students are working incredibly hard to reach this milestone, and they deserve to be celebrated with their families and faculty. It is equally important we honor the tradition of successfully completing a division and Crossing to the next division. To that end, we are also rescheduling each of these milestones and will do our best to help our students feel celebrated.
     
    May 22 – Celebration of the Class of 2020
    July 30 – Junior/Senior Prom
    August 1 – Graduation/Baccalaureate and Grad Night for the Class of 2020
    August 11 – Kindergarten Crossing Service during Meet the Teacher Day
    August 11 – Eighth Grade Crossing Service in the evening
    August 21 – Fourth Grade Crossing Service and May Day for the Class of 2028
     
    Thank you for your patience as we finalize these plans. More detailed information will be posted to each division's resource board in My SA in the next several days. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to the appropriate division head if you have questions. 
     
    Tom Sheppard
    Head of School

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