Princeton Day School Reopens is a comprehensive guide to the safe reopening of our School. Within this website content is information about the broad operation of the school and life within each division. It sets out expectations for families, faculty and students in the coming year and provides resources that we all can use to make safe, sound choices before and during the reopening of our School.
Included in the extensive information found here are two specific items of particular note for PDS families:
The Panther Pledge details our individual and collective responsibility as members of the Princeton Day School community; it needs to be digitally signed.
The Soft Opening/Staggered Start section of the reopening plan describes the staggered start to the first weeks of school on campus September 9 through October 2.
As always, we encourage your questions or suggestions at: PDSreopens@pds.org.
As a community, we are stronger together than alone. We are responsible not only for ourselves but for each and every member within our community. It is up to each of us to take measures on campus, at home, and in all aspects of our lives to keep our community safe. Our joint efforts will control transmission, sustain our on-campus learning experience, and protect those around us.
- Conduct a daily self-screening of symptoms of COVID-19 before coming onto campus and complete an online questionnaire on the PDS website.
- Participate in any required health screenings when you arrive on campus.
- Stay home from school when you or anyone in your household is sick or presenting symptoms of COVID-19.
- Notify the School of any potential exposures, symptoms, or positive COVID-19 test results of anyone in your household or with whom you have had close contact.
- Practice physical distancing and wear a face covering when on campus and as directed by local health officials.
- Practice good personal hygiene, especially frequent hand-washing or sanitizing.
- Abide by all safety protocols and practices being implemented on campus, including but not limited to, classroom seating arrangements, movement around campus, use of common spaces and cleaning and hygiene guidelines.
- Understand and follow other risk mitigation measures in the School’s Reopening plan.
We request that all families returning to campus discuss this Panther Pledge and commit to these responsibilities by digitally signing below.
Parents of students in PreKindergarten and Kindergarten are asked to sign the pledge on behalf of their children after a discussion about the responsibilities. Students in First through Twelfth Grade are asked to sign the pledge themselves. All Princeton Day School employees will be asked to make the same commitment.
Health and Safety Guidelines
Campus and Facilities
On-Campus Learning/Remote Learning
Please view the detailed information about the daily program experience for each School division, below.
Soft Opening/Staggered Start September 9 - October 2
3 Reopening Webinars: LS, MS and US Divisions
Classrooms & Outdoor Tents
Lunch & Snacks
Arrival & Departure
PE & Athletics
Performing Arts, Visual Arts & Design
How can you help?
Soft Rollout Extended for Upper School Students Through October 2 September 16, 2020
PDS Video: New Upper School Lunch Schedule Starting 9/17/2020 September 16, 2020
PDS Video: Upper School Welcome Back Information September 16, 2020
PDS Video: Student On-Campus Orientation September 14, 2020
9/14/20 Video Update from Head of School Paul Stellato September 14, 2020
First Week of School Update from Acting Head of Upper School September 11, 2020
First Week of School Update from Acting Heads of Middle School September 11, 2020
First Week of School Update from Head of Lower School September 11, 2020
PDS Video: Facilities Preparations for the Start of School, a brief overview from Director of Facility Operations Robert Clemens September 8, 2020
Update from the Head of School September 7, 2020
Important Updates for the Start of School from the US, MS and US division leaders, emailed directly to families and available in the Messages section of the PDS Parent Portal September 4, 2020
Lower School Hybrid & Remote Learning Policy September 4, 2020
Middle School Hybrid & Remote Learning Policy September 4, 2020
Upper School Hybrid & Remote Learning Policy September 4, 2020
PDS Video: Upper School lunch process in the Campus Center September 4, 2020
NEW! Traffic flow changes and maps for 2020-2021 emailed directly to all PDS families and available in the Messages section in the PDS Parent Portal; also updated here in the PDS Reopens Arrival & Departure section September 2, 2020
Middle School Student Schedule Information Available via the Parent Portal! emailed directly to MS families and available in the Messages section of the PDS Parent Portal September 2, 2020
All families, faculty and staff: Don't forget to sign the Panther Pledge! August 31, 2020
NEW! Dining plan and payment information emailed directly to families and updated here in the PDS Reopens Lunch & Snacks section August 31, 2020
Update from the Head of School August 31, 2020
NEW! Arrival and dismissal plans emailed directly to all PDS families and updated here in the PDS Reopens Arrival & Departure section August 28, 2020
Upper School Community Update August 28, 2020
Middle School Community Update August 28, 2020
Lower School Community Update August 28, 2020
Video Update from Head of School Paul Stellato August 24, 2020
NEW! Required Daily Health Screening App and Instructions emailed directly to PDS families, required for any students, faculty and staff entering campus on or after August 24, and updated here in the PDS Reopens Health & Safety Guidelines section August 20, 2020
Video Update from Head of School Paul Stellato August 17, 2020
US Student Schedules and More from Acting Head of Upper School Chris Rhodes emailed directly to PDS families August 12, 2020
MS Student Schedules and More from Middle School Deans emailed directly to PDS families August 12, 2020
All-new Veracross Parent Portal launched and Magnus Access activated! emailed directly to all PDS families August 10, 2020
Summer Check-in from Class of 2021 Dean August 5, 2020
Summer Check-in from Class of 2022 Dean August 5, 2020
Summer Check-in from Class of 2023 Dean August 5, 2020
Summer Check-in from Class of 2024 Dean August 5, 2020
Summer Check-in from Middle School Deans August 5, 2020
Update from Head of School August 3, 2020
Commencement Remarks, Head of School Paul Stellato August 1, 2020
Summer Check-in From Acting US Head Chris Rhodes July 31, 2020
Video Update from Head of School July 28, 2020
Summer Check In from LS Head Sandy Wang July 27, 2020
Update from Head of School July 20, 2020
Reopening Plan Update July 20, 2020
Video Update from Head of School July 20, 2020
PDS Flik Dining Services Plans and Protocols July 16, 2020
Video Update from Head of School July 14, 2020
Update on Back to School Forms and More July 2, 2020
Reopening Plan June 29, 2020