COVID-19 News and Resources

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Princeton Day School is actively monitoring news and developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), including the recommendations of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New Jersey Department of Health. The health and safety of our students, employees and families are our highest priorities. Please bookmark and refer to this page regularly for updates and information regarding our preparedness and response as the situation evolves.

What We Are Doing

  • We will not resume classes on campus after spring break on March 23 and instead will be completing our remote learning plans from now through March 29.
  • We began Panthers Online! remote learning on March 30 and the campus will be closed until at least April 17, with all events and activities canceled during that time, including athletics.
  • We have deep-cleaned our campus facilities during the week of March 16-22 and have suspended all facilities rentals until at least April 15.
  • PDS faculty and staff continue to work to maintain programs and our facilities, and are continually planning and conducting school operations, including remote learning programming.
  • We have created and continue to update this web page as a center of information and resources for the PDS community.

For Your Safety

To avoid the spread of COVID-19, the state and federal government have issued guidelines to stay home to the extent possible. Families or employees who must travel should check the latest federal, state and local guidelines as well as the CDC Coronavirus Information for Travel and U.S. State Department Travel Advisories websites, on a regular basis. We strongly encourage you to avoid non-essential travel and respect the guidelines in place regarding travel advisories and restrictions.

Panthers Online! PDS Remote Learning Program

Our Panthers Online! remote learning program will go into effect on March 30. PDS families have been receiving updates from division heads and faculty, and the frameworks and division-specific summaries can be found at Panthers Online! on pds.org. 

  • Family Impact: This is an exceptional spring, with millions of families across the United States predominantly at home together and undertaking remote learning for their children for at least the next few weeks. Please spend time in the days leading up to our March 30 remote learning start date discussing how the shift to remote learning and the campus closure until April 17 will impact your family and daily home life.
  • Communications to Families:
    • Families received an introduction to the remote learning program from each Division Head; these may be found on the password-protected parent portal, Inside PDS.
    • Division heads and faculty, including MS and US advisors, continue to reach out directly to students and families to establish expectations and provide clear lines of communications. 
    • Panthers Online is available via a button on the pds.org homepage as well as via Quicklinks and in the Academics dropdown menu. This online set of resources frames expectations, guidelines, processes and sample schedules for students and families, and includes division-specific information.

Campus Recreational Facilities Are Closed

Out of an abundance of caution and following the examples set by State, County and Municipal authorities to limit the risks of Covid-19 transmissions, all PDS campus recreational facilities are closed. This unfortunately includes all fields, tennis courts, and playground areas. Our beautiful campus can still be enjoyed by passive recreational activities such as walking, hiking, biking and jogging, etc. keeping social distance norms in mind. Please leash and clean up after your dog.

In the Event of Illness

  • If you develop cold, flu-like or COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and call your health care provider.
  • If any PDS family member or faculty/staff member has been diagnosed with probable or confirmed COVID-19, or has come into contact with someone with probable or confirmed COVID-19, we ask that you notify Dr. Candy Shah, Director of Wellness.
  • The PDS Health Office is available for non-urgent communications with PDS families at nurse@pds.org. If you have an urgent medical situation, please follow established protocols for contacting emergency services and your primary care physician.

Prevention

The following actions are the best way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Per federal, state and health provider guidelines, consider remaining at home to the extent possible at this time. Avoid non-essential gatherings and outings, and practice social distancing by keeping at least 6 feet (2 meters) from others. This is for your health and safety and that of others, and is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • If you are ill: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
  • Clean AND disinfect daily all frequently touched surfaces. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sink areas.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.


Cancellations

  • No classes on campus after spring break concludes; the School began its remote learning program on March 30.
  • The Spring Break Global Studies trip to the Island School in the Bahamas was canceled.
  • The Spring Break Athletic trips for girls and boys lacrosse and baseball were canceled, as were all practices and games for all Spring sports through April 17.
  • Facilities rentals at PDS are canceled until at least April 15.
  • Campus-based schooling will not resume until at least April 17. 
  • All PDS campus recreational facilities are closed.

Email Updates to PDS Community

Thoughts from the Head of School
April 5, 2020

I hope you and your families are well. I'd like to share this video message with you, which includes my thoughts about our first week of Panthers Online and key School events this spring.

COVID-19 Update
March 26, 2020

Panthers Online! Information now on pds.org March 23, 2020

Update on NJ Governor Murphy's Executive Orders March 21, 2020

Updates on Remote Learning Programming for PDS Families March 18, 2020

Note: The 3/18 updates emailed to families in LS, MS and US Divisions may also be found in Inside PDS, the password-protected parent portal.

Why Social Distancing Matters: Update from PDS March 16, 2020

Campus Closure and Online Learning Announcement  March 13, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Campus and Online Learning Preparations March 12, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Spring Sports Team Trips Canceled March 8, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Global Studies Spring Break Trip Canceled March 6, 2020

Important Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update February 29, 2020

Novel Coronavirus Update January 31, 2020