- On July 21st, the MIAA Board of Directors unanimously approved the COVID-19 task force’s recommendation to delay the Fall athletics season which originally was scheduled to start on August 24th to September 14th
- On August 18th joint guidance was issued from the MIAA and DESE and addressed the following:
- There would be a modified sport season requiring sports to adhere to the minimum modifications outlined in the EEA guidance
- The fall sports that NDA offers would be allowed to practice starting on September 18th.
- There was a recommendation to align sport competition within geographic pods
- Additionally, guidance was issued stating that districts designated as "red" based on the DPH metric for positive COVID cases must postpone their entire season, including practices, until the floating season later in the year
- The September 16th weekly release of the DPH COVID Community Positive Cases showed Worcester in the "red" with slightly more than 8 positive daily cases per 100K residents
- Despite being ready to go for a start date on September 18th, NDA had to postpone sports.
- On September 22nd, the MIAA released updated guidance recommending parochial schools communicate with each city’s local Department of Health for guidance on how color designation impacts their school’s return to athletics.
- The MIAA also revisited the previous August 18th “red” designation as they quoted DESE Commissioner Jeff Riley, who stated..
“With each weekly update of the color-coded health metrics, we have seen municipalities falling in and out of the “red” and/or “yellow” designations. For this reason, it is critically important that school districts do not make decisions based on a single report from DPH. Instead, I recommend that school districts wait for color changes in either direction in three consecutive weekly reports before considering a change to an instructional model (remote, hybrid, in person).
This three-week time period of reports will represent four weeks of data and will be more reflective of a trend than one report. Furthermore, please remember that these color-coded designations are based on a single indicator (number of cases per 100,000 residents). In addition to this color-coded metric, I encourage districts and schools to work with their local boards of health to use all available information regarding COVID-19 trends in making these decisions. This could also include local test positivity rates and whether cases are increasing or decreasing in a municipality.”
- Between September 22nd and September 23rd, the NDA Athletic Department reached out to the local board of health, the MIAA, AD's from our community, along with our local District Athletic Committee Representative to confirm that we could get our sport teams back on the field provided that we are closely monitoring trends in the DPH metrics and working with the local board of health.
Notre Dame Academy believes that sport participation is an extension of the classroom and an integral part of a student's development. Participating in athletics positively impacts a students' emotional and mental health while providing an outlet for social interaction and physical activity. The leadership team and staff at Notre Dame Academy worked diligently to prepare our school and students to return to in-person learning. Additionally, careful consideration was given by the athletic department when weighing the risks with the benefit of offering athletics this fall. While athletics looks very different this season, we are adhering the MIAA, DESE and EEA guidance and working alongside the local board of health to provide opportunities for our student-athletes.
- Friday, September 25th marked the first date of tryouts for NDA's cross country, field hockey and soccer programs.