• August 8, 2021

    Parents of Sheffield City School System Students (ages 12 and older),

    I am pleased to announce that the Sheffield City Schools in conjunction with Helen Keller Hospital will host a vaccination clinic for students ages 12 and older. Students ages 12 and 13 must be accompanied by a parent.  The clinic is scheduled for Thursday, August 12 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Sheffield High School indoor practice facility.  On Thursday, September 2, a second session will be offered from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Sheffield High School indoor practice facility. Each day, vaccinations will be administered by Helen Keller personnel.  

    While fully respecting each individual’s choice to be vaccinated, school leadership does not have a choice in adhering to prescribed guidelines when a student is diagnosed with COVID-19. Sheffield City Schools FY2021-22 Covid-19 Mitigation Procedures are located on the SCS website.  You obtain the documents by clicking here.

    Although we respect everyone’s choice whether to be vaccinated or not, school administrators will follow health department recommendations should your child be exposed to or diagnosed with COVID-19. Currently, the guidance states that individuals who are vaccinated may continue normal school activities regardless of exposure.  Based on data from ADPH, vaccinated students face minimal chance of being diagnosed with the virus.

    Prior to the availability of a vaccine, quarantine was our only option. It is our sincere hope that efforts to provide this vaccination will reduce quarantines, allow for full-time face-to-face instruction, and minimize the chance for the cancellation of extra-curricular activities during the 2021-2022 school year. 

    In order for your child to be vaccinated, Aug 12 COVID Clinic Consent Form must be signed by the parent or guardian for students 12 – 17 years of age.  The Aug 12 COVID Clinic Consent Form will accompany this letter.  It can also be downloaded here.

    Additional information about the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine can be found by clicking here.

    Should you have specific questions regarding the administration of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, please contact Mrs. Carol Austin, SCS Head Nurse, via email at: caustin@scs.k12.al.us or by telephone at 256-386-5720.

    During the 2021-2022 school year, Sheffield City School students will be taught in a face-to-face, traditional classroom setting. A fully online curriculum will not be offered in Sheffield City Schools.  Masks will be required in all SCS indoor facilities from August 9, 2021 until September 3, 2021.

    In closing, in spite of challenges faced throughout the 2020-2021 school year, I am proud of the accomplishments of administrators, teachers, parents, and most importantly our students. Working together, I have no doubt that we will soon put the COVID-19 protocols behind us and move forward to a great 2021-2022 school year.



    Keith Davis
    Sheffield City Schools