Important information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
This page was created to update you on some of our initiatives and contingency plans in this regard. Please check back often for updates.
Current Pennington School status:
At this time, The Pennington School campus is open. Please refer to Pennington Prepared: Campus Reopening Plan 2020-21 for more information.
Latest Updates: December 4, 2020
Instead of reporting cases here, a COVID-19 Dashboard has been created. Please check that page for updates.
Latest Updates: November 30, 2020
Due to new restrictions put into place today by Governor Murphy, all indoor athletics have been postponed until further notice.
Latest Updates: November 12, 2020
The Pennington School continues to conduct random weekly testing of students and employees on campus. Rather than sending an email every time we are notified about a positive test result, we will now report those results on our COVID-19 dashboard page.
November 6, 2020
The Pennington School will re-open its campus as planned on Monday, November 9, and classes will begin at 8:00 a.m. Please see Dr. Hawkey's letter for further details.
November 4, 2020
Two positive cases have been reported on campus; one is a day student and the other is a non-residential employee. As the School conducts contact tracing to determine any possible close contacts, the campus will remain closed to day families and visitors until Monday, November 9. You can read Dr. Hawkey's letter to the Pennington community here.
October 30, 2020
Dr. Hawkey sent a letter to the community regarding the Thanksgiving holiday on October 30, and the letter can be found here.
October 27, 2020
We are happy to announce that we were able to bring back students in Grade 7 for a three-week consecutive period that began October 5. This week, we brought back the eighth graders so they too will have three consecutive weeks of on-campus learning. The week of November 9, the Grade 7 students will once again return to on-campus learning until Thanksgiving break. We will continue to evaluate our position with campus density and make decisions based on safety/health first.
We also announced that today we began random testing of all students, faculty, and essential staff on campus during a given week. We plan to continue to test about 10% of the on-campus population each week as long as testing remains available. This additional precaution will allow us to be better prepared to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 on the Pennington School campus.
Dr. Hawkey's letter to the Pennington community can be found here.
October 8, 2020
The Pennington School campus is closed until Monday, October 12. Please refer to this letter from Dr. Hawkey with more information.
September 21, 2020
We are so proud of the great job students are doing with mask-wearing, hand hygiene, and physical distancing!
This week, all athletic teams will practice after school and rehearsals begin for the Fall Play, Twelfth Night.
September 11, 2020
Dr. Hawkey sent a letter this evening to the residential community about a change to the reopening plan that applies to this group.
September 4, 2020
Parents and students are reminded that it is REQUIRED to wear masks properly when on the Pennington School campus. You can read the current mask policy.
Any students not wearing masks properly may be required to work from home or from their dormitory room during their scheduled weeks on-campus. Thank you for your cooperation. These policies will be strictly enforced in order to maintain the safest possible environment at the School.
August 11, 2020
July 30, 2020
The Pennington School released Pennington Prepared: Campus Reopening Plan 2020-21. This information will be continually updated as necessary.
All School departments have developed plans that enable non-essential employees to continue to work remotely.
Prospective families with questions about Admission may email the Office of Admission.
Parents or students with questions may email the Dean of Students.
Alumni with questions about events or campus visits may email the Office of Alumni Relations.
Parents, students, and Pennington School employees with health-related questions should contact our Health Center at 609-847-0830.
Students with questions for our tech department should continue to contact the Help Desk at 609-737-6100.