Health and Safety
I have never encountered a school environment for teenagers that understands so completely and holistically the task at hand. SAS 'gets it'. They care about each individual student and work to help that student thrive. The academics are top-notch, but the care of the whole person is what matters to me more as a parent. I can't think of a better school anywhere for my child and would wholeheartedly recommend it to any other family
Current Parent, 2019 SAIS Survey
The school's Health Center is staffed by a registered nurse. Our nurse is focused on preventative care, including annual flu vaccine administration but is available to distribute prescription medications when needed and to care for students who are not feeling well. When necessary, students will be referred to a local doctor, and transportation can be arranged. The closest hospital is less than a five-minute drive from campus and maintains a 24-hour emergency room and emergency air lift to Chattanooga and Nashville hospitals.
SAS employees a full-time, in-residence counselor to help facilitate a positive and healthy school experience for all students. The Counselor develops, implements, and supports mental health and wellness programs in collaboration with the Dean of Students, Chaplain, Residential Life Coordinator, and Health Clinic staff. In addition to providing direct services to students through programs, preventative activities, and individual and group counseling, the counselor provides emergency and sustained counseling support to students as needed, proactively communicates with parents regarding student well-being and counseling needs, and helps to refer students and their families to appropriate outside professionals for health and/or social services, as needed. The Counselor also works with the school community to establish, maintain, and communicate mental health protocols and train faculty, staff, and students on mental health, wellness, and abuse prevention.
Safety & Security
St. Andrew's-Sewanee School is fortunate to be located in a rural and rather bucolic setting. Sewanee maintains its own police, fire, and emergency medical services, including a wilderness rescue team, but the Sewanee police blotter rarely includes much beyond a loose dog or a stolen bicycle. Visitors to campus are required to sign in. A security detail checks all buildings at night. We regularly conduct fire and lockdown drills. The campus siren is tested every Saturday at noon. Students are required to check out when leaving campus either with the receptionist during the week or the teacher in charge on the weekends. On weekends, boarding students check in at lunch, dinner, and for floor reports at night.
As an Episcopal school, SAS offers pastoral care to students, faculty, and staff to help support their emotional, social, and spiritual wellbeing. While the chaplain provides pastoral care grounded in the particularity of the Episcopal tradition, Chaplain Molly Short offers spiritual and emotional support to students of all faith backgrounds or no faith tradition. Pastoral care includes grief support, conflict mediation, encouragement and support to students, and faith exploration.
M.Div./M.A., Princeton Theological Seminary
M.S., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Georgia State University
School: 931.598.5651 ext. 3303
M.Ed., Peabody College, Vanderbilt University
School: 931.598.5651 ext. 1018
M.Div., Duke Divinity School
D.A.S., The School of Theology, The University of the South