CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATES
4/28/20 Frosh Start Update: At this time, we are planning for FROSH Start to commence on Monday, June 15, and end on Thursday, July 9. Our priority is to support our freshmen as we welcome them to campus in unique and innovative ways. Your daughter will be issued a Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 computer to use this summer and throughout her years at STA. Click here for additional information about FROSH Start.
At St. Teresa’s Academy, we always strive to do what is in the best interest of our community. We are grateful that our teachers and students have transitioned so very well to virtual teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. As we continue to monitor guidance from local, state, and federal officials, we have determined that we will not be returning back to campus to complete in-person instruction for the rest of the spring semester. The health and safety of our community is a top priority. We are modifying our end-of-the-year timeline as a result of this decision. The last day of virtual learning classes for seniors will be May 1. The last day for the underclassmen will be May 8.
Academic Principal Barbara McCormick advises that for students who are not passing with a 66.5% on the last day of classes (seniors and underclassmen), school support will continue through Wednesday, May 27, with grades finalized by Friday, May 29. There will not be final exams this year.
AP instructors will still hold two or three study sessions a week using scheduled class times to help students prepare for their AP exams. Please contact Barbara McCormick at email@example.com if you have any questions. College Counselor Debi Hudson has already sent out the AP exam information detailing how students need to complete the online testing. Please review her email for details, or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The School Environment
Procedures are in place to ensure a healthy environment. Each and every day, STA’s school facilities team performs deep cleaning protocols to sanitize high traffic surfaces including classrooms, tables, and lockers. Teachers and students have access to hand wipes and antibacterial sanitizers in their classrooms. Students and staff are reminded to practice good hygiene by washing their hands frequently, avoiding touching their faces, and covering their mouths and noses when coughing and sneezing. Students, faculty, and staff should remain home if they are ill. We will suspend or modify large community events should the need arise. More information about preventing the spread of the coronavirus can be found HERE.
Please be aware of any signs or symptoms of fever, lethargy, weakness, cough, or shortness of breath. The CDC believes these symptoms appear in a few days after being exposed to someone with the disease or for as long as 14 days after exposure. For some people, the symptoms are like having a cold; for others, they are quite severe or even life threatening. In either case, it is important to check with your child’s healthcare provider (or yours) and follow their instructions about staying home or away from public spaces to prevent the spread of the virus.
In the event that the local health department, CDC, or the government recommend or impose closure, we will provide virtual learning educational services.
Upon a campus closure, virtual learning will go into effect for all students as part of the school’s safety plan. Faculty members have prepared lessons and are ready to teach virtually if school is canceled. Virtual school assignments are electronic or focus on tasks a student can complete from home without additional materials.
When does it happen?
Virtual learning begins upon closing of the school campus.
Who is involved?
Students in Grades 9-12
How to prepare?
Be sure you bring all materials home every evening, including devices and textbooks. If school has to close without much notice, you’ll want to be sure you have everything they need.
How does it work?
The St. Teresa’s Academy community will be notified via text message, email, website, and listings on the local news stations in the event of our campus being closed. That means you will not be able to get inside the buildings and you will have to do the best with what you have with you at home. Students are expected to have their computer, pen, and charger at home to utilize during their virtual learning experience.
What if I am absent from the virtual learning classroom?
Parents are asked to call the school attendance line at 816-501-0011 (select #5) if their daughter is unable to attend online virtual learning classes. Attendance will be monitored and entered into PowerSchool. Below are some possible reasons for absences:
- Due to illness
- Due appointments
For Students in Grades 9-12:
- Classes will follow Schedule 1 each day campus is closed. (7:50 a.m. Period 1 Class, etc.)
- Students will be expected to follow their daily schedule for each day the campus is closed.
- You should log into Unified Classroom and look at the class pages for each of the classes scheduled.
- Your teachers will be following their daily schedule conducting class, which may involve live broadcasting, pre recorded lessons, posting assignments, and due dates.
- Online virtual classes may or may not last the entire assigned period (i.e., 40-minute class period).
- Your teacher will tell you how to submit the work.
- Your teachers will be available for questions until 3:15 p.m. Your teacher will post directions on how and where you should ask your questions.
- If you do not have access to the Internet, you must send an email or make a phone call to Academic Principal Barbara McCormick at email@example.com or 816-501-0036
- If you have any other questions or concerns, send an email or make a phone call to Student Affairs Principal Dr. Liz Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-501-0033