Covid-19 Athletic Policies

PEA 2021-2022 Winter Interscholastic Athletic COVID-19 Protocols

Phillips Exeter Academy is committed to keeping our community and our competitors as safe as possible. Below you will find the current protocols the Academy has adopted in order to provide a safe environment for athletics participation. These policies may be updated throughout the year as conditions warrant. 

PEA COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing

  • All PEA students, coaches, and athletics personnel are required to be vaccinated against the Coronavirus unless they qualify for a medical or religious exemption.
  • All PEA students and the adult community participate in rapid testing twice a week. 
  • This winter approximately 98% of the PEA campus will be vaccinated against COVID-19
  • Any individual whose vaccination is in process or who has been exempted from vaccination for medical or religious reasons is considered unvaccinated. The standard for an individual to be “fully vaccinated” is 2 weeks past a final dose (second dose for a two-dose regimen). 
  • If there are any positive COVID results on a team, those students/coaches may not play or travel with the team until they are cleared by the Medical Director.

Competition Policy

  • PEA expects that all of our athletic opponent student-athletes and adults are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Independent school student-athletes who have been granted an exemption for medical or religious reasons will be permitted to participate following state and federal guidance but will be required to complete a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to competition.
  • Referees and officials of PEA contests will be vaccinated unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption, in which case they will be tested within 24 hours of officiating and must be masked while officiating.
  • Any student or adult who tests positive may not travel PEA, nor should any individual who tests positive be near their team or on the sidelines until cleared for return by their health center.
  • For NHIAA Track Meets: at this time, we will be only competing with fully vaccinated student athletes from public schools.


  • PEA requires all visitors to campus, regardless of vaccination status (including athletes, coaches, and spectators) to wear masks while inside our athletics buildings. This includes bathrooms and locker rooms.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, mask must be worn by student athletes, coaches, and referees/ officials at all times, including during competition.
  • In swim and dive, all athletes and coaches will be masked on deck and remove masks when entering the pool to play.

Spectator Policy

  • As of Friday, January 21, we are pleased to welcome the Phillips Exeter Academy internal community - current students, faculty, and staff - to attend winter athletic events.
  • As of Wednesday, January 26, we will welcome parents of Exeter students to join in the stands. Internal community members and parents will be separated in the bleachers.  
  • Proper masking is required at all time. Spectators who do not comply with proper masking, will be told to leave. 
  • Absolutely no food or drinks are allowed in any athletic venue.
  • At this time, no spectators will be allowed in the Thompson Field House during track meets. 
  • All PEA spectators wishing to travel to an away game in support of Big Red should check the opposing school’s website as most are limiting spectator capacity. Schools may have different policies than those in effect at PEA, including prohibitions on unvaccinated spectators, required proof of vaccination to enter campus, or more strict regulations regarding access to campus buildings.
  • Most home games will continue to be streamed on Exeter Live.


  • Water jugs for visiting teams will be provided.  Each team should bring their own water bottles.
  • Locker room facilities for visiting teams will be provided if requested ahead of arrival.
  • Showers will also be made available upon advanced request.

We will work with peer schools to monitor conditions and protocols. Competing institutions, please share your protocols with Jay Tilton – - in the Physical Education and Athletics Department and/or Adam E Hernandez  - - in Health Services. 

PEA Covid-19 Dashboard


For up to date Covid conditions on our campus, please visit the Covid dashboard. 

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Frequently Asked Questions


Read more on the Academy's protocols to keep our community safe.

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General News & Updates


For more general athletics news and updates, please visit Exeter Today. 

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