Upper School athletics returned to limited outdoor-only activity on June 8. In doing so, we developed successful models that included training in small cohorts to support physical distancing, masking guidelines, pre-screening protocols including temperature taking, and sanitization requirements. With all this in place, our students have been able to successfully engage in physical activity with teammates and coaches. Over the summer, we cautiously, intentionally, and safely transitioned to indoor activities in our gyms and weight room. With support from our sports medicine team at University Hospitals, as well as guidelines from the ODH, OHSAA, and NFHS, we are confident we will continue to be able to offer physical activities not only for our student athletes, but for all students through our Human Performance Department.
Middle School athletics practice began on August 10 with protocols in place similar to those at our Upper School. The focus is fitness-based activity with small cohorts of students. As with varsity athletes, Middle School students must take their temperatures and answer our questionnaire in order to practice. Athletes must arrive in masks, but will play unmasked at appropriate physical distances; coaches remain masked at all times. In order to control numbers, parents are not allowed to attend practice. We will proceed carefully, and decisions will be made on a weekly basis as to how training will proceed. Finally, decisions may vary by sport. This year, there will not be a two-sport requirement in the Middle School, but we hope many of our students will elect to participate and enjoy these healthy activities.
Human Performance students in the Lower School will have classes with their small classroom groups only, with a preference for outdoor activities and classroom activities. In the Upper Elementary and Middle School levels, we will be working to eliminate or mitigate the need to change in our locker rooms, using staggered changing times in small groups when we are confident it is safe to do so and as students are becoming more comfortable with protocols. Middle School students will participate in HP classes with their advisory groups to provide consistency and maintain small cohorts.
Our HP teachers in the Upper School are all varsity coaches and, in that capacity, were engaged in the development of our safety protocols for athletics this summer. These will serve as guidelines for a healthy return to HP classes this fall at the Upper School.