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Catholic school offering five days a week in-person classes, sees enrollment increase

Posted at 6:06 PM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 18:06:36-04

TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — The COVID-19 pandemic has come with a silver lining for one Western New York Catholic school. St. Andrew's Country Day School in the Town of Tonawanda has seen an increase in enrollment.

“Enrollment has seen a slight increase, nothing too dramatic at the moment. I think some are still waiting on their district's plans because they're not finalized, but we do have room to grow slightly,” said Pamela Giannantonio.

St. Andrew's will be reopening with a regular in-person learning schedule five days a week for all grades Pre-K through 8th.

“We have such a smaller class size that the actual capacity of the six feet and the social distancing with the square footage formula that the CDC put out allows us to be able to have students here because we have the space based on the numbers that we are in each classroom with a slight bit of room to grow,” Giannantonio said.

The school has the ability to have a socially distanced gym class with students staying six feet apart in these blue boxes.

“We are large enough that we started marking off floor spaces to be able to have a large size class of 18 in the gym... The physical education teacher is going to become really creative on what he has to offer such as yoga and some other options,” said

They're also working on a plan to get students outside the classroom.

“I'm working on having physical education and music and art function outside as long as the weather is permitting so it gives the children a break to get outside and not just be stuck in four walls all day,”

Tuition is $5,000 for the school year. For more information or to schedule a tour, call the school at 716-839-0422 or email standrewsinformation@gmail.com.