Athletics & Extracurricular Activities
Students, teachers, and staff must use proper hand hygiene techniques before and after every practice, event, or other gatherings. Every participant shall confirm that they are healthy and without any symptoms prior to any event.
All equipment shall be disinfected before and after use.
Spectators are allowed provided that facial coverings are used by observers, and six feet of social distancing can be maintained at all times. Attention shall be given to entry and exit points to prevent crowding.
Each participant shall use a clearly marked water bottle for individual use. There should be no sharing of this equipment.
Handshakes, fist bumps, and other unnecessary contacts shall not occur.
At its meeting on Sept. 21, the Great Valley Board of School Directors authorized the District to begin fall high school sports practices, effective Sept. 22, 2020. This is a change to the previous decision to continue only voluntary practices for student athletes. The Board also approved revisions to the Athletic Health and Safety Plan, which outlines protocols and procedures for athletics and marching band during the pandemic. These changes reflect the Chester County Health Department's recent reversal of its prior recommendation to suspend all fall sports until January 2021.
On Sept. 21, the Ches-Mont League released guidance and protocols that include screening procedures for student athletes/staff, metrics for determining safe competition, expectations for student athletes, coaches, and staff, and recommendations for spectators. Additionally, all District 1 schools expect to hear from the PIAA about options and alternate schedules for the fall season, should they become necessary. Specific fall sports schedules are still being developed and will be shared by Great Valley coaches and posted on the Great Valley High School website once they are available. Coaches will also directly communicate with student athletes about practice schedules.
Please note that the Great Valley Middle School athletics program will continue with voluntary practices two times each week. Great Valley Middle School coaches will continue to communicate with middle school athletes.