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COVID-19 Updates

Holderness School is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully and taking proactive measures to ensure the health and safety of every member of our community. Holderness is following the direction provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS).
 
Holderness School will continue to communicate through email and updates to this page as the public health challenge evolves. In the meantime, please consult the resources listed on this page and don't hesitate to reach out with any questions.
Academics:
Kelsey Berry, Director of Teaching & Learning, kberry@holderness.org 
Peter Durnan, Academic Dean, pdurnan@holderness.org

Residential: 
John Lin, Dean of Students, jlin@holderness.org
Tyler Cabot, Assistant Dean of Students, tcabot@holderness.org

Mental, Emotional, and Physical Health, Wellness, and Support:
Carol Dopp, Counselor, cdopp@holderness.org 
Ginger Comstock, Sports Counselor, gcomstock@holderness.org
Emily MacLaury, Director of Health Services, emaclaury@holderness.org

Access:
Jini Rae Sparkman, Director of Office of Equity & Inclusion
 
Technology:
Help Desk, helpdesk@holderness.org
 

Important Announcement

Holderness School has extended Spring Break until Thursday, April 9. Faculty members will return to campus on Thursday, April 2 in order to prepare to deliver their courses online. Distance learning will begin for students on Thursday, April 9. Additional details regarding distance learning can be found below.

At this time, we hope to welcome students back to campus on Monday, May 4. The possibility of our return to campus at that date will be assessed based on recommendations from state and federal public health agencies; we will communicate any decision to return to campus prior to April 20.


Distance Learning

Holderness School will offer its program via distance learning beginning on Thursday, April 9. For any questions regarding Holderness School’s distance learning program, please contact Director of Teaching and Learning Kelsey Berry at kberry@holderness.org
 
Holderness continues to maintain our commitment to community, equity, and inclusion, especially in this time of change.  In order for us to ensure that each student and family has access to technology, materials, and environments conducive to learning and well-being, we are asking that one person from each household (student or parent/guardian) complete our "Supporting Holderness Students with Distance Learning: Technology, Access, and Home Needs" survey. This will allow us to plan for and help provide internet, technology, food security, and wellness support as needed for families
 

Important Links and Information Below

Distance Learning Information Hub

List of 6 items.

  • Audiovisual Recording Notice and Consent

    As you know, Holderness School will be delivering educational experiences to you/your student in a distance learning environment.  To facilitate that work, we require every student and parent (for students under the age of 18) to sign our Audiovisual Recording Notice and Consent. This form describes the types of information that the school may collect from students and other individuals who participate in online activities, and provides the consent that we require for students to participate in distance learning. This form is due no later than April 8th. If you have any questions about this form, please contact Associate Head of School, Tobi Pfenninger at tpfenninger@holderness.org. Log in to the myHolderness Portal and click the link in the yellow banner to access this form. 
     
  • Block Schedule

  • Distance Learning Plan

    Holderness School will offer its program via distance learning beginning on Thursday, April 9. Watch the video below to learn more about Holderness School’s distance learning program.

    Our Goals for Distance Learning:
    • Support the health and wellness of our community.
    • Sustain our community by supporting relationships essential to learning and wellness. 
    • Help students and faculty establish new habits and flexible routines to engage in distance learning. 
    • Provide programmatic continuity for students through a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning environments. 
    • Ensure support for all community members, recognizing that we are all learners in this moment. 

    Key Terms

    Synchronous Learning
    Synchronous learning environments are those in-person, face-to-face times when the class will video-conference together at the same time.

    Asynchronous Learning
    Asynchronous learning means other forms of interactions where the back-and-forth happens in different time frames. 

    Contact:

    For any questions regarding Holderness School’s distance learning program, please contact Director of Teaching and Learning Kelsey Berry at kberry@holderness.org
  • Advanced Placement Testing

    The College Board has provided some updates regarding AP testing, which will take place this spring in an abbreviated and modified format. The exams will be administered online rather than in person. We will receive information regarding exam dates very soon, but in the meantime here are some details:
     
    • For the 2019-20 exam administration only, students will take a 45-minute exam online. 
    • It is our expectation that Holderness students will take exams as originally planned.
    • For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates. We will ask our students to take the exam on whichever date is closest to the original planned date, which was in early May.
    • Colleges seem to be supporting this solution and many have committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they've worked to earn this year. 
    • The focus of each exam will be on content already covered in classes. 
    • Students and schools have access to free, live AP review lessons presented by teachers selected by the College Board. 
     
    We will contact you with the updated exam dates, but please don’t hesitate to contact Academic Dean Peter Durnan if you have any questions.
     
  • Will Knower Academics support be available virtually?

  • What about personal belongings in my dorm room?

     
    With distance learning set to begin April 9th, we want to give all students an opportunity to retrieve essential belongings from their dorm or day rooms. We are defining essential items as items you need for academic work or items related to your health and wellness. We are not packing up full rooms at this time. Per Mr. Peck’s note on 3/30/20, our campus will remain closed until 5/4/20. This means that students and families will not have access to any building on campus and cannot enter their dorm or day rooms. Instead, Mr. Lin and Mr. Cabot will be coordinating the retrieval of your essential belongings. Here is how it will work:
    • Please fill out this survey requesting what you would like from your room;
    • There will be 6 on-campus pickup days: Tuesday 4/7, Thursday 4/9, Saturday 4/11, Tuesday 4/14, Thursday 4/16, and Saturday 4/18;
    • Once you have signed up, you will receive an email from Mr. Lin and Mr. Cabot to set up a Facetime or Zoom call to go “virtually” into your room so you can guide us as we pick up your essential items;
    • During your assigned pick-up time, you will pull into the Hagerman parking lot, and we will bring your bag/box of belongings to your car and you will drive away. 
    • We will limit the number of people allowed in each time slot to 4 per hour.

    If you live at a distance and cannot make it to campus to pick-up essential academic, health, or wellness items, we will ship them to you. Please fill out this survey and select shipping. We will follow the same steps as outlined above, except that we will coordinate with Len Thompson in our mailroom to ship your belongings to you. Standard shipping fees will be covered by the school. We will be using your address in the myHolderness portal, so please make sure it is accurate.

    These are challenging times for all of us and we miss having you all on campus. If you have any questions about school life, residential life, or collecting items from your dorm or day room, please contact Mr. Lin or Mr. Cabot. 

    John Lin
    Dean of Students

    Tyler Cabot
    Assistant Dean of Students

    Essential Academic item include: laptop, chargers, textbooks and notebooks, headphones, etc.

    Essential Health and Wellness items include: yoga mat, musical instrument, Bluetooth speakers, stuffed animal(s), favorite pillow or blanket, athletic shoes, clothing, and equipment (tennis racquet, lacrosse stick, baseball/softball glove, but not skis or other things you don't need for this season of sports.

Updates will be posted below by date.

List of 7 items.

  • April 3, 2020: Message to all Holderness Families

    Dear Families,

    I write to you from a campus that is a hive of virtual activity.  Our faculty are hard at work preparing to deliver our distance learning program that is scheduled to begin on April 9.  While we cannot be together on campus, we are doing our best to provide a very Holderness distance learning experience. With this in mind, I write to share some important updates regarding our virtual return to school. You can also find these updates and helpful resources on our COVID-19 Update Page

    Supporting Students with Distance Learning: Technology, Access, and Home Needs
     In order to ensure that each student and family has access to technology, materials, and environments conducive to learning and well-being, we are asking that one person from each household (student or parent/guardian) complete our "Supporting Holderness Students with Distance Learning: Technology, Access, and Home Needs" survey. This will allow us to plan for and help provide the necessary technology, food security, and wellness support as needed for families. 

    Access to Essential Items on Campus
    Dean of Students John Lin and Assistant Dean of Students Tyler Cabot recently contacted students with some instructions on how to retrieve items from campus.  In the letter, they shared that we are defining essential items as items needed for academic work or items related to health and wellness. 

    We are not packing up full rooms at this time. Campus remains closed until our desired return date of May 4. This means that students and families will not have access to any building on campus and cannot enter their dorm or day rooms. 

    Instead, Mr. Lin and Mr. Cabot will be coordinating the retrieval of students' essential belongings. To retrieve items please read the instructions below.  Be sure to coordinate with your student prior to submitting any information.
    • Please fill out this survey requesting what you would like from your room;
    • There will be 6 on-campus pickup days: Tuesday 4/7, Thursday 4/9, Saturday 4/11, Tuesday 4/14, Thursday 4/16, and Saturday 4/18;
    • Once you have signed up, you will receive an email from Mr. Lin and Mr. Cabot to set up a Facetime or Zoom call to go “virtually” into your room so you can guide us as we pick up your essential items;
    • During your assigned pick-up time, you will pull into the Hagerman parking lot, and we will bring your bag/box of belongings to your car and you will drive away. 
    • We will limit the number of people allowed in each time slot to 4 per hour.

    If you live at a distance and cannot make it to campus to pick-up essential academic, health, or wellness items, we will ship them to you. Please fill out the survey and select shipping. We will follow the same steps as outlined above, except that we will coordinate with Len Thompson in our mailroom to ship your belongings to you. Standard shipping fees will be covered by the school. We will be using your address in the myHolderness portal, so please make sure it is accurate.

    Essential academic items include: laptop, chargers, textbooks and notebooks, headphones, etc.

    Essential health and wellness items include: yoga mat, musical instrument, Bluetooth speakers, stuffed animal(s), favorite pillow or blanket, athletic shoes, clothing, and equipment (tennis racquet, lacrosse stick, baseball/softball glove, but not skis or other things you don't need for the spring athletic season.

    Audiovisual Recording Notice and Consent
    Holderness School will deliver educational experiences to students in a distance learning environment.  To facilitate that work, we require every student and parent (for students under the age of 18) to sign our Audiovisual Recording Notice and Consent. This form describes the types of information that the school may collect from students and other individuals who participate in online activities, and provides the consent that we require for students to participate in distance learning. 
     
    If you have any questions about this form, please contact Associate Head of School Tobi Pfenninger at tpfenninger@holderness.org. Log in to the myHolderness Portal and click the link in the yellow banner to access this form. This form is due no later than April 8th. 
     
    Advanced Placement Testing Updates
    The College Board has provided some updates regarding AP testing, which will take place this spring in an abbreviated and modified format. The exams will be administered online rather than in person. We will receive information regarding exam dates very soon, but in the meantime here are some details:
     
    • For the 2019-20 exam administration only, students will take a 45-minute exam online. 
    • It is our expectation that Holderness students will take exams as originally planned.
    • For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates. We will ask our students to take the exam on whichever date is closest to the originally planned date, which was in early May.
    • Colleges seem to be supporting this solution and many have committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they've worked to earn this year. 
    • The focus of each exam will be on content already covered in classes. 
    • Students and schools have access to free, live AP review lessons presented by teachers selected by the College Board. 
    We will contact you with the updated exam dates, but please don’t hesitate to contact Academic Dean Peter Durnan if you have any questions.
     
    Important Contacts
    If you have any questions or requests for support, please feel free to contact the individuals listed below:

    AcademicsResidential LifeMental, Emotional, and Physical Health, Wellness, and SupportAccess, Equity and InclusionTechnologyI recognize that these are uncertain times for you and your children.  The teachers and adults at Holderness School miss your students, and we are so excited to teach, learn, and smile with them in a few short days. Be well and please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
     

    With appreciation,

    Tobi Pfenninger
    Associate Head of School 
  • March 30, 2020: Message to All Holderness Families

    Dear Parents, 

    Warm greetings from Holderness, where we continue to move forward with planning for the spring as well as virtual revisits while also being responsive to this unprecedented time we are in. We hope that you are well and find yourself in good health. The situation regarding COVID-19 continues to develop, and I want to share some important updates with you.

    In response to New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu’s recent stay-at-home order, we have decided to delay our return to campus until Monday, May 4. This extends our original desired return date by two weeks.  The possibility of our return at that date will be assessed based on recommendations from state and federal public health agencies; we will communicate any decision to return to campus prior to April 20.

    While our return to campus may be delayed, we continue to strive to meet the bold charge of our school’s mission, to foster equally in each student the resources of the mind, body, and spirit in the creation of a caring community. As such, our teachers and deans are working to develop and deliver our distance learning program, which will begin on Thursday, April 9.  You can learn more about our distance learning program here

    Additional details about our distance learning program and academic support will be forthcoming, as will details regarding how students can access any necessary items for distance learning from their rooms. We intend to keep our students physically active and meaningfully engaged as members of our unique Holderness community. 

    The mental health and well-being of our students is tremendously important, and we recognize that our students may be feeling particularly anxious in light of recent events.  School Counselor Carol Dopp and Sports Counselor Ginger Comstock are available to speak with your children as are other teachers, coaches, and adults in our community.

    For additional resources and updates regarding Holderness School’s response to COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 Update Page

    The last several weeks have been difficult for our world and our community.  What brings me hope, though, is the power of our community. While I do not know when our days of social distancing may end, I do know that our Holderness family is stronger than ever.  Your outpouring of love and support these last few weeks and your steadfast commitment to our community lets me know that -- near or far -- we are in this together and we will get through this together. 

    Please Be Well and Stay Safe,

    Phil Peck
    Head of School
  • March 20, 2020: Message to all Holderness Families

    Dear Parents,

    Special Programs have ended, and I hope that your children have made it home safely and in good health.  We are living in uncertain and uneasy times, and this situation continues to develop. Holderness School is taking every precaution to keep your children safe and healthy, and we are currently deep in planning to ensure we can deliver a great distance learning experience. 

    Below is a copy of a letter I recently sent to your children.  I imagine that they have a lot of feelings and many questions about decisions made in the last two weeks.  Please know that we are working tirelessly to bring as much certainty to this uncertain situation as possible.  We will be in contact with you regularly to provide updates, check-in with your children, and answer any questions you might have.

    I look forward to the day when we can all gather on campus as one Holderness family.  Until then, please stay healthy and feel free to reach out to us if you need anything at all.

    With appreciation,

    Phil Peck
    Head of School
    Dear Students,

    A lot has changed since the start of Special Programs.  The spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, has disrupted our world.  Many difficult but necessary decisions have been made over the last two weeks, and I’d like to share what steps we are taking to make sure our Holderness School community is safe and healthy.

    Public health officials are encouraging social distancing in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.  While social distancing doesn’t quite align with our values of community, we have adopted the practice to preserve the health of our community.  As such, we have extended Spring Break by one week, through April 9th.  

    April 9th is also when we will begin our distance learning program. Your teachers are already making plans to ensure that they can deliver a great education online.  We will share more details in the coming weeks.

    We are hopeful that we will be able to gather again on campus as a community on April 20th. We will continue to carefully monitor the spread of COVID-19 and will determine if it’s safe to return to campus based on recommendations from public health authorities. We continue to plan for the spring and remain hopeful that we will be able to celebrate events like Prize Day and Commencement.

    I know that this is a difficult reality, and I know you must have many questions. We want to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have, so please complete this questionnaire. We will do our best to answer your questions, but there are some things we simply do not know at this time.

    Campus will be closed through April 2nd.  Beginning on April 3rd, if you need to retrieve items from your room, please be sure to contact your advisor. Also, please be sure to change your mailing address to your home address or where you are currently residing.  Having mail routed through campus will contribute to delays.

    You are allowed to feel angry and frustrated.  No one wants to experience these disruptions, and no one certainly wants a global pandemic.  But, the decisions that we are making are in your best interests. We need you to be safe and healthy. 

    We will share updates with you regularly, and you should expect your advisor to reach out to you when we have more to share including information about our distance learning program. In the meantime, be safe, wash your hands, and please contact us if you need anything. 

    Community and caring for each other are central to who we are as a school.  While you are at home for these next several weeks, know that Holderness is with you.  Near or far, we are in this together. The strength of our community is revealed in moments like this, and we will continue to show the world that we are a caring, thoughtful, and amazingly resilient community.

    Bless you all,
    Mr. Peck
  • March 13, 2020: Message to all Holderness Families

    Dear Families,
     
    We recognize that the past several days and weeks have seen increasing uncertainty as the world responds to the spread of COVID-19.  At Holderness School, our ultimate priority is to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of our community of remarkable students and committed adults.  To this end, we continue to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 and make decisions consistent with state and federal public health agencies.

    Spring Break Extension 
    We write to share that Holderness School will extend Spring Break by one week to Thursday, April 9. 
    Faculty will return to campus on Thursday, April 2 to begin a series of professional development days to design distance learning plans consistent with the quality of an on-campus Holderness education.  
    Distance learning will formally begin on Thursday, April 9.  Families should expect additional communications and details about our distance learning program in the coming weeks. In the meantime, all students are expected to return home with their computers, associated accessories including chargers, and textbooks and should bring home anything else that they might need during this time (clothes, etc). 

    We will strive to reconvene as a community on April 20. This possibility will be assessed based on recommendations from state and federal public health agencies, and any decision regarding the return to school will be communicated well in advance of April 20. We continue to plan for the spring and remain hopeful that we will be able to celebrate events like Prize Day and Commencement.
     
    Travel Home
    Given the fluid nature of this situation and the possibility of further delays, we strongly encourage all students to return home to their families following the completion of Special Programs.  We have been working with our international students to consider and arrange travel and will continue to work to confirm their travel plans.  If your student has extenuating circumstances and requires a short stay on campus, you should contact Tobi Pfenninger at tpfenninger@holderness.org or 603-779-5306.
     
    Special Programs Pick-Up
    To allow for the orderly closure of campus for Spring Break consistent with current public health best practices, we will implement an early and staggered departure for Special Programs.  
    • Project Outreach programming will end on Saturday, March 14 and participants can depart on Sunday, March 15.  
    • Artward Bound programming will end on Monday, March 16, and participants can depart on Tuesday, March 17.  
    • Out Back will return as planned on Thursday, March 19; however, we ask that only family members of Out Back participants greet students upon their return. 
    If you would like to pick up your child early or there are extenuating circumstances that might delay pick up, please contact Tobi Pfenninger at tpfenninger@holderness.org or 603-779-5306. Please note, the safety of your child is imperative, and an early departure will not negatively impact your child’s Holderness experience or their ability to complete their education.  
     
    Additional Considerations 
    Holderness School’s COVID-19 Response Team is meeting daily.  Any updates will be communicated to families and posted to the COVID-19 Updates page on our website
    On-Campus Admission Revisit Days are canceled.  Instead, Holderness will host virtual Revisit Days.  Details on virtual Revisit Days will be communicated with accepted families shortly.
    We encourage families to keep us updated with their Spring Break travel plans through this survey.  
    The spirit of Holderness School is one of community and tight-knit relationships. While a delayed return and the encouragement of social distancing are difficult decisions to make, our primary charge is to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of our students.  At this time, we believe that a staggered departure home, an extended Spring Break, and a period of distance learning is in the best interests of every member of the Holderness community.  
    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tobi Pfenninger at tpfenninger@holderness.org or 603-779-5306.
    Phil Peck
    Head of School
    Tobi Pfenninger                     
    Associate Head of School                
    Special Programs Campus Coordinator            
  • March 12, 2020: Message to All Holderness Families

    Dear Families,

    Global and national developments surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19) have been rapid and widespread.  Holderness School is closely monitoring the situation and making decisions consistent with recommendations from state and federal public health agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.  Every conversation we have and decision we make is focused on the safety, health, and well-being of our students.

    Today, we’re writing to provide several important updates regarding Holderness School’s response to COVID-19. As of this message, there are no confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 at Holderness School.  All decisions we have made are precautionary, in order to best support the health and wellness of our community. 

    Holderness School’s COVID-19 Response Team is meeting daily.  Any updates will be communicated to families and posted to our COVID-19 Updates page on our website. 

    Special Programs
    Out of an abundance of caution, Project Outreach returned from Lowell, MA, to campus to continue their community service work.  Artward Bound participants are exploring the limits of their creativity; Artward Bound will not travel to Boston for Saturday’s evening performance. Reports from Out Back are positive as students prepare for Solo. 

    Special Programs will continue with changes to Spring Break departure dates and times. To allow for the orderly closure of campus for Spring Break consistent with current public health best practices, we will implement an early and staggered departure for Special Programs.  
    • Project Outreach programming will end on Saturday, March 14 and participants can depart on Sunday, March 15.  
    • Artward Bound programming will end on Monday, March 16, and participants can depart on Tuesday, March 17.  
    • Out Back will return as planned on Thursday, March 19; however, we ask that only family members of Out Back participants greet students upon their return. 
    If you would like to pick up your child early or there are extenuating circumstances that might delay pick up, please contact Tobi Pfenninger at tpfenninger@holderness.org or 603-779-5306. Please note, the safety of your child is imperative, and an early departure will not negatively impact your child’s Holderness experience or their ability to complete their education.  

    Spring Break Travel
    School-sanctioned travel over Spring Break is canceled.  Our athletic teams will not travel or participate in any camps or competitions during Spring Break. If you are impacted by this cancellation, team coaches will be in contact with you. 

    We recently distributed a survey to students and adults on campus to better understand their Spring Break travel plans.  Much has changed since that survey, so we ask that families complete this Spring Break travel survey with updated information. Students may not return to campus from Spring Break if their survey is not completed.   

    We encourage families to follow recommendations from the CDC and State Department and avoid all non-essential travel to countries with travel restrictions.  Such countries include China, South Korea, Iran, and -- most recently -- nations within the European Union.  Please also know that travel on cruises presents additional risk.  

    If extenuating circumstances interfere with the safe departure of your child -- internationally or domestically -- please contact Tobi Pfenninger at tpfenninger@holderness.org. We continue to support and make arrangements for international students who are impacted by travel restrictions.  

    Additional Considerations
    All on-campus admission visits and interviews are suspended until further notice.

    Further information regarding the return from Spring Break is forthcoming. Students are strongly encouraged to depart campus with their computers, associated accessories including chargers, and textbooks in the event they are unable to return to campus.

    As previously stated, Holderness School’s COVID-19 Response Team is meeting daily.  Any updates will be communicated to families and posted to the COVID-19 Updates page on our website. 

    If your child’s medical status changes during break or they present symptoms consistent with COVID-19 -- fever, cough, respiratory distress -- please contact a health care provider and have those symptoms evaluated. Please keep School Nurse Emily MacLaury, RN updated at nurse@holderness.org.  

    We recognize that this situation is changing rapidly, and we so appreciate your patience and understanding during these uncertain times.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tobi Pfenninger at tpfenninger@holderness.org or 603-779-5306.

    Respectfully,
    Tobi Pfenninger                     
    Associate Head of School                
    Special Programs Campus Coordinator            
     
    Nell Reynolds P ’18, ’20, ’22    
    Board Chair
  • March 6, 2020: Message to all Holderness Families

    Dear Families,

    As the Holderness School community prepares to begin Special Programs, I write to update you on measures we are taking in response to the increasing spread of COVID-19.  We continue to carefully monitor this fluid situation. We are following and staying up to date with all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services recommendations so that we can make decisions in the best interests of the health and safety of the Holderness School community. 

    We continue to remind our community of the importance of good hygiene and self-care. We are encouraging frequent hand washing and making hand sanitizer available in all school locations.  The Health and Wellness Center is open for all students and adults on campus feeling any symptoms of illness.

    As students depart campus for Senior Thesis March Experiences and spring break, we ask that families follow recommendations from the CDC and State Department and avoid all non-essential travel to countries with travel restrictions.  Such countries include (as of March 5th): China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy.  Please know that all international travel presents a risk and additional countries are expected to be placed under travel advisories in the coming days and weeks.

    Students from countries currently under travel restrictions will not return to that country during spring break.  The Holderness School community has responded quickly and compassionately to find alternative spring break accommodations for our international students impacted by the spread of COVID-19. If the situation changes and additional international students are unable to return home, please let us know if you would be willing to host a student during spring break.

    We have distributed a survey to students and adults on campus to gain a better understanding of their spring break travel plans.  If students or employees are traveling internationally, we will check their temperature and pulse upon return to campus. More information about this process will be distributed prior to students’ return to campus.

    If your child’s medical status changes during break or they present with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 -- fever, cough, respiratory distress -- please contact a health care provider and have those symptoms evaluated. Please keep School Nurse Emily MacLaury, RN updated at nurse@holderness.org.  The Health Care Team will work with families ahead of April 2 to determine if it is safe and appropriate to return to campus. 

    Students are encouraged to bring home their textbooks, computers, and any other materials needed to complete coursework in the event that they are unable to return to campus on April 2nd.  

    During Special Programs, Associate Head of School Tobi Pfenninger will serve as Campus Coordinator.  In this capacity, she will be responsible for the comings and goings of our students participating in Special Programs.  If you have any questions or need to contact the school during this time, please contact Tobi at tpfenninger@holderness.org or 603-779-5306.

    We will continue to closely monitor the situation, implement recommendations from our public health agencies, and regularly communicate updates with our community.  Thank you for your patience and support during these challenging and uncertain times. 

    Appreciatively,

    Phil Peck

     

  • February 29, 2020: Message to all Holderness Families

    Dear Families,

    I am writing to you to provide an update on Holderness School’s response to growing concerns around novel coronavirus (COVID-19). There have been many global developments since our last COVID-19 communication on January 28th.  While the situation remains fluid, Holderness School is staying up to date with and following recommendations from public health officials, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.  

    With Spring Break approaching, we recognize that many in our community may be traveling internationally.  Relative to COVID-19, all international travel presents a risk.  Travel advisories and restrictions are changing on a daily basis, so we ask that families planning to travel outside of the United States visit the State Department’s website to review any travel advisories.  

    We intend to distribute a survey to students and adults on campus to gain a better understanding of their spring break travel plans. If students or employees are traveling internationally, we will check their temperature and pulse upon their return to campus.  

    If your child’s medical status changes during break or they present symptoms consistent with COVID-19 -- fever, cough, or respiratory distress -- please contact Emily MacLaury, RN at nurse@holderness.org.  Please do not return your child to campus if they have a fever.  

    We are working to support our international students impacted by the spread of COVID-19.  Holderness School has been able to find alternative arrangements for students from countries currently under travel restrictions.  No Holderness student from a country currently under a travel restriction will return to that country during spring break. 

    Holderness School is already considering plans to respond to further potential disruptions caused by COVID-19.  We will continue to closely monitor the situation and further implement recommendations from public health agencies. We intend to provide regular updates so that we can continue to partner with our families to keep our community safe and healthy.

    For more information about COVID-19, please access these resources provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization

    We are honored and humbled by the sacred trust you place in us. It is moments like these that we hope to live up to the high expectations you have for us. Thank you for trusting us and partnering with us to support your remarkable children during these challenging times. Working as a community, I am confident that we can safely navigate these rough waters.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at ppeck@holderness.org or 603-779-5200.  

    Appreciatively,

    Phil Peck
Holderness School
33 Chapel Lane, Holderness, NH 03245
mail P.O Box 1879 Plymouth, NH 03264-1879
phone (603) 536-1257