Our Approach to Risk Mitigation
Our top priority is the safety and well-being of those in our school community. To that end, Pingry has designed a multi-layered health and safety program informed by governing body mandates, medical guidelines, and best practices that is intended to minimize the health and safety risks of COVID-19 on students, faculty, and staff.
In the absence of a vaccine, we cannot expect to return to a zero-risk environment. The development of our health, safety, and operations policies is guided by the principle that the risk of virus transmission increases with extended, close-contact exposure to infected individuals in enclosed spaces. This design hypothesis governs every aspect of our preparation to reopen and includes four key components:
Decrease the number and duration of extended interactions across exposure groups. While we will not separate students entirely, we will be very thoughtful about how and when they share spaces.
Increase social distancing in order to decrease moments of close contact. We will be deploying various social distancing methods using masks, face shields, plexiglass dividers in classrooms, and physical distancing.
Minimize potential exposure on campus through new health protocols and community norms.We will be deploying daily, pre-arrival health symptom checks forms, temperature checks, and quarantine and contact tracing protocols.
Enhance safety and cleanliness of enclosed spaces. In order to make our interior spaces healthier, we are implementing air filtration systems and enhanced sterilization processes as well as utilizing outdoor spaces.