From Blake Eldridge '96 H'12, Dean of Students
January 22, 2021
Dear Lawrenceville Parents and Students,
I trust this finds you well in the midst of a tumultuous time. To our families here and abroad, please know that Lawrenceville strives to remain a beacon of critical thinking and civil discourse, of hope and resilience
. It is with this spirit that we continue to engage our students through the winter term, and also share our plans for coming together on campus once again this spring. Please read on for updates and details, as well as a registration link for our February 11 spring reopening webinar. COVID-Cautious Behaviors
As in the fall, we will rely principally on social modifications and COVID-cautious practices to ensure the health and safety of all. Community members will use masks, social distancing, and enhanced hygiene for personal and community health, and we will continue with robust surveillance testing and contact tracing to monitor effectiveness and quickly identify asymptomatic cases to interrupt and mitigate the spread of infection. Lawrenceville is strongly encouraging its faculty and staff to pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine, which is being distributed by the state in a phased approach over the next six months. Remote Learning Option
We will continue to offer our Remote Learning Option (RLO) for students who cannot travel or who choose to continue their Lawrenceville experience remotely this spring. RLO students will:
- participate in all aspects of academic and campus life entirely remotely.
- follow the class schedule, which is based on the U.S. Eastern time zone.
We ask families to notify us by February 15 if they would like to exercise the Remote Learning Option; families who elected RLO in the fall and would like to remain remote need to re-elect for the spring. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
if your student will be remote. We will assume your student will be in person on campus unless you confirm your RLO request in writing. All tuition rates remain the same as reflected in the enrollment agreement for the 2020-2021 school year. Return to Campus
Here is some important information to consider in your planning, though please remember that these plans are still subject to change based upon CDC and NJ State guidelines and requirements and the conditions on campus:
1. Return schedule
All boarding students
will return to campus on March 12 or 13 to complete an on-campus quarantine. Our quarantine and reopening plans require that all students be tested and clear from quarantine to begin in-person activities on March 25. As a result, we will host all boarding students, including those from NJ, PA, NY, and CT on campus for quarantine. Students will not be permitted to quarantine at home before returning to campus for in-person activities. Students must have a negative COVID-19 test performed no earlier than 10 days prior to their arrival to campus. It is the family’s responsibility to secure the test.
All day students
are required to quarantine at home beginning on March 12 and will begin testing on campus on March 14 so they can be cleared for in-person activities on the 25th. Students must have a negative COVID-19 test performed no earlier than 10 days prior to their campus arrival. It is the family’s responsibility to secure the test.
2. Hybrid Classes
As we did in the fall, we will continue to use our hybrid teaching model this spring, with some students present in the classroom and some students participating in real time via Zoom using the same academic daily schedule.
We plan to fully repopulate campus, reserving the Hilton Garden Inn (HGI) for quarantine use only. As a result, we will open doubles, triples, and quads in the Houses so boarding students will be residing in their affiliated House. Additional infrastructure enhancements for the spring include MERV-13 air filters (which will continue to be used in the classrooms) in all doubles, triples, and quads. All boarding students should be prepared for the possibility of having a roommate(s), and we will make room placements based upon House architecture and the roommate preferences from last year’s Housing cards (from returning students). We cannot guarantee a single room for any student.
4. Best for All Agreement
Our success in the fall was due in large part to the community’s collective commitment to our Best for All Agreement
, which will remain in effect. Community members will reaffirm their commitment to the health and wellbeing of all.
5. Testing/Community Health
We will continue to test all community members on campus, and we will continue to use our isolation rooms and HGI for illness or contact quarantine, separating confirmed, suspected, and possible cases from the rest of the campus community.
6. Interscholastic Athletics and Co-Curriculars
Lawrenceville will continue to follow guidance and protocols from the relevant athletic governing bodies, NJDOH, and Executive Orders from Governor Murphy. Our goal is to compete in interscholastic sports this spring. At this point, we expect the traditional spring sports (girls’/boys’ track and field, boys’ tennis, softball, baseball, girls’/boys’ lacrosse, girls’/boys’ golf, girls’/boys’ crew) to field teams, and we will make adjustments for fall and winter team training if spring interscholastic competition is not a viable option. All other co-curriculars, performing arts, and community service will operate as they did during the fall term.
Parent Q&A Session
Please join us on Thursday, February 11 at 5 p.m. ET for a Q&A session regarding our spring reopening plans. This session will be recorded and shared in theBig Red Bulletin. Please click here to register.
Thank you for your trust in and support of Lawrenceville. Together, we can create a memorable and inspiring spring term.
Blake Eldridge '96 H'12
Dean of Students