Athletic Department Overview

  • Athletics Update, Including New Website And Fall II Registration - February 1, 2021

    Members of the Grafton Community:

    It is with great enthusiasm that I announce the launch of a website dedicated to everything Grafton Athletics.

    The new site, https://graftonhs.rschoolteams.com, is a one-stop-shop for everything you need to stay up-to-date with the latest news and information surrounding Grafton High Athletics. It features photo galleries, rosters, schedules, news updates, and various links to important information for today’s high school student-athletes and their parents.

    A collaboration between Grafton High Athletics and site host RSchoolToday, features easier navigation, social media integration, and an easier, cleaner website layout.

    In addition to the website, additional announcements include:

    Fall II Sports Registration opens Wednesday, February 3 at 12:00 PM and ends on Friday, February 19 at 12:00 PM. Use your parent portal to register. Sports that we are registering student-athletes for in Fall II include - Unified Basketball, Cheer, Football, Volleyball, Track & Field. 

    We have recently launched an Instagram account for Grafton High Athletics. @graftonhighathletics will capture images and moments surrounding the success and emotion of the athletic and academic experience at GHS. Give us a follow! 


    COVID-19 Travel Order Reminder - December 21, 2020

    Members of the Grafton Athletics Community:

    First off, I would like to thank you all for your perseverance and commitment to making the fall athletics experience a success. While we had a few hiccups, I am so grateful that so many of our student-athletes were able to compete.

    As we head into the holiday break, I want to emphasize the COVID-19 Travel Order as it pertains to participation in winter sports. There are no “low-risk” states as of December 18, 2020, meaning that if you chose to travel outside of Massachusetts for the holidays, or plan on hosting family or friends that live outside of Massachusetts, please know the following:

    If you travel outside of Massachusetts, you will need to quarantine for 14 days upon your return.

    You do not need to quarantine for 14 days if you took a test for COVID-19 and have received a negative result. The specimen for the test must have been collected no longer than 72 hours before your return to Massachusetts and the testing must be by a method approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 

    Upon request, you must be able to demonstrate proof of the negative test result.

    If you took a test before your return but have not received your negative result, you MUST quarantine until you receive the negative result. You may obtain a test at your own expense after your return to Massachusetts, but you MUST quarantine until you obtain a negative result.

    Making smart choices socially and doing your part to follow the guidelines set out by our local and state government is the best way to ensure we have a winter season when we return to school on January 4.

    Happy Holidays,

    Kevin Anderson
    Director of Athletics


    Winter Sports Registration Opens Monday, December 14, 2020 - 9:00 AM

    Returning and Prospective Student-Athletes:

    Signups for winter season athletics will open on Monday, December 14 at 9:00 AM and continue through Monday, December 28 at 9:00 AM.

    Please have your parents sign in to their Parent PowerSchool Portal and begin the process. Remember, click on any link on the left-hand side (grades, balance, etc.) then click on the blue athletics registration link.

    Be sure to do the following: 

    1. Carefully read and follow all directions.
    2. Review and update emergency contact, allergy and conditions information.
    3. Review and acknowledge mandatory opioid and concussion statements.
    4. E-sign and submit clearance form.

    Please remember to provide a complete physical exam dated and signed by a physician within the last 13 months (no exceptions).

    Be advised, telehealth physicals are not accepted - it has to be an in-person physical.

    ConvenientMD is offering $20 physicals at their offices in Bellingham and Framingham and they are open from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM seven days a week.

    Once completed, please drop off that physical to me, or you can email it to Sarah Mealy, Head Athletic Trainer (mealys@grafton.k12.ma.us). 

    Finally, all students participating in athletics at Grafton High School MUST have a completed an ImPACT Baseline Concussion Test in order to participate.

    Baseline testing is required every TWO years in order to maintain accurate baseline data and ensure the highest quality of assessment, management, and care of concussions.

    Therefore, mandatory baseline testing applies to the following:

    • all incoming freshmen;
    • all students entering their junior year;
    • any student that has not previously played a sport at Grafton High School. 

    Following a suspected and/or diagnosed concussion, post-injury ImPACT tests may be administered by Ms. Mealy to monitor recovery and determine a student’s return to play status. 

    **Note: Student-athletes should be using the ImPACT program for baseline concussion testing via the link provided, NOT the NFHS Concussion Course**

    Please click on the link below and enter the following code to complete the ImPACT Baseline Concussion Test:

    GHS Athletics Code: 9ICGFQKADR  

    Link: ImPACT Baseline Concussion Test

    **Attention** This website requires Adobe Flash Player, so you must take it on a computer using the Firefox, Google Chrome, or Internet Explorer browsers. Be sure to disable any pop-up blockers, as the test will appear in a pop-up window. DO NOT copy and paste the code. The test will not work unless you manually enter the GHS Athletics Code.

    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out (andersonke@grafton.12.ma.us). 

    Best, 

    Mr. Anderson

    Director of Athletics 


    Statement Regarding Winter Sports From Superintendents, Principals And Athletic Directors Of The SWCL


    Dear Student-Athletes, Families, Coaches, and Extended Community:

    We hope this message finds everyone doing well amidst these very challenging times, particularly as the number of positive cases of COVID-19 continues to surge across our towns, state, and nation. The reality of keeping everyone safe and minimizing risks continues to be challenging, and we realize that there are many interests and passions within our communities.

    We wanted to share with you some updates regarding the winter athletics season. Given the challenges we are facing with respect to the winter season, we want to be transparent regarding the process being employed by the Southern Worcester County League, which has spent literally dozens of hours attempting to prepare for the start of the winter season.

    First, given the current metrics of the pandemic and the need for our communities to work collaboratively with School Committees and Boards of Health to support athletics, the start of the winter season is being delayed until January 4. In the interim, student-athletes will begin the process of registration for winter sports. This year, the winter sports being supported at the state level are basketball, ice hockey, skiing, gymnastics, and swimming and diving. These next few weeks will give nurses and athletic trainers adequate time to check medical paperwork and physical exams. Please be aware that many other leagues (and states) have already taken the step to delay.

    Meanwhile, we are listing below a number of the concerns which we will be addressing over the next few weeks, with the possibility of a winter season cancellation very much a possibility. Below are some of the points that have been considered in attempting to safely hold any winter sports:

    Safely engaging in indoor sport activities, given the nature of an aerosol virus and potential close contacts for those in a closed indoor space

    Ventilation capacity of the sports facilities, gyms, etc.

    Concerns regarding close physical contact, compared to the safety guidelines required of the classroom

    Determining if the safety modifications required of each sport can be implemented with fidelity

    Identifying the opportunity cost and challenges should we not have sports, considering the desire to have safe physical activities for student-athletes

    Working with non-school facilities and cooperative programs, particularly in hockey and swim

    Ironing out transportation guidelines, compared to school-day requirements

    Geographical POD structure for competitions

    Recommended to limit, if not deny spectators

    Given all of our communities’ passion for sports, and reconciling that emotion with the reality of the pandemic, we are recommending the following, based on a unanimous league vote: 

    Delay the start of the winter season until January 4, including all practices

    Monitor pandemic data

    Work with our athletic directors and facilities staff to determine the extent of facility and sanitization needs

    Work with our respective business offices to determine transportation needs

    Make determinations regarding cooperative sports, including those with schools outside the schools herein represented

    Provide all required information for our superintendents to share with School Committees

    Partner with Boards of Health to ensure that sport guidelines can meet, with fidelity, any safety recommendations

    Provide all stakeholders with confidence in a best-faith effort to ensure that safety can be maintained

    Provide all stakeholders with confidence in a best-faith effort to advocate for extracurricular opportunities seen as critical to so many students

    Our first and top priority for our communities remains the safety and well-being of our communities at large, and, as a result, are proceeding with an abundance of caution, particularly when we discuss the many variables at play with winter sports. If in the next several weeks, we find that we cannot answer affirmatively the following questions, there will be no winter season: 

    How have the metrics for COVID leveled, improved, or gotten worse, both within our individual communities and across the league?

    To what extent have we reviewed game and facility modifications, in order to pass muster with local Boards of Health (and do they do so)?

    Can we realistically support interscholastic activities, given the reality of the pandemic and the challenges faced by mixing cohorts?

    To those who may question the decision on the basis of MIAA approval, please know that the process undertaken by the MIAA Sports Medicine Committee, COVID-19 Task Force, and Board of Directors was to ensure that sport modifications met the standards established by the Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and did not contextualize those recommendations to the requirements imposed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). As a result, these guidelines are not consistent with the many steps we have had to put in place simply to keep classes running on a daily basis. The sport modifications are linked here. 

    Finally, we know that sports, in general, are sources of pride, structure, and benefit to our student-athletes, the lessons of which extend far beyond the actual experience of practices and games, and there are many principals and superintendents in our league who are products themselves of athletics, as participants and coaches. These discussions and decisions are not entered into lightly, and we appreciate everyone’s shared passion and energy. 

    Please know that difficult decisions are made with respect to the safety of our communities, and we will do our best to weigh all options in the coming weeks, while hoping for the situation to improve.  We hope that this delay will, at best, provide us with the time and space needed to confidently support the start of a season, or, at worst, provide us with the information we need to know that cancellation is in the best interests of our collective communities.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. James Cummings, Superintendent, Grafton Public Schools

    Jim Pignataro, Principal, Grafton High School

    Kevin Anderson, Director of Athletics, Grafton High School


    SAAC Sponsored Community Service Drives Begin Monday, November 16


    Members of the Grafton Community:

    I trust this communication finds everyone safe and healthy as we head into the holiday season.

    During the summer, I established the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), a group of student-athletes that meet regularly with me to discuss topics surrounding athletics and other areas they feel comfortable bringing forward.

    One of our tenets is service – helping others be their very best while doing everything we can to help those in need.

    Beginning Monday, November 16 and going to Friday, December 4, we are initiating the following drives to assist those in our community who are in need:

    Sock Drive

    Many people are surprised to hear that socks are the least donated clothing items and yet the most in-demand for those in need. White socks, fuzzy socks, dress socks, and even pantyhose for women are acceptable. Socks MUST be new.

    Professional Attire Drive

    A tie your dad doesn’t wear anymore. A dress that no longer fits. A blazer you haven’t put on in months. As we get closer to the holidays, professional attire is even more important for so many people. Bring in gently used professional clothes and accessories that will be donated to area shelters for individuals who are in need.

    Sports Equipment Drive

    Often, kids need something to give them hope, and sports can do just that. Our drive will focus on anything you are willing to part with. Old roller skates, a basketball you don’t use, a glove you grew out of. This type of equipment will go a long way.

    In addition to those drives, we are encouraging everyone to take part in random acts of kindness. Send a teacher a thank you note, hold the door open for someone behind you, compliment a friend or a stranger, introduce yourself to someone you don’t know. 

    Boxes will be set up in the Commons for all three drives. If anyone has any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. 

    Best,

    Mr. Anderson

    Director of Athletics


     

    Girls Soccer Scrimmage Live Stream - Wednesday, October 14, 3:30 PM

    Members of the Grafton Athletics Community:

     

    Today's girls soccer scrimmage (varsity) against Blackstone Valley Tech will be live streamed beginning at 3:30.
     
    The contest can be viewed here:
    https://boxcast.tv/view/girls-soccer-vs-bvt-868896
     
    As a reminder, only one spectator designated by student-athletes are allowed admittance into the contest at the stadium.
     
    Best,
     
    Kevin Anderson
    Director of Athletics

    ATTENTION: The Last Day For Athletics Signups Is TOMORROW - Thursday, October 1, 2020

    Returning And Prospective Student-Athletes:

    The signups for athletics will be opened Tuesday, September 1 at 3:00 PM and will close TOMORROW, October 1, 2020 at 11:59 PM. Please have your parents sign in to their Parent PowerSchool Portal and begin the process. Remember, click on any link on the left-hand side (grades, balance, etc.) then click on the blue athletics registration link.

    Be sure to do the following: 

    1. Carefully read and follow all directions.
    2. Review and update emergency contact, allergy and conditions information.
    3. Review and acknowledge mandatory opioid and concussion statements
    4. E-sign and submit clearance form.

    Please remember to provide a complete physical exam dated and signed by a physician. Telehealth physicals are not accepted. It has to be an in-person physical. ConvenientMD is offering $20 physicals at their offices in Bellingham and Framingham. 

    One completed, please drop off that physical at the high school or you can email it to Sarah Mealy, Head Athletic Trainer (mealys@grafton.k12.ma.us)

    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out (andersonke@grafton.12.ma.us). 

    Best, 

    Mr. Anderson


    Return To Play Procedures & Protocols - September 19, 2020

    Members of the Grafton Athletics Community: 

    The health and safety of our students and our student-athletes is my top priority.

    As a district, we understand that our students are ready to return to their activities, but we must achieve that goal with the highest regard for their physical well-being.

    Our district takes the recommendations from the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), the Southern Worcester County League (SWCL), and the District Athletic Committee (DAC) for District Two. 

    Additionally, the MIAA’s Sports Medicine Task Force and the COVID-19 Task Force developed sport modifications after months of meetings, discussions, research, and collaboration with Massachusetts governing entities.

    By using the recommendations, advice, and guidelines from these groups, we have developed the Fall 2020 Return to Athletics Plan, a set of procedures and protocols that will help ensure a safe and successful return to interscholastic athletics. 

    This document will give a blueprint for what we can expect when it comes to what athletics will look like when we begin participation on October 5, 2020.

    Central Massachusetts is comprised of schools in District 2 and District 3. Those districts have been broken up into pods that will allow us to participate against teams that are close in proximity. 

    The teams that make up our POD are:

    · Blackstone-Millville

    · Blackstone Valley Tech

    · Grafton

    · Hopedale

    · Nipmuc

    · Northbridge

    · Whitinsville Christian 

    As always, we will all need to be flexible and understanding when it comes to what lies ahead as we continuously navigate these unchartered waters. 

    Respectfully, 

    Kevin Anderson

    Director of Athletics 


    Athletics Update - September 10, 2020

    Members of the Grafton Athletics Community:

    I hope this message finds you all healthy, safe, rested and ready for the start of the 2020-21 academic year. Without question we have all faced unprecedented challenges as we try figure out the new normal. 

    The date for when athletics was set to begin was Friday, September 18 and was established by the MIAA to allow for students, staff and faculty to acclimate to the start of the school year. With our start date for school being Wednesday, September 16 that was not possible. For instance, if you are in cohort B, you would begin practicing with your teammates before ever stepping foot inside the building and the last thing any of us would want is for athletics to be an impediment to the learning process.

    With that being said, it is with an abundance of caution that the principals and athletic directors of the Southern Worcester County League (SWCL) with the approval of the District Athletic Committee (DAC), voted to push the start of the 2020 Fall I season to Monday, October 5.

    Tryouts and practices can begin on that day and the first date of allowable competition will be on Monday, October 19 with the season culminating the week of November 20.

    The delayed start will allow for the entire school population to get acclimated to the new way of learning. Several districts in the league are 100% remote learning, while others, like Grafton, are using the hybrid model.

    As a group, the SWCL Presidents released the following statement:

    "We make this decision with the best interests of our respective schools and communities in mind and with the hope of being able to have as normal a regular season as possible, particularly when we consider the multiple variables presented to us in this pandemic. Our primary responsibility remains the mental and physical well-being of all our students, including our student-athletes. With the number of responsibilities we have to ensure a safe opening to school, balancing against the wants and needs of our communities and the desire to participate in a fall season, the decision to start the season at all was challenging. Providing an additional week or two of planning allows us to prioritize the difficult task of having students and staff safely back in our buildings before we add the variables that come with interscholastic athletics, including safely planning, transportation, mixing of student cohorts and finalizing athletic schedules."

    "While we know that there are some individuals who will be disappointed with the decision, we remain inspired by the resilience of our athletes, hopeful for the opportunity to have a fall season, and committed to ensuring that our staff and students, including all of our coaches and student-athletes, have a safe return to the 2020-21 school year amidst variables none of us could have ever predicted or imagined. In these unusual and uncertain circumstances, we appreciate everyone's patience, flexibility and understanding and we look forward to being able to cheer on our student-athletes in a couple of short weeks."

    With the MIAA eliminating postseason tournaments for the fall, members of District 2 and District 3 – which covers all of Central Massachusetts – have developed a pod system for opponents based on geographical locations and schedules are being developed and that framework has begun to take place and will be released in the coming weeks. 

    Although the sports of cross countryfield hockeygolf and soccer are cleared to participate, these sports will look drastically different (rule modifications, programmatic philosophy) from what they have in the past. Everyone must understand that this will not be a season like any other so please begin to adjust mindsets accordingly. Our goal is to provide a wellness-filled, safe athletic environment for our student-athletes. 

    What you can expect is an 8-10 game schedule (cross country will be less) and limited spectators at all Grafton athletic facilities. There may be opportunities for sports that have been moved to Fall II (fall cheer, football, girls volleyball, unified basketball) to participate in some organized team activities but that will be announced at a later date. The dates for Fall II are February 22, 2021 - April 25, 2021.

    As we get closer to the start of the season, I will be conducting virtual meetings with each program (myself, coaches, student-athletes and families) to review topics related what the specific team’s season will look like.

    As I’ve stated in my previous communications to you all, the health and safety of our students will always sit at the top of my priority list. I will continue to update you as more information becomes available. 

    Best,

    Kevin Anderson 
    Director of Athletics


    IMPACT Baseline Concussion Test - September 10, 2020

    Returning And Prospective Student-Athletes:

    Athletic registration for Fall 2020 has been underway for more than a week now, so please don’t wait to signup. 

    All students participating in athletics at Grafton High School MUST have a completed ImPACT Baseline Concussion Test in order to participate.

    Baseline testing will be required every TWO years in order to maintain accurate baseline data and ensure the highest quality of assessment, management, and care of concussions.

    Therefore, mandatory baseline testing applies to all incoming freshmen, all students entering their junior year, and any student that has not previously played a sport at Grafton High School.

    Following a suspected and/or diagnosed concussion, post-injury ImPACT tests may be administered by the Certified Athletic Trainer to monitor recovery and determine a student’s return to play status.

    **Note: Student-athletes should be using the ImPACT program for baseline concussion testing via the link provided, NOT the NFHS Concussion Course**

    Please click on the link below and enter the following code to complete the ImPACT Baseline Concussion Test:

    GHS Athletics Code: 9ICGFQKADR 

    Link: ImPACT Baseline Concussion Test

    **Attention** This website requires Adobe Flash Player, so you must take it on a computer using the Firefox, Google Chrome, or Internet Explorer browsers. Be sure to disable any pop-up blockers, as the test will appear in a pop-up window. DO NOT copy and paste the code. The test will not work unless you manually enter the GHS Athletics Code.


    Grafton High Athletics Signups - September 1, 2020

    Returning And Prospective Student-Athletes:

    The signups for athletics will be opened today, Tuesday, September 1 at 3:00 PM. Please have your parents sign in to their Parent PowerSchool Portal and begin the process. Remember, click on any link on the left-hand side (grades, balance, etc.) then click on the blue athletics registration link.

    Be sure to do the following: 

    1. Carefully read and follow all directions.
    2. Review and update emergency contact, allergy and conditions information.
    3. Review and acknowledge mandatory opioid and concussion statements
    4. E-sign and submit clearance form.

    Please remember to provide a complete physical exam dated and signed by a physician. Telehealth physicals are not accepted. It has to be an in-person physical. ConvenientMD is offering $20 physicals at their offices in Bellingham and Framingham. 

    One completed, please drop off that physical at the high school or you can email it to Sarah Mealy, Head Athletic Trainer (mealys@grafton.k12.ma.us)

    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out (andersonke@grafton.12.ma.us). 

    Best, 

    Mr. Anderson


    2020-21 Grafton High Athletics Update - August 24, 2020

    Members of the Grafton Athletics Community,

    After months of planning and thoughtful and direct deliberation, several state government agencies and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) agreed on a return to play plan for high school athletics in the Commonwealth.

    The MIAA Board of Directors unanimously voted 24-0 to begin fall athletics on September 18, 2020. There will continue to be discussion with Individual Sport Committees and the Sports Medicine Committee to develop recommendations for modifications for fall sports and then the final modifications will be announced during the first week in September. 

    As a member of the Southern Worcester County League (SWCL), we pride ourselves on the competition between each of those schools. However, the BOD from the MIAA voted unanimously to encourage schools to create fall schedules based on geographic regions. So, competition will occur between Grafton and some of those familiar schools, but not all. 

    In addition, the BOD also voted unanimously to not allow for any MIAA sponsored Fall Postseason Tournaments, however, leagues are allowed to host postseason tournaments as long as they adhere to EEA guidelines.

    Also, as a member of Massachusetts District 2, after feedback from league representatives, the District Athletic Committee (DAC) voted to move football, fall cheer, unified basketball and volleyball from the fall season to the floating season. Additional sports may be shifted as well.

    Below is the breakdown of what athletics will look like for the 2020-21 school year. Please keep in mind that we have the ability to adjust dates with the approval of the DAC, which allows for flexibility if school districts have to postpone a season at some point.

    More information will come over the next 7-10 days and we will continue to keep all everyone informed as we navigate the return of high school athletics.

    Best,

    Kevin Anderson
    Grafton High Director of Athletics 

    FALL SEASON (September 18 – November 20, 2020)

    • Cross Country (Boys and Girls)
    • Soccer (Boys and Girls)
    • Field Hockey
    • Golf
    • Swim & Dive

    WINTER SEASON (November 30, 2020 – February 21, 2021)

    • Basketball (Boys and Girls)
    • Winter Cheer
    • Hockey
    • Indoor Track & Field (Boys and Girls)
    • Swim & Dive 

    FLOATING SEASON (February 22, 2021 – April 25, 2021)

    • Football
    • Fall Cheer
    • Unified Basketball
    • Girls Volleyball

    SPRING SEASON (April 26, 2021 – July 3, 2021)

    • Baseball
    • Lacrosse (Boys and Girls)
    • Softball
    • Tennis (Boys & Girls)
    • Outdoor Track & Field
    • Unified Track

    2020 Fall Athletics Season Update And FAQs 

    Members of the Grafton Community:

    Hello from the Athletics Department at Grafton High School. My name is Kevin Anderson and I was named the Athletic Director at GHS and GMS earlier this month.

    While my first official day isn’t until August 13 (Thursday), I wanted to provide some information regarding the fall season of athletics. Please keep in mind while reading this, the situation remains fluid and parts or all of this can change at the drop of a hat.

    I’m sure everyone involved in or who is associated with athletics has a lot of questions. Don’t’ worry, I still have a ton of unanswered questions myself as we all await guidance from the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and our state government.

    This document is simply to try and provide the community with everything we know with regards to the fall 2020 season.

    With decisions beginning to occur, it is important for parents, student-athletes and other members of the Grafton Athletics community to stay connected via Twitter (@GraftonAD), Schoology and the GPS website.

    Below are some frequently asked questions that may have crossed your mind as we head into the start of academic year.

    What Do We Know About The Fall 2020 Athletic Season?
    In a meeting back on July 21, the Board of Directors of the MIAA (which includes GHS Principal, Mr. Pignataro) voted to delay the start of the season until September 14 – this means that Monday, September 14 is the first day for tryouts, practices, etc. and not the first date of competition.

    With The Delayed Opening And Total School Day Reduction Recently Announced, What Affect Will There Be On Fall Athletics?
    The aforementioned September 14 date could be adjusted based on several different factors. However, schedules are constantly under construction and will be made available as soon as possible following more guidance being issued by the MIAA Board of Directors at some point this week.

    When Are Sports Signups Happening?
    It is my expectations that signups for athletics will be made available in the next 5-7 days. Be on the lookout via Twitter (@GraftonAD), Schoology, E-Mail and Powerschool.

    What Can I Do To Help?
    Practice social distancing whenever possible. If that is not possible, then wear a face covering to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Our best chance at having a fall season relies on the Grafton community working together to try and stay in front of COVID-19.

    What Should I Do About A Physical?
    The MIAA requires all students to have a current (within 395 days of the first day of the sports season) physical documented by a health provider on file with the school nurse in order to try out for any team. The student-athlete and their parent/guardian is responsible for making sure a valid physical is always on file with the nurse. A physical exam expires 395 days (one year and one month) after the date of the exam.

    Remember to keep an eye on the expiration date of your physical. Once it expires, the student is no longer eligible for athletics and participation in their sport is not permitted until an updated physical is on file.

    Can We Have “Captains’ Practices”?
    “Captains’ Practices” are not sanctioned by the MIAA or by GHS. Student-athletes are allowed to work out together – as long as they are following Governor Baker’s guidelines to reopening – but these work outs are NOT a function of the school and they are definitely NOT mandatory. 

    It is my sincere hope that athletics get to be a part of the 2020-21 school year as it provides a challenging, supportive and caring environment helping our student-athletes reach their academic, athletic and personal potential. However, the focus for us at GHS is and will always be the health, safety and general welfare of all of our student-athletes.

     

    Regards,

    Kevin Anderson


    Mission

    Athletics at Grafton High School are an extension of the academic school day.  Therefore, the athletic program will enhance the preparation of students intellectually, physically, and socially for their role as life-long learners and responsible citizens with a focus on sportsmanship, responsibililty, commitment, and community.

    Objectives

    • To provide opportunities for physical, mental, and emotional growth
    • To develop confidence and self-esteem
    • To develop and understand the concepts of individual and team play
    • To learn that good sportsmanship means winning and losing with grace and dignity
    • To learn to make decisions under pressure
    • To become an involved member of the community

     

     

     ***Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Alert***

    As of Tuesday, April 21st, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker and his administration extended school closures through the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and its Board of Directors will be releasing a public statement regarding subsequent cancellation of the Spring 2020 athletic season following the most up-to-date guidance and recommendations from local, state, and national governing health agencies, in light of the novel COVID-19 pandemic.

    Little is known about this newly recognized virus, but transmission appears to occur easily from human-to-human. Accordingly, on March 10th, Gov. Charlie Baker and his administration declared a state of emergency. All questions regarding the impact this may have on the Grafton Public Schools should be directed to the Office of the Superintendent. The Grafton Public Schools coronavirus information page can be found here.

    Grafton Athletics remains steadfastly committed to providing as much information to student-athletes, parents/guardians, coaches, staff, etc. as possible under these uncertain and unusual circumstances. Per the most recent MIAA communication, ALL Spring 2020 athletics will, regrettably, be CANCELLED. This decision will has been reviewed by the MIAA Board of Directors, and ultimately made with the health, safety, and general well-being of MIAA-member schools in mind, and with the latest evidence-based guidance from all governing health agencies. Out of an abundance of caution, and in order to closely follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH), ALL Grafton High School athletic facilities are closed indefinitely, including informal/formal team gatherings, team practices, captains' practices, scrimmages, jamborees, "shooting around", etc. In the coming weeks and months, GHS Athletics will release further information regarding Fall 2020 athletic registration information and standard pre-season clearance communications. All clearance documentation may be submitted via email to GHS Athletic Trainer - Ms. Mealy (mealys@grafton.k12.ma.us).

    We realize this is frustrating and disappointing, but as always, our ultimate goal is to provide a safe environment for healthy participation in educational athletics by our student population and, subsequently, our friends, family, and many supporters. All future updates will be made in the best interest of these individuals, and will be communicated frequently via this website, Twitter (@GraftonAD), Schoology, and/or email. As this unpredictable situation evolves over time, please do not hesitate to contact me directly with any questions or concerns, as they relate to GHS/GMS Athletics (scanlonj@grafton.k12.ma.us). While we appreciate the continued patience and cooperation of all community members throughout this pandemic, we still ask you to remain vigilant in practicing "social distancing", proper hand washing for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, and all other techniques to stem the spread of this virus. Several public health agencies have released public statements regarding COVID-19, along with a large variety of educational resources, some of which are provided in the links below. While school buildings have been closed through the end of the academic year on June 12th, this does not mean that school itself, the learning that takes place in and out of the classroom, our collective sense of community and belonging to our teams are cancelled. Teachers, coaches, staff, and administration are all an email away, and are here to help our students and athletes in whatever way we can. Please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Best,

    James D. Scanlon

    COVID19 Resources - Grafton Public Schools

    COVID19 Resources - CDC

    COVID19 Resources - MA DPH

    COVID19 Resources - WHO

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