INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETICS POLICY - Winter 2021- 2022
While adhering to local, state, and CDC guidelines, the Athletic Department is preparing for a modified return to preCOVID-19 policies and procedures in line with Worcester Academy COVID-19 protocols. The City of Worcester currently has an “indoor mask mandate”. Should this mandate be dropped Worcester Academy will revisit our indoor mask policy. All indoor athletic activities, including practices, weight training, contests, and film sessions, will require masks until further notice. In addition, masks are required in the locker rooms and on buses. This includes any practices, contests, time spent in locker rooms, or workouts at the Worcester Ice Center as this is considered a home venue for the ice hockey teams. Conditions for participation and the ability to compete against other NEPSAC schools will be evaluated based on student-athletes’ vaccination status, and adherence to testing policies. Student-athletes who choose not to be vaccinated assume the risk of losing playing opportunities against schools with a strict adherence to a fully vaccinated Worcester Academy roster. Worcester Academy will work in concert with NEPSAC opponents to ensure a safe and healthy competitive venue.
- If vaccinated, no further testing required for participation
- If unvaccinated, must present a negative PCR COVID test (not a Rapid Antigen test) at their own expense and within 72 hours prior to an Athletic contest. Results are to be reported to the Sports Medicine Department at Worcester Academy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If vaccinated, spectators at indoor athletic events must be masked.
- If unvaccinated, our expectation is you will wear a mask at both indoor and outdoor athletic events. Additionally, we encourage all unvaccinated spectators to take a PCR test within 72 hours before your arrival on campus to ensure the safety of our school community.
Mask Wearing Policy
Masks are required in all indoor facilities at Worcester Academy, including competition and training exercises in Daniels gymnasium. Athletes may train without masks when outdoors.
Worcester Academy has partnered with CIC Health to perform pool testing. This does not replace the PCR testing require for unvaccinated student athletes prior to competition.
Kevin Breen, Head of School
Edward Reilly, Director of Athletics