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THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION FOR THE 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR IS CURRENT AS OF

January 12, 2022

The Pennington Community
Students
  • Number of positive cases of COVID-19: 23
  • 14 recovered
  • 9 active cases*
Employees
  • Number of positive cases of COVID-19:8
  • 5 recovered
  • 3 active cases*
Other*
  • Number of positive cases of COVID-19:  3
  • 2 recovered
  • 1 active cases*

 

The numbers above are for the 2021-22 academic year that begins with preseason on August 30 and ends on June 4 and includes any positive results reported by on-campus students or employees. People who reported positive test results over winter break but who were not on campus are not included in the numbers above.

*Active cases are isolated.

Return-to-Campus Guidelines
Do not come to campus if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, even if you have used an at-home rapid test and received negative results.
 

Updated Isolation/Quarantine Guidelines from the CDC

The CDC and our local Department of Health have recently updated their guidance about the time required to quarantine or isolate. We are reviewing the implications of these changes and will let you know if our own policies will change, but at this time the following policies remain in place.

Tested positive for COVID-19

In accordance with our local Department of Health, people with COVID-19 (regardless of vaccination status) must isolate for 10 days regardless of vaccination status. Day 1 is the first day after a positive test, or symptoms. Return to campus is Day 11 (Day 10 is the final day in isolation).

Please contact the Health Center if you need more information about when your child can return to school.

As per the Student/Parent Handbook, if a student misses 3 or more days of school, we require a note from your child’s doctor clearing your child to return to classes AND activities/athletics without restrictions.

Exposed to COVID-19 (close contact, including household member)

Per the CDC and our local health department, the quarantine period varies depending on one's vaccination status, as explained below:

Fully boosted (2 weeks after booster) and no symptoms: no quarantine period is necessary.

Fully vaccinated* and within 5 months of second dose or within 2 months of one-dose vaccine and no symptoms: no quarantine period is necessary.

Fully vaccinated* but if more than 5 months have elapsed since the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or more than 2 months have elapsed following a one-dose vaccine and no symptoms: people must quarantine for 5 days with a test on Day 5. The date of exposure is Day Zero. You may return to school on Day 6 with proof of a negative test. We cannot accept an at-home test, but will accept a rapid test from accredited testing site (pharmacy) or your doctor’s office. 

Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated*

Per the CDC and our local health department, people who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated* must quarantine for 10 days.  Any students in this category who were exposed to COVID-19 on Wednesday, December 30 or later must notify the Health Center on Monday, January 3, and can return to school after the ten-day quarantine period has elapsed, as long as they do not develop any symptoms of COVID-19 during that period. The isolation period may be reduced to 7 days with a negative test on days 5 to 7, but quarantine cannot be reduced to less than 7 days. People must provide negative test result to return to school. We cannot accept an at-home test, but will accept a rapid test from accredited testing site (pharmacy) or your doctor’s office. 

As per the Student/Parent Handbook, if a  student misses 3 or more days of school, we require a note from your child’s doctor clearing your child to return to classes AND activities/athletics without restrictions.

Individuals who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure. For all those exposed, we are requiring a test for COVID-19 at Day 5 after exposure and submitting negative results to the Health Center (employees should submit their results to Christine Miller). 

If symptoms occur, individuals should not come to campus, and should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19. Please call Maureen Iorio or Chelsi Meyerson to report your child's absence from school. As per the Student/Parent Handbook, if a  student misses 3 or more days of school, we require a note from your child’s doctor clearing your child to return to classes AND activities/athletics without restrictions.

On-Campus Testing for COVID-19

We resumed weekly random testing of all students and employees for COVID-19 on January 12, 2022. Residential community members were all tested prior to January 3. 

* A person is considered fully vaccinated if two weeks have elapsed since their one-dose vaccine or the second dose of a two-dose vaccine. The Pennington School has implemented the five-day quarantine for exposed individuals who are fully vaccinated but their vaccine is outdated (more than 2 months following a one-dose vaccine or more than five months following a two-dose vaccine), if they have not had the booster vaccine. 

Frequently Asked Questions

The Pennington School reserves the right to change health and safety protocols and requirements at any time.