Extracurricular Program

New Trier is working to provide the most robust extracurricular program possible for our students during the upcoming school year. Each extracurricular area is developing plans to provide opportunities for students to the greatest extent possible that address each of our possible scenarios for the year.

Safety Guidelines for Fall 2020 New Trier Extracurricular Activities

For the safety of our students, staff and community, the following safety guidelines must be followed every day during extracurricular activities. Students who do not follow these guidelines will be removed from participation. Programs that do not follow these procedures will have their activities suspended.

Students/families must answer screening questions honestly so we can continue to offer these opportunities. We will follow up with anyone who reports symptoms to determine when/if they can report back to their activities


Parents must complete the Ruvna daily screening app before students come to campus. Once they complete the form, and if the responses to the questions are ALL NO , they will receive a QR code to text or email to their students. Students must present the code to enter campus.

Screening questions are:

  • Do you have a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees?
  • Do you have a fever, cough, chills and/or muscle aches?
  • Do you have a sore throat, runny nose, and/or loss of taste or smell?
  • Do you have nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea?
  • Do you have a shortness of breath and/or headache?
  • Have you tested positive for or been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 10 days?
  • Have you had close contact, or cared for someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
  • Have you traveled outside the state of Illinois in the past 14 days?
    • Travel increases the risk of exposure to the coronavirus for our students, staff and community.  The CDC has issued Level 3 Warnings - Avoid Nonessential Travel- for the vast majority of countries and territories.  The CDC also continues to discourage domestic travel, CDC domestic travel .
    • Cook County Travel Order   The Cook County Department of Public Health recommends a 14-day quarantine for anyone entering suburban Cook County, Illinois, after visiting states with a high incidence of COVID-19 infections for more than 24 hours. The list of states is updated weekly. Students and staff who visit a high-incident state for more than 24 hours MUST self-quarantine and inform the school they will be remote learning during this time.  Additional information about staff guidelines will be provided separately.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  Upon completion of the required 14-day quarantine, students and staff may return to campus.
    • Upon completion of the required 14-day quarantine, students and staff may return to campus.

Any student who answers "yes" to any of the screening questions will not be allowed to participate in the activity and the student will be sent home; the student's parent/guardian and the nurses' office will also be notified as part of the procedure.

Below are the group size guidelines and limitations set forth by the Illinois Department of Public Health.  Each group of 50 includes staff and students.   

  • Indoor: 50 or less permitted per indoor space.  Socially distanced 6' apart.
  • Outdoor: Multiple groups of 50 are permitted outdoors in the same facility if there is 30 feet between the multiple groups. 

Face masks must be worn outside until students and staff are socially distanced within their activity pods. 
Face masks must be inside at all times unless eating or drinking.
Participants must bring their own water bottles as access to water will be limited. Participants should also bring their own personal items (blanket, chair, etc.) for their own use, which should not be shared with others.
During the activity, students should clean their hands with hand sanitizer. Each activity sponsor has sanitizer if a student is unable to provide their own.
Follow restroom capacity signage.
Students must adhere to all signage inside buildings on safety guidelines.
No sharing of equipment .
In the event of inclement weather, an outdoor activity will be virtual or will be canceled.

If a student learns that they have come into contact with someone that tested positive for COVID-19, they must notify the activity sponsor and Health Services Office healthservices@nths.net , 847-784-3113 (Northfield Campus) or 847-835-9852 (Winnetka Campus) immediately.  If a staff member learns that they have come into contact with someone that tested positive for COVID-19, they should notify the Health Services Office and either the Student Activities Office (Stacy Kolack kolacks@nths.net ) or the Performing Arts Director Office (Hilerre Kirsch  kirschh@nths.net ) immediately. New Trier will make a final decision about their future participation.

Staff and students must enter campus by checking in at the following locations:

  • Winnetka Campus N16 (Trevian Way Entrance) 7:00 AM-8:00 PM
  • NF Campus B Building Vestibule Entrance 7:00 AM-8:00 PM

Fall sports information, including IHSA guidelines and daily Student Screening Forms_HS can be found on the Athletics website .
Student Activities
We believe in Student Activities as a means to support our students and enhance their overall experience at New Trier. As such, we are committed to offering opportunities for all students to stay engaged and involved next year, whether that be in a traditional setting, socially distanced, or remotely connected. To prepare for any of these scenarios, we are working on creative ways to help students learn about, and participate in, the wide variety of clubs and activities that are available. This includes advancing our online presence as well as collaborating with club sponsors and student leaders to create a unique Club Fair experience next fall.

Of course, we acknowledge that certain clubs may look a bit different next year as health and safety protocol evolves, therefore please continue to refer to the Student Activities homepage throughout the year for the most up-to-date offerings and information. In the meantime, you can watch this short video overview of the many extracurricular offerings from across all programs as well as a special message to the class of 2024 from the Student Council officers. We hope that you are enjoying your summer and can't wait to see all Trevians again soon!

Performing Art
New Trier's arts program is a cornerstone of the school's whole-child approach to learning and exploring. The Performing Arts Division is committed to offering students the opportunity to participate in extracurricular dance, music, theatre, and performing arts performances and events to the greatest extent possible during the 2020-2021 school year regardless of whether students are learning in school, at home, or a combination of both. We have been working on creative solutions to address any of these scenarios and to keep students involved. Please refer to the  Performing Arts home page page throughout the school year for the most updated information about performances, rehearsals, and other issues that may need to be fluid given the changing circumstances of state health guidance