2020–2021 Academic Year

COVID Testing Dates 2021

The health of our community remains our top priority as we prepare for our second trimester together in January. We are contracting with a biotechnology company, Ginkgo Bioworks, to administer saliva-based COVID-19 PCR tests on campus to all students, faculty, and staff during the week of January 4 to get a baseline assessment of community health before in-person classes resume. The saliva-based PCR test is the least invasive and most accurate (with 99% accuracy) of all testing options.  

Everyone returning to campus for in-person and co-curricular programs in January will be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test. The testing of our entire community is essential for us to have an accurate snapshot of community health to provide assurance upon our return from winter break. 

We will be in virtual hybrid-mod classes during the week of January 4 to provide schedule continuity and time to execute our testing plan. We also request that everyone follow the Pingree Pact and be home for virtual classes the week of January 4, which will further support community health before returning to school. In-person co-curricular programs will begin Monday, January 11. 

PCR testing dates and times (this information is also be listed on the school calendar):

  • Monday, January 4, 2:00–7:00 p.m.: Faculty, staff, and vendors test 
  • Tuesday, January 5, 2:00–7:00 p.m.: Blue cohort tests (faculty and staff welcome to test)
  • Wednesday, January 6, 9:00 a.m.–noon and 4:00–7:00 p.m.: Green cohort tests (faculty and staff welcome to test)

Arrive for testing no later than 6:30 p.m. Testing must close at 7:00 p.m. to process results.

Testing details and additional testing information:

  • All testing will take place in the Athletics Center. Students will be greeted at the entrance of the Athletics Center with directions upon arrival.
  • Wear masks, observe signage entering the Athletics Center, and follow the Pingree Pact. 
  • Do not eat, drink (including water), or chew gum for 30 minutes prior to testing.
  • Saliva-based testing only takes a few minutes and is not invasive.
  • Test results will be available in 2–4 days and will be shared by email and phone as soon as we have them. 
  • Please come to campus to get tested in the window of time as noted above. We request that all students leave campus after their sample is collected.
  • Students will need a confirmed negative test result to return to campus for classes and co-curricular programs on January 11.
  • If weather requires us to change the dates for testing, we will notify the community of the modified plan as needed.
  • The PCR tests will be administered at no cost to families. 
  • Families who wish to get tested outside of school must coordinate the testing date and type of test with School Nurse Allyson Larsen.

If transportation to campus during your child's assigned window is an issue, please contact Transportation Liaison Pam Sidell prior to winter break. We will work with you on a transportation plan.

If you have individual medical questions or would like additional information about the saliva-based PCR tests, please contact School Nurse Allyson Larsen. For families who were fully remote in T1, we will communicate with you directly to explore options for T2. 

Additional testing during the second trimester:

  • All students and coaches involved in sports that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health defines as high risk—currently basketball and ice hockey—will be given a weekly rapid-antigen test (nasal swab). The rapid-antigen test provides results within 15 minutes and is 88% accurate, according to Ginkgo Bioworks. 
  • All positive antigen tests and all symptomatic student-athletes in high-risk sports will be required to get a PCR test, which is 99% accurate. 
  • More information about the process for rapid-antigen testing will be shared with student-athletes in a separate memo from Allyson Larsen. 
  • We are planning for additional all-school PCR tests to get a baseline of community health after T2 mod break and March breaks.

Fall 2020 Reopening Plan

Below is Pingree School's comprehensive plan for a safe return to campus this fall, which is guided by two primary principles:

  • Mitigating risk to ensure the health and safety of our entire community 
  • Providing our students with a meaningful educational experience

Health and safety remain paramount as we modify programs and schedules with the central objective of having all students engaged in as much live teaching and learning as possible. Our return to campus in any form this fall will require that everyone follow new community norms and a series of layered safety protocols. We are all in this together to mitigate the risk of transmission and educate our students.

Our opening task force groups are in close communication with local and national health professionals as we monitor opening factors outside of our immediate control that will influence decision-making, which include: transmission rates in our geographic area and their impact on state guidelines; changes to current guidelines, especially with regards to distancing in classrooms and large group gathering capacity limits; transportation and bus guidelines that may impact our ability to provide transportation to everyone; and decisions made by other schools, especially public schools that may impact our faculty and their ability to be on campus consistently.

Mandarin: 八月开学信
Spanish: Actualización de la Apertura de Pingree del Otoño- Agosto 2020
Korean: 가을 최신 정보

 


As our plans for the 2020–2021 academic year evolve, we will update this page with additional questions, answers, and information. Please return to this page frequently for updates.