Health and Safety

Students in Masks and Gloves 2019
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

Health Center

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.

Counseling

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.

Pastoral Care

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. 

Health & Safety Staff

Geoffrey Smith

Geoffrey Smith

Titles: Dean of Students, Humanities Department Co-Chair, History, Ethics, American Studies, Varsity Boys' Soccer (Head), 9th Grade Level Program Lead, SHOW Coordinator, Conduct Council
Degrees: B.A. History, The University of the South
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Phone Numbers:
School: 931.463.2134
Sarah Brehm

Sarah Brehm

Class of 2000
Titles: Nurse, Residential Faculty
Degrees: A.A., Nursing, Chattanooga State Community College
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Jennifer Dillon

Jennifer Dillon

Class of 1982
Titles: Chief Financial and Operations Officer
Degrees: A.A., Accounting, New River Community College
B.A., Public Relations, Otterbein College
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Lisa Garner

Lisa Garner

Titles: Mental Health Counselor, Counseling Services Coordinator, Lead House Parents (Watts)
Degrees: B.A., Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
D.Psych., Psychology, Illinois School of Professional Psychology (Argosy University)
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Melissa Gilliam

Melissa Gilliam

Titles: Director of the Health Clinic, Nurse, Residential Faculty
Degrees: ASN, Nursing, Chattanooga State Community College
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Molly Short

Molly Short

Titles: Chaplain, Residential Faculty
Degrees: B.S. Earth and Environmental Studies, Furman University
M.Div., Duke Divinity School
D.A.S., The School of Theology, The University of the South
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Phone Numbers:
School: 931.463.2140
Amanda Skrzeczkoski

Amanda Skrzeczkoski

Titles: Athletic Trainer, Adventure Education, Physical Education, Substitute Teacher, Residential Faculty
Degrees: B.A., Athletic Training, University of Wisconsin La Crosse
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School: 931.598.5651 ext. 3328