SBS’ Approach to an All Remote Fall

For the first time in its 152-year history, SBS will deliver its mission remotely for the fall semester. The decision was made in July, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to best ensure the health and wellbeing of the SBS students, faculty and staff.

Student Orientation began on Tuesday, September 8. Orientation activities include meetings with Class Deans, advisors, Big/Littles, and Affinity Groups as well as a Housemeeting and athletic activities. On Friday, Dean of Students & Director of Residential Life Sara Gibbons ’98 sent an email to all families with a detailed schedule (including Zoom links), a technology orientation to help students navigate Canvas and Google, a welcome video from the community, and an invitation to the Family Orientation virtual meeting on Tuesday evening.

Last week, Head of School Stephanie Luebbers also complimented the faculty and staff for their hard work in preparing for the start of the 2020-21 school year. “So much thoughtful preparation went into the meetings and school year plans over the summer,” she wrote, “and everyone continues to work hard as we commence the new school year.” Assistant Head of School for Community & Program Shawn Durrett added, “We are excited to welcome all of the new and returning students, as well as our seven new faculty members, and are looking forward to a fun and productive fall semester.”

Students will begin classes on Monday, September 14, after a morning virtual Convocation.

To learn more about SBS’ approach to remote learning, listen to Assistant Head of School for Enrollment & Strategy Kristen Mariotti in “An All Remote Approach at Stoneleigh-Burnham School” on The Enrollment Spectrum podcast.