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Athletic Covid-19 Policies and Procedures

The Athletic Department wishes to clarify the COVID-19 policies and policies and procedures.  We have adopted and enhanced our North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association protocols as well as those of our Piedmont Triad Athletic Conference. These protocols, procedures, and expectations are in place for all practices and competition with other schools.  
As a school, athletic department, team, and conference, we all need to work to support these policies to help ensure that we can continue to participate in athletics.

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: Ball and equipment cleaning?

    - Spring sports equipment will be cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis by the coaching staff as recommended by the NFHS and CDC.
  • Q: Masks for Athletes?

    (Governor's executive order 181)

    - Masks are to be worn to and from the practice/competition space. 

    - Masks are to be worn at all times when indoors, even during competition. 

    - When outdoors, masks are to be worn at all times as athletes are not able to maintain 6 feet of social distancing.

    - Individuals are permitted to remove their mask to get water, and then are required to mask up. 

    - All athletes waiting on the sidelines or done with competition must be in a mask.

    - No sharing of masks.
  • Q: Masks for Coaches?

    - Coaches are to remain in a mask/face covering at all times. 

  • Q: Social Distancing in Athletics?

    - When not in competition we will socially distance 6 feet or more.

    - Coaches will provide reminders to athletes and others.

    - Attention must be paid to water breaks, time outs, halftimes, post-race, mid match, etc. 

    - Those not in competition or those waiting will socially distance.
  • Q: Hand Cleaning?

    - The Athletic Department is providing hand sanitizer. 

    - Athletes will be required to sanitize hands as they begin practice, at all water breaks, and at the end of practice.

    - Please also encourage frequent hand washing.

  • Q: Locker rooms, gear, bags?

    - Locker room use will be restricted.  A maximum of 2 students (supervised) will be permitted to use the locker room at any given time to change cloths or use the bathroom.  Mask use is required.

    - Personal items are not permitted to be left in the locker rooms.  

    We ask students to place bags and personal items a minimum of 6 feet apart. Tape and/or markers are provided.

  • Q: Are spectators permitted to attend?

    The  Administrative Re-Entry team made the decision to follow the same guidelines that have been in place for each sport season.  No fans as we begin each season.  
    During the Fall and Winter season, we started without any spectators and we will do the same this Spring.  The Coaches, Teams, and Athletic Department needs to get a feel for the Spring before we introduce parents into the mix.

    At this time, spectators for Spring Sports will not be permitted.  We will evaluate the potential for spectators as we move ahead. 

    Both the Soccer Field and the Lacrosse Field have camera systems for Livestreaming games via the NFHSNetwork.com (subscription required).

  • Q: What are the athletic protocols post Covid-19 illness?

    The NCISAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee has created the Covid-19 Gradual Return to Play Protocol for any athlete that has tested positive.

    This guidance is aimed at athletes with mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19. Athletes should follow their state, local government and pediatrician's guidelines for management of symptoms including isolation and testing processes.

    It is strongly recommended that athletes who have more complicated infections (ie severe symptoms, underlying health conditions, family history, hospital intervention/support) have medical assessments done by their pediatrician before beginning the GRTP under medical supervision.

    Covid-19 Gradual Return to Play Protocol
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