The Piney Woods School will invite our students back to campus in September. This document provides a brief outline of the measures we are taking to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe upon reopening. In the coming weeks, we will provide additional information as our plans continue to develop.
This Fall, we will welcome students across all grade levels, faculty, and staff back to campus. We have elected to bring students to campus because part of what makes this place special is being physically present on these historic grounds. This year our school community will be intentionally small, which will enable us to effectively implement social distancing and other practices to respond to COVID-19. For example, we are making efforts to provide students with single-room occupancy with limited exceptions.
We have moved our first day of class to September 8, the day after Labor Day, to allow for additional planning and preparation for the start of the year. However, students can begin arriving on September 1 to adequately prepare. We will break from on-campus, in person, learning at noon on November 25, the day before Thanksgiving. Remote learning will begin on November 30 and continue through the remainder of the fall semester.
Rather than a two-day weekend of registration, we have expanded our registration period to one full week. The first day of registration and move-in will be September 1. Students and families will need to schedule an appointment to register and move into student housing. More details about the appointment process are forthcoming.
We have a school physician on call and a full-time school nurse on campus, and we have begun regular consultation with the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). We will continue temperature screening every person who comes to our campus and will keep a sufficient supply of hand sanitizer, masks, and other personal protective equipment in stock. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be available throughout the campus, in all buildings. We also plan to employ a daily sanitization routine in all common areas of our student housing, dining hall, classrooms, and other public spaces.
If you have questions about our reopening plans or need any additional information, call (601) 845-2214.