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NLS Stage II Protocol For Sports And Activities

DATE:  June 24, 2020
TO: Families of New London-Spicer Activities Participants, Community Ed Participants & Community Groups
FROM: John Vraa, HS Activities/CE Director
           Peg Peterson, MS Activities Director/Youth Services Coordinator
RE: New London-Spicer Stage II Protocol

Alignment

  • MN Department of Health
  • CDC
  • MSHSL
  • NFHS

Activities

  • ETS Strength and Conditioning on the football field - starting June 22
  • ETS Strength and Conditioning indoor and outdoor - starting June 29
  • Sport-specific outdoor practices and games - starting June 22
  • Sport-specific indoor practices - starting June 24, games starting July 1 or later
  • Community Ed and Youth Service activities - starting July 6

Space Guidelines

  • Pod sizes for non-game settings are required to not exceed 25 people per pod, both indoor and outdoor.
  • Reduce contact between players as much as possible, even during games.
  • It is important to remember that the more physical contact that occurs between people, the greater risk there is in spreading the illness.
  • Proper social distance is recommended whenever possible - six feet between each individual.  

Enter/Exit Procedures - 

  • Football Field:  participants will park on the north side of Aux gym and enter through the stadium stairs and exit through the double gate near the track finish line (near plaza).  Participants are not allowed to park behind the high school. 
  • HS Gym/Aux Gym:  participaticipants will park in front of the High School gym and enter and exit through the main High School gym entrance.
  • Gymnastics will enter the Aux gym from the plaza.
  • Community ed activities please see confirmation email after registering for enter/exit information.

Pre-Workout Screening

  • All coaches and participants must self-screen for signs/symptoms of COVID-19 prior to arrival and participation.
  • Screening includes a temperature check administered at home prior to participation.
  • Participants will be asked for their self screened temperatures and will be asked symptomatic questions upon arrival. 
  • Responses to screening questions for each person will be recorded and stored.
  • Families are required to monitor the health of their children and withhold them from participation if they exhibit any of the following symptoms:
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Sore Throat
    • Shortness of Breath
    • Close contact, or cared for someone with COVID-19
    • Temp (if higher than 100.3 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Any person with positive symptoms will not be allowed to participate and should contact his or her primary care provider or other appropriate health care professional.
  • Individuals with underlying health conditions should not oversee or participate in any workouts or practices during this phase.

Limitations on Gathering

  • No gathering of more than 25 people per pod (including coaches).
  • Locker rooms will not be available. Students should report to workouts and practices in proper gear and immediately return home to shower at the end of a workout.
  • Workouts and practices will be conducted in “pods” of students with the same students always working together. Pods will be assigned prior to the first session.  Students are not allowed to attend a different workout session.

Facilities Cleaning

  • Individuals should wash their hands for a minimum of 20 seconds with warm water and soap before touching any surfaces or participating in workouts.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available to individuals as they transfer from place to place.
  • Public restrooms in high school and aux gym will be available for hand washing.
  • Participants will be encouraged to shower and wash their clothing immediately upon returning home.

Physical Activity and Equipment

  • There should be no shared equipment (towels, clothing, shoes) among students.
  • Participants come dressed in appropriate workout clothing and provide their own towel. Individual clothing/towels should be washed and cleaned after each activity.
  • All athletic equipment, including balls, should be cleaned intermittently during training.
  • All athletic equipment such as bats, batting helmets, and catchers gear should be cleaned between each individual’s use.
  • Some activities may require bringing your own equipment.
  • Coaches and participants are encouraged to wear face-covering when feasible.
  • No handshakes, high fives, or group activities.

Hydration

  • All participants should bring their own water bottles.  Water bottles must not be shared.
  • Hydration stations and drinking fountains will not be available.

Should Someone Contract COVID-19

  • The family should immediately contact the CE/Activities Office.
  • The school will contact MDH and follow their guidelines.
  • That individual will not be allowed to return for a time determined by MDH.
  • That pod will not be allowed to return for a time determined by MDH.
  • All parents will be notified

Continue to Practice Good Hygiene

  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
  • No sunflower seeds.

People Who Feel Sick Should Stay Home

  • Do not go to your activity.
  • Contact and follow the advice of your medical provider.

Other Considerations

  • Parents or caregivers should not attend workout sessions or practices.
  • Choices made by families – to participate, to not participate, or to participate only in some settings will be respected at all times.
  • There will be no undue influence on student-athletes to participate in these activities. All summer activities are optional.

Waiver

  • Each participant must have a signed waiver on file in the Community Education & Activities Office prior to participating in any workout or practice. You may access the waiver by clicking here. After accessing the link, click the blue “Make a copy” button. From there, you can edit the form and share the completed form with petersonm@nls.k12.mn.us. You may also choose to e-mail the document or print it and turn in.  If you would prefer a paper copy, please feel free to contact our office. 

The protocol outlined in the New London-Spicer Stage II may change based on new guidance from health agencies. 
COVID-19 Sports Guide for Youth and Adults

If you have any questions, please direct them to John Vraa, vraaj@nls.k12.mn.us, 320.212.5342, and/or Peg Peterson, petersonm@nls.k12.mn.us, 320.894.8276.