May 12, 2021

This weekend, the Shelby County Health Department’s new directive regarding masking will go into effect. Per the directive, while masks are not mandated they are highly recommended.

St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School will continue masking inside buildings for the remaining two weeks of the school year.  Our community has done an amazing job working together this year to minimize the transmission of COVID-19. The protocols we have had in place since August have allowed us to keep our campus open with minimal interruptions. Thankfully, there have been no serious illnesses in our community. With only nine days of school remaining, it is prudent to continue to do what has worked to keep our community healthy.

We will not require masking outside during recess and other activities. The data has shown that with appropriate distancing, the risk of transmission outside is extremely low. Be assured we will look for additional opportunities to move learning outside whenever possible to take advantage of the nice weather and allow students more time for mask breaks. 
We are already working on plans for the next academic year. If the community transmission rate remains low and immunity continues to increase as more people are vaccinated or have antibodies, I am optimistic that we will be able to forgo many of the precautions we have taken this year. As you may be aware, the CDC has recently approved the Pfizer vaccine for 12-15 year-olds. I encourage families to vaccinate children age 12 and older. Please talk with your family doctor if you have any questions about the vaccine. 

Our commitment to keeping our community safe remains our number one priority. We ask for your support and cooperation as we work together to finish out this year with the same strength and resilience that has served us well during this pandemic.

Tom Hood
President, St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
Deuteronomy 31:6