Back to School Guide

WELCOME to the 2020-2021 school year!

We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our students can achieve their highest potential. In order to be successful in school, we believe our children need support from both the home and school. This partnership is the difference and why we are #STAstrong!

We realize there is a great deal of information in this guide as it is comprised of a combination of standard school protocols and procedures, as well as COVID-19 related policies to ensure the safety of our students, teachers, and community. Please take some time to read all the information below and in the links so that we can all be as prepared as possible for this new school year.


First Day of School

STA Learning Models

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School is committed to providing all families with a Catholic education and providing quality instruction, whether learning at home or on campus. Below are the two learning models for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. Please know that all the policies and procedures are subject to change. We will review all protocols quarterly and will notify parents of changes via email.

Make Your Choice

Parents, please remember to fill out the Learning Model Selection Form before Friday, August 14. This form provides parents the choice of STA@Home or STA On Campus for Q1 (September 2 to November 6).We have also included a resource from the CDC to help parents with this important decision. Click here the CDC Decision Making Tools for Parents and Children's Hospital COVID-19 Back-to-school guidance.

The survey is now closed. If you would like to submit your selection please email communications@staschool.org.

Health Clinic and Covid Procedures & Protocols
The Health Clinic is open at both the Lower School and Upper School campuses from 8 AM until 3 PM on school days.

Students need more support than ever right now both academically and emotionally.

Academic Support

Social Emotional Support 


Reopening Phases
STA has developed a three part reopening plan to help us open safely when it is time.

Catholic Identity

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and School is a strong faith community centered in spirituality, prayer, and devotion to living the Gospel message. Our Catholic identity is woven into everyday life at school through the active involvement of students and the support and example of our parish priests, parents, administrators, teachers, staff, and alumni.

Our vision is to seek the light and hope of Christ in everything we think, say, and do.

Carpool Details
Carpool has changed! Find out where you go to drop off and pick up your child(ren) on both campuses.


Lunch Details
Your child may bring a lunch or you can pre-order box lunches with our food service caterer, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner.

Extended Day
Students are provided a fun and safe place to spend time after school. Space is still available.


STA Communications

We are dedicated to keeping you informed on current events, reopening phases, and protocols. Please take note of all the different ways STA provides up-to-date information. 

Don't forget to read the WAAG every Friday afternoon!

Safe Environment Clearance
Volunteering will look different this year, but you still need to be Safe Environment cleared.


Front Desk Rules
Help us stay focused on your child’s education and safety by following these rules.

View the detailed school calendar here. Don't forget to subscribe on your computer and mobile device.


Athletics - Fall Schedule Cancelled

The Diocese and the Dallas Parochial League have agreed to offer no sports for elementary schools (5th – 8th grade) in the fall of 2020. It is impossible to conduct practices and games, contact trace for COVID-19 positive tests, and keep students in their respective cohorts (homerooms) while also limiting possible exposure for students, volunteers, and parents.

Spirit Store
The Spirit Store is open during the school year for all your STA Wildcat spirit wear needs. The store also stocks red and navy monogrammed polos, outerwear, and socks.

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School is a uniform school. Uniforms are purchased through Risse Brothers School Uniforms, the school Spirit Store, and the Used Uniform Sale.

The Parent/Student Handbook is a live document that changes as the Diocese and school administration implement and modify policy. Refer to policies and procedures at any time.


The teachers will need your volunteer support more than ever this year. However, volunteer opportunities will be limited this year to off-campus support and out-of-classroom projects/activities. Volunteer hour requirements will be reduced from 20 to 5 hours per family for the 2020 calendar year.  Sign up geniuses will be sent out shortly after school starts with revised and new ways you can lend your support to STA.

Parent Organizations

St. Thomas Aquinas Parents' Association (STAPA) supports St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School throughout the year through volunteering, fundraising and building community. Share your time and talents by becoming an active member of STAPA.


Fathers of St. Thomas Aquinas or FOSTA  provides boots on the ground for Upper School and the Lower School activities and initiatives and manpower for our STA Parents’ Associations events, all while joining in fellowship with other STA dads.

Booster Club
The Booster Club is an active group of parents, former STA athletes, coaches, and volunteers committed to the Wildcat athletics program through fundraising, supporting the athletic department, and promoting volunteerism and school spirit.

Contact Information

DRAFT - 9/8/2020: The details on this page are subject to change as directives are provided by governing authorities and/or health officials or as environmental conditions change. Please check back frequently for the latest accurate information.

Carpool Tags

You must have a carpool tag to pick up your child from school on both campuses. Families should use carpool tags from last year. If you need your carpool tags reprinted, click here to submit a request.

New families can pick up their carpool tags at the Spirit Store Sale on Tuesday, August 17th, the Used Uniform Sale on Saturday, August 22nd, or at their child's School Visit on August 31st or September 1st.

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Is your child interested in joining the ACA-WildTones or the CatTones Choirs at STA? There is still time to submit their video audition.