While many things remain uncertain due to the challenges presented by the current coronavirus pandemic, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School continues its commitment to delivering the same world-class education that has distinguished it for the past 50 years.

Following nearly a week of behind-the-scenes preparation while still on campus, we began distance learning on March 18. Remote classes started in virtual classrooms, using a wide variety of online tools – Zoom videoconferencing, YouTube, Google, and Microsoft products, as well as our own SSES Online CRM platform. The transition has been highly successful and nearly seamless as our faculty members have demonstrated their ability to deliver exceptional education under exceptional circumstances.

Campus traditions such as weekly chapel services and assemblies have also gone virtual in an attempt to bring a sense of consistency and normalcy to each week. And a series of online celebrations to honor the graduating Class of 2020 are in the works right now in the event our typical annual gatherings aren’t able to be held in person.

The entire program is designed to allow Saint Stephen’s to continue to provide its rigorous, college-preparatory academic program, while being sensitive to the challenges and stressors everyone in the school community is facing as a result of the pandemic.

Saint Stephen’s has also played an active role in the community. One of our students is providing hundreds of 3D-printed safety shields to healthcare workers. Our Science Department donated more than 5,000 latex gloves to Manatee Memorial Hospital, and protective goggles to a local pediatric practice. Another student has received recognition for working with an area medical group to help them launch an online care platform that is simple to use for both staff and patients.

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