Donelson Christian Academy started its second semester of in-student learning last week.

“We are all in class,” said headmaster Keith Singer. “Our middle and high school students have some options if they are high risk.”

A March 3 EF-3 tornado wiped out a lot of the building, and COVID-19 shut down classes last spring. However, things are rolling at the private school in Donelson.

“We have been very fortunate in terms of limited number COVID-19 cases,” said Singer.

The school’s about 700 students are spaced out in the facility that is under construction in real time as the year progresses. Class sizes remain small and accommodated to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

Singer said all protocols are in place, and there’s “a very healthy environment here.”

“We are going forth in the same vein as our first semester,” he said. “Our parents have given us great feedback. We are always evaluating.”

If things change, there’s always a backup plan like what was used at the start of the school year.

Damaged portions of the facility are in rebuild mode and taking shape as it goes vertical with concrete cinder block walls ready for a two-story wing. It will house preschool through fifth grade and have an auditorium with a library on the second floor.

“Two major goals came out of the tornado,” said Singer. “All of the modulars are gone, and we have a new performing arts space.

Already, the school’s capital building campaign morphed into $3 million raised out of a $4.5 million goal.

“We are so excited,” said Singer. “We are getting closer and closer.”

The money was donated through fundraisers from people, alumni and founders. Local businesses also contributed to the rebuild. Many pledged to give during a two-year period.

“We’ve had a great start to the second semester, and 2021 is a new year,” said Singer.

Some said Donelson Christian Academy is a phoenix rising these days.

“We got this,” said Singer.

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