September 2, 2021

Dear Shelby Parents and Community,

First, I want to thank you for the fantastic support and help to get the 2021-2022 school year off to a good start. With that being said, our district has recently been experiencing an elevated level of student COVID cases. With the increase in numbers, we feel it is imperative to keep students and staff at home tomorrow. As a result, Shelby City Schools will be CLOSED tomorrow, Friday, September 3, 2021, and it will be considered a calamity day. School will resume with in-person learning on Tuesday, September 7th. At this time, all extracurricular activities will continue as scheduled.

Today, Thursday, September 2, Shelby High School has 25% of their student population absent, Shelby Middle School has 15%, and Dowds and Auburn have 10%. Many students are displaying symptoms, with the most common being headache, sore throat, and stomachache. The majority of our positive cases originated from community contact, but now we are seeing an increase in positive cases as a result of classroom contact. Please continue to monitor your child’s health, and if they are not feeling well, please keep them home until they are symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

It is important to keep in mind that students who wear a mask or have been vaccinated will not have to be quarantined. At this point, it is a parental decision that could impact loss of educational time. If you desire for your child to wear a mask, please discuss this with your child, emphasizing your expectations and reinforcing proper mask wearing.

In an effort to reduce spread, all school buildings will be deep cleaned and sanitized this weekend. As we head into the Labor Day weekend, we encourage you to be aware of your community contact to help reduce the spread.

Thank you for your continued support of our schools; I appreciate it very much.

Sincerely,

Tim Tarvin
Superintendent, Shelby City Schools