In response to the stable numbers of COVID-19 cases in our county and the percentage of residents who have received the COVID-19 vaccine, the Shelby County Health Department will be shifting their face mask directive from a mandate to a recommendation. The directive does continue to allow private businesses to determine what is best for their environment and population.
In response to this new information and considering our school environment and the decreased numbers of COVID within our school, Woodland will be allowing students and faculty members to remove their masks while outdoors. We will still require masks to be worn while indoors through the end of the school year. While indoors, “mask breaks” will continue to be taken throughout the day, and thankfully, now that the weather is nice, teachers are encouraged to utilize our outdoor spaces for learning, recess, and breaks.
I am encouraged by this news from our community. It appears to be a positive step in returning to “normal.” However, we continue to stay committed to our Woodland students, faculty, and families.
Looking toward the school policies related to COVID for summer camp and next school year, I am asking that you complete this short, three-question survey to give us an idea of our families’ comfort level with specific mitigation measures. The link to the survey can be found here: May 12 Parent Survey. The survey will close in 48 hours.
Woodland will continue to monitor the recommendations of the Shelby County Health Department, the Tennessee Department of Health, and the CDC as guidance. As those recommendations continue to evolve, Woodland will continue to adjust our procedures to best reflect the needs of our Woodland community.
Thank you so much for your continued support of Woodland!