By Averie Howell
Art by Evie Bartlett
For St. Mary’s students, back-to-school also means back to a full chapel, lunchroom, and our much-missed high school retreats. Although the Delta variant has caused uncertainty as to what the next move should be, St. Mary’s plans to keep the school year as normal as possible.
With the arrival and quick spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19, restrictions in the country have tightened up again. At the end of July, Delta was the cause of about 80% of the cases in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, with vaccination rates rising, many hope that we will soon return to a state of normalcy.
Head of Upper School Lauren Rogers said, “We are very lucky at St. Mary’s to have a vaccination rate of 90% in the high school...I think it speaks volumes about our students and our school, and I do think it’s something to celebrate.”
While St. Mary’s does not yet know the plan for school-issued vaccine or mask mandates in the future, the school continues to make decisions with the guidance of the CDC, Shelby County Health Department, and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.
“I don’t know what the future holds, but I know that we will continue to be St. Mary’s and respond to the public health concerns that we need to, to be responsive to our community,” said Rogers.
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