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St. Thomas COVID-19 Updates

St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School continues to monitor the global developments in the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak. Connecting with our families and keeping them informed are vitally important. We will share updates as we have them on this page, as well as MyCommunity. Please know that the safety and well-being of your child, and our entire community, is our top priority, and we continue to take steps to prepare for various scenarios and contingency strategies. 



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

List of 6 items.

  • WHAT DAY WILL ST. THOMAS REOPEN?

    The well-being of students and employees remains our top priority. St. Thomas reopened on Monday, August 24, 2020, with eLearning. 

    The Board of Trustees and Vestry have approved our school to begin in-person learning on Monday, September 14, 2020.
     
    For those families who do not wish for their child(ren) to come to campus this quarter, we’re offering an at-home learning experience that simulcasts our live classes through Zoom. Throughout the summer, our teachers have been working tirelessly to develop a versatile curriculum that immerses every child in a deeper learning experience—whether they’re learning in person or online. Families must commit to adaptive learning for the first quarter by September 6.

  • WHAT HAS ST. THOMAS DONE FOR RISK REDUCTION ON CAMPUS AND IN THE CLASSROOM?

    St. Thomas has invested in a comprehensive “air and surface” program to keep our community safe. It includes:  
     
    • Global Plasma Solutions (GPS) needlepoint ionizers in the A/C system for air purification. This has shown to deactivate COVID-19 by over 99.4% in 30 minutes.  
    • BioProtect System—a three-step process of cleaning, disinfecting, and state-of-the-art protectant. This has been implemented throughout the campus using electrostatic application. BioProtect forms a covalent bond onto every surface, lasting 90 days, killing COVID-19 and other viruses with microscopic carbon rods. 
    • Along with regular handwashing, BioProtect hand sanitizers will be used, which stays on the hands for up to six hours.  
    • Pureti, which works with sunlight and other lights to help purify the air, will be diffused onto the surfaces of all windows.
  • WHAT HAS THE ST. THOMAS DONE TO PREPARE FOR THE 2020-2021 ACADEMIC YEAR?

    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. 
  • WHAT IS ST. THOMAS DOING TO HELP CURRENT FAMILIES IN NEED

    Many of our families are experiencing anxiety, worries, and economic uncertainty about this growing global pandemic. St. Thomas invites you to help those in need in our community by donating to our We Care Fund
  • WHAT IS THE POLICY ON TRAVELING?

    In consultation with the School’s medical consultant, the policy requires that anyone who travels by airplane must quarantine upon returning for 14 days or test negative after 7 days. Please notify the COVID coordinator at least three weeks prior to any anticipated travel.
  • WHAT WILL THE SCHOOL DO TO ENCOURAGE OR DRIVE INTERACTION BETWEEN PARENTS?

    Our St. Thomas community is close-knit; we depend on one another. We are committed to maintaining these connections with Parents Association events, led by Director of Parent Relations, Roberta Meyeringh, and the Parents Association board.