Precautions & Planning For COVID-19

Seton Hall Prep Headmaster Mr. Michael Gallo has convened an internal task force to monitor and evalute the latest information surrounding the novel 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and best keep The Prep's community safe. This page provies information general information regarding the disease, and Seton Hall Prep's plan of action should it warrant extended school closing.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Letter from Archdiocese of Newark Office of Catholic Schools

March 31, 2020 
Dear Seton Hall Prep Community,
Governor Murphy’s executive order directs that all schools will remain closed until it is deemed by health officials safe to re-open. The governor has made it known that any consideration about re-opening schools will not take place until April 17th, at the earliest. Any statement about a date for re-opening schools is merely speculation at this point.

Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Newark will continue remote learning as long as the governor’s executive order is in effect. As we move into April, our schools will observe their scheduled Easter break. During the Easter break, remote learning will be suspended. This “time off” will provide everyone with a much-needed break from school and schoolwork. The administration and teachers in our schools made an abrupt, yet extremely successful transition to remote learning. They need time to catch their breath and prepare for the very real possibility that remote learning will continue well after Easter break.
Remote Learning Protocol To Continue
At The Prep, we will continue the Remote Learning Protocol that began this morning through the duration of the state mandated closure. A reminder to please reference the Framework for Distance Learning (attached at the bottom of this section) that students and parents can use as a guide as we continue our Remote Learning Protocol as well as a slideshow to walk you through the "do's" and "do not's" and what your typical days will look like during this protocol.
We sincerely appreciate your attentiveness and cooperation as we navigate COVID-19 and make the most informed decisions to keep our community safe.
Note on Future SAT Dates from College Board
  • College Board has canceled the May 2nd SAT LINK. Everyone who registered for the May 2nd test will receive a refund. The June SAT is still on as scheduled, however we are not a host site for the June exam. College Board is also considering adding additional test dates, due to the cancellations. We will keep you updated and will inform you of future dates. 
Webpage for Updates: SHP.ORG/COVID-19-INFORMATION
For updates and a more detailed look at SHP's Planning and Precautions related to COVID-19, visit:


What SHP is Doing

List of 5 items.

  • Hygiene Best Practices

    There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The CDC always recommends everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into your sleeve, not your hands.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Wash hands often for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing or sneezing.
    • Stay home from class and work if you are sick.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Get a flu shot – it is not too late to be protected.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
    At The Prep, we encourage students to avoid all unnecessary contact between each other, including handshakes for the time being both between peers, faculty, administrators, and at the Sign of Peace. Although we value such interactions and the respect conveyed from them, the health and safety of our community is paramount.

    For additional information and resources go to:
  • Nightly Cleaning Procedure

    Seton Hall Prep has a professional cleaning service in 5 nights a week, disinfecting all classrooms, hallways, locker rooms, and common areas.

    From Allan Industries, Inc. Professional Cleaning Services

    Germs are spread by direct contact or transfer. Studies indicate that viruses can survive on non-porous surfaces like doorknobs, for 24-48 hours.

    To combat the spread of viruses; Allan Industries prescribes to the use of Best Practices on a daily basis.
    • Use of *Virex Plus in restrooms and on touch points. Virex Plus is a quaternary disinfectant cleaner capable of killing norovirus and Pseudomonas Aeruginosa with only 5 minutes of dwell time.
    • Use of microfiber; which studies show to remove 93% of bacteria with water alone.
    Common Touch point/Transmission Areas that require diligence to prevent the spread of virus are:
    • Door handles, hand plates, push or panic bars
    • Water fountains
    • Elevator call buttons
    • Visitor phones
    • Flush-o-meters
    • Shared office electronic devices such as copiers or fax machines
    • Dispensers that are not hands-free
    • Cabinet handles or doors
    • Refrigerator handles
    • Stair rails
  • Note Regarding Travel & Field Trips

    Out-of-state field trips for clubs, classes, or activities will not run through the remainder of the month (March 2020). We will evaluate the situation at the end of the month with the guidance of the CDC, Archdiose, and NJ Department of Health.
  • Communication

    Seton Hall Prep will use the PrepNotes weekly newsletter to provide necessary updates to parents, students, and faculty. Barring an emergency situation, email will be the main method of communication.

    Should an emergency situation arise, a Bright Arrow notification may be sent notifying of school closing (same service as snow days)

    The Portal ( will be utilized heavily by teachers in the event of an extended school closing.
  • Use of the Portal in Case of Extended School Closure

    In the event of an extended school shut down where a remote-learning situation should present itself, Seton Hall Prep is confident that through use of the mySHP portal and school-provided Outlook accounts, students and teachers can stay engaged with their courses. We are finalizing the details pertaining to this in case of a school-wide shutdown.

    What all STUDENTS & PARENTS should do now:
      *Each student must have their own login and cannot use a friend's or parent's account.
    Teachers are available in the PC Lab at the following times to help students with their login information:
    • Before school 8:00 - 8:45 am
    • Activity Periods (Monday and Thursday)
    • Enrichment Block (Friday)

    We hope and expect that these measures will be unnecessary but know that we must be prepared. In addition, the situation is fluid and subject to change. We will adjust accordingly and keep you posted in the event of any changes. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Remote Learning Protocol

As of March 31, 2020

The governor has made it known that any consideration about re-opening schools will not take place until April 17th, at the earliest. 
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