Sierra High School and Harrison School District Two have been working on a plan to have student-athletes return to practice/play during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) is officially lifting its moratorium on athletics June 1st.
Sierra and District Two will be introducing students back to athletics on June 8th, 2020.
In order to ease everyone back into our high school athletics program, we will begin with Phase 1 of our reentry process. The guidelines for this beginning phase are outlined below. It is imperative that students and parents understand the importance of following these guidelines during this pandemic. It will allow us to move along to phase two, phase three, etc. Our goal as a school and district is to return to normalcy, but we will only move forward in the name of safety which is our top priority.
Our Athletic Director, Robert Bentley, will be hosting a virtual town hall next Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at 12 pm to go over these guidelines and answer any questions that parents and students might have.
Before any student can participate in practices over the summer the following waiver needs to be signed by the athlete and their parent. You can access the waiver here.
Harrison School District Return to Practice/Play Protocol
Begins June 8
- All coaches/staff and students will be screened for signs/symptoms of COVID-19 prior to a workout. Screening includes a temperature check. Please be aware if a student has walked to practice his/her temperature could be elevated. These students should be rechecked after 10 minutes after students are out of the sun. Temperature checks should be taken inside or in the shade. Parents who drop students off for workout should remain in their car until there student passes screening.
- Responses to screening questions for each person will be recorded and stored so that there is a record for everyone present in case a student develops COVID-19. A monitoring form will be provided for you. If temperature is rechecked both temperatures must be listed. Coaches will store screening forms. Coaches keep names of individuals in pods/groups/cohorts.
- Any person with positive symptoms reported will not be allowed to take part in workouts/practice and will contact his or her primary care provider or other appropriate health care professional. Isolate the individual immediately, provide a mask, call parent/guardian to have student picked up. May return to practice 3 days after reported positive symptoms noted.
- Vulnerable individuals should not oversee or practice/participate in any workouts during Phase 1.
- Individual does not complete pre-screening taken immediately out of pod/group/cohort – practice rights taken away for 2 days on first offense. Second offense loss of practices rights for remainder of summer workouts.
Limitations on Workouts/Practice/Gatherings:
- No workout of more than 10 individuals at a time inside or outside. Groups of 10 can meet in different outside areas as part of the same program. Ex: 9 players with a coach at one football goal line, another group at other goal line, and one group in the weight room.
- Workouts should be conducted in pods/group/cohort of individuals with the same 9 or less individuals always working out together. Smaller pod can be utilized for weight training if needed. Individuals cannot join other pods/groups/cohorts.
- There must be a minimum distance of 6 feet between each individual at all times. If this is not possible indoors, then the maximum number of individuals in the room must be decreased until proper distancing can occur.
- Locker rooms will not be utilized during Phase 1. Students should report to workouts in proper gear and immediately return home to shower at the end of the workout.
- Create one-way entry and exit doors/gates where possible.
- Minimize player contact by eliminating: handshaking, high fives and hugging. Individuals should not use sunflower seeds and should refrain from spitting in areas where other individuals could step or come in contact with the seed(s) or spit. Individuals should throw away their own trash. Assist individuals to not touch face.
- Community water jugs will not be available. Individuals will need to bring their own drinking bottle(s) filled with water or drink. Drinking fountains will not be used.
- Encourage players to provide their own transportation. If players walk home together encourage them to social distance.
- No outside team activities. No gatherings of team or players off school site. No participation with other groups at parks etc. If this occurs the individual will not be allowed to be involved with District 2 workouts for 14 days.
- Students must leave school site immediately after workout/practice. Students will not be allowed to mix with other pods/groups/cohorts.
Facilities Cleaning: Adults are in charge of sanitizing/disinfecting, students assist
- Adequate cleaning schedules will be followed and implemented for all athletic/training facilities to mitigate any communicable diseases.
- Prior to an individual or groups of individuals entering a facility, hard surfaces within the facility should we wiped down and sanitized (chairs, furniture, weight room equipment, bathrooms, athletic training tables, faucets, toilet handles, etc.)
- Individuals should wash hands for a minimum of 20 seconds with warm water and soap before touching any surfaces or participating in workouts. If water not available individuals should use hand sanitizer.
- Hand sanitizer should be plentiful and available to individuals as they transfer from place to place.
- Weight equipment will be wiped down/disinfected thoroughly before and after individual’s use of equipment.
- Appropriate clothing/shoes should be worn at all times in the weight room and in other practice areas to minimize sweat from transmitting onto equipment/surfaces.
- Any equipment such as weight benches, athletic pads,etc. having holes with exposed foam will be covered.
- Students must be encouraged to shower and wash their workout clothing immediately upon returning home.
- Cleaning products: (1)Unexpired Bleach ½ cup per gallon water or 2 tablespoons in quart spray bottle, 10 minute contact time (2) Lysol Multipurpose Cleaner with Hydrogen Peroxide, 10 minute contact time (3) Lysol Kitchen Pro Antibacterial Cleaner, 2 minute contact time (4) Spic & Span Everyday Antibacterial Cleaner, 10 minute contact time (5) Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, 4 minutes contact time (6) Lysol Disinfectant Spray, 10 minutes contact time (7) 70% rubbing alcohol, 5 minutes contact time
- There will be no shared athletic equipment: towels, clothing, shoes, water bottles, other sport specific equipment, etc.
- Students will wear their own appropriate workout clothing (do not share), individual clothing/towels should be washed and cleaned after every workout.
- Students will have a face mask with them at all workouts. No sharing of face mask.
- All athletic equipment, including balls will be cleaned/disinfected/sanitized after each use and prior to the next workout. If a ball or equipment are dirty, it should be first washed until dirt is removed with detergent or soap and then disinfected/sanitized. Disinfectant will not work on a dirty surface.
- Individual drills requiring the use of athletic equipment are permissible, but the equipment will be cleaned/disinfected/sanitized prior to use be the next individual.
- Free weight exercises that require a spotter cannot be conducted while honoring social distancing norms. Safety measures in all forms must be strictly enforced in the weight room.
- Resistance training will be emphasized as body weight, sub-maximal lifts and use of resistance bands in areas with social distancing issues.
- A basketball player can shoot with a ball(s), but a team will not practice/pass a single ball among the team where multiple players touch the ball.
- A football player will not participate in team drills with a single ball that will be handed off or passed to other teammates. Contact with other players is not allowed, and there will be no sharing of tackling dummies/donuts/sleds. Social distance in line.
- A volleyball player will not use a single ball that others touch or hit in any manner.
- Softball and baseball players will not share gloves, bats, or throw a single ball that will be tossed among the team. A single player may hit in cages and throw batting practice with no catcher. Prior to an athlete using the same balls they should be collected and cleaned individually.
- Wrestlers may skill and drill without touching a teammate.
- Cheerleaders may not participate/perform partner stunts or building. Chants, jumps, dances, etc. without contact are permissible.
- Tennis player may do individual drills, wall volleys and serves. Prior to an athlete using the same balls they will be collected and cleaned individually.
- Runner should maintain the recommended 6 feet of distancing between individuals.
- These examples are not all encompassing. Coaches, staff and students must use common sense to assure the safety of all. Seek out guidance from building level athletic director, district athletic director or district nurse.
- When dropping your student off wait until your student has passed the daily participation screening. If you student does not pass he/she will not be allowed to stay at practice or on district grounds. If your student walks he/she will be directed to walk home and coach will contact parent or guardian.
- Only students directly involved in activities are allowed in district facilities or on the field where students are participating. If you need to speak with a coach have your student inform the coach. To communicate the coach will social distance and wear a face mask. Parents/Guardians will also wear a face mask.
- When picking your student up. Please stay in your vehicle. Leave immediately after your student is in your vehicle.
- If you are uncomfortable sending your student to practice/work out it will not be held against them. We understand that individuals have different ideas about safety with COVID-19 and are sensitive to those ideas.
Phase 2 requirements are currently being developed. The start of Phase 2 will depend on current information from El Paso County Health and the evaluation of your pre-screening data and individuals following these guidelines.