The Pinecrest Academy COVID-19 Task Force has been diligently reviewing CDC, Department of Health, Department of Education, and other protocol and guidelines to put the best practices in place, as Pinecrest moves into the 2020-2021 school year.

We have a complete COVID-19 School Plan. Countless hours have been invested, with critical input from doctors, educators, and other professionals, to arrive at a comprehensive approach to successfully coming back to our classrooms for in-person instruction in August 2020.

Important information for Back-to-School 2020:

  1. Back-to-school start dates will be staggered. High School will open August 6, Middle School will open August 10, and Lower School and PreK will open August 10 for a half day, with their first full day on August 11. The staggered schedule will help ensure the safest possible opening of our physical spaces and allow for rigorous cleaning and community screening protocols.
  2. Fall Break has been postponed, and those five days will be returned to the instructional calendar. A decision on where the five subsequent vacation days will be inserted will be made as we see the course of the pandemic over the school year. This decision was made to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, due to travel exposure, and to provide an additional week of instruction as an added safety measure, in case there is a next wave of COVID-19.
  3. Gender mixing will be temporarily allowed during 2020-2021 in the 4th-8th grades, if necessary, to accommodate social distancing guidelines within the classroom.

Refer back to this page often, as more information and details will be forthcoming.

COVID-19 Task Force

Mr. Larry Blandford -Task Force Advisor, Former CEO of Green Mountain/Keurig Coffee, and current member of the National Coronavirus Recovery Commission
Dr. Margaret Bourdreaux - Pediatrician
Mrs. Lori Chmura - CEO, Pinecrest Board of Directors member
Mrs. Missy Collins - Pinecrest Nurse
Mrs. Charlene Dougal - Assistant Head of School
Mr. Mark Doxtader - Business Owner, Pinecrest Board of Directors Chairman
Mr. Lenny Forti - PreK-8th Grade Principal
Mrs. Beth Howard - Interim Head of School and High School Principal
Mrs. Laura Kelley - Pinecrest Founding Family, Faculty Member, and Former Healthcare Provider
Dr. Patrick Kindregan, DO - Family Physician
Mrs. Jamie Kutter - Physician Assistant
Mrs. Joan McCabe - Pinecrest CFO
Mrs. Donna Marie Mitchell - Physician Assistant
Dr. Stephanie O’Rourke - Dentist
Mrs. Dianne Patota - Business Owner, Educator, and Pinecrest Board of Directors Member
Dr. John Petros - Emory University, Urology
Dr. Teresa Petros - Urgent Care Pediatrician at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Dr. Manuel Rodriguez, DO - Infectious Disease
Mr. Tan Tam - Pinecrest Board of Directors Member
Mr. Mark Tollett - Pinecrest Facilities and IT Director