Date posted: March 13, 2020
March 13, 2020
Dear STA Families,
You all should have received a communication from the Office of Catholic Schools regarding the closure of all Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020 due the outbreak of COVID-19. There has been no set end date for this closure.
Our school has been anticipating the potential for an extended school closure and has developed a plan for “e-learning,” where the students can continue to participate in their academics at home during the closure. We believe that it is important for our students to continue to have as much structure and continuity as possible during this outbreak, and we hope virtual learning will help provide this during the closure. Below is an outline of what our e-learning program will look like:
We have already scheduled a “deep cleaning” of our building for the week of March 23. We are currently looking into the possibility of moving that cleaning to next week. When we return to school, we will continue to implement the cleaning and health and safety habits we have been using at school recently (ex: regular hand-washing, wiping down surfaces, avoiding physical contact).
Families are going to be expected to continue to make payments over this time. All families should make payments through FACTS, and not plan on coming to the building to pay during the closure. We will not have any before or after care services during the closure, and all extracurricular activities are canceled. We do not know yet if we will need to make-up any school days, and if this closure will affect when we end our school year.
We are also making adjustments to our re-registration process in lieu of this closure. We are going to move the deadline for our early re-registration discounts to Friday, May 1. Please continue to complete the steps of the re-registration process earlier than May 1 if you are able to. We are also going to bill the registration and materials fees for all families through FACTS regardless of their payment method. This will allow families to pay for next year without having to physically come to the building.
This is certainly a scary and uncertain time. The most important thing for all of us to do is stay safe and follow the health and safety guidelines to ensure that we can minimize the spread of COVID-19. We will be praying for the safety of our leaders, health care professionals, and those who are sick. If you have any further questions about this, please contact me.