St. Thomas remains committed to being intentional and purposeful in ensuring high-quality instruction, no matter the environment.
We have invested heavily in new instructional technology that will enable students and faculty to connect in both synchronous and asynchronous settings. Each classroom is equipped with Smartboard and/or Smart TVs, a PC, Apple TV, wireless access points, and printers. Teachers are receiving extensive training in preparation.
In addition, we have hired 14 new teachers to reduce class sizes:
- Junior and Senior Preschool: average of 10 children per class with two teachers 1:5 teacher-student ratio
- Grades K - 5: average of 10 children per class or a 1:10 teacher-student ratio
Preschool - 3rd grade will have a 1:1 iPad program; 4th - 5th grade will have 1:1 Surfaces. Teacher devices will be set up for Zoom to enhance the student/teacher experience in a livestream or adaptive learning setting. In addition, the School’s internet bandwidth has been increased to a fiber 1GB connection.
We have also hired a new school counselor, Luciana De Benedictis. She will support students, employees, and parents in all Social Emotional Learning Practices, and will be teaching weekly lessons on social-emotional learning to each class.
In addition to our St. Thomas Medical task force, we have hired Sarahi Galeano, LPN as the School’s dedicated COVID-19 Coordinator. Nurse Galeano will be on staff to coordinate efforts with the School’s COVID-19 medical consultant and pediatrician, Dr. Stephanie DeChurch.