We want everyone within the Augustine School community to have one simple place for the latest updates from our Board of Trustees and Administration. Please bookmark this page and refer to it for any future questions you may have.
Below we have organized the key questions and areas of concern for parents for the upcoming school year as we continue to move forward through the COVID-19 pandemic.
While there is much uncertainty as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeking to maintain Augustine School’s culture through a "new normal" of modified protocols that uphold high standards of health in balance with the development of the mind, body, and soul of each of our students.
Our standards of health are informed by guidance from the CDC, the State of Tennessee and the Madison County Health Department.
The Back to School Committee was formed in May at the direction of the Augustine School Board of Trustees in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This Committee directs subcommittees assessing our school’s plans as they relate to a number of areas of Augustine School life including health and safety protocols, academics, information technology, and school culture.
Our committees are composed of administrators, board members, faculty, parents, and health professionals working closely with the Madison County Health Department and the Jackson Clinic.
As we have learned so far, information about the spread of COVID-19 and guidance needed to fight and treat this pandemic are constantly evolving. Thus, throughout the year, we will monitor the spread of the virus and recommended guidance within our state and county. We will provide a monitoring system that can adapt with changes implemented as information is updated.
Currently, we are proposing a “Stop Light” model to determine the protocol levels throughout the year: Green (Low Community Risk); Yellow (Moderate Community Risk); and Red (High Community Risk). Protocol level will be determined by community spread, along with state and local guidance.
We will begin the school year on Monday August 10 on the campus of Augustine School. Parents can expect modified protocols at the main entry points of the school which will include temperature checks and hand sanitizer stations.
Physical distancing protocols will be established for classrooms as appropriate for each grade level. Hallway movements will be coordinated throughout the day. We are continuing to monitor guidance from state and local authories regarding the use of face masks during the school day.
Our faculty, staff and students will receive the proper training needed to effectively implement our Stop Light Model. Training for faculty and staff for new procedures will occur during summer in-service.
All students (with the exception of student drivers) will be dropped off and picked up in carpool with limited exceptions. The number of parents and visitors inside the building will be limited throughout the day. Parents should notify the school office prior to pick up if it is necessary for student to dismiss before the end of the regular school day.
Increased cleaning and disinfecting will occur throughout the day, particularly on frequently touched surfaces and items. In addition, good hygiene will be reinforced regularly in classrooms.
We will provide more information on these protocols in the near future.
Student temperatures will be checked at entry points and parents should check the temperature of their child before leaving home each day. Any student with a temperature of 99.6° should be kept at home until they are fever free without the use of fever medications for at least three days.
The Madison County Public Health Department has determined this temperature to be common for symptomatic persons testing positive for COVID-19.
We understand that you have or will have questions about our plans, protocols, and responses to various scenarios, and are adding the FAQ page in an effort to provide answers to some of those. This page will continue to be updated.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: What happens is there's a case of COVID-19 in my child's class?
A: Regarding any potential or actual COVID-19
case at Augustine, we will adhere closely to guidance from the CDC and the Madison County Department of Health. In the event of a confirmed case, we will immediately communicate with parents and will need to dismiss that class for a minimum of 48 hours while we disinfect the affected room(s). Each situation will be treated on a case by case basis and in consultation with the Health Department.
Q: If my child has an ear infection that's been diagnosed by a doctor, could they return to school even if they had a fever due to the ear infection?
A: Yes. Students who have been seen by a physcian may return to school with a doctor's note confirming a diagnosis of a non-viral or contagious illness.
*Our standards are informed by guidance from the CDC, the State of Tennessee and the Madison County Health Department. As we know, information related to COVID-19 is changing quickly, sometimes daily, and we will continue to adapt with these changes.
We will be holding Academic Camps on the campus of Augustine School from July 13 -17. All on-campus protocols will be in place during this time and class sizes will be limited.
For registration information, please check your email!
Parents will be expected to pick up their children from Afternoons at Augustine at the main entrance of the school lobby. Student ratios will be closely monitored in each room and additional rooms will be opened as needed.
We are asking parents to communicate their after-care needs each day by 10am in order to safely facilitate our procedures. In addition, we ask families to keep drop ins to a minimum and late drop ins for emergencies only.
Augustine School remains committed to Fall sports unless prevented by 1) lack of participating schools or 2) limiting instructions from state or local officials. Due to the continued uncertainty about the likelihood of a Fall Cross Country season, Middle School and High School practices have been pushed back to August 3. Lower School practices will be delayed until after the beginning of the school year. Registrations will open July 27. Please continue to check this site for more information.
The House System is central to the Upper School student experience. We will be holding regular House activities and intramurals under the guidance of our COVID-19 protocols. Please check back soon for more information.
The last quarter of the 19-20 academic year reminded us of both the immense value and limitations of technology in education. We are taking proactive steps to ensure proper technology solutions are ready and in place for Lower and Upper School students in the event they are needed to greater degree in the coming school year.
Additional training on the use and implementation of technology for parents will occur through live webinars after the start of school. Students will be provided tutorials within the classroom.
Our annual Raceday Event will be moved to the Spring of 2021. Please stay tuned for more details!
We do plan to hold on-campus activities in the coming year when and where space allows for safe and comfortable interactions.
Summer parent orientation will resume on the evening of July 23rd from 6-8pm through in-person and video messages. Please make sure to register for your classes through the emailed link.
Back to School Night has been canceled for this year. Further information on new teacher introductions will be forthcoming.
Our Summer Movie Night has been rescheduled to the Fall. We will provide details as that date nears!
Parents and other visitors can expect modified protocols upon entering the school which will include temperature checks and hand sanitizer stations. Per the City of Jackson's ordinance, from July 4-August 29, guests, faculty and staff are asked to wear face masks when inside the school building.