Remote Learning Updates

Purnell Online:
Mission Consistent, Community Centered, Data-Driven

At Purnell, the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is of the utmost importance. Since February, we have monitored the evolving situation regarding COVID-19. We have maintained and continue to maintain our sense of community connectedness in multiple ways.

Purnell School is in contact with state, local, and federal health departments, and we are following closely the CDC and WHO guidelines. We communicate regularly with our fellow independent school leaders, NAIS, and NJAIS to protect and plan for the safety and well-being of our community now and for the next school year. On our campus, this initiative is being supported and monitored closely by the COVID-19 Leadership Team, consisting of senior administrators and a core group of trustees.

Purnell Connected
Beginning in the middle of March, we kicked off a weekly Zoom meet-up for all of our students, families, and employees. Purnell has successfully kept our community in contact and in conversation with transparency and clear guidance.  With the partnership of our families, students, and staff, we continue to fulfill Purnell's mission to educate and empower girls who are diverse learners. We are grateful for the collective creativity, innovative thinking, and empathy from all members of our community. WE look forward to staying #PurnellConnected with each of you! 

Purnell Online: Our unique, evidence-based approach

  • Remote learning began after Spring Break on April 2.
  • This shift was launched with a whole-school commitment to remaining mission-consistent in education girls with learning differences and providing one-to-one support for all of our learners. Our focus on community connectedness kept our families, students, and faculty in frequent contact.
  • In accordance with our Learning and Wellness approach, all academics, student activities, advisory meetings, counseling, academic support, community service, college preparation, and evening activities have been shifted to a digital platform.
    • Blackbaud LMS, Google Hangouts, Zoom, Jamboard, flipped classroom videos, and live instruction are being utilized for multi-faceted online learning.
    • Individual support from learning specialists is still accessible to students.
    • All school traditions have been reimagined in a virtual format. 
  • Our school day:
    • Sychronous schedule to maintain structure and routine
    • Attendance required
    • Courses are still graded
    • Five academic periods of 40 minutes each
    • One activity period each day
    • Twice weekly advisory meetings (more as necessary)
    • Access to counseling team and support groups
    • Drop-in or scheduled Office Hours with all faculty
  • Plans looking forward include professional development through Landmark College on teaching diverse learners online
    • All student-facing staff and new hires will participate in this course.
    • Landmark has tailored its course curriculum to align with Purnell's mission and commitment to integrating the Learning and Wellness approach.

Purnell will be open this fall! In the meantime, stay safe and stay healthy.


Anne M. Glass, Ed.M.
Head of School