McCallie is an All-Boys Private Boarding School and Day School, a Christian-based College Prep School.
McCallie seeks out and accepts boys from all ethnic, racial, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds and places a high value on a diverse student body.
McCallie joins hundreds of other public and private colleges, universities, and independent schools in requiring the COVID vaccine. See the list here.
Beginning with the 2021-22 school year, McCallie will add the COVID-19 vaccine to its list of required vaccinesfor all age-eligible students. In addition, we are requiring all faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19. We believe that having a vaccinated school community is the most responsible way to safeguard everyone's health and safety and the most effective way to allow us to conduct the year with no need for masks, social distancing, plastic partitions and other restrictions that we have had to endure this past year. As with all of our required immunizations, we will allow exemptions for medical, religious, moral, or ethical reasons.
Our plans for the 2021-22 school year are to have on-campus classes only. This may change, depending on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic over the summer and changes in the recommendations/guidelines issued by health and education consultants.
Access to Magnus will be open to new students during the early part of the summer. New families will be notified regarding log-in instructions for Magnus along with other information that will be emailed to them during the summer.
As you know, McCallie is requiring that our employees and students get the COVID-19 immunization before the beginning of next school year. There are exceptions for those who have medical, religious, moral, or ethical concerns.
To reiterate, we made the decision after considering that the vast majority of health experts recommend the vaccine as the best protection against COVID-19 and its complications, and we made the decision because it is best for our boys in our particular residential setting. It is best for our boys because having a fully vaccinated or near fully vaccinated campus is the best and safest way for us to return to the full McCallie experience.
When we say the full McCallie experience, our goal is that this includes a mask-free or at least mask-optional school year. Our ability to do this is contingent on a variety of factors, including the number of our school community who are vaccinated, but also on guidance from medical experts and the prevalence of COVID-19 in our area around the time school starts back in the fall.
Right now, we are trending in a very positive direction when considering these factors. We are especially pleased with the large number of our community who have responded positively to our decision. The prevalence of COVID-19 in our area is declining for now. Because of this, we can now say with more confidence that, provided there is no unforeseen spike or uncontrolled variant, we are hope to return next fall to a mask-optional school year.
At this time, therefore, the decision to wear a mask is a personal choice. McCallie, however, strongly recommends that individuals who are not vaccinated for an authorized exception wear a mask while indoors and in close quarters where social distancing is not possible. It is also important to understand that unvaccinated and unmasked individuals will be subject to contact tracing and possibly to quarantine if they are exposed to COVID-19. Unlike this past school year, we will not, in most instances, have the capacity to quarantine boys on campus, and there will also be no virtual school option for those who must quarantine.
Please know that only the Student Health Center will have records - either of your son’s vaccination or your decision to request an exemption. This information will not be shared. Further, only trained professionals in the Student Health Center are authorized to perform contact tracing, and only when necessary and in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Health.
Again, we are optimistic about our ability to return to a better normal next year at McCallie. We have been so encouraged by how many of you have decided to be immunized against COVID-19. If you have not already, please upload your COVID-19 vaccination form through Magnus with the Student Health Center as soon as possible.
If your son is not eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in your home country prior to the start of the school year, he will be able to get one once he arrives on campus in the fall. You should contact Student Health Services Director Kristen Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) over the summer to make arrangements.
We will follow TSSAA and local municipal rules regarding sporting events and other public events on- and off-campus. We expect TSSAA to adopt standards for the 2021-22 school year sometime in mid-summer.
Parents and others who are fully vaccinated will not be asked to wear masks. Those not fully vaccinated will be asked to wear masks indoors. They will be on the honor system and will not be required to show a vaccination card.
We strongly encourage everyone to be vaccinated. Persons living on campus will be required to comply with our current campus safety protocols. Our protocols in the fall will take into account current CDC guidelines as well as the level of COVID-19 in our area.
We anticipate that all school operations, like food services, will be able to return to pre-COVID practices. We will continue to have hand-sanitizing stations readily available and be extra vigilant about disinfecting and cleaning surfaces.
With a fully, or near fully vaccinated school community, we anticipate being able to gather again as a school for Chapel. All students will be expected to comply with our current campus safety protocols.
Our hope is to return to a mask-optional campus environment in the fall. Our ability to do this depends, however, on a variety of factors, including, most importantly, having the majority of our school students, faculty, and staff vaccinated, but also on the guidance of the CDC and the prevalence of COVID-19 in our area. Because things change so quickly and often regarding COVID, it is hard for us to predict what the pandemic environment in the fall will be. Our campus safety protocols will be determined based on CDC guidelines and the level of COVID-19 in our area at that time. All students will be expected to comply with our current campus safety protocols.
Yes. Some of the actions we have taken include turning off water fountains and added touchless fountains for refilling water bottles at various locations throughout campus. In addition, our physical plant staff will increase the frequency of cleanings throughout campus. They will use the mildest, effective chemicals available, and they will deploy electrostatic misters in the evenings to ensure all surfaces are thoroughly covered with disinfectant.