Return to Play (Policies and Procedures) COVID-19

The following is the latest information being utilized and implemented by the Hazlet Board of Education and the Raritan High School Athletic Department to address all Return to Play issues involving COVID -19.

 

Hazlet Township Public Schools

Athletic Return to Play guidelines

Phase 1

from July 13, 2020,

through July 26, 2020.

 Progression to the next PHASE will be dependent upon directives from the Governor

and changes in the prevalence of COVID-19 throughout the State.

 

“RETURN TO PLAY” TASK FORCE MEMBERS: John DeGenito, Susan Marinelli, Michael DeSocio, Amanda Stump, Denis Caruano, Anthony Petruzzi & Taryn Landers

 

Coach

●     Must ensure that all participants have filled out Covid questions on Family ID.

●     Must wear face coverings at all times

●     Follow all pre-drawn structured workouts for the duration of the session

●     Access to workouts should be limited to student-athletes, coaches, and appropriate personnel

●     All players will be grouped into teams of 10 participants.

○     These groups of 10 will remain the same for the entirety of phase 1 regardless of attendance or other issues.

●     Workouts should be no longer than 90 minutes in length and include a 10 minute health check, 10 minute warm-up and a 10 minute cool down

●     Throughout phase 1, workouts shall be limited to conditioning, skill sets, and specific non-contact drills.

●     There will be no access to the weight room or weights provided by the school/district during this phase. 

●     Social distancing of at least six (6) feet shall be maintained between student-athletes and staff at all times, including within the ten (10) student-athlete groupings.

●     There shall not be celebratory contact, e.g., fist bumps, high-fives, huddles, etc.

●     Student athletes should be allowed access to unlimited access to fluids, but must bring their own containers. 

●     Students and staff should make every effort to wash their hands as often as possible including before and after the workout.

●     The district will provide hand sanitizer at specific locations accessible to athletes and coaches  

●     Workouts shall always comply with the NJSIAA Heat Participation Policy.

●     Only allow access to school building for bathroom access

○     Only 1 athlete allowed for bathroom access at a time.

 

 

Athlete

●     Accurately fill out the daily Covid-19 questionnaire.

●     Supply own face coverings that must be worn during non-aerobic activity (sitting on bench, reviewing plays, watching videos, waiting in lines etc)

●     Student-athletes who are engaged in high-intensity aerobic activity, e.g., running, sprinting, etc., do not need to wear face coverings during the period of the aerobic activity. Once the aerobic activity is over, student athletes shall wear face coverings.

●     Must bring their own liquid containers, preferably filled at the start of the session.  ‘

●     There shall not be celebratory contact, e.g., fist bumps, high-fives, huddles, etc.

●     Students and staff should make every effort to wash their hands as often as possible including before and after the workout.

●     There shall be no spitting, chewing seeds or gum during the workout.

 

Assessor

●     Must use gloves and mask at all times

●     Covid questionnaire needs to be filled out by the athlete prior to eval by the assessor

○     Due to contact precautions, pens and extra paper will not be available at athletic site.   If the athlete does not have the proper paperwork, he/she will not be able to participate and sent home.    NO late entries will be accepted. 

○     If yes to any question, athlete will immediately be sent home

○     Medical professional on call will be contacted if athlete answers yes to any questions

●     Take athletes temperature using contactless infrared thermometer

○     Wipe thermometer with alcohol wipe after every use

○     Document temperature on google doc

○     Immediately contact medical on call of temperature above 100.4

 

 

ATC/Nurse

 

●     Instruct Assessor on how to use thermometer and ranges of temperatures of concern

●     Periodically review google doc of attendance

●     Contact parents of reason for concern and return to play criteria

●     Prepare for phase 2 after guidelines are released

 

Athletic Director

Maintain contact between ATC/Assessor/Nurse/coaching staff to coordinate

 

General rules for athletes/coaches

●     The COVID-19 Questionnaire must be completed seven (7) days prior to the start of the first workout session.This form only needs to be completed one time. Any athlete that does not have a COVID-19 Questionnaire on file will not be permitted to participate in any workouts.

●     Student-athletes who presently have COVID-19, or who have tested positive for COVID-19, shall provide clearance from a physician before he/she will be permitted to participate in workouts.

●     Student-athletes who have pre-existing medical conditions and/or are immunocompromised (e.g., diabetes, asthma, auto-immune disorders, etc.) shall provide clearance from a physician before he/she will be permitted to participate in workouts.

●     Locker rooms will not be accessible for anything other than restroom breaks and only used by one athlete at a time. 

●     Student-athletes shall wear their workout gear to the workout and shall return home in the same workout gear.

●     If any athlete or coach who has associated with the 10 person squad, comes in direct contact with or tests positive with Covid-19, the squad/coach will be quarantined from the rest of the team/district duties for 14 days.  

 

What kind of supplies will the district need?

• Thermometer for temperature screenings

• Hand sanitizer

• EPA approved cleaners and disinfectants against COVID-19

• Face coverings

• Disposable gloves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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