COVID-19 Protocols 

We're in this together!

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

Summer Guidelines for Employees and Visitors

Mask wearing is optional for employees who are vaccinated except when interacting with visitors. All employees will wear masks when interacting with visitors in close proximity unless both the visitors and the employees indicate that they have been vaccinated and consent to not wearing a mask. Visitors may be asked to answer our COVID health check questions. 

Fall 2021 Requirements and Recommendations

Updated 7/22/21

All students must have a completed and submitted Vaccine Status Declaration and Testing Waiver before returning to campus. 

If your child is vaccinated, please upload a copy of their vaccination card to MAGNUS or fax it to our Health Clinic, 931-914-1224. ALL students must provide proof of vaccine OR a negative COVID PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to their return to campus (whether that is for athletic practice, move-in, Proctor training, or orientation).

Guiding Philosophy

St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School strongly believes that students benefit from in-person learning and that social activity is important for adolescent development. We also strongly believe that the central pillar of community is care for one another.

In 2020-2021, SAS implemented strict and successful protocols to minimize online days while keeping our community safe. With infection numbers currently low, vaccination compliance in our community high, and in keeping with the CDC’s current guidelines, it is our intention to be in-person this school year and resume normal social programming.


Vaccination is currently the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. SAS encourages all students eligible for the vaccine to be fully vaccinated at least two weeks before school starts. Students who become eligible during the school year should receive their vaccinations as soon as they are able. International students who do not have access to the vaccine in their home country will be provided with the opportunity to be vaccinated upon arrival.

All students must have a Vaccination Status Declaration form completed prior to return to campus.

Face Coverings

As recommended by the CDC, all SAS students (and campus visitors) who are not vaccinated should wear a face covering indoors, on school vans and buses, and when physical distancing is not possible. Because the majority of our sixth graders are not yet eligible for vaccination, all sixth graders will be expected to wear face coverings when indoors and in school vehicles. Any employee who is not vaccinated must wear a face covering indoors, in school vehicles, and when physical distancing is not possible.

Physical Distancing, Classrooms, and Community Gatherings

SAS classrooms will be set up to allow for at least 3 feet of physical distance between students when possible. When it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least 3 feet, students may also be asked to wear face coverings and other mitigation will be in place, such as open windows and doors. Chapel and community gatherings will be held outdoors when possible. Masks may be required for some community gatherings.

Hygiene, Cleaning, and Disinfection

Students will be encouraged to continue heightened hygiene, including more frequent hand washing and being discouraged from sharing food, drinks, and utensils. SAS will continue enhanced cleaning and disinfection of shared campus spaces.

In the Event of General Illness

As always, day students are expected to stay home and boarding students are expected to present at the Health Clinic when showing signs of illness such as fever, cough, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Testing and Charges

SAS will not have a blanket charge of $125/student for testing as we had originally proposed. However, students who are eligible for vaccination but who have not provided proof of vaccination may be tested periodically at the expense of the family ($60/test). Students who are not eligible for vaccination and/or who have requested a formal exemption (link to form) may also be tested periodically but at the school’s expense.

All students must have a completed Testing Waiver form in the event that community-wide testing again becomes necessary. 

Positive Tests, Quarantine, and Isolation

Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be sent home to isolate for 10 days. Unvaccinated students who are identified as a close contact of a student who tests positive will be sent home to quarantine for up to 14 days. SAS teachers will work with the student to minimize disruption to their academic studies. Boarding students who cannot return home due to distance and/or expense will isolate or quarantine on campus.

Community Transmission, CDC Guidelines, and Policy Changes

SAS will continue to follow CDC guidelines and monitor community transmission and vaccination coverage to guide future decisions. All policies are subject to change.

Questions or Comments?

Contact Melissa Gilliam, Director of the Health Clinic.


COVID-Related Concerns

Melissa Gilliam, Director of the Health Clinic

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

General 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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Our Experience in 2020-2021

St. Andrew's-Sewanee School students, faculty, and staff were in-person for the majority of 2020-2021. The community followed health precautions in accordance with local, state, and CDC requirements and recommendations.

Although we began the year with strict protocols in place regarding face coverings, campus visitors, student activities, physical distancing, etc., we were able to ease these measures as new information and improving data allowed and as more members of our community were vaccinated. 

Throughout the planning and implementation, we kept our community informed and provided opportunities for feedback and constructive solutions.  Our goal was always to balance safety with what we recognize as the human need for interaction and activity. We continuously reviewed and updated our policies as we lived into our protocols and as parents, students, faculty, and staff continue to raise questions and offer constructive suggestions.