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While the entire Ascension Episcopal School body resumed in-person classes in early August, COVID restrictions played a part in limiting how the school gathered as a community. This challenge prompted the Ascension Administration and Technology
Department to get creative and seize the opportunity to pivot to the online world. Classroom instruction, morning announcements, chapel services, and athletic events are now streamed live to students and parents, allowing for a full school experience
despite COVID regulations.
"The Ascension Episcopal School community is like a family. It was important to us that during this time where we couldn’t gather all together in-person that we remain connected and continue to provide educational excellence, which includes all aspects of
our school life - not just academics ,” says Head of School, Jeff Plunk. Academic instruction is streamed using iPads on stands in grades 3-12 for those in quarantine or those choosing to connect virtually rather than in-person. Since school began, over 40 live chapel services have been streamed into classrooms on newly created YouTube channels for parents and students. Also, a new Blue Gator
Broadcasting channel streams athletic events, including their first volleyball home game of the season. In addition to the day-to-day campus happenings, live-streaming other special events such as graduation, the Junior class ring ceremony, and closing and
opening convocations has come with its challenges but has allowed the community to remain involved and safe. Brad Williams, newly hired as Ascension’s Digital Media Specialist, comments, “
While restrictions on gatherings were the impetus for the decision, the data and feedback confirm the desire for viewing access by our working families and relatives that live out of town. During this pandemic, live-streaming and video production continue to grow.
Now, we have enlisted middle schoolers to assist with daily events, and I am excited to see more student involvement across our campuses.” The school’s knowledgeable and dedicated staff and the generosity of Ascension’s Athletic Booster Club and Fine Arts Alliance, have made live-streaming campus happenings possible. Students, faculty, and parents in Ascension’s community are grateful for the connection technology provides during these unique circumstances.