June 29, 2020

Dear Lawrenceville Parents,

Our current plan is to reopen campus in the fall, and we are pleased to share with you what we believe is a careful, prudent strategy for bringing the community back together on campus. Our purpose here is to share our reopening plan in as much detail as possible, while asking for your forbearance on certain elements that are still being developed and refined as new information emerges on an almost daily basis.

As I expressed during our June 8 community update webinar, we do not underestimate the risk posed by COVID-19, or the impact that our safety protocols will have on almost every aspect of School life. We all want this to work, and to be successful, we will have to truly take to heart a sense of shared responsibility for other members of the community. We must understand that our individual actions will affect the health and well-being of our friends and colleagues. Therefore, we are counting on everyone’s collective goodwill and cooperation to achieve our shared goals with discipline and a strong commitment to our new way of community life at Lawrenceville.

Our plan is the result of months of hard work. A leading environmental health and engineering firm continues to advise and review our plan, which incorporates recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the State of New Jersey. Our approach has benefited much from collaboration with leading boarding schools, as well as numerous contacts in higher education. We have had considerable access -- through our Trustees and other connections -- to leaders in public health, as well as industry executives who themselves are involved in efforts to reopen large and complex businesses. We are deeply grateful to Lawrenceville’s Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff who have spent an enormous number of hours evaluating and contributing to the reopening plan.

Please review our Fall 2020 Planning Guide, which contains detailed information on all aspects of school life this fall. We want to remind you that you are invited to join us tomorrow, Tuesday, June 30, at 7:00 p.m. (EST) for a parent webinar hosted by members of the Relaunch Taskforce. As always, to hear from as many of you as possible, I ask that you submit questions in advance to response@lawrenceville.org.

Thanks for your continued support!


Stephen S. Murray H’54 ’55 ’65 ’16 P’16 ’21
The Shelby Cullom Davis ’26 Head of School
Through House and Harkness, Lawrenceville challenges a diverse community of promising young people to lead lives of learning, integrity, and high purpose.  Our mission is to inspire the best in each to seek the best for all.