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Responding to Coronavirus School Closure

Dear families,
 
Under the order of Governor DeWine, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Diocese of Youngstown, St. Thomas Aquinas High School and Middle School closed on March 13 and began remote learning which we continued through the end of the school year. The safety and health of our students was our top priority throughout the school year. Our last day of school was May 29 and our students are now on summer break. We hope the steps we took this school year helped to keep our community safe and that our community will remain safe in the weeks ahead! We will keep all of our families in our prayers. It is our hope that we are all together in person on our first day of classes on Tuesday, August 18, 2020.
 
Office Hours 
Our staff is now on summer office hours. Our office hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00 am - noon. If families needs assistance outside of those hours, we are happy to setup an appointment please contact us to make those arrangements. 
 
We will continue to address any needs of our students and staff, please contact us for any of your needs. If for any reason, a student or family member needs our assistance please call us at 330.875.1631, feel free to leave a message if no one answers. You can also reach our staff by email. A list of email addresses for our staff can be found here: Faculty & Staff Directory.  
 
At-Home Learning during the Coronavirus
Beginning Monday, March 16, we began remote learning which continued through our last day of school for the 2019-2020 school year. We are proud that our staff was prepared for a quick transition and our students were able to learn from home right from the start of our closure. Our teachers used a variety of methods to continue to connect with our students and to offer them a personalized learning environment including regularly scheduled Zoom class meetings, Google Classroom, YouTube, the Remind App, Google Meets, as well as phone calls and supply and packet deliveries to individual student homes as needed. Thanks to our staff, our students, and our families our school community had another successful year! 
 
Join us in Prayer 
Please join us in prayer for all those affected by the Coronavirus. Each day, while school is in session, our school family prayers together. While we were learning from home, our community continued to come together in prayer on social media. We regularly post prayers on our Facebook page, @St.ThomasAquinasHighSchoolOfficial. Feel free to visit that page to find a prayer that speaks to your heart, new prayers are shared on that page frequently as faith is at the heart of our school.
 
Free Education Resources
Many companies and organizations offered free subscriptions and resources to students during school closure, many will continue to offer those during the summer. These resources enhance at-home learning, and can be used to help educate students on a variety of subjects while they are completing their remote learning. For running lists of these resources, and to verify these resources, please visit:
Amazing Educational Resources
National School Choice
Digital Learning Resources
Diocese of Youngstown (Religious Education)
 
Free Internet and Access Information can be found at:
Many of these companies provided free or reduced services during COVID, please check with these companies to see the details of those provisions and to see if they are ongoing. 
Comcast
Spectrum
Companies providing Internet and Access during COVID-19 
Companies Keeping  Americans Connected 
 
Meals
St. Thomas Aquinas was proud to provide carry-out breakfast and lunch for anyone ages 0-18 school. For a running list of organizations throughout Stark County that provide food and other services this summer, please visit: Stark County Food Services: Stark County Food Services
 
Additional Resources 

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