Dear Parents,

I hope this email finds you healthy and safe. Know that we are thinking and praying for you and your student(s) in this challenging time. Although this is a lengthy email, please read it in its entirety as it holds many important details concerning our move to online instruction. Students will be receiving a similar email sent to their STVM student email accounts that will outline what digital learning will look like for them over the next three weeks.

We have elected to keep STVM closed through April 20.  During the week of April 6-8, there will be NO SCHOOL. Those three days will be considered calamity days and no instruction will be given. April 4-April 19 will now be considered extended spring break, with no online instruction provided during those weeks. This closure includes all athletic practices/games and extracurricular activities as well.

Teachers will share lesson plans and objectives for the day by 8:30 am Monday through Friday on the Google Classroom for each individual class. All teachers will post scheduled “office hours” where they will be available in real time to answer students’ questions. Many teachers may offer a specific time for their students to logon where a live lesson will be offered. If your child is unable to logon at the specified time, he/she will be able to view a recording of that lesson at a later time. Those recorded lessons will also be posted on the Google Classroom.  

In the event of a question/concern regarding instruction, please contact the teacher directly. All teachers are required to check their email several times each day (Monday through Friday) during the hours of 8:30-11:30 am and 1:00-3:00 pm. Teachers will respond in a timely manner, but please remember that some teachers have over 125 students.

A page will be linked to the STVM homepage ( stvm.com/covid19 ) with all of the information you will need to help your students be successful during this time. It will include STVM online school guidelines, previous communications, student expectations, teacher expectations, information regarding free resources from a variety of online learning platforms, etc. Our goal is to maintain accurate and up-to-date information to all families from one location.

Charter-Spectrum announced Friday it will offer free access to broadband and WiFi services to students who do not have those services. Please see the details for that offer here: Free WiFi

Akron Public Schools will be providing meal bags for breakfast and lunch to children ages 1-18, regardless of the school they attend. See details here: APS Meal Bags

As a way to engage with students and to keep lines of communication open, the administration will be providing contests and trivia for students on a variety of social media platforms and through student email. Please be on the lookout for the announcement of those social media accounts and hashtags and encourage your student(s) to participate!  

Thank you for your understanding and consideration as we navigate these unchartered waters. Your patience is greatly appreciated. Please know that we will continue to keep the lines of communication open and will disperse information as decisions and updates are made. Please send all inquiries to either Mr. Carone or myself via email. Phones will not be manned during this closure, but email will be checked frequently. The STVM Community will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers throughout these difficult times.

Kimberlee Gorr
We are a Catholic school in the Marianist Tradition and the  only  STEM designated Catholic high school in the State of Ohio.