With our highest priority being the health and safety of the entire Hill community and sustaining in-person learning on campus, The Hill School has cancelled interscholastic athletic competition for the Fall 2020 season. We are committed to supporting team-based athletics, which are essential to the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of our students. However, in light of the current circumstances, we concluded that suspending interscholastic athletics competition – thereby minimizing exposure of our community members to external environments - allows us the best chance to orchestrate a safe campus reopening and maintain healthy, in-person learning throughout the Autumn Session.
Fall teams still will be permitted to practice in varying group sizes, dependent upon Hill’s current Campus Wellness Level, to further each student-athlete’s individual development. Students who wish instead to enroll in one of several existing or new offerings in the areas of general fitness, recreational sports, or non-athletic co-curricular activities may do so. Those who would like to remain enrolled in and train for their fall sport will be challenged daily at the highest level to reach their full potential. More detailed updates for the Autumn Session co-curricular program will be shared with our students in the coming days.
While we are confident that a robust training program will meet the goals of our athletics mission, we recognize the unique value of interscholastic competition. To that end, we will continue to closely monitor the updated recommendations provided by public health authorities and we will explore opportunities for interscholastic competition when our Campus Wellness Level and external conditions permit – one such possibility includes an abbreviated fall season later in the academic year. We also are in the preliminary stages of planning for potential virtual competition against peer schools this fall.
At this time, our plans for winter and spring interscholastic seasons remain on as scheduled. We will determine each season’s status as it approaches, taking into consideration all health and safety factors at that point in time.
We will provide updates to this fluid situation as they arise and appreciate the flexibility of our community members in adapting to these constantly evolving circumstances.