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.