July 23, 2020
Dear Independent School League Families and Coaches,
We hope you are safe and well. Amidst this incredibly challenging time, we know how many of you have missed being a part of your athletic teams and the ISL competitions that bring us together as school communities on one another’s campuses. We very much look forward to when we can see you all again soon. We are writing as ISL heads of school to update you on our discussions over the summer and our plans for this fall’s athletic season.
Since March, ISL heads of school and athletic directors have engaged in regular discussions as we have collaborated on our shared purpose to support our communities and our league amidst the evolving pandemic. Most recently, we have joined in conversation in the wake of the racial injustices that we continue to witness in our country. As we hear the stories being shared across our schools related to athletics, we are working together to identify opportunities for the ISL to promote greater equity and inclusion for our students. We are each deeply committed to this work, both in our individual schools and as a league.
In our discussions related to the upcoming fall season, the health and safety of our communities has been at the forefront of our planning. While we remain committed to providing our students with meaningful athletic experiences, we will not offer the traditional full slate of league games this fall, nor will we confer league championships or awards. It is our hope that conditions will prove safe enough to allow for some interscholastic athletic competition during the fall season at the discretion of individual schools.
We will continue, as ISL heads of school and athletic directors, to meet regularly this summer and to collaborate across our schools to best support our students, our programs, and our communities.
Gregory J. Schneider
& Nichols School
The Governor’s Academy
Noble and Greenough School
The Rivers School
The Roxbury Latin School
St. George’s School
St. Mark’s School
St. Sebastian’s School