COVID Testing, MLK Day, Schedule Changes, Congratulations, and more
COVID Testing, MLK Day, Schedule Changes, Congratulations, and more

JANUARY 13, 2021

Don't Forget COVID Testing

Complete New Release Form

As we prepare for the return to boarding life and in-person classes, we will hold a series of days for testing. Testing is mandatory and students must attend their assigned day and time. Parents MUST complete this new testing release or contact COVID Coordinator Dan Monahan.

For Boarders

Students must have proof of a negative test before returning to campus. Boarders will quarantine January 17-20 and test on Wednesday, January 20. (Early arriving boarders are testing this afternoon.)

Testing Dates for Day Students

Tuesday, January 19, 3:15-5:00 PM: All Day Students with last name beginning with A-M or who participate in winter varsity athletics will test after the academic day. Testing will take place in Wood-Alligood Gymnasium.
Thursday January 21, 3:15-5:00 PM: All Day Students with last name beginning with N-Z will test after the academic day, between 3:15-5:00 p.m. Testing will take place in the gymnasium.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

SAS online but in-session half day

We will have a half-day of programming on Monday to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King beginning with an All-Community Gathering in the form of Chapel worship at 8:45 a.m. (students will use the Announcements link) and followed by Teach-Ins covering topics like Reconstruction, racial issues in healthcare access, the Civil Rights movement, race relations in Sewanee, student activism, voting, and more. We will then break into groups for discussion. Our class day will conclude by noon, but we encourage our students to use the afternoon in a way that is in keeping with Dr. King's important work. Students will receive the schedule and links in the coming days.

Our Online Schedule

Please help your child to remember that our daily schedule is different when our classes are online. This modified schedule is based on observations and research on how students learn online and how much continual screen time is too much. You will find class periods to be shorter when we are online. Personalized schedules including the Zoom links for their classes are available in CORE.

No Chapel on Jan 20

Because we are having a Chapel service on Monday, January 18, as part of our Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration and in the interest of students who may wish to watch the U.S. Presidential Inauguration, there will not be Chapel on Wednesday, Janury 20.


Congratulations to Myers Gorrell '21 on achieving Eagle Scout rank through his activities with the SAS Scout Troop.
Congratulations to Tyler Rodgers '22 on his commitment to the Tennessee National Guard. Tyler will begin his training on weekends and during summers as he prepares for service while continuing his education at SAS.

Is Your Child Going to be Absent or Tardy?

Be sure to let us know if your child will be absent, late, or needs to miss a class by emailing This link is also available on the Parent Essentials page.

New Students

Join us in welcoming the following new students:
Taylor Irwin (10B) is the daughter of Leslee Alexander and Paul Breeding of Nashville and Craig Irwin of Eagle, Colo.
Thomas Portolano (11D) is the son of Francesco and Catherine Ramsey-Portolano '89 of Milan, Italy. He will be living with his grandparents Timothy (SMA '63) and Susan Ramsey of Monteagle, Tenn.
Reed Ruccio (11D) is the son of George and Patti Ruccio of Nashville, soon to be Monteagle, Tenn.
Anne Wiedelmann (10B) is the daughter of Thorsten Wiedelmann of Solingen, Germany.
We also welcome Ethan Drey (12B) to campus as he transitions from day to boarding status.

Your Questions Answered

How can my child figure out when to attend Announcements, Chapel, etc.?

Your child receives daily announcements with the times, days, and links for all community meetings. At this time, these meetings don't appear on their personalized daily schedule. 

Does my child have to have a PCR COVID test to return to campus?

Boarding students should have a negative COVID-19 test before returning to campus. While we would prefer that those be a PCR test, we understand that those may be difficult to get with the necessary turnaround time. If that is the case, please opt for the rapid test.

How will I find out my child's SAS COVID-19 test results?

Beginning this semester with our joint University of the South COVID-19 testing program, we will no longer be sending out individual results for each test. We are assuming negative test results and individuals will only be contacted if their test is positive. Positive results will be communicated by phone by either COVID-19 Coordinator Dan Monahan or Health Center Director Melissa Gilliam. A schoolwide email will go out when all test results have been received.

What type of COVID-19 testing is SAS using?

We are now conducting a self-administered nasal swab test and no longer using the saliva test.

How is SAS using the 4-county active COVID case rate now?

As you are probably aware, the 4-county active case rate has been well above .5% since around Thanksgiving. That was the number we had set for what would trigger us moving online. We continue to look at the active case rate and to weigh that with other factors, including healthcare capacity in our area, cases within the SAS community, our testing capacity, etc. as we make difficult decisions about when we will be inperson or online. 

Weekly Highlights

View the full calendar for all events. Subscribe to SAS calendars (instructions on the calendar page) to have school events, team schedules, and calendar updates automatically delivered to and updated on your desktop or mobile device.
Classes Continue Online
COVID Re-Testing for Early Arriving Boarders
Quarantine for Early Returning Boarders ends for students testing negative
11:00 AM Chapel, Virtual
11:00 AM
Advisory, Virtual
NOON J-Block: Cultivating Hope in the New Year with Dr. Garner, Virtual

TN Governor's School Applications Due for all Non-Arts Programs
8:45 AM Announcements, Virtual
Boarding Students Return, Quarantine through Wednesday
4:00 PM Campus Shuttle Departs BNA, Nashville Airport

MON JAN 18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
No Homework Day
8:45 AM - NOON Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, Virtual 
NOON Early Dismissal
3:15 PM-5:00 PM
COVID Testing for Day Students: Last Name A-M and Winter Varsity Athletes, Wood-Alligood Gymnasium
COVID Re-Testing for All Boarders
Quarantine for Early Returning Boarders ends for students testing negative
7:30 AM-9:00 AM COVID Testing for Employees Who Have Not Yet Tested, Wood-Alligood

Meet Erica Clark

Erica Clark recently joined the SAS Advancement team as Assistant Director of Stewardship & Alumni Engagement. Erica was director of development for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for seven years and, more recently, has had a successful career in pharmaceutical sales. She holds a degree in Sociology from University of Louisiana, Monroe. Erica is a resident of South Pittsburg, a member of Christ Church Episcopal, and hopes to be an SAS parent as of Fall 2021.

Employment Opportunities

Help us spread the word.

SAS is currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year in Chemistry and Art, as well as a Librarian to begin this year. See Employment for more information.
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