Coronavirus Information

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATES

The St. Teresa’s Academy administration is continually monitoring updates and guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Health and safety is a top priority at St. Teresa’s Academy and contact is being maintained with local health officials. 

Families are encouraged to abide by the CDC’s recommendations regarding travel. You can find the information HERE. Keep in mind the potential health risks and travel restrictions that could arise as you make travel decisions. 

STA follows the recommendations of the Board of Health and the CDC and will require individuals who have symptoms of the infection or who have had exposure to the virus to obtain medical clearance before returning to campus. Areas where there is concern of widespread and ongoing transmission can be found HERE. If we have suspicion of an infection, we have an obligation to contact local health authorities. 

The School Environment

Procedures are in place to ensure a healthy environment. Each and every day, STA’s school facilities team performs deep cleaning protocols to sanitize high traffic surfaces including classrooms, tables, and lockers. Teachers and students have access to hand wipes and antibacterial sanitizers in their classrooms. Students and staff are reminded to practice good hygiene by washing their hands frequently, avoiding touching their faces, and covering their mouths and noses when coughing and sneezing. Students, faculty, and staff should remain home if they are ill. We will suspend or modify large community events should the need arise. More information about preventing the spread of the coronavirus can be found HERE.

Coronavirus Symptoms

Please be aware of any signs or symptoms of fever, lethargy, weakness, cough, or shortness of breath. The CDC believes these symptoms appear in a few days after being exposed to someone with the disease or for as long as 14 days after exposure. For some people, the symptoms are like having a cold; for others, they are quite severe or even life threatening. In either case, it is important to check with your child’s healthcare provider (or yours) and follow their instructions about staying home or away from public spaces to prevent the spread of the virus.

In the event that the local health department, CDC, or the government recommend or impose closure, we will provide virtual learning educational services. 

VIRTUAL LEARNING

Upon a campus closure, virtual learning will go into effect for all students as part of the school’s safety plan. Faculty members have prepared lessons and are ready to teach virtually if school is canceled. Virtual school assignments are electronic or focus on tasks a student can complete from home without additional materials.

When does it happen?
Virtual learning begins upon closing of the school campus. 

Who is involved?
Students in Grades 9-12

How to prepare?
Be sure you bring all materials home every evening, including devices and textbooks. If school has to close without much notice, you’ll want to be sure you have everything they need.

How does it work?
The St. Teresa’s Academy community will be notified via text message, email, website, and listings on the local news stations in the event of our campus being closed. That means you will not be able to get inside the buildings and you will have to do the best with what you have with you at home. Students are expected to have their computer, pen, and charger at home to utilize during their virtual learning experience. 

What if I am absent from the virtual learning classroom?
Parents are asked to call the school attendance line at 816-501-0011 (select #5) if their daughter is unable to attend online virtual learning classes. Attendance will be monitored and entered into PowerSchool. Below are some possible reasons for absences:

  • Due to illness
  • Due appointments

For Students in Grades 9-12:

  • Classes will follow Schedule 1 each day campus is closed. (7:50 a.m. Period 1 Class, etc.)
  • Students will be expected to follow their daily schedule for each day the campus is closed. 
  • You should log into Unified Classroom and look at the class pages for each of the classes scheduled. 
  • Your teachers will be following their daily schedule conducting class, which may involve live broadcasting, pre recorded lessons, posting assignments, and due dates.
  • Online virtual classes may or may not last the entire assigned period (i.e., 40-minute class period).
  • Your teacher will tell you how to submit the work.
  • Your teachers will be available for questions until 3:15 p.m. Your teacher will post directions on how and where you should ask your questions.
  • If you do not have access to the Internet, you must send an email or make a phone call to Academic Principal Barbara McCormick at bmccormick@stteresasacademy.org or 816-501-0036
  • If you have any other questions or concerns, send an email or make a phone call to Student Affairs Principal Dr. Liz Baker at lbaker@stteresasacademy.org or 816-501-0033