Athletics Philosophy

Athletics can be an integral part of a student’s experience here at Pascack Hills High School and should be an essential component of the overall educational process.  Participation in athletics develops the alert, responsible, well-informed, and well-adjusted individual, which should serve as a vital component of the overall learning experience for our students. 


We at Pascack Hills will win with pride and grace and lose with dignity and sportsmanship.  Participation and winning should be a byproduct of doing things “With Hills Pride'' rather than the belief that it is important to win at all costs. Doing things in this manner gives student-athletes the opportunity to become the best version of themselves, through hard work and dedication.  


Traditionally, interscholastic sports were essential for those students who had average to superior athletic skills, however, no student shall be denied the opportunity to participate in any program at Pascack Hills


Coaches are educators first and should be enthusiastic, energetic, and well-prepared for each day. They should strive to make each of our athletes reach their fullest potential by establishing standards of conduct and sportsmanship that are beyond reproach in their relationships with members of their teams and opponents.  Coaches serve as role models for the young student-athletes they lead and will conduct themselves as such each and every day.


The Pascack Hills athletic programs should cultivate and nourish attributes, such as but not limited to, loyalty, respect, unselfishness, courtesy, and sportsmanship. Our student-athletes also act as role models, both on and off the athletic fields, for our Hills community and will conduct themselves as such.  The athletic program, overall, should accomplish the greatest amount of good for the greatest number of students in an equitable and inclusive manner.


Every student in the school, whether through active participation or spectator interest,

should benefit from our sports programs. Our opponents should be selected based upon compatibility in size, basic philosophy, competitiveness, and region.


Those students who participate in athletics are entitled to a positive experience, through coaching, gameplay, and relationships with their fellow athletes.  Student-athletes who participate in our athletic programs are entitled to the best protective equipment available, the best facilities possible, adequate insurance coverage, proper medical care, and excellence in coaching.  


The Pascack Hills athletics program requires the cooperation, commitment, and support of the Board of Education, administration, coaches, parents, students and our Hills community.  


Finally, and most importantly, we will strive to be the best we can be at all times and always display our “Hills Pride.”


Below is important information regarding expectations at sporting events and the Sportsmanship Contract all of our student-athletes agree to prior to participation.

COVID19 Updated Guidance

Sept 2022



WHEN TO STAY HOME: 

The New Jersey Department of Health recommends that students with the following symptoms or combination of symptoms be promptly isolated from others and excluded from school:


PLEASE STAY HOME AND NOTIFY YOUR NURSE IF YOUR CHILD HAS:

  • At least two of the following symptoms: fever (measure or subjective), chills, rigors (shivers), myalgia (muscle aches), headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, congestion, or runny nose;

    OR

  • At least one of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new olfactory disorder, or new taste disorder.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION TO RETURN TO SCHOOL IF SYMPTOMS:


  • A medically supervised  negative  COVID19  PCR test or Rapid Antigen test is required to return to school for symptomatic individuals, even with an alternate diagnosis such as a positive strep or influenza swab.  This requirement for testing is for all students and staff, regardless of vaccination status. We can not accept home tests at this time to rule out COVID19.

  • Please notify the attendance officer or the school nurse office if your child is exhibiting Covid-19 compatible symptoms. 


IF COVID19 POSITIVE:


  • Please notify your school Nurse

  • Student will need to remain home for 5 days from symptom onset (symptom onset is considered day “0”)

  • Days 6-10: Students may return ONLY if no symptoms and fever free for 24 hours.  They must wear a well fitted mask at all time, indoor and outdoors, during this time frame while at school.

  •  Regardless of immunization status of other family members, those who are COVID 19 positive should be isolated from others in the household, if possible, for the full 10 days

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