Back in the Game - Safely

While Chaminade Julienne students prepare to return to campus in a few weeks, some Eagles are already back in action.

Many CJ athletes and band members are already on the playing field, following protocols established by the school in accordance with local and state health guidelines. The health and well-being of the CJ community is the priority as students return for the 2020-21 school year.
Staff members and coaches share in their own words what it means to be back in the game.

Jeremy Greenleaf, Athletic Director
How does it feel to be back? What did you miss most about your students?
“Feels great to get back! I love seeing our students getting back to doing the things that they love to do.”

How excited are the athletes to be back on campus?
“The athletes are excited to get back even with all the current restrictions, I believe it gives them a sense of normalcy.”

Do things look or feel different and, if so, how?
“It definitely feels different, you are always telling kids to stand 6 feet apart when all they want to do is talk with their friends.”

What is being done to ensure the safety and well-being of the CJ athletes?
“So, Athletics created a safety protocol that allows our teams to hold workouts and practices with temperature checks and pre-screening assessments.” 

Marcus Colvin, Director of Student Services/Head Football Coach
How does it feel to be back? What did you miss most about your students?

“It is great to be back on campus. It really shows how much of a need I have to be part of this community. I missed our kids.”

How excited are the players to be back on campus?
“I have noticed that our football athletes are eager and focused. I have been very impressed with their resiliency through all of the adversity this situation has brought to us. They want to be on campus, they want to be pushed. Their energy is very inspiring.”

Do things look or feel different and, if so, how?
“Things look a lot different. In order to conduct safe activities on campus we have all had to sacrifice time spent, moving away from our normal mode activity, resisting the ever encouraging high five, and just the inability to connect with the whole group at one time. It is definitely a different process.”

What is being done to ensure the safety and well-being of the CJ students?
“CJ has done a great job researching, collaborating, and implementing a safe plan of return for students, teachers, and staff at CJ. For all activities, daily health assessments are being completed to ensure that students and adults are coming to our campus without symptoms. There is an abundance of sanitizing taking place. I commend CJ for taking all the precautions and also working slower than other schools before implementing a total open campus for students and adults.”Jim Brooks, Varsity Tennis Coach

How does it feel to be back? What did you miss most about your students?
“It is so great to be back on the tennis courts with our players. You can only do so much at a distance in terms of encouraging the players. Relationships are part of the deal when it comes to coaching, and now we can catch up on young people's lives and appreciate the individual personalities of our players.”

How excited are the players to be back on campus?
“They seem just as excited as the coaches are. Our summer non-mandatory practices have been well attended, perhaps more so than usual, although some parents understandably are being cautious about sending them back.”

Do things look or feel different and, if so, how?
“The check-in protocols are new, and we have limited the number of players who can be on each individual court. Communication is more challenging with coaches wearing masks”

What is being done to ensure the safety and well-being of the CJ tennis players?
“We ask players to check in by taking their temperatures and answering questions about potential COVID symptoms. We also ask them to use and pick up balls with specific numbers to cut down on common contact with athletic equipment. They also need to distance when doing warm-up exercises.”   

Emma Fitzpatrick, Director of Eagle Pride Marching Band
How does it feel to be on campus?

“This is my first year working with Eagle Pride, however, I have heard from many students and faculty members that it is great to be back, in person, with everyone. I was extremely excited to meet all the students and staff members of Eagle Pride. We had multiple Google meet meetings leading up to our in-person rehearsals. While they were productive and I was able to meet everyone, it has been a much more enjoyable experience to be working with the staff and students in-person!”

How excited are the musicians to be back on campus?
“At first there was some hesitation about how we could ensure safety. Once we were able to roll out our COVID procedures, the students told me that they felt much safer and ready to come back and get the marching season started. I can tell that the students like being around each other, even if we do have strict distance policies. Seeing our peers in-person is always a happy and energizing thing.”

How are things different this year?
“We have been extremely cautious about sanitizing everything before, during, and after our rehearsals. We have also been very strict about social distancing. I am very proud of the Eagle Pride students and staff as we have taken our social distancing and sanitation to the next level. Since we are with each other so much, and we do play instruments, we have taken extra steps to ensure the safety of everyone involved in the Eagle Pride community. This means we have had to use a few more rehearsal areas and split the group up into smaller groups so we can have at least 8 feet distance between everyone. We have also been very adamant about everyone always wearing a face mask unless told they are allowed to take it off (during marching drill rehearsal and while playing instruments). Procedures like these have taken some time away from our rehearsals, but we will do anything to keep everyone safe and happy so we can continue to rehearse and perform this year.”

What is being done to ensure the safety and well-being of the members of Eagle Pride?
“We have communicated all of our COVID-19 procedures with our Eagle Pride community and we have added all of our procedures to our Eagle Pride handbook.”

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Published online July 30, 2020