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Ewing Schools Reopening Update Tuesday, September 8th 2:30PM: EHS Athletics

September 8, 2020 

Dear Ewing School Community, 

As you most likely know, as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 public health crisis, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association has made the decision to conduct a fall high school athletic season. 

The Board and administration received and reviewed this decision cautiously, as our foremost priority is the health and safety of our students and staff, but acknowledging the many educational and emotional health benefits of scholastic athletics, we have made the decision to move forward with Ewing High School’s participation in NJSIAA’s fall interscholastic sports season. 

This means that Ewing High School’s fall athletic sports teams can begin practice when the NJSIAA allows it on September 14th and sports teams will begin interscholastic competition in late September. 

Student-athletes who have not submitted their required paperwork to the office of Director of Athletics/Student Wellness Mr. Covington should do so immediately. 

Please keep in mind that this will be a sports season unlike any other.  Our emphasis will be on student health and safety and providing our student-athletes the opportunity to benefit from the educational and mental health benefits of school-based athletics. Attendance at games will be very limited, perhaps only to athlete family members.  Stringent policies and procedures will be put in place to emphasize the well-being of everyone involved.  Locker rooms will not be available.  Hygiene and sanitary practice must take place at home and reinforced constantly.  Masks must always be worn according to guidelines.  

It also needs to be shared that like many districts, the Ewing Schools is facing challenges securing bus transportation for athletic runs.  This is further complicated by our desire to transport student-athletes as safely as possible.  This may result in a limited schedule for many teams, with only Varsity Games, although JV and Freshman will be able to practice and scrimmage with their teammates.  We will also strive to find an opportunity for those levels to play in a contest or two. 

Finally, it must be stated that this is a very tenuous, fragile situation.  The reality is that one COVID-19 case will most likely end the season for a particular team.  Furthermore, we will not hesitate to terminate the season if the public health situation deteriorates or if there are problematic developments within a program.  If this is to work, it is vital that all our student-athletes follow best practices with regard to public health by avoiding indoor gatherings, always practice social distancing, wearing masks and embracing proper hygienic approaches. 

Thank you, and I wish our student-athletes the very best. 

Sincerely, 

Michael Nitti

Superintendent of Schools