09-01-2020 Message to Secondary Families

Dear STMA Parents/Guardians:

I hope you and your family are enjoying the last few days of summer.

Staff officially started last week and worked diligently to prepare for the upcoming school year. I am happy to report that WE ARE READY and EXCITED to welcome our 6,500 students back to our buildings!

The purpose of this communication is to clarify a few misconceptions about the upcoming school year. Please review this information carefully.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

The first day of school is September 8 for students in grades 1-12 regardless of their learning model. Preschool and kindergarten students start on September 10. 

The learning model for students in grades 5-12 is hybrid learning. This means students attend school two days in-person and three days distance learning. Please note ALL STUDENTS IN GRADES 5-12 HAVE SCHOOL EVERY DAY. 

Group A will have in-person learning on Mondays and Tuesdays and participate in distance learning on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Specifically, for the first week of school, Group A will be in school on September 8 and 9 and will participate in distance learning on September 10 and 11. Please closely review the hybrid learning calendar linked below as “short” weeks follow a slightly different schedule.

Group B will have in-person learning on Thursdays and Fridays and participate in distance learning on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Specifically, for the first week of school, Group B will participate in distance learning on September 8 and 9 and be in school on September 10 and 11. Please closely review the hybrid learning calendar linked below as “short” weeks follow a slightly different schedule.

Group A & B hybrid learning calendar 

Families who chose to have their child participate in full distance learning also start on September 8.

Please note the start and end times for each building below:

Start times chart

HEALTH AND SAFETY

The health and safety of our students and staff remain our highest priority. Please help us keep our students in school by minimizing the spread of illness by taking the following actions:

  • Wear a face covering when outside your home.
  • Maintain at least 6 ft of distance from persons not in your household.
  • Protect yourself and others by washing your hands often with soap and water.
  • Cover your cough and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Frequently clean all commonly touched surfaces (i.e. phones, doorknobs).

Below are resources we will be reviewing with students on a regular basis. Join us in sending a consistent message to our students by using the same terminology and modeling these important techniques at home.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

We are here to help navigate the uncertainties associated with this new endeavor. Please access the resources below if you have questions or need support.

Finally, we have worked extremely hard over the last few months to draft high quality learning plans and develop comprehensive health and safety plans. As we welcome students back to our buildings for the first time in six months, I want to thank you in advance for your grace, flexibility, and understanding.

I couldn’t be prouder of our STMA team. I have deep gratitude for our students, staff, families, and community members for their support and partnership. In the coming days and weeks, please offer ample grace, take good care of yourself and your families, and above all, be safe.

Respectfully, 

Dr. Ann-Marie Foucault

STMA Superintendent