Articles tagged COVID-19
  • Updated Mask Policy for the Sanctuary

    May 25, 2021

    Hey Parents,

    When in the Sanctuary, we will adhere to the guidelines that 2PC is now following.

    • Boys and Staff will be in masks while seated
    • Masks are optional for vaccinated adults
    • Please continue to social distance between family units
    • If you prefer more distance, the balcony is roped
  • Mask Policy through the End of the School Year

    May 12, 2021

    Today, May 12, the Shelby County Health Department will announce a directive which will take effect on Saturday, May 15. Included in the health directive is a change to the mask mandate from requiring masks to recommending them.

  • Distance Learning Policy for the 2021-2022 School Year

    April 29, 2021

    As we look to the 2021-2022 school year, I want to inform you of a decision regarding distance learning for next year.

    We will only offer distance learning for those students who enter quarantine due to a COVID exposure or enter into isolation due to being COVID positive as mandated by the Shelby County Health

  • COVID Guidelines for Intramural Soccer

    March 15, 2021


    The PDS Athletic Department has been preparing for our upcoming Intramural Soccer season with activities beginning the week of March 15th. We have established guidelines for the boys and spectators. By attending games it is understood that all spectators entering the field area have answered ‘no’ to the following questions

  • Welcome Back - COVID Update

    December 30, 2020

    PDS Community,

    I hope you and your family are having a wonderful holiday season and will have a very Happy New Year.

    We are looking forward to having our students back on campus on Monday, January 4, 2021. If your son is not feeling well or if he was exposed to COVID-19 during the holidays, please keep him home and see your

  • COVID Guidelines for Intramural Basketball

    December 10, 2020

    Dear Parents,

    The PDS Athletic Department has been preparing for our upcoming Intramural Basketball season with games beginning the week of January 4th. We have established guidelines for the boys and spectators. By attending games it is understood that all spectators entering the building have answered ‘no’ to the following

  • COVID-19: Updated Quarantine Guidelines

    December 10, 2020

    The CDC, Tennessee Department of Health, and Shelby County Health Department have added quarantine options after close contact with someone with COVID-19.

    What is close contact (or exposure) with someone who is COVID-19 positive:

  • COVID-19: Should I Send My Son to School with Symptoms?

    December 2, 2020

    Because COVID-19 symptoms are so varied and some appear like normal allergies or colds, we want you to have this Public Health COVID-19 Return to School Decision Support Algorithm from the Tennessee Department of Health.

  • From the Head of School - COVID-19 Update: A Thanksgiving Message

    November 18, 2020

    In spite of the increase in positive cases of COVID-19 in Shelby County, nationwide, and globally, PDS’ numbers have stayed relatively low. This is thanks to everyone’s conscientious efforts to stay safe by wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing, and avoiding large gatherings.

    I know it will be difficult to continue some

  • Important Reminders From Our Nurse, Alice Ball

    September 30, 2020

    Both COVID-19 and the flu will be circulating this fall and winter, so please remember to get the flu shot for your whole family. The flu shot is rarely an exact match for the multiple flu viruses present in winter months, so you can still get the flu even if vaccinated, but you will have a less severe case, with fewer complications, than if

  • From the Head of School - COVID-19 Update: Thank You, Parents!

    September 16, 2020

    PDS Families,

    Thank you so much for your support and cooperation during these past four weeks of school during COVID. It’s been a great beginning! I know it’s not always easy remembering to perform the daily health checks and making sure the boys have their masks and water bottles each day.

    The boys are doing a

  • An Update to Our Mask Policy

    August 17, 2020

    Parents, please note the following update to our mask policy regarding using gaiter masks:

    While we understand that there are challenges to wearing masks, we will require students to wear one to school each day. Use of masks throughout the school day will vary by grade level and circumstances while in the

  • COVID-19 Prevention Pledge

    August 10, 2020

    Presbyterian Day School is committed to providing your sons with a safe environment as we welcome them back to campus during these unprecedented times of COVID-19. We will continue to provide academic excellence based on how boys learn best in a loving and Christian environment. It is also of the utmost importance to us to keep our faculty,

  • Fall 2020 Reopening Plan - FAQ

    July 29, 2020

    Since communicating our Tier 1 reopening plan to the PDS community, we have continued to receive specific school

  • The Boys are Back: Reopening PDS

    July 15, 2020

    PDS will begin school as scheduled, with all students on campus each day.

    The overall school calendar will remain as previously published.

  • Head of School Update - July 8, 2020

    July 8, 2020

    Dear PDS Families,

    I am very excited to be back at PDS as Interim Head of School for the 2020-2021 school year!

    I began my career at PDS in January 1991 teaching 4th, 5th, and 6th grade boys computer classes on Apple IIe computers. I'm pretty sure I had the pleasure of teaching a few of the dads out there.

    I retired as

  • Apply Now: Family Emergency Fund

    June 1, 2020

    The PDS Family Emergency Fund has been established to provide emergency relief to families who have been affected by the coronavirus.

    Families who have experienced the following situation due to COVID-19 should consider applying for funds:

  • Re-Entry Planning for 2020-2021

    May 18, 2020

    PDS is actively planning to begin school in the fall.

    The leadership team of PDS has remobilized into planning teams. The teams, listed below, meet weekly and have a total membership of over 30 people split into 6 teams. The chair of each team will report to the Leadership Team each week during June.

  • Update from the Headmaster: Plan for Returning and Retrieving Items

    May 11, 2020

    Dear Parents,

    We are preparing for the close of the school year. As you know, instruction will continue through Thursday. We hope to see as many PDS families as possible on Friday from 11-12 at our end of the year

  • Update from the Headmaster: Ask Me Anything Webinar on Thursday

    May 4, 2020

    Dear Parents,

    It is unimaginable that two months ago, we were together in our main gym, watching the student-faculty basketball game and getting ready for spring break. Life has changed so much in the intervening weeks.

  • Update from the Headmaster: Our Plan for the Rest of the School Year

    April 17, 2020

    Dear PDS families,

    As you know, I have been communicating with families on Mondays and Wednesdays during this time of distance learning. In light of Governor Lee’s announcement this past Wednesday regarding schools remaining closed in Tennessee and President Trump’s announcement yesterday about reopening the country, I wanted to

  • Update from the Headmaster: Your Feedback on Distance Learning and More - April 6, 2020

    April 6, 2020

    Dear Parents,

    Thank you to the hundreds of families who completed our recent survey. I was pleased to see that over 90% of you feel the school is serving the boy’s needs during this time. We have read every comment and taken to heart what families are telling us about this time of distance learning. As you might imagine, the comments

  • Update from the Headmaster - Monday, March 23

    March 23, 2020
    Many have asked when we will be able to return to school. At this time, the date is unknown. I do promise to continue to communicate with you and share any information I have.
  • Distance Learning Material Pick-Up Details

    March 17, 2020

    This evening, we plan on distributing materials to students in SK–6th grade, watch this short video for some tips on how this process will work.

    If a family does not want to enter the school building, we will have staff who will deliver the material to the car. Let one of the coaches in the parking lot know that you need

  • March 16 Update - Distance Learning, Material Pick-Up Plan

    March 16, 2020

    Dear PDS parents,

    Thank you for the love and patience you have shown during this unique time. We have been working at PDS over the past several days as we ready the school for the start of distance learning. I hope this letter will answer many of the questions you might have moving forward.

  • PDS Campus Closed Beginning March 16

    March 13, 2020

    Dear Parents,

    Thank you for your patience as PDS continues to monitor the spread of COVID–19 around the world and here in our community. As of this writing, many schools in our area have decided to close to help slow down the spread of the virus. Given all of the information at hand, PDS will not open as expected on Monday,

  • March 4 - An Update on Our Response to Coronavirus

    March 4, 2020

    Dear PDS families,

    We are continuing to monitor the spread of COVID–19, and today I am writing to you with more information regarding the response that PDS is taking. About 10 days ago I asked our school nurse, Alice Ball (This email address is being protected from spambots. You

  • Feb 27 - From the Headmaster - Coronavirus

    February 27, 2020

    Dear Parents,

    As the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19) takes hold in more and more places around the world, I want to let you know that PDS is monitoring the situation very closely. Many resources have been made available to our school, and we are utilizing all information to help us make plans. Last night the National Association

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