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From the Head of School

Dear Parents and Students,

As we approach the start of the 2020-2021 School Year in two and a half weeks, in addition to our opening plan posted on our website, we want to provide you a series of daily emails that recaps and further clarifies our approach to the reopening of campus and the commencement of the year. COVID-19 has us all on information overload and so we want to make sure that we are communicating to you in a simple, digestible format on the topics that are important for us all to ensure a great start to the year. I am convinced that the COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity for extraordinary community and personal growth if we will receive it as such. If we love our neighbor as ourselves by putting into place the measures that we have seen be effective in New York State, social distancing, face coverings and consistent hygienic practices, we are putting ourselves in the very best position for a safe and healthy school year. The communities that truly sacrifice for each other will emerge the strongest from the COVID-19 era. This is already a way of life for us at Stony Brook and I am confident we will rise to this challenge.
 
We believe that in-person, on-campus learning is important for the social and emotional development of young people. That is why from the beginning, we have been committed to reopening our physical campus for five day a week classes and a robust residential experience. However, given the varying health needs of students and families and the reality of constrained international travel, we also knew that flexibility was going to be crucial. Our program’s design and the sophistication of our online learning capabilities allows each family to make the decision that they believe is best for their child based off health and travel statuses and still experience the power of a Stony Brook School education.
 
Our faculty and staff has been working throughout the summer to ensure that our campus and program are ready for an outstanding year of growth and learning. In addition to my daily email, you will also be able to go to the portal for videos and other updated information. Below is the schedule of emails with the associated topics. In addition, we will be offering a Town Hall meeting next Wednesday 8/19 at 8:00pm EDT where we will be recapping the information from the emails along with any updated guidance that might come in between now and then. There will be an opportunity to submit any questions that may be on your mind in advance of that meeting.
 
Wednesday:   
Arrival and Testing
Thursday:
Daily Health Screenings and Face Coverings
Friday:
Community Norms and Expectations
Saturday:
Daily Schedule and Dining Procedures
Sunday:
Athletics
 
Arrival Dates and First Week of School
  • Campus opens this Friday 8/14 for those who are quarantining with us
  • International or Restricted State Boarding students who have completed their quarantine are to arrive on August 28th or 29th. Please let Dustin Mones (dustin.mones@sbs.org) know your arrival date
  • New domestic boarding students arrive on August 30th
  • Returning domestic boarding students arrive on August 31st.
  • Day students for car drive up and materials receipt September 1st
  • All students on campus for first day walk through and Convocation September 2nd
  • First regular day of classes September 3rd
Testing
The CDC and the New York State Department of Health are advising against universal testing at this time. Due to the nature of life in a residential community, we are following Higher Education best practices. Boarding students are required to take a COVID-19 diagnostic test with a negative result within 14 days prior to arrival on campus
Once school begins, The Stony Brook School will arrange COVID-19 testing for any boarder who reports or demonstrates symptoms of COVID-19 at any point in time throughout the School Year. We are fortunate to have a State approved testing site within a five minute drive from campus.

Our journey together begins. I believe deeply in this community and its ability to sacrifice for each other to preserve what we hold dear. We will employ faith, reason and science as we navigate these uncharted waters. For ninety-eight years, God has been faithful to our School and He is not going to stop now. He will lead us safely to our destination- let’s enjoy the journey together.

Yours,
 
Joshua Crane
Head of School

August 12, 2020
Our Plan

List of 4 items.

  • Safe Return to Campus

    Opening Campus

    In order to achieve our educational goals, the community as a whole, faculty, staff, administration, students, parents, and families, depends on the shared commitment to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19. The following protocols will be in place as students return to campus:
    • All students are expected to limit their risk of exposure in the 14 days before they return to SBS.  This includes wearing a face covering in public spaces, practicing social distancing outside the home, and adhering to excellent hand hygiene.
    • Students arriving from outside the USA or from states with travel restrictions will be required to adhere to CDC and NYS travel guidelines, including a 14 day quarantine if required. SBS will offer a designated campus housing option for a modest fee if other arrangements are not available.
    • Boarding students will return to campus on a staggered basis. We will communicate specific dates as the schedule is finalized.
  • Community Health and Hygiene

    Safety Protocols 

    • Face Coverings
      • Students, employees, and guests will be required to follow the face covering recommendations from the CDC and New York State Department of Health while on campus.
    • Physical or Social Distancing
      • Classroom seating has been structured to allow six feet of distance between students
      • Dormitories will be categorized into dorm families or cohorts
      • Food Service - Students will have the option to obtain “ready to go meals” and eat in designated areas that are socially distanced.
    • Cleaning/Hygiene
      • Increased daily cleaning of our facilities 
      • The use of hand sanitizer units and supplies will be available in multiple locations in every building
      • Increased programming that seeks to educate and remind students about the importance of hygiene
    • Testing
      • As per the recommendation of the NY State Department of Health for Higher Education, we are requiring boarding students to obtain a negative COVID-19 test prior to arrival on campus.
      • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, he or she must remain home for 14 days while being in communication with Lauren.Calder@sbs.org our Director of the Health Center to determine a safe re-entry plan.
    • Screening
      • We will ask all students and employees to complete a health screening questionnaire daily before reporting to work/school. Boarding students are expected to complete this first thing in the morning prior to leaving their dorm (including weekends) and day students are expected to complete this prior to leaving for school.
    • Tracing
      • In the event there is a positive case identified on our campus, The Stony Brook School will work with the local health department to perform contact tracing and immediately inform any students and their families that may have been in contact with the identified individual. 

      Student Support 

      We will be continually updating our policies surrounding health and safety to keep in line with best-practice standards as determined by the CDC and our local health officials.

      Any student who displays signs and symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day will be evaluated by one of our Registered Nurses and isolated immediately. We will ask parents within a 200 mile (320 kilometer) distance of campus to pick up their child to self-isolate at home. Any student diagnosed with COVID-19 will remain isolated on our campus or at home until cleared to return to school.  Contact tracing will begin immediately and any student or faculty member that may have been exposed will be notified (families notified) and quarantined per our local health department guidelines. Any student isolated on our campus will be under the care of our Registered Nurses and staff. 

      If a student requires medical attention beyond what can be provided on campus, they will be transported to one of the local hospitals. Stony Brook University Medical Center is located within 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) of the School and has a separate pediatric emergency department. 
       
    • Academic Plan

      The Stony Brook School has developed a plan to offer our full academic program to students no matter where they are, on campus or anywhere in the world. When designing our model, we considered the following elements critical to our efforts to continue to provide the level of education and service that you’ve come to expect from us:
      • Our full academic program without compromising quality or time spent engaging with the curriculum and with the learning community
      • One plan that works for all contingencies: virus contained, resurgent in waves, or prevalent, international travel open or closed, vaccines widely available or not, etc.
      • Ability for students to arrive to campus late, stay home as needed, and participate in class from anywhere in the world
      • Social distancing possible for all students in classrooms, hallways, assembly spaces, etc.
      • A full week of full school days available to families who feel comfortable sending their children to campus
      • Supervision for all students throughout the school day to ensure safety protocols are being followed and to provide academic oversight and support to enable students to thrive in this model of education
      • The flexibility to responsibly relax restrictions as the situation allows.
      • For further information click here
    • Athletics, Co-Curriculars, and Residential Program

      Athletics Fitness

      Providing an athletic experience is vital for the physical and mental well-being of our students; therefore, athletics will remain a vibrant piece of the Stony Brook education in 2020-21. We remain confident in our ability to offer our student-athletes the highest-level fitness experience possible given the rules and regulations of our state athletic association, in conjunction with the Governor’s office. The Athletic Department is utilizing the following resources to chart a course forward:
      • Guidance from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
      • Three Private School Athletic Association (PSAA) athletic director meetings over the summer to discuss interscholastic competition
      • Internal discussions and planning between athletic administrators, the coaching staff, and the health center to prepare for multiple scenarios and address the needs specific to a return to the playing field including socially distanced travel, group size reduction, and contact minimization.
      We are hopeful that interscholastic competition will return this fall and built out team schedules accordingly. The PSAA is committed to exploring every option in order to make this possible, but in the event that interscholastic competition is not possible, we will focus on individual training and intrasquad competitions.

      Off campus activities and school programs 

      In past years students travel locally, cross- state, and internationally for a number of different programs and offerings at SBS (Ethics Bowl, Robotics, Mission Trips, Service Programs, etc).  This year we will continue these activities in house and, if possible, continue normal programming. 

      Boarding Student Leaves (personal travel) 

      • With education on community responsibility as well as permission from the Residential Life office and their guardians, students will be allowed to take a “personal” home on weekends 
      • Students may also seek to obtain leaves due to personal reasons outside of returning home. These leaves must be applied for and approved by the Residential Life Office.
      • Students traveling home will be required to perform a symptom check upon return to campus

      International Student State Side Emergency Contact

      In the event that SBS is not able to host students on campus, boarders could be asked to vacate their rooms within 48 hours.  All international families are required to provide a state side emergency contact that will be able receive their child within that time frame.
       
    Although this update is meant to give our families a look into our current policies and protocols there will likely be alterations and changes to what is displayed here as state and federal guidelines evolve.   



    Covid-19 Updates

    List of 10 items.

    • 5/26 - Update for Boarders

      To all of our borders who have not already procured their belongings: you must fill out this form to help us obtain your preferences and schedule a process that will reunite you with your things! 
       
      Options
      1. Schedule a date and time to come to campus to pick up your items (choose option here-form)
      2. Leave your items packed and stored in your room (only available to underclassmen, choose option here-form)
      3. Have your items shipped domestically, internationally or to your college or university.  If you choose this option please be sure to read the information below (choose option here-form)
       Shipping Items: 
      • If you would like items shipped, students must provide Mrs. Heilmann with credit card information via a phone call 631-941-1566.  You may contact Mrs. Heilmann with questions by email,  Alexandra.Heilmann@sbs.org.  Please do not send credit card information by email.
      • Seniors please keep in mind that we may be able to ship your items directly to your college or university. It will be important that you contact your college/university first for an exact address as well as a date in which they are accepting packages for incoming freshmen.
      • Shipping internationally is not possible in all cases.  Certain nations are not accepting international shipments due to COVID-19 and limited global transportation.
      • Shipping internationally requires a detailed customs form, itemized lists of goods, and can also be very costly.  If you decide to ship items internationally we will need to be in communication to guide you in this process.  Please contact Mrs. Heilmann if you would like to explore this possibility. 
      Thank you! 
    • 4/30 - Housing / Food Expense Info Update for Boarders

      Is a refund available for housing and food expenses for Boarders?

      The school’s leadership team has carefully assessed the options to offer a partial prorated credit for the boarding portion of the tuition for the third trimester in 2019-20.  The factors around this decision are complex as the school continues to incur most of the expenditures associated with boarding, including all the salaries, facilities costs, and contracts with food service and other vendors.  At the same time, we recognize the financial hardship that many of our families are experiencing at this time as well and want to help families in financial hardship. 
       
      Therefore, we have reviewed the room and board portion of each students’ bill and, after reducing our fixed costs and prorating the proportional financial aid to the balance, we assessed if there is a credit option for individual boarding students.  If a family is interested in receiving this need based credit, they may email Mrs. Polly Berol at Polly.Berol@sbs.org by June 5, 2020.
        
      In addition, we have looked at our 2020-21 Tuition Payment plans and in order to help ease challenges associated with tuition, we will work with you on both flexibility and additional payment options.  Please contact Mrs. Dorothy Bloom at Dorothy.Bloom@sbs.org to discuss these options.  Financial Aid requests should continue to be submitted to the Admissions Office.
       
       
    • 4/20 - Important Update from the Head of School

      Dear Stony Brook School Community,

      As you know we have been holding out hope that we would be able to meaningfully gather on campus before the end of the School Year. We wanted to be able to celebrate and recognize you for all of the quality work you have accomplished this year and in particular the Seniors cumulative achievement of graduation. Unfortunately our quest to return was dealt a significant blow by our Governor when The State of New York extended its closure through May 15th, casting serious doubt on what any large scale gatherings would look like once the State reopens if it even reopens in May. As a result we have made the decision to remain online for the remainder of the School Year. This is not the news I wanted to be delivering to you today but it is the reality of our situation.

      Seniors and those who care deeply about them, I can only imagine the pain you are going through. You worked exceedingly hard to get to this moment only to find the rightful celebrations you were expecting taken away from the timeframe you were expecting to celebrate them. You did nothing to deserve this and with human eyes, we only see injustice.
      The consolation that you are now at the epicenter of history which will one day show up in the textbooks of your children will take time to mature into something you can appreciate. For now it’s just painful and we grieve the loss with you. Some of you we have known for only 7 months others for 6 years. What can’t be taken away is the impact you have made on this campus and the joy you have brought all of us. But as we grieve we do not grieve without hope. As Brookers we don’t always know the why, but we know the Who. And we believe that God is good and somehow, someway we can trust that there is a greater purpose that we simply don’t have access to at this time. I ask you, as painful as it may be, in the days and weeks to come, to lean into the question of what good can come out of this and not to allow cynicism or negativity to invade your heart and mind which will only cause you more pain.

      What’s the recipe to avoid this? In a word gratitude- gratitude for friends, for family, for your health, for technology and for whatever good is in your midst.

      As I mentioned to you before, our efforts are geared towards creating a meaningful online graduation celebration on May 23 rd and then an in-person graduation ceremony and celebration in August on a date when the majority of you can be in attendance. We are also working with the Prom Committee to determine the best way to host Prom. The priority of a meaningful celebration for Seniors has not changed and Seniors, you will see a flurry of emails asking you to participate in the data gathering necessary to honor you in the appropriate way.

      Please be on the lookout for those communications.

      For our current 7th -11th graders, you represent the future of the Stony Brook on campus community. Incoming prefects, class officers, dorm councils and everyone else will have the unique opportunity to overcome the obstacles of distance and time to keep our community together heading into next year. I ask that you continue to plug into the events that we have planned online for the remainder of the year to give you the chance to build momentum to our anticipated fall reopening of School.

      We will be updating the FAQ portion of our COVID-19 Website to answer questions that you may have relative to the closure of School. May the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you the Lord turn His face to you and give you peace.
       
      Best regards,

      Joshua Crane
      Head of School
    • 4/20 - Room Packing and Retrieval of Belongings

      Hello Boarders, 
       
      Brace yourselves for the first ever faculty version of General Inspection (GI)! Yes you heard right, the SBS faculty will be rolling up their sleeves and packing up and cleaning all 108 rooms with the goal of getting all of your items neatly stored and ready for pickup. 

      This form is to help us in the packing process and to get an understanding of how you would like your room packed. For Seniors who are not within driving distance, it may be most prudent for you to send your belongings to your new university or college.  For those returning we will pack your belongings and leave them secured in your dorm room or in storage.  Each student will have a faculty packing liaison who will: be in touch with you prior to packing your room, ultimately pack your room for you, and safely secure your belongings.

      Your faculty liaison will be reaching out to you shortly and will act as a guide for you if you have any questions or in the event that you need a specific item shipped immediately.  Like much of this Spring, this is a very different packing and room cleaning process than many of you are used to, please feel free to reach out to Mr. Mones if you have any questions or concerns.  
       
      Best,
       Mr. Mones
    • 3/30 - Updated FAQs

      How will classes meet for the month of April?
      Classes will continue to meet virtually. Course times will continue between 8:00 am - 11:55 am EDT on Monday - Friday. Teachers will continue to assign normal homework amounts plus additional classwork as needed to prepare students for their final assessments and for their coursework next year. A small number of predominantly hands-on classes may be modified or canceled.
       
      Please note that holidays for Good Friday (April 10) and the Monday after Easter (April 13) will continue as planned.

      Will classes have the same grading system?
      At this time, we are committed to continuing with our normal grading scale for the rest of the year. Teachers have been instructed to be gracious and understanding of the various situations in which our students find themselves. Students experiencing hardships due to their location, health, or family circumstances are encouraged to reach out to their Division Heads, Mr. Kris Ryan or Mrs. Tonja Detwiler, for assistance and, where appropriate, accommodations. 

      Will graduation requirements be adjusted at all?
      Graduation requirements will remain the same with the exception of students who needed a canceled hands-on class to meet a graduation requirement. Those students should appeal to the Academic Dean, Dr. Sean Riley, for a graduation requirement waiver.

      Can I come to the dorm to pick up any belongings?
      New York state has mandated school closures through Wednesday, April 15 and the US Government has extended guidelines for social distancing until April 30. Due to these mandates, we will not be allowing students to return back to campus to retrieve belongings before April 30. If you have any pressing needs, please reach out to your dorm parents so that they can work with you on any potential solutions.
       
      Is a refund available for housing and food expenses for Boarders?
      The school’s leadership team continues to carefully assess the options to offer a partial refund for food and possibly housing. This is not a “one size fits all” process and so we are evaluating multiple options while also considering how to be fiscally responsible to the needs of the school in what is an extraordinary time for all schools around the world. We will share next steps on this process by the end of April. We appreciate your patience.
       

      What will we do for Commencement?
      The Stony Brook School is committed to arranging an in-person celebration for the Class of 2020. While it is our hope that the circumstances will allow our Saturday, May 23 plans to continue, we are also exploring potential options in case they are needed. We will keep the community informed as decisions are finalized. Regardless of when we hold commencement, a graduation date of May 23 will be issued for all diplomas and transcripts.

      How will this impact athletic requirements?
      Students that were on a Stony Brook team roster or who were given approval for an alternate sport as of Friday, March 13 will receive a PE credit for the spring season.
       
    • 3/30 - Update: Remainder of 19-20 School Year

      Dear Parents and Students,
       
      Last week was quite a week – as Charles Dickens once said, "It was the best of times and the worst of times". First the best. The Stony Brook School shows up in Newsday with a write up about its outstanding Ethics Bowl team’s championship victory. That was followed by Stony Brook teachers and students (via Zoom no less) collaborating and developing the technology necessary to build face shields faster and better for doctors and nurses in our region fighting the disease. And to top it all off, our Seniors had a record-breaking year in college acceptances. First choices and early decisions abounded and 24% of our Seniors gained admittance to Ivy Plus Schools. Folks, that puts us in the top 5% of high schools across the country- truly remarkable accomplishments by an extraordinary School and an extraordinary class- perhaps our best of all time. Indeed, it was the best of times last week.
       
      But it has also been the worst of times, as we have seen COVID-19 continue to spread in our region and the Governor of New York extend New York State school closures past our anticipated re-opening date. With human eyes, it appears that the prospect of our ability to reconvene this year in person is dim. However, at The Stony Brook School we walk by faith and not by sight and therefore we hold out hope for a chance to be meaningfully reunited on this campus this School year. Our faith is full of stories of the impossible becoming possible. While we do not know His mind on this particular situation, we leave room for Him to work. I believe the next two weeks will tell us a great deal about our future and so I ask that we continue our best efforts towards making our online learning together as meaningful as possible for the time being. This means Students, showing up and doing your very best, honoring your teachers and following through with your work. 

      Our President has extended social distancing requirements in the United States until April 30th; therefore, it seems imprudent to commit to re-opening on any date before that time.  We will reevaluate our status in mid-April with the understanding that we will be responsive to any further government mandates or aforementioned miracles. We will post definitive guidance about the remainder of our year as soon as it becomes clear to us.   
       
      Seniors, as I mentioned in a previous communication, planning the events that celebrate your career and accomplishments at The Stony Brook School is our utmost priority. We will be inviting those seniors (and their parents) who want to participate in scenario planning for the shape and timing of our end of the year events to connect with the faculty and staff committee currently assigned to this work. Seniors please look for this communication from us.   
       
      Finally, I know that many questions remain. We have posted a FAQ section on this webpage that will attempt to answer questions to the best of our ability with the understanding that every day brings new information. Please stay in close contact as we continue to walk this journey together.  We have the gift of our community which I have come to realize more and more in the past few weeks, is no small gift. As you process the news of a further delay, please remember that suffering produces perseverance and perseverance develops character and character brings hope and hope does not disappoint (Romans 5:3-5).
       
       
      Best regards,

      Joshua Crane
      Head of School
    • 3/27 - SBS Designs Face Shields for SBU

      In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and shortage of materials hospitals are facing, a group of high school students and faculty at SBS have come up with a solution that can be produced in the STEM Lab and, soon, across the country—protective face shields at a fraction of the originally expected time and cost.

      Stony Brook University Hospital recently reached out to the surrounding community to secure usage of 3D printers to produce face shields. The hospital, whose design would take approximately three and a half hours per shield, sought to commision 5,000 shields per usable printer. When SBS was alerted of this, STEM faculty Stan Winston and Jeremy Donovan thought they could come up with a much more efficient solution with the help of their highly-skilled students.

      In a little over 24 hours, Mr. Winston had presented the idea to his classes—in virtual classrooms since the outbreak of the pandemic—and a prototype was made. After three major roadblocks were overcome by the students,  a final solution was found. In lieu of a time-intensive 3D print, a face shield constructed with the STEM Lab’s laser cutter could be made in just 35 seconds. With the new design and process, about 100 can be made each hour at a cost of under 50 cents each, and the school will be producing at least 5,000 of them for SBU Hospital.

      Students instrumental in coming up with this solution were Stony Brook School sophomores Cole Spier and Tiger Winston, and junior Ethan Magnuson.

      “Our students are committed to serving the world with their character and leadership,”  said Stan Winston, Director of STEM Education at SBS. “With their years of problem-solving experience in our STEM courses, along with a huge community effort, we have reached a great solution to a pressing issue facing our country today.”

      Stony Brook University Hospital has accepted the school’s design and proposal with gratitude. Stony Brook University will be releasing the design for widespread usage to help stop the spread of this global pandemic.
       
      We are so proud of our community's outstanding work and their dedication to truly being the hands and feet of Jesus.

      Watch the design process here
       
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    • 3/19 - Update for Alumni & Friends of SBS

      Dear Friends of The Stony Brook School,
       
      I have received many encouraging emails of well-wishes and inquiries regarding The Stony Brook School during the COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped our world. With a global population at our School, we have been dealing with issues of COVID-19 since late January.  I am happy to report that our campus is currently virus free and we have taken the step to close campus until April 14th.  Students who are unable to get home are remaining under our care on campus. It is an anxious time for our world, but we are guided by the One who tells us not to be anxious for anything (Philippians 4:5-7) and so we press on.

      We have moved our classes online as a way to continue The Stony Brook School experience, even as we are away from each other.  You would be very proud of the way our teachers have responded to this challenge. They are using a video conferencing technology called Zoom which enables students from across the world to connect in and continue their classes.  We are grateful for the technology that allows us to continue in this way and for the dedication of our teachers to embrace this challenge. The good news is that we had already prioritized online learning this year and, while these aren’t the circumstances we planned to use it in, we are grateful for our readiness and trust that our immersive experience will now pay dividends well into the future.

      In addition, this is a moment for The Stony Brook School’s mission to shine.  From what we know so far about the virus, the risk of physical danger to teenagers is low and for that we are very grateful. The virus presents a remarkable opportunity for our students to love their neighbors (particularly the vulnerable in their midst) as themselves and to put others’ needs above their own as they learn to take precautions that will ensure others’ safety. The Brooker ethics of self-sacrifice, love, and care are exactly what the world needs to face this challenge and our students are being taught to rise to the occasion.

      Lastly, I want to invite you to face this challenge fearlessly with us. Your School is standing strong in the midst of a great trial, guided by our faith and trust in the Rock upon whom this School was built.  You can really help us. In Acts 11:27-30 a prophet accurately predicts a great famine to come to the land. What do the disciples do in the face of that challenge? “The disciples, each according to his ability, decided to provide help…This they did, sending their gift to the elders.”  While we don’t yet know what the scope of the financial impact will be to The Stony Brook School, we know it will be significant if we aren’t able to meet our goals this year. Please allow Stony Brook to continue its work this year and in so doing, provide stability and order to many students and their families during this turbulent time.  We will write this chapter in The Stony Brook School’s history together and it will end well. Beauty will come from ashes and Easter Sunday will eclipse Good Friday. Our faith tells us so.
      Best regards,

      Joshua Crane
      Head of School
    • 3/18 - Message to Students

      Dear Students,

      By now you have heard and digested the news that we are going to be moving to online learning for the next two weeks.  Stony Brook is a special community that is built on faith, good relationships, hard work and perseverance. We are going to need all four to get through the next two weeks and beyond.  

      I am going to ask you to do a couple of things that I think are really important to give ourselves the best chance to come back together in person as a whole community.  The first is, if you are a day student or a boarder leaving campus, please take really good care of yourself. By this I mean, get the sleep you need, eat healthy food, wash your hands and be wise about where you go.  While studies seem to show that the Coronavirus does not have a dangerous impact on young people, you don’t want this virus—not for yourself, not for your friends and not for your family. Do everything you can to protect your health which is a gift.  And by protecting your own, you will protect others.  

      For those remaining on this campus.  We want to do everything we can to keep this campus virus free for as long as we can.  Those of you staying on campus will face restrictions regarding day leaves and other outside of campus travel for this season.  We will all have a responsibility to keep our home safe and you will need to do your part and take it seriously. 

      The second thing I would say is work hard to stay in touch with each other – care for each other even at a distance. Check in with each other, encourage one another, you have the tools to do so. I know that you hear adults all the time tell you to get off social media—here is me telling you to stay on it in order to keep up with each other and care for each other.

      The last thing I would say to you is this isn’t Spring Break. You have already had that, so please don’t treat this time like it is.  We are going to work hard to create the best online format possible for the time that you are away to continue your learning. Work hard just as you do here.  The internet is a great tool and the fact that we can continue class while not physically present with each other is a modern miracle that I would never have dreamed of at your age.  However, you can also waste your life on it. If you are jazzed about these two weeks because you think this is a chance to play more League of Legends, please rethink your definition of the good life.  Use the time to focus on a subject you really like: go deep in it, read; if you are an athlete maintain your skills, if you are a musician keep practicing. While a lot of the world is on pause right now Brookers advance. Stay sharp and be ready to get back in the game.

      As I have heard students in the hall today, I have heard them say things like, the School will be closed for the rest of the year.  You haven’t heard that from me. Nothing is inevitable here. At the heart of our faith are two events which we will celebrate in a month’s time.  On Good Friday Jesus Christ was crucified on a cross. For his followers it was the worst day imaginable – everything they hoped for was lost but then on the third day by God’s mighty power, He rose again restoring their hope and then some.   While we are currently experiencing disappointments and loss and there may be more to come, we are not giving up hope. We don’t know what the rest of the year holds and I know that is a lot for you to bear right now but don’t give up hope. I am not – we will do everything we can to see to it that we will be restored here together as soon as possible.  Each one of you is dear to us. We love you and whether you are on campus or away from campus we pray for you and long to be reunited altogether. You are not alone even if it will feel that way sometimes in the coming weeks.

      Best Regards,
      Joshua Crane 
    • 3/11 - COVID-19 Update for Families

      Dear Stony Brook Families,

      We have been evaluating the situation as it relates to COVID-19 and our community’s health and I wanted to share with you The Stony Brook School’s plan of action. We have been very fortunate to date not to have had any incidents of CoronaVirus on our campus and that remains so. I attribute this to prayer, the sacrificial actions of our community members and the hygienic practices that we have put into place. However, we also have been fortunate to not have had the Coronavirus here in Suffolk County. That all changed this week when the first case of the virus was reported and Schools and universities have been responding with different measures in order to keep their students as safe as possible. I want to share with you our approach for the next two and half weeks.

      Starting Tuesday March 17 all of our classes will be moving online. Since we remain a healthy campus we will finish the next two days of this week as normal in order to ensure an orderly transition into our new arrangement. Monday March 16th will be a faculty inservice day as our faculty continues their preparations to teach online- it will be a day off from School for students. We will plan to return to operations as normal on Monday March 30th assuming that conditions allow us to do so. During this time all athletic practices and competitions will be postponed.

      We realize that this decision puts undue hardship on many families, particularly our international families. Those international students without family or guardians in the US can request to stay on our campus for these two weeks where we will be fully staffed and will maintain the quality of care you have come to expect from The Stony Brook School. Those who leave campus and travel to a CDC designated level 1,2 or 3 country or come into direct contact with a confirmed Coronavirus case should be prepared to spend 14 days outside of their designated areas of risk or exposure before returning to campus.

      We are not prepared to close our campus for the remainder of the semester as some other institutions are doing. We believe the vital relationships between students and faculty that are at the heart of a Stony Brook education are worth persevering through this time of trial. I believe that we will realize even more just how special our community is now that we are forced to be away from it. However, we trust that our teachers’ expertise, skill and the relationships they hold with your children will come through in the online format. The good news is we have made online learning a priority this year and have been undergoing training in order to be as effective as possible. We look forward to putting into use what we have been practicing and will be sharing our approach in the next few days.

      Lastly, I invite you to join me in prayer as I pray for all medical personnel treating the virus, for wise policies from our government and for continued good hygienic decisions to be made by our community so that we might all resume our normal operations on March 30th. We will be establishing a COVID-19 Website where we will be posting all relevant information and invite you to check there for updates. We remain joyful in the hope that we will one day see order restored; we remain patient as we deal with the challenges and we are steadfast in prayer as we look to our God for protection and clarity for the way forward. May God bless your family and may God continue to bless The Stony Brook School.

      Best regards,

      Joshua Crane
      Head of School 
       

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    A Christian, co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for 7-12th grade students