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

June 6, 2022

The Pennington Community
Students
  • Number of positive cases of COVID-19: 116
  • 116 recovered
  • 0 active cases*
Employees
  • Number of positive cases of COVID-19: 30
  • 30 recovered
  • 0 active cases*
Other*
  • Number of positive cases of COVID-19:  9
  • 9 recovered
  • 0 active cases*

 

The numbers above are for the 2021-22 academic year that begins with preseason on August 30 and ends on June 10 and includes any positive results reported by on-campus students or employees. People who reported positive test results over School breaks but who were not on campus are not included in the numbers above.

*Active cases are isolated.

Return-to-Campus Guidelines

SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19

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.
 

If symptoms occur, individuals should not come to campus, and should immediately quarantine. If symptoms persist, we will require a negative test on Day 5 and/or a doctor’s note with an alternate diagnosis before your child can 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. 

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.

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 changed our policy as of January 24, 2022, and the new policy is reflected in the guidelines below.

TESTED POSITIVE for COVID-19

In accordance with our local Department of Health, people with COVID-19 must isolate for 5 days regardless of vaccination status. Day 1 is the first day after a positive test. Return to campus can be on Day 6 as long as all of the following are true:

  • person is asymptomatic or all symptoms are resolving, and
  • person has been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of analgesics, and
  • person will wear a medical-type mask that is well-fitting for an additional five days, both indoors and outdoors, including during all extracurricular activities, and
  • students must have a doctor’s clearance note for school and sports, and
  • consultation has taken place with Health Center to go over guidelines about return to campus

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 age and vaccination status, as explained below. It is recommended that anyone who is exposed get tested on Days 5-7, but if you are not fully vaccinated or over 18 and have not yet received a booster, then a negative test is required before you can return to campus. Anyone who was exposed should also wear a mask at all times for 10 days following the exposure. See below for more information:

Fully boosted and no symptoms: no quarantine period is necessary. A test on Day 5 is recommended but not required. 
 

Fully vaccinated under the age of 18 and not yet boosted: People who are under 18 who are fully vaccinated, and not yet boosted, with no symptoms, do not need to quarantine but a test is recommended on Day 5. The date of exposure is Day Zero. 

Fully vaccinated but over age 18 and not yet boosted: People who are over 18 who who are fully vaccinated, not yet boosted, with no symptoms 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 5 days. People must provide a negative test result from Day 5 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. 

Reminder: 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.

* 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 over 18, 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. People are considered "up to date" on their vaccine if they have received a booster.

Frequently Asked Questions

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