December 14, 2021
First and foremost, I would like to wish you and your families the very best for the coming holidays and for a bright, healthy, and happy new year. After a successful Fall Term and two-week Wintersession on campus, we are all looking forward to a restful and joyful Winter Break.
As we look ahead to the upcoming Winter Term, I'd like to provide you with important information and updated health protocols pertaining to our return to campus in January 2022:
- ATTENTION: DATE CHANGE – Given the rise of COVID cases around the country, out of an abundance of caution, the School is going to delay the return to campus for the Winter Term to Wednesday, January 5, 2022 for boarders and Thursday, January 6 for day students. The reasoning behind this decision is to ensure that all students have time to fulfill the COVID testing requirements prior to returning to campus.
- Check-in on campus will be in the Smith Field House from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM on Wednesday, January 5 for boarders and 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM on Thursday, January 6 for day students.
- All students must return to campus with a negative COVID-19 PCR test, taken within 48 hours of their return. Students should observe quarantine standards at home from the time they are tested until their return to campus.
- All students must bring proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test when returning to campus.
- The School will conduct school-wide COVID-19 testing on campus on Saturday, January 8 and Tuesday, January 11 to ensure that there are no positive cases following the community's return to school.
- The weekend of January 8-9, 2022 will be a closed campus. There will be no visitors or weekend leaves permitted.
- Going forward in the Winter Term, should any student test positive for COVID-19, it is expected that he will depart campus with a parent or guardian within 24 hours. If a student's parent or guardian is not able to pick him up within 24 hours, the School will enroll the student in Student Health Advocates, a concierge service, where he will be taken to recover from his COVID-19 positive diagnosis. An additional fee will apply and the School will charge this to the student's T-P Card account.
These updated protocols have been created out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our entire community, while also working to optimize the in-person learning experience for our students.
If you have any questions about the return to campus for the Winter Term or if this date change presents an issue for you, please reach out to Dutch Keel, Dean of Residential Life, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Josh Collins '95, Dean of Students, at email@example.com.
We appreciate your understanding of our efforts to continue to provide a meaningful learning experience in ways that best manage the well-being of our larger Trinity-Pawling community. On behalf of all of us here at Trinity-Pawling, I wish you a wonderful holiday season.