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UPDATED March 18: Message to the STM Community regarding COVID-19

Updated March 18 at 10:00am

 

Dear STM Community:

In light of the unprecedented and ever-changing pandemic, COVID-19, and in consultation with our Board of Trustees, our local educational association, and the state of Connecticut, we have made the decision to delay our return to campus until Monday, April 13 and Tuesday, April 14 (whichever is most convenient) with classes beginning on Wednesday, April 15

We are continuing to closely follow current developments and how they may influence the safety of our students and faculty.  We are hopeful that by extending our return from spring break, the situation will have improved enough to allow students to be on campus for most of the fourth quarter.

Please note the following:

  • A cross-curicular assignment will be sent by Friday, March 27 to provide distance learning while out of session and allowing us to begin the fourth quarter on March 30, as planned. This assignment will count as the first grade of the fourth quarter for every class our students are enrolled in. Teachers will be available to remotely assist with this assignment during the weeks of March 30 and April 6.  Further details regarding this assignment will come by March 27.
  • Any international student who has returned home or will be travelling home will not be held accountable for absences if he cannot return to campus by Wednesday, April 15th. However, he will be expected to finish remotely.
  • Please recognize that campus is closed and students will not be allowed to return to campus during the next couple of weeks to retrieve personal items.
  • At this point, no decision has been made about Spring Sports (other than delaying the start), Spring Spree, or Graduation.
  • In response to COVID-19, both the SAT and ACT exams are cancelled in March, April, and May. The next scheduled SAT is June 6. The next ACT has been rescheduled to June 13, 2020. Check with those organizations for specific information.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families as we continue to monitor the situation. If we feel additional steps are needed to ensure the safety of the St. Thomas More community, we will contact you as soon as possible.  

Thank you for your continued support, your patience, and your flexibility as we continue to chart the path forward for the remainder of this academic year.

 

 

 

Updated March 10 at 6:00pm

 

Dear members of the STM Community:

St. Thomas More School (STM) is committed to the health and safety of our students and faculty. We are constantly monitoring information from the CDC, State Department of Public Health and recommendations from our regional health department in an effort to be as prepared and proactive as possible regarding COVID-19.

 

To that end, below are a few ways STM has planned for the continued health of our community.  

 

What we are doing at school to help prevent the spread of illness? 

  • Keeping classroom areas clean throughout the day by providing disinfectant and paper towels for teachers to clean door knobs and students to utilize to clean their desks.

 

  • Reminding, teaching, and encouraging the community to wash hands, when they arrive, after they use the restroom, before they eat, after going outside, and after cleaning their noses. To also cover their sneezes and coughs, and keep their hands away from their faces. 

 

  • In our all school meeting on Monday, we provided the attached handouts to students about Spring Break travel and the importance of washing their hands.

 

  • Our students from high risk countries are all staying in the country over Spring Break.

 

 

What families can do to help prevent the spread of illness in our schools?

If your son or someone in your family is sick, regardless of whether it is confirmed to be Covid-19, while your son is home for Spring Break, it is imperative you contact us before sending him back to school.  

 

As you know, information concerning COVID-19 is evolving rapidly and I encourage all parents and caregivers to stay informed and knowledgeable.  By doing so, parents can make educated decisions and choices while reducing the anxiety about the unknown. Be sure to check the CDC and state website for updates. 

www.cdc.gov

https://portal.ct.gov/coronavirus

 

If you have further questions, please feel free to call or email.

 

Sincerely,

Matthew Quinn

Head of School

St. Thomas More School

 

Spring Break Instructions

Handwashing instructions