From: Dr. Peter S. Lewis, Head of School
November 9, 2020

Dear Winston School Community:

In consultation with our local health authorities and in looking at the decisions from other independent and public schools, Winston has decided to keep all students off campus for the entire week following the Thanksgiving break, Monday, November 30 through Friday, December 4. School would be in session, therefore, for remote-only instruction on these days. Our full in-person platform would start up again on Monday, December 7. In addition, we will maintain this approach upon our return from the winter break—meaning that the first week back from this break, January 4-8, will be fully remote. We will return to in-person instruction on Monday, January 11, 2021. 

Please note: those students who have traveled to a state on the NJ quarantine list (at present 47 out of the 50 states are on this list), or those students who have traveled out of the country, will still be required to maintain a full 14 day quarantine from the date of the arrival back in NJ as per Department of Health guidelines. This protocol in terms of traveling to a location on the NJ quarantine list or out of the country would remain in effect for all members of our Winston community for both the return from Thanksgiving break and winter break.   I am asking all parents who will be traveling out of state or internationally during both Thanksgiving and winter breaks to contact the main office with this information so that we can plan accordingly.

These are indeed challenging times and this decision has been made in line with our persistent and so far successful efforts to keep us safe and secure on campus throughout the Covid-19 crisis.  Winston is committed to in-person instruction but we want to be prudent and responsible, and recognize the importance of responding pro-actively to current local conditions. As I noted last week: “I appreciate that our Winston students, parents and staff are taking the Covid-19 challenges with great seriousness of purpose and understanding. Our firm resolve is to meet the educational and emotional needs of our students while remaining safe and responsible in our responses to changing conditions.”

One final update: a student in our middle school has recently tested positive for Covid-19. Based on the timing of the positive test and the fact that the student was already in family quarantine, no further actions are necessary at this time according to the Department of Health.


Peter S. Lewis, Head of School

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