Dear Peddie Community,
As of this writing, The Peddie School has not had any cases of COVID-19 nor have we had any community members in quarantine or isolation; meanwhile, our senior leadership team has been monitoring the global spread of the epidemic carefully. Every day, we align our mission and philosophy with the unfolding situation to make choices that put the health and safety of our students first.
To that end, the following are our plans for the start of spring term:
- Peddie will delay the start of on-campus spring term classes by one week.
- Beginning on Monday, March 16, all Peddie classes will be conducted remotely through our online learning system, Canvas.
- Each day, students will receive assignments and other work via Canvas directly from their teachers that will have due dates, grades and possibly assessments.
- Students who do not have internet access at their homes should send a confidential email to Director of Technology Ryan Bennett at email@example.com.
- International students and others who need to return to campus this week will be accommodated. While all classes will be conducted online, our campus will not shut down entirely. We are prepared for students to be supervised and cared for by faculty members. Day students and those boarders who are able to remain home after spring break are required to do so. Those students wishing to return to campus must contact their class-level dean in advance for permission to return to campus. You can find a list of deans on our resources page.
- Common sense safety and hygiene measures will be in place for those students on campus during the week of March 16-21. All classrooms, bathrooms, and other common areas have received an especially thorough cleaning during the break as an added precaution.
- No extracurricular activities, including athletics practices or games, play rehearsals or music lessons will be held during the week of March 16-21.
- As of today, our plan is for all boarders to return to campus one week later than scheduled, on March 22. On-campus learning resumes on Monday, March 23. We will be continuously evaluating the situation throughout the week.
We are taking this unprecedented step mindful that more than 761 cases have already been diagnosed in the United States, including 15 in New Jersey, where the governor has declared a state of emergency.
This adaptation for the week of March 16-21 will allow our school professionals, including our school physician Dr. Aimee Goodman, to continue to evaluate both the risk to our community and the global impact that the virus is having on our families.
As always, our priority is the health, safety and education of your children. I imagine you may have many questions about our plans and about future decisions we may be making in the days and weeks ahead to adapt to the needs of our Peddie community. We have designated this page on our website for answers to your anticipated questions and will continue to update it with new information as needed. Of course, I also encourage you to reach out to your child’s advisor with any specific concerns you have about your child.
I am ever thankful for the trust you give to my colleagues and me in caring for your child. In this time, I am especially grateful.
Peter A. Quinn