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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources & Updates

Date posted: March 16, 2020

On Friday, March 13th, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced a system wide closure of Catholic Schools beginning Monday, March 16th. At this time, the Archdiocese has not determined how long this closure will last.

E-Learning/remote learning for St. Thomas the Apostle School will begin on Monday, March 16th. Please read the letter from Mr. Gallo about e-learning and other important information you should know while STA is closed.

This page is dedicated to updates and resources for our families during the COVID-19 School-System Wide Closure.

Chicago-Specific Updates and Resources:

  • Chicago Public Schools are serving as food distribution centers for all children under the age of 18 – regardless if they attend CPS or not. Food pick-up will take place outside of the school building and begins at every school on Tuesday, March 17 and is scheduled from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Families can pick-up three days worth of meals at time, each with two meals per child.
  • The Greater Chicago Food Depository and Chicago’s network of food providers stand ready to support families impacted by school closures or other hardships.  A full list of locations is available here.
  • The Chicago Park District remains open and will offer age-appropriate supplemental programming starting next week at 18 citywide states. For more info, click here.
  • For updates from the City of Chicago regarding the Coronavirus, click here.
  • Chicago Public Library branches remain open during regular business hours and are following social distancing practices.
  • Contact your local alderman if you are in need of supplies and/or meals during the school closure.

Academic Resources during School System-Wide Closure:

  • The CDC published a helpful resource guide on how to talk to children about the coronavirus.
  • What should your child’s day look like while they are at home? We recommend checking out this blog post for ideas. We also recommend checking out this sample schedule from Jessica McHale Photography.
  • The Cincinnati Zoo is providing a fun and educational outlet for students that are transitioning to e-learning during this time. Join the zoo for a Home Safari Facebook Live each weekday at 2 pm CST as they highlight one of their animals and include an activity that you can do from home.
  • Families and teachers can access many free resources at the time to assist with e-learning: Free Resources and Programs
  • ClassDojo is offering 60 days of Beyond School (their at-home product) to families for free.
  • Mrs. Malnar has put together a helpful video to help you make sure that important safety settings are enabled during Zoom calls for e-learning. Video from Mrs. Malnar
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