The Athletic Department has developed return-to-play plans that follow local and national safety guidelines, and we are anticipating guidance from the WIAA on how to safely resume athletic practices and competitions
The “return to play” plan takes player, coach, and spectator safety as the priority, and provides details on keeping athletic equipment, facilities and venues clean and safe for everyone to utilize. All participants must complete and submit a guardian-signed participation waiver. All coaches and staff will implement safety procedures, and the school will continue to monitor recommendations and incorporate additional measures as needed.
We are continually working on:
- Returning to athletic conditioning while following all safety guidelines.
- Safely returning to contact days in July and practice in August.
- Establishing safety policies for all facilities and venues.
- Establishing a spectator and event hosting policy.
- Developing a transportation plan for competitions.
Timeline rollout, steps 1, 2 and 3:
For now, we are taking small, safe steps in order to determine what greater strides may be taken later. With state and local guidelines continually changing, we are editing our safety procedures to match those guidelines. Our overarching goal is to start school with full in-person learning and our intermediate goal is to start fall sports.
Step 1: On July 1, pods of 10 athletes, with a total group size of 40 athletes, began fitness workouts in both the fitness center and on Takton Field. No ball sharing, 10-person max pod size, social distancing and no contact. On July 1, cross country began a socially distanced group run.
Step 2: Contact days for football, volleyball, and soccer are scheduled to begin on July 19 or July 20. Ball sharing, pod size and physical contact has not been determined yet.
Step 3: Fall sports – August 3 football; August 17 soccer, CC and volleyball.