Dear Coaches & Parents of Pentathletes,
Dear Pentathlon Community,
As many of you are aware, all large group events are being canceled throughout the country due to the attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19, a very contagious virus. In our 42 year history, a National Math Pentathlon Academic Tournament has been canceled once but also rescheduled. We have full knowledge of how hard the Pentathletes, Coaches, and Parent Volunteers have worked to practice for these annual academic events. With this in mind, if a School District cancels a Mathematics Pentathlon Tournament, then the Institute will make every attempt to reschedule the tournament.
Concerning refunds, if Pentathletes cannot attend a rescheduled tournament or if a tournament cannot be rescheduled:
Many of you are likely aware of our longstanding Non-Refund policy that was instituted in our early years. This policy was based on the fact that we are a small Non-Profit Educational Organization that prepares for many months to conduct National Tournaments. We are dependent on Tournament fees to sustain our overhead costs throughout the course of the year. Without such funding, we would cease to exist. Any catastrophic event, such as a pandemic, is beyond our ability to control. We trust that you believe that the safety of children and adults comes first. The Pentathlon Institute supports and complies with the difficult decision made by Hosting School Districts to safeguard those that we all hold dear.
I am hoping that the National Mathematics Pentathlon Academic Tournaments will proceed as planned. We are looking forward to the best outcome for all of our Pentathletes.
All School Contact Designees and officially registered participants will be notified of any updates by email.
Dr. Mary Gilfeather
President, Pentathlon Institute