How We’ve Prepared For Pingry Anywhere

Prepared to deliver academic excellence

While much of Pingry will look different this fall, the Pingry experience — our commitment to the student-centered learning that families have come to value and expect — will remain the same.

We’ve prepared for a return to school by prioritizing safety and flexibility. Pingry Anywhere is designed for synchronous in-person/remote delivery around four key pillars:

  • Communication and Student Agency

  • Navigability and Wayfinding

  • Relationship and Community Building

  • Student Choice and Assessment

Faculty Resources/Training

All Pingry faculty attended a workshop course from the Global Online Academy during the summer, received technology training, and will be able to benefit from early trial runs of Pingry Anywhere and the ongoing course design training.

Preparing Campus

Air Filtration and Purification

As part of our health and safety protocols, Pingry has installed bipolar ionization air filters in our central air handling systems across all campuses. This high-end filtration system has been proven to neutralize COVID-19 by more than 99%+ in 30 minutes. In areas not serviced by the central air flow system, additional, portable bipolar ionization air filters will be installed. 

Cleaning and sanitization measures 

Keeping Pingry’s many indoor facilities as clean as possible is one of our highest priorities. Specific initiatives have been established to avoid the touching of shared surfaces wherever possible, to increase cleaning protocols for when resources or surfaces must be shared, and to enforce rigorous hygiene protocols at all times. For example, high occupancy zones will be frequently cleaned throughout the day with special electrostatic spray cleaning equipment and aerosolized cleaning agents. NanoSeptic self-cleaning systems will be installed on high-touch areas such as door knobs, and no-touch fittings will be installed in high traffic areas such as bathrooms. Hand sanitizer is being installed in each classroom, and students will be called upon to clean their specific desk area before and after usage with cleansing wipes.

Additional measures currently in progress

There are several other policies that are currently in progress, including a daily health check policy (e.g., symptom and temperature check), campus flow controls (including designated pathways and walkways), capacity limits across all parts of the campus (dining areas, bathrooms, common areas) and the creation of additional, flexible use spaces to reduce overall density.

PREPARING FOR AND REDUCING RISK

While we cannot expect to return to a risk-free environment, the school administration has developed a best efforts approach to reducing the risk of COVID-19 contraction including:

  1. Installation of BiPolar ionization air filters in our central air flow system across all campuses. In areas not serviced by the central air flow system, additional, portable air filters will be installed.

  2. Installation of plexiglass dividers between each desk in every one of our traditional classrooms.

  3. Installation of no-touch fittings on doors and fixtures in high traffic areas such as bathrooms.

  4. Installation of disinfectant films on high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs.

  5. Installation of hand sanitizer dispensers in each classroom and throughout the hallways and common areas.

  6. Installation of heated, electrified outdoor tents to increase square footage, thereby reducing campus density and allowing for proper social distancing.

  7. Implementation of additional campus-wide cleaning protocols including the hiring of additional cleaning staff for both daytime and nighttime.

  8. Implementation of classroom specific cleaning protocols including the sanitization of individual work spaces immediately before and after class.

  9. Implementation of a face mask and face shield requirement. 

  10. Implementation of hand washing protocols.

  11. Implementation of daily temperature checks, a daily health questionnaire, and quarantine protocols.