Update from the Head of School

Angela DeGraff
Dear Princeton Friends School Community,

Thank you for your patience during these extraordinarily challenging days. Our team is staying up to date with the most reliable and consistent sources of information. We’ve been in contact with Heads of School at Princeton area independent schools, the Princeton Health Department and Mayor’s office, the NJ Departments of Health and Education and various networks of independent schools. We are monitoring the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) websites. Yet, the situation is unfolding as I write. One of our goals is to remain steadfast and calm and to make intentional, data-based decisions.

Based on the information we have, we are going to err on the side of caution. This means that we will cancel our scheduled Holiday Camp for next week, March 16 – 20. We will not bill families who are registered to participate.

In addition, we are canceling all on-campus activities through spring break, March 22. We are closely monitoring the situation and will communicate regularly with you as decisions are made. Currently, our response measures include a stringent and frequent cleaning of our buildings.

We are working closely with the faculty to communicate a distance learning plan if we are unable to return to campus on March 23. We will send information to families as circumstances develop. Please look forward to a communication in the coming days regarding the status of our return.

In the meantime, we know that conversations within families can be challenging about all that is unfolding. We offer this resource for speaking with your children about the coronavirus.

I appreciate your understanding during this unprecedented time. I ask for your continued patience as we move from plan to action. I am grateful for the many ways you are taking care of each other and our community. I am reminded time and again of how important it is that we continue to be clear about our mission and values, and that we consciously work to strengthen the bonds of community, and take care of one another.

In partnership,

A progressive, Quaker day school welcoming students in Pre-K through 8th grade to our historic Princeton campus nestled in the woods.