From the beginning of this process, The Lovett School’s priorities in order have been: health and safety, learning continuity, and community—all of which contribute significantly to the development of a student’s “character and intellect to thrive in learning and in life.”
Being that the health and safety of our community is critical to in-person learning, all decisions regarding on-campus activity have been and will be made through that lens. Accordingly, our plans and protocols are subject to change at any time as conditions dictate.
Back-to-school decisions are being made with recommendations from the following sources along with our direct experience on campus on a daily basis:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Georgia Department of Public Health
The Fulton County Board of Health
The American Academy of Pediatrics
The Georgia High School Athletic Association (GHSA)
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Newest Updates as of February 14, 2022:
Please see the School & Athletic Trips section for information regarding vaccination status for overnight trips.
Lovett has transitioned to a mask-optional environment for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
Given the level of protection our community possesses, the milder systems of the latest variant, and the widespread availability of vaccines, boosters, and N95 masks, we believe we can safely move forward with a mask-optional environment starting Monday, February 14, for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. All community members will still need to bring a mask to campus every day as masks will be required in some shared spaces and larger gatherings (e.g. large assemblies, Chapel, bus travel, etc.).
We will return to established practices as outlined in the Student/Parent Handbook, including drop-off times, requiring students to remain on campus for the entire school day, and observing Lovett’s uniform. Temporary adjustments from the 20-21 school year (e.g. off-campus privileges for non-seniors, uniform adjustments) will no longer be in place.
Lower School drop-off will begin at 7:25 a.m.; students arriving before 7:45 am must report to the library or Pope Gym. The school day will begin at 8:00 a.m.
Middle School & Upper School drop-off can begin at 7:00 a.m.; students may enter the buildings at that time. The school day begins at 8:15 a.m. (MS) and 8:25 a.m. (US).
We strongly encourage COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters for all eligible members of the Lovett community. The Health Center provides vaccinations by appointment every Tuesday and Thursday at no cost to Lovett families, faculty, and staff. At this time, vaccinations will not be required on domestic trips unless a third-party destination or trip operator requires it.
Vaccination against COVID-19 will continue to be an important part of the strategy and support to keep our community healthy. It will also contribute to safely expanding programs and activities on and off campus. Lovett will maintain its supply of COVID-19 vaccine on campus and will continue to provide weekly opportunities for the administration of the vaccine to all eligible members of the Lovett community.
All students will be expected to attend classes in-person. Lovett will not offer voluntary virtual learning options for the 2021-22 school year. Virtual learning will be reserved for students quarantined under the direction of our Health Center or due to other long-term absences as outlined in the Student/Parent Handbook.
Given the labor intensive nature of virtual learning preparations, virtual learning will be unavailable for common illnesses (such as a cold) or when awaiting a test result. Symptomatic students awaiting COVID-19 results will remain home until a result is available.
COVID-19 Advisory Committee
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Dr. Michael Hardee, M.D.
Dr. Jeff Hines, M.D.
Dr. Ray Kotwicki, M.D.
Psychiatrist, Chief Medical Officer, Skyland Trail
Douglas Lindsay ’88
Dr. Carla Neal-Haley, M.D.
Partner, Alston & Bird
Dr. Peter Thomas ’84, Ph.D.
Epidemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention