Groton played a limited schedule of interscholastic athletic competitions during spring term, under strict COVID-19 protocols for both Groton and opposing schools.
Contests were scheduled only if both schools agreed to adhere to precise health and safety protocols and to enforce them.
Among Groton School’s rules and expectations:
How have afternoon activities differed?
- Our teams will only play schools that have COVID-19 testing regimens similar to Groton’s.
- We will test all of Groton's competing athletes twice a week, two days before and two days after the games. Our opponents will do the same for either all athletes or, at a minimum, those playing contact sports such as lacrosse and baseball. Game plans are subject to change at any time, based on COVID-19 test results.
- No outside spectators, including parents of players from either team, will be allowed at any games played at Groton School. Spectators from within our community—students, faculty, and staff—are allowed in small groups at outdoor games only and are expected to adhere to masking and social distancing protocols. No outside spectators are allowed at most ISL schools.
- All athletes—and everyone on campus—are required to wear masks.
- Visiting players will not be allowed to enter any Groton School buildings. Outside restrooms will be provided for visiting players, coaches, and referees and are for their use exclusively.
Every student has activities five days a week. Some varsity athletes and students in theater have a sixth day. All students take two activities—one for three or four days a week and the other for two days a week. Students may opt for traditional team sports, strength and conditioning, dance, theater, or a wide array of less typical offerings, such as yoga, photography, Ultimate Frisbee, trail walking, fishing, and birdwatching.
Can students play club sports?
Students have not been permitted to play club sports if they planned to be on campus. To minimize the risk to all members of our community, Groton students who wished to play club sports off campus or participate in jamborees or showcases, whether they are boarders or day students
, were required to study virtually. This policy applied not only to athletes, but also to students who wished to participate in drama, debate, music, or other events off campus.