COVID-19 Protocols & FAQs

I want you to know how much I appreciate every single step, plan, precaution, and communication that you and the group are orchestrating and administering ... May God’s wisdom and grace uphold you in this work.

The Rev. John W. A. Jenkins, Current Parent

We are in-person

Following Spring Break, we will had one week of online classes to allow for quarantining and testing. All post-Break COVID tests were negative and we resumed in-person classes on Monday, March 22.

St. Andrew's-Sewanee School resumed our in-person community life in August when we welcomed both new and returning students to campus. The community is following health precautions in accordance with local, state, and CDC requirements and recommendations. In the event that these bodies are not in agreement, SAS is abiding by the more cautious recommendations.

New and improving information, an evolving situation, and the constructive feedback of our community will necessitate changes as we continue to live into these plans. Throughout the planning and implementation, we have kept our community informed and have provided opportunities for feedback and constructive solutions.  

What are the factors in deciding whether SAS is in-person or online?

Because SAS draws day students from several surrounding communities, we will base our decision to go online on the active case rate in our four surrounding counties (Franklin, Grundy, Coffee, and Marion). A seven-day average active case rate of .5% or above may trigger a move to online learning.

As of 4/13/2021 the seven-day average active case rate is .36%*

You can track the county information on Sewanee's COVID Dashboard. Please note that the positivity rate listed on the dashboard is for University testing, not the four counties.

Other factors taken into consideration include:

  • The number of positive cases on our campus
  • Our campus healthcare capacity
  • Local and nearby hospital activity
  • Testing availability
  • PPE availability

*This number is based on the total active cases divided by the combined population of 140,981. 

COVID-19 Mitigation Plans

We will continue to review and update these questions and responses as we live into our protocols and as parents, students, faculty, and staff continue to raise questions and offer constructive suggestions.

Staying Informed of Your Child's Progress and Well-Being

We recognize that while limiting visitors on our campus this semester and preventing boarding students from traveling home is in the best interest of the physical health of our school community, it may cause additional anxiety for our parents. We are establishing protocols for boarding family visits. We will also develop virtual alternatives for Middle School Family Night and Family Weekend and offer and welcome requests for parent-teacher conferences by phone and/or Zoom. You can also continue to count on your child's advisors and house parents to be in contact on a regular basis and always available to you. We also plan to offer more opportunities for you to "tune in" for campus events.

The Future

St. Andrew's-Sewanee School will continue to monitor all available information closely and make any modifications to support both health and campus programming. Plans will be shared with the school community as available. We will begin the school year with the strictest protocols in place and will relax restrictions if and when circumstances make it possible to do so.

Questions or Comments?

Contact Dan Monahan, COVID Coordinator

Mr. Monahan is working with a team of more than 24 administrators, teachers, and staff member to coordinate the school's COVID plans. He will be happy to direct your questions or comments to the appropriate committee for consideration and response.

Our Conduct Council Explains our COVID-19 Protocols


COVID-Related Concerns

Dan Monahan, COVID Coordinator

Other questions:


Kelley Black, Academic Dean and Associate Head of School


Derek Perkins, Director of Admission and Financial Aid

Financial Aid

Derek Perkins, Director of Admission and Financial Aid

Health Care

Melissa Gilliam, Director of the Health Clinic

International Students

Derek Perkins, Director of Admission and Financial Aid

Spiritual and Emotional Support

The Rev. Molly Short, Chaplain

Student Life

Geoffrey Smith, Dean of Students


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School Calendar 2020-2021

(updated 2/25/21)

SAT AUG 8 Boarding students return to campus
MON AUG 10 COVID Testing for Boarding Students
SAT AUG 8-SAT AUG 15 Modified quarantine for boarding students
TUE AUG 10-THUR AUG 12 COVID Testing for Day Students
MON AUG 17 In-person instruction begins
MON NOV 2 No Classes (Faculty Professional Development)
WED NOV 25-SUN NOV 29 Thanksgiving Break
MON NOV 30 Semester continues online*
FRI DEC 4 Fall Semester ends
MON DEC 7- FRI DEC 11 Exams online*
SAT DEC 12-SUN JAN 10 Christmas Break*

 Classes Resume Online
WED JAN 13 Testing for Early Returning Boarders
SUN JAN 17 Boarders (who have left campus) Return to Quarantine
TUE JAN 19 COVID-19 Testing for Day Students, last names A-M and winter varsity athletes
WED JAN 20 COVID-19 Testing for All Boarders
WED JAN 20-FRI JAN 22 COVID-19 Testing for Day Students, last names N-Z
MON JAN 25 Classes Resume In-person (tentative)
SAT MAR 6-SUN MAR 14 Spring Break*
SUN MAR 14 Boarders Return to Quarantine
MON MAR 15 Classes Resume Online
TUE MAR 16-THU MAR 19 COVID-19 Testing for Day Students
WED MAR 17 COVID-19 Testing for Boarders/Spring Athletes
MON MAR 22  Classes Resume In-Person
FRI MAY 7 Classes end
MON MAY 10-THUR MAY 13 Exams
SAT MAY 15-SUN MAY 16 Commencement Weekend

*Boarding students may remain in residence throughout the year. Appropriate supervision will be provided during the breaks.

“While my daughter may be fearful of the remaining unknowns of this pandemic, the one thing we know for certain is that SAS will continue to put the health, safety, and intellectual engagement of our children first. Balancing today's challenges may not always feel like joy, but we remain grateful to be able to walk that line with such a lovely and loving school community. Thank you!” Celeste Herbert, current parent