As part of the transition resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and state-mandated school closures, Stoneleigh-Burnham School began a period of remote learning on March 23. In just one week’s time, SBS faculty were trained on different systems and platforms to facilitate online learning. They quickly began implementing new skills as they modified and altered their curriculum and approaches.
Some of the intricacies involved in this transition included creating an external website for our students in China who are unable to access Google Classroom; setting up weekly virtual community meetings (to replace in-person Housemeetings) led by SBS alumna and Assistant to the Deans Sam Satin Torres; scheduling online appointments with our Director of Counseling Ellen Carter and Director of Health Services Jenny Potee; participating in Workouts of the Week with SBS Director of Athletics Scott Gray; and hosting our first Virtual Revisit Day for all of our accepted students on Friday, April 3.
According to Dean of Faculty Shawn Durrett, “Faculty remain committed to engaging students in their courses and in our community, and the camaraderie, collaboration, and sharing of resources and strategies among teachers and the tech department has been amazing to see. Many thanks to all our SBS students as well for jumping in wholeheartedly with us on this new learning adventure, and to families for partnering with us along the way.”
SBS Head of School Stephanie Luebbers added, “I couldn’t be more proud of our community in the way we have come together during this challenging time. Our students are leading in new ways, and our faculty and staff are quickly learning new technology. As we continue our hard work, we are staying focused on our top priority: the safety, health, and emotional wellbeing of our faculty, staff, and students.”