Important information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
U.S. health officials recommend being prepared for the likelihood that the virus will spread, and 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:
The Pennington School began our distance learning platform on Tuesday, March 24. At this time, we are planning to employ this platform until Monday, April 13. This date is subject to change as we continue to closely monitor the situation concerning the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The Pennington School campus is now closed to all visitors.
Latest Updates: March 17, 2020
All boarding students have departed from campus and are at home or with local host families. The campus and all School buildings remain closed. Sparks Gymnasium is closed to all.
No outside visitors will be permitted on the Pennington School campus without prior permission for a minimum of two weeks. This includes day faculty and families. ALL visitors must check in with Security personnel when they arrive on campus.
School offices are open during normal business hours and staff members are all working remotely.
March 12, 2020
Headmaster William S. Hawkey meets daily with a task force consisting of Pennington’s senior administrative team and other key staff members to respond to the evolving challenges surrounding COVID-19.
The following new policies are currently in place through April 13 but are subject to change at any time:
Beginning March 24, students will be moving to our distance learning platform. Students should check Schoology for notifications. More details will be forthcoming.
All dormitories will close by Monday, March 16. Boarding students are making plans to go home or stay with local families and/or guardians. Information from Chad Bridges, assistant headmaster for community life and dean of students, to the residential community is ongoing and he will continue to keep everyone up-to-date.
All members of the Pennington community should submit details of their travel plans during the current Spring Break (see March 6 letter below).
All School-related travel, including all travel related to School business, has been suspended. This includes all Spring Break travel, athletics trips, and upcoming community service activities. Participation in the regional Odyssey of the Mind tournament (Middle School) has been canceled. Other event changes and cancellations are listed on the right.
All spring athletics are suspended until further notice. This includes preseason practices, scrimmages, and any games that were previously scheduled through April 13.
No outside visitors will be permitted on the Pennington School campus without prior permission until further notice. ALL visitors must check in with Security personnel when they arrive on campus.
School is not currently in session during the break. We are conducting a deep-cleaning of our campus to disinfect all classrooms and public spaces. At this time, we plan to reopen the campus on Monday, April 13.
Families should continue to monitor the U.S. State Department for travel advisories to countries and regions where they are planning to travel. Keep in mind that the COVID-19 travel warnings are subject to change, so we request that you check to be sure you do not return to campus for any reason if you, or anyone in your household, have traveled to a country with a travel advisory. The voluntary cooperation of all members of our community is critical to prevent disease transmission and to protect the health and safety of our community.
Distance Learning Preparation
Students were asked to take home textbooks and other school materials before the break. Faculty members are prepared to conduct remote interactive classes using a distance learning model (please see additional information below). Schoology, the learning management system we already use, provides a robust online vehicle (Big Blue Button) that we will be using to conduct classes. Though there are certain to be some disruptions, we are confident that we can deliver an excellent academic program this way.
All School departments have developed plans that enable those employees to continue to work remotely.
March 20, 2020 -- A message from Headmaster Bill Hawkey
- What is distance learning at Pennington?
- Will we follow the usual daily schedule for classes?
- Is there still going to be extra help?
- What if I do not have a good internet connection at home?
- Can day students come to campus while the School is closed?
- Will spring athletics be canceled?
- What about performing arts activities?
- What about other extracurricular activities and clubs?
- When will we be able to come back to school?
- What if I am unable to return to campus by April 13?
- Can I come to campus to use the gym or fitness room?
- Will there be final exams?
- What will happen if a member of our community is diagnosed with COVID-19?
- Where can I find updates about Pennington's response to the coronavirus?
- What about my music lessons?
- Can I still meet my tutor on Pennington’s campus?
Event Changes and Cancellations
Canceled until further notice:
- Gym & Swim sessions
- Eye to Eye meetings
- Driver’s education classes
Canceled: College Fair
Prospective families with questions about Revisit Days or 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.