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5.26.2021: Woodland's Campus Moving Towards "Mask Optional" June 1st

Dear Woodland,

Over the last several months, our school, community, state, and nation have continued to show progress against the COVID-19 virus with a decline in the number of positive cases. According to many experts, vaccine availability to everyone aged 12 and up has helped our country move closer to a return to "normal." Beginning June 1st, Woodland's campus will move to a "mask optional" approach for students, faculty, and staff. While masking inside and outside the school building will not be required, we will not discourage anyone from wearing a mask if they choose. Following CDC recommendations, Woodland does strongly encourage any unvaccinated adults to continue masking at this time.

We are pleased to say the vast majority of our Woodland faculty and staff have completed the COVID-19 vaccine series. Also, many of our older students who are eligible have been vaccinated as well. As weather allows, Woodland will utilize outdoor spaces for learning and play, and we will continue to emphasize the importance of hand hygiene and surface cleaning on campus. While in the classroom, student workstations and lunchtime will be spaced at a minimum of 3 feet apart. Woodland will continue to follow quarantine recommendations set forth by the Shelby County Health Department. Currently, fully vaccinated individuals do not have to quarantine after exposure as long as the individual remains symptom-free.

Woodland will continue to monitor the CDC, Tennessee Department of Health, and Shelby County Health Department's guidance over the coming months. If an immediate concern in our community arises and/or the guidance changes, we are ready to enhance or reduce our response depending on the conditions and recommendations.

Woodland will continue to communicate throughout the summer. Thank you for your continued support, and if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our school nurses or me.

Adam Moore
Head of School

Nurse Amy Gray and Nurse Kim Sharp
School Nurses