FAQ about COVID-19

 
School Communications
Please visit our website, our centralized resource, for regular updates and helpful links: www.stasaints.net. Parents and students will also receive email updates.
 
Summer Camps 
Due to local and state restrictions, we will not have any camps until after July 19. CLICK HERE to read more...
 
If you have any questions regarding new camps or camps you may have paid for earlier this year, please contact Brigid Triggs at btriggs@stasaints.net.
 

A Message for our Principals

From a prayer…”It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view. The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work. Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us. We are prophets of a future not our own."

We hope you have had a chance to enjoy the warmth of summer. As we begin July, we would like to provide an update for the 2020-2021 school year. We are busy planning the many possibilities for the school year. We are excited to be planning for students in the building on the first day of school on Wednesday, August 12. We are eagerly awaiting the KSDE and health department guidelines that will be made public on July 16 and the KSHSAA guidelines on July 17. These guidelines will be very important for the start of school. We will be able to be more specific about the 2020-2021 school year shortly after the guidelines have been released.

There are already some adjustments we are planning to our normal procedure:
  • We will be primarily on an alternating block schedule. This means the A schedule will rarely be used. We do this to allow a limited number of passing periods throughout the day and reduce the population a student is exposed to in a day.
  • We will NOT start the year using lockers. Students will be able to use backpacks to move from class to class. Block schedule will also help in this case because students will only need to carry materials for 3 or 4 classes.
  • A solid color mask will be required during the class day. While we are working on spacing, wearing a mask will assist in this effort.
  • We will be making some adjustments in the Commons for lunch to reduce the number of students in the commons at one time.
  • We have also been working to examine class size and space in a classroom. Because of this, class changes can only occur based on a teacher recommendation in consultation with their department head. Thank you for understanding.

This is just a sample of some of the adjustments we will be making. Of course, there will be additional sanitizer stations throughout the building. We will be making other logistical adjustments and we will communicate these when we get closer.

We expect to receive more frequent guidance as we approach the start of school, so you should expect more regular and frequent communication from us once we reach mid-July.

We are looking forward to seeing the kids in the building. We have always heard that patience is a virtue. Our patience has definitely been tested since March. A quote I have in my office, “Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in your mind.” So true in our current reality. May God continue to give us the grace to push forward on this journey. Our journey can only lead us closer to His love and we know that Love Will Conquer All.

Peace, we will be in touch!

Mr. Moss & Mr. Schenck
 
Virtual Alma Mater
 
Pope's Blessing
 
 
Letter from Dr Ford
Ford
 
Parent Guild
Parent
 
Events and Activities
All Saint Thomas Aquinas on and off-campus activities have been canceled for now. As situations change almost hourly, we will continue to evaluate the circumstances. KSHSAA has canceled all spring activities for Kansas. The entire campus is closed including athletic areas such as locker rooms, weight room, etc.
 
Communications with our Teachers and Staff
There will be no face-to-face meetings to maintain social distancing and to help “flatten the curve”. All communications amongst parents, teachers and staff MUST be done through emails or phone calls. No exceptions. All email addresses can be found here. Teacher Directory Staff Directory

Schedule for Online Learning
Even though we cannot meet together on campus, we are still dedicated to educating your student during this crisis. We will begin online learning Friday, March 27 following an A schedule every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
 
Hour 1: 8:30 - 9:10
Hour 2: 9:20 - 10:00
Hour 4: 10:10 - 10:50
Hour 5: 11:00 - 11:40
Lunch Break: 11:40 - 12:40
Hour 6: 12:40 - 1:20
Hour 7: 1:30 - 2:10
Hour 8: 2:20 - 3:00
 
Mr. Schenck ( bschenck@stasaints.net ) and Mr. Moss ( cmoss@stasaints.net ) have sent additional information via email to our families. Please refer to those communications.
 
Loss of Job
If you and/or your spouse have lost your job due to this crisis, please contact Dr. Ford at wpford@stasaints.net. He will be available to consult with each family individually.
 
Families having computer issues
If students are having issues or need troubleshooting assistance, please call 913-319-2415 to leave a message addressing your issue or email techsupport@stasaints.net. Staff is monitoring and will respond as quickly as possible.
 
Students who need academic or emotional support
Counselors are available to help students during this time. Parents and students are welcome to email any of the counselors below:
 
Deb Castinado - Academic Counselor - dcastinado@stasaints.net
Gina Haskett - Registrar - ghaskett@stasaints.net
Charlie Lamont - Special Services - clamont@stasaints.net
Laura Cline - Guidance Counselor - lcline@stasaints.net
Matt Hallauer - Guidance Counselor - mhallauer@stasaints.net
 
Ideas for families
Students and families thrive on a routine and here are a few tips for online learning:
  • Keep a regular schedule. Wake up, make your bed, eat a healthy breakfast and dress for an awesome day.
  • Set up a designated space for school work
  • Encourage and monitor your student’s progress. If they are having trouble, be sure to contact teachers, counselors or administration through email.
    If the weather is nice, outside for a walk or run.
  • Be encouraging. Your student may not show it, but everyone has fear to some extent of the unknown.
  • Be honest, accurate and factual about COVID 19. Having knowledge gives one a sense of control. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
  • BE PATIENT. This is uncharted territory for not only our students but also with our teachers and administration. We will all do our best to get through this crisis TOGETHER.
  • Catholic Resources
    Check your local parish website or Facebook page for live streaming Masses and confession times.
    Ascension
    Holy Cross
    Holy Spirit
    Holy Trinity
    Prince of Peace
    Pope Francis Mass
    Arch KCK
    Online Perpetual Adoration
 

Above all
AMOR VINCIT OMNIA
Love Conquers All