After careful consideration, and upon the recommendation of our Medical Advisory Board, for the health and safety of our entire PK-12 community, McDonogh has made the decision not to schedule IAAM and MIAA league games this fall. A return to full-contact athletics would introduce unnecessary risk and undermine our current efforts to protect our larger community and continue in-person learning through our hybrid model. It is a risk we cannot take.
This decision in no way diminishes the School’s belief in the physical and emotional benefits of athletics and the value of being part of a team. As such, we will continue to give our student-athletes the opportunity to meet with their coaches and teammates for outdoor workout sessions twice a week.
Middle School athletics is not being held this fall, however, students are scheduled for physical education.
The Equestrian Program will remain open under the guidance and protocol of The Maryland Department of Agriculture and The Maryland Horse Industry Board. We are continuing to offer lessons and, at this time, plan to offer varsity, JV, and Middle School riding teams this fall. Questions regarding the Equestrian Program can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Requirements for Athletes to Participate
In addition to submitting a physical exam from a doctor and completing the athletics agreement and concussion baseline test, this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, any student-athlete (grades 9-12) who has tested positive, or who possesses antibodies, must show subsequent clearance from their physician before returning to practice/play. This may include a mandatory cardiac screening depending on the length and severity of COVID-19 symptoms. Read McDonogh's Policy on Cardiac Screening for Athletes. Students may review the status of their forms and athletics eligibility on their Personal Page.