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Knowing that a Lausanne education is best experienced through in-person relationships, we are excited to have students back on campus. Safety measures are in place that address the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Our task force, made up of infectious disease experts, doctors and members of our administrative team, is continually working on ways to minimize risks and keep students safe while giving our community a return to the routines we all miss.


Guiding Principles

The task force is guided by these goals:
  • We must stay true to the educational quality of Lausanne
  • The safety of our students and the health of the community must be protected
  • The situation may change quickly, and we must remain adaptable 
With those goals and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control guiding us, we developed policies and procedures. Knowing the situation can change daily based on local, state and federal recommendations, guidelines and mandates, we are prepared to adapt to the situation as necessary, and to educate students on-campus and online.

Our Phased Return to campus

Our Task Force, in consultation with educational institutions around the world, developed a phased start to the 2020-21 school year to help implement procedures to prevent the spread of Covid-19. 

lausanne's campus is currently in PHASE 4.


Social and Emotional Needs of Students
Lausanne is facilitating an even greater level of student support for the 2020-2021 school year, increasing SEL opportunities for all grade levels. Teaching students ways to regulate their emotions and cope with the stress of living in an accelerated culture is essential to student maturation. 

Additionally, Lower School Counselor Angie Valadie, Middle School Counselor Amanda Pearson and Upper School Counselor Samantha Douglas are available if you have a question about your Lausanne student's emotional health, and continue to work with students one-on-one to help them process their emotions. Contact your division's counselor by email at any time.
Knowing that our students will be interacting, and to protect our community, all families must agree to minimize their risk and exposure to the coronavirus, including maintaining social distancing, wearing face coverings, and avoiding situations as much as possible that could expose us to the virus.
In an effort to keep our community up to date with health information surrounding COVID-19, we've compiled this list to track situations involving coronavirus on campus. 
As we move ahead, we know you'll have questions about specific areas. Below you'll find answers to some of the questions we've received, but if you have a concern, let us know by sharing it with us here. It will be shared with the task force, and we'll try to address it as soon as possible. 
Being Prepared for Different Scenarios
We're prepared for the possibility that the Health Department or Governor of Tennessee may order schools to close their campuses. As parents, students, teachers and faculty are all aware: recreating the Lausanne experience online is extremely difficult. While the difficulties of conducting Lower School classes virtually are obvious, project-based learning for students in middle school and upper school suffer from the medium. Understanding that some parents may not feel comfortable with their child returning to campus in August for in-person learning, we're also offering an optional distance learning plan for students to continue learning from home.

As the year continues, we strive to make the online experience better mirror the one on-campus. Plans for distance learning for each division are now available on our website


Ensuring the campus can remain open requires us to think through lots of different questions, some of which we've addressed on our FAQ page. You can also submit your question or concern to the task force using this anonymous form

Knowing the situation can change daily based on local, state and federal recommendations, guidelines and mandates, this information may become out of date. In almost all instances, we continue to follow the latest guidance from the CDC. To see their latest recommendations on their website at

Opening Of School Task Force

  • Stuart McCathie, Headmaster
  • Stewart Crais, Director of Campus Operations
    Leads interaction with Medical Professionals and agencies
  • Kara Barbour, Head of Lower School
    Leads Lower School Teachers Subcommittee 
  • Robert Lewis, Head of Middle School
  • Kim Davis, Assistant Head of Middle School
    Leads Middle School Teachers Subcommittee 
  • Stuart Dunster, Head of Upper School
    Leads Upper School Teachers Subcommittee 
  • Rachel Hammons, Director of Lausanne 360°
    Leads subcommittee focused on after school activities 
  • Kevin Locastro, Athletic Director
    Leads subcommittee with all varsity coaching staff
  • Charlotte Albertson, Director of Community Engagement
    Leads subcommittee with the executive board of Lausanne Parent Connections
  • Troy Graham, Business Manager
  • Drew Smith, Director of Communications and Marketing
  • Dr. Neil Hayes, Division Chief, Medical Oncology UTHSC and Director, UTHSC Center for Cancer Research
  • Dr. Hiren Pokharna, Physician, Midsouth Infectious Disease Associates
  • Submit a question to the task force