DERRY — Thanks to updated guidelines released by the Department of Health and Human Services, Pinkerton Academy will be bringing more students back to campus for in-school learning.

According to a statement last Friday by Pinkerton Headmaster Dr. Timothy Powers, the guidelines for school settings and close contact for quarantine is under three feet for an accumulation of 10 minutes or more.

"This change makes it possible for us to bring more students back to campus," Powers said in his statement. "And we have a phased-in approach to make this happen."

Until now, Pinkerton was operating on a more hybrid model throughout the week.

But beginning Monday, March 29, all seniors and freshmen will be on campus for four days and sophomores and juniors start this schedule April 5.

Wednesdays will still serve as a remote learning day for all students until April vacation. After that, all students will be able to attend five days a week, Powers said.

"We know that not all families will wish to have their students return to school at this time," the headmaster added. "For those families, we will continue to offer remote learning through the rest of the school year. We are, however, asking that families consider what is best for their families and then commit to that choice. "

Powers added it's the goal to reestablish the in-person experience as much as possible.

Last week, Pinkerton hosted its first of two vaccination clinics for school educators and staff, along with school staff from three of the high school's contracted sending towns. The second vaccine clinic is Sunday, April 11.

Powers said he is looking forward to seeing as many students as possible in the next several weeks.

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