Subject: Plan for Coaches and Student-Athletes to Return on Monday, June 8
Good morning all.
Attached and below you will find important information concerning the Monday, June 8 return for coaches and student-athletes. Principals, you have the discretion to start after June 8 (workouts cannot start before Monday, June 8), on the number of days workouts take place and time of day the workouts occur. I suggest, workouts take place in the morning during the time you or other administrators are on campus. I will need a detailed plan from each campus.
As we move forward, you will receive additional information. Please let me know if you have any questions.
After careful review of the Texas Education Agency (TEA), University Interscholastic League (UIL) and National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) guidelines/recommendations, here are some questions and answers to guide you to a successful Monday, June 8 return for all coaches and athletes. The TEA, UIL and NFHS guidelines/recommendations information packets are attached. I have also attached a sign in sheet to be used daily by coaches and athletes (NFHS packet- page 16). Please note- because the sign-in sheet ask for student symptoms, the nurse would have to maintain control of this list.
SCREENING PROCESS – DAILY
- BEFORE Arriving to Facility – Every student will have filled out screening questionnaire on their phone. If a student answers “YES” on any question they will stay at home and call their coach to let them know.
All student-athletes are required to complete the online COVID-19 Daily Screening Questionnaire for symptoms prior to leaving home, including checking your temperature if you can. Screening questions:
- Any contact with person who is/was positive for COVID–19; or
- New or worsening cough or shortness of breath/difficulty breathing; or
- Fever (subjective or >99.6); or
- At least two of: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, diarrhea.
When will coaches and athletes be able to return to their campus on Monday, June 8, 2020?
Response: Coaches and athletes can return for strength and conditioning with limitations beginning Monday, June 8, 2020. Please refer to the “UIL COVID-19 Strength and Conditioning and Sports Specific Instructions” for requirements for all workouts.
Will coaches be able to access gymnasiums and weight rooms?
Response: At this time, the interior of all campuses and facilities are off limits and cannot be accessed until further notice.
Will we be able to retrieve equipment from the buildings/weight rooms to use for conditioning on the exterior of the building?
Response: Yes, Coaches can retrieve equipment from the building/weight room for student athletes to use. All equipment MUST be wiped down and cleaned between each usage.
What can be done on the exterior of the building concerning strength and conditioning?
Response: Refer to the attached UIL guidelines/recommendations for sports specific activities conducted outdoors.
Will students athletes/band members need physicals for the 2020-2021 school year?
Response: Yes, all students participating in athletics and UIL band must have a physical for the 2020-2021 school year.
When is the dead period or days for no activity?
Response: No Activity Dates are:
Friday, July 3, 2020
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Monday, July 20, 2020
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Student-athletes needing to use the restroom during workouts will enter the building through the door designated by the campus principal. This will be the same entry point used for administrators and staff. Student-athletes MUST go to the restroom one at a time and are required to wash their hands before exiting the restroom. Other than restrooms, locker room use is not allowed for any reason.
Water MUST be provided for student athletes. Highly recommend student-athletes to bring their own individual labeled water bottles. They are prohibited from sharing water bottles. If a student-athlete needs a refill, there must be a cooler/container filled with water and ice available at several stations spaced 10ft. apart where a staff member (masked and gloved) can refill the students’ bottles upon request. If a student did not bring their own water, the staff member would be there to fill cups or bottles of water make available by the campus.
Please read and follow the Positive Cases and Staff or Students Showing COVID Symptoms section for anyone showing signs of COVID-19.
ALL WORKOUT ARE VOLUNTARY!!!!
Andre’ Walker, CMAA, TAAC
Director of Athletics and UIL Activities
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