Update from Diocese of Knoxville Schools Office

September 25, 2020
805 S. Northshore Drive
Knoxville, Tennessee 37919

Dear Catholic School communities,

This past weekend provided a beautiful glimpse that fall is approaching! I hope you and your
family were able to enjoy the pleasant weather and felt the thrill of anticipation for the
splendor that is typically present during autumn in East Tennessee! As school communities, the
end of our first quarter is nearly upon us! Our teachers have been working hard to make every
moment with our students, both in the classroom and remotely, engaging and highly
productive. It is truly amazing at the progress we have already made this quarter! To fulfill our
mission to be scholars, leaders, and someday saints, our students have to display personal
character and virtue in their responsive actions. Their efforts so far this year are to be

Acknowledging the tremendous cooperation and unified efforts of our families, faculty, and
students, it is with incredible gratitude once again that I write to you to thank you for your
consistent support and adherence to the policies and protocols in place to protect our
communities against the spread of COVID-19. At this time, there are no significant changes to
our policies and procedures to mitigate spread. I would ask that you continue to stay
committed to our course to maintain health in our communities. Individual schools may be
informing you of specific protocol changes, especially concerning the procedures for
temperature checks. As the weather becomes cooler, the temperature screenings may give a
false reading in warm cars and so schools are assessing different approaches for accuracy. I am
confident the school leaders will continue to inform you all of important matters that impact
your community.

I would like to encourage everyone in the school communities to obtain a flu shot this year.
Please know your health and welfare will continue to be in my prayers. If I can be of any
service to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.

In Christ,

Sedonna J. Prater, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Catholic Schools