St. Stephen's Coronavirus Information

St. Stephen's has completed the 2019-20 school year. We are looking forward to honoring the 120 students in our Class of 2020 at our Baccalaureate on Friday, Nov. 27 and Graduation on Saturday, Nov. 28.

The campus is closed to everyone except faculty, staff and members of our residential families who live on campus.

A Conversation with the Head of School and PA President

Head of School Messages

List of 10 items.

  • Special Thanks for a Successful Return to Campus - Jan. 26, 2022

    Dear St. Stephen’s Community,
     
    Since we have returned from Winter Break, I am so grateful for the patience and support of parents, the flexibility and commitment of employees, and the resilience and hard work of students. As faculty and staff have strived to provide the richest educational experience possible under the circumstances, and while the last few weeks have had some frustrations and challenges, we have also witnessed some truly amazing accomplishments. 
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  • Our Plan to Return to Classes on Campus - Jan. 14, 2022

    Dear St. Stephen’s Community, 

    Thank you for your patience and understanding as we shifted to remote learning this week. I hope you and your loved ones are well and staying healthy. This email provides an update on the current state of our school community as well as additional requirements and protocols we will implement as we resume in-person classes and activities on campus beginning Wednesday, Jan. 19.
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  • St. Stephen’s Will Transition to Remote Learning Next Week - Jan. 7, 2022

    Dear St. Stephen's Families,

    While it has been wonderful to see students back on campus this week, we have decided to transition to remote learning for all classes next week. Despite our best efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community since returning from Winter Break, we have seen a significant number of confirmed cases among students and faculty this week, including 29 new student cases and two new employee cases from Wednesday’s testing. 

    We made this decision with guidance from Medical Advisory Board members, and our primary objective is to preserve the health, safety and well-being of our students and employees. 
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  • Thoughts as We Prepare for Winter Break - Dec. 14, 2021

    Dear St. Stephen’s Community,

    As we prepare for some much-needed rest and relaxation over Winter Break, I want to express my deep appreciation to all of you for the amazing fall we have enjoyed together. After the delta variant surge late this summer, we came together in true Spartan fashion as a joyful living and learning community committed to caring for one another.
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  • Parent Chapel Services and Discussions and Thoughts on COVID-19 Protocols - Nov. 4, 2021

    Dear St. Stephen’s Community,

    I can hardly believe that fall is upon us. It seems like just yesterday that we were beginning the new school year and welcoming our students back to campus. Words cannot fully express the joy I have experienced this year, seeing students walking across campus, hearing the excitement in their voices, witnessing their amazing talents in the classroom, performance halls and art studios, as well as in gyms and on playing fields. I am grateful for all the steps you have taken to facilitate our return to full community life on The Hill.
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  • Celebrating a Great Start, Sharing Protocols for Upcoming Breaks - Sept. 29, 2021

    Dear St. Stephen's Community,

    I am grateful for the successful start of the new school year and reinvigorated by the energy and activity on The Hill. We have been fully operational for the first six weeks of class, welcoming nearly 700 students to campus, including a residential program with more than 160 students from 25 Texas cities, 13 states and 17 countries. While we suspended overnight grade-level retreats for this fall and decided to reschedule a dance, I am proud of the full slate of academic, athletic, fine arts and other extracurricular activities we’ve been able to offer. 
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  • Update on City of Austin’s Plan to Build Fire/EMS Station on Campus - Sept. 27, 2021

    Dear St. Stephen’s Community,

    As we settle into the familiar rhythms of a new school year, I want to update you on the City of Austin’s (City) plans to construct a Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) station on our campus. Since I initially communicated to you on this subject last year, planning for the station has progressed. The current plan calls for construction to begin this fall.
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  • Modification to Our Check-In Procedure at the Front Gate - Aug. 29, 2021

    Dear St. Stephen’s Families,

    What a start to the year! Our campus is buzzing with energy and enthusiasm, and our students are deeply engaged in our full spectrum of programs and events.

    I particularly appreciate our community’s adherence to our safety protocols. As we know, our ability to remain healthy and safe and to operate at this level of in-person activity will require everyone’s ongoing vigilance.
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  • COVID-19 Protocols for the Start of School - Aug. 9, 2021

    Dear St. Stephen’s Families,

    Throughout the summer, St. Stephen’s faculty and staff have eagerly anticipated the start of the 2021-22 school year, longing for a return to the daily interactions and normal rhythms of life on The Hill. I am pleased to say that the new school year will include our customary in-person activities: a five day-a-week academic schedule, a full slate of athletic/fitness and fine arts activities, daily chapel services and dining hall service, service learning, and outdoor education and adventures. We do not have plans at this time to support remote-learning or hybrid-learning models.

    Just as important as what we will be doing this school year is how we will be doing it—joyful for the chance to see each other again, grateful to be back on our beautiful campus and mindful of the continued commitment we have to keep each other safe. 
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  • Welcome to the 2021-22 School Year - Aug. 5, 2021

    Dear St. Stephen's Families,

    Greetings from The Hill! With the first day of school rapidly approaching, I wanted to reach out and welcome each of you to the new academic year. I trust you have enjoyed many fun activities this summer along with some well-deserved rest and relaxation. And I hope you are as excited as I am about the 2021-22 school year.
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Helpful Information on Coronavirus

 
How does the virus spread?
  • Through coughing and sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands thoroughly
What steps can I take to protect myself from the virus?
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands thoroughly.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces, such as computer keyboards in public spaces and student desks.
  • Stay at home and away from others if you feel ill.
What are the symptoms?
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
Anyone exhibiting these symptoms should contact their primary care physician as soon as possible.
Address: 6500 St. Stephen's Dr., Austin, TX 78746
Phone: (512) 327-1213