County Public Health approves Athletics Stage 2

Mesa County Public Health approves Stage 2 Athletics in D51
Posted on 06/19/2020
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Grand Junction, CO - Mesa County Public Health has approved Stage 2 guidelines for District 51's return to summer athletics and activities starting Monday, June 22. 
Stage 2 guidelines only apply to summer
athletics
 and activities in District 51, and are not to be confused with Mesa County Public Health Phase 2 guidelines for the county in general

The Stage 2 plan was presented to D51 coaches last night for the first time - students and parents should check with their coach to see when Stage 2 will go into effect for their sport, as some need more time than others to adjust for new procedures.
For those students who have not participated in Stage 1, a signed summer clearance form must be completed and returned to the coach prior to participation. The clearance form has been sent to all high school families. Families can return their completed forms to paul.cain@d51schools.org or their student's coach or school athletic director. 


Weight Room
Pod size limit: 15, one user per station. No lifts that require a spotter. Equipment must be wiped down after each individual use and the entire area needs to be sanitized by the coach after the group is finished.
Restroom facilities will be made available to all students, no matter the group. All individuals need to wash hands prior to and after each workout.
Pods must remain the same from Stage 1; new participants can be added to an existing pod as long as the group size is 15 or fewer.
Cross Country
Runners should maintain at least 6 feet of distance between individuals, no grouping (i.e. start or finish).
All individuals need to wash hands prior to and after each workout.
Groups may start off campus.
Tennis
Each player must use own can of balls to play and use racket to pass other balls. Players may do individual drills, wall volleys, serves or play against others. Wipe down rackets after use.
All individuals need to wash hands prior to and after each workout.
Groups may start off campus.


Track
Runners should maintain at least 6 feet of distance between individuals, no group (i.e. start or finish). No sharing of implements/equipment. Padded equipment will not be allowed.
All individuals need to wash hands prior to and after each event.
Groups may gather off campus but are limited to pods of 15 with a maximum of 50 on the field. Pods must be 20 feet apart.


Golf
Maintain appropriate physical distancing of 6 feet.
All individuals need to wash hands prior to and after each round.
Groups may meet at golf course.


Volleyball
Conditioning and drills may take place as long as social distancing is strictly followed. Gym floor is to be disinfected after each pod.
All individuals need to wash hands prior to and after each workout. Volleyballs need to be disinfected after each use or be kept separate for each pod for entire stage.

Gyms will be opened to a pod of 15 athletes. Pods need to have their own specific volleyballs. Nets may be set up.

Soccer
Conditioning, drills and play may take place as long as social distancing is strictly followed. Balls must be disinfected after each pod use.
All individuals need to wash hands prior to and after each workout. Soccer balls need to be disinfected after each use.
Groups may gather off campus but are limited to pods of 15 with a maximum of 50 on the field. Pods must be 20 feet apart.

Baseball
Conditioning and drills may take place as long as social distancing is followed. Players should not share gloves or bats. Players may hit in cages, throw batting practice. Baseballs must be disinfected after each pod's use. Ground balls and live hitting are permitted.
All individuals need to wash hands prior to and after each workout. Baseballs need to stay with the same pod of students or be disinfected after each use.
Groups may gather off campus but are limited to pods of 15. Maximum of 50 people in an area with at least 20 feet between pods.

Softball
Conditioning and drills may take place as long as social distancing is followed. Players should not share gloves or bats. Players may hit in cages, throw batting practice. Softballs must be disinfected after each pod's use. Ground balls and live hitting are permitted.
All individuals need to wash hands prior to and after each workout. Softballs need to stay with the same pod of students or be disinfected after each use.
Groups may gather off campus but are limited to pods of 15. Maximum of 50 people in an area with at least 20 feet between pods.

Basketball
Conditioning, drills and shooting may take place as long as social distancing is strictly followed with no contact between players. Courts must be disinfected after each use.
All individuals need to wash hands prior to and after each workout. Basketballs need to be disinfected after each use or basketballs need to be separated and used by only one pod during Stage 2.
Gyms will be opened to a pod of 15. Maximum of 50 people in an area with at least 20 feet between pods.

Wrestling
Conditioning, mirror drills with spacing, no player-to-player contact. Wrestlers may skill and drill without touching a teammate (as long as physical distancing is strictly followed). Mats must be disinfected after each use by pods.
All individuals need to wash hands prior to and after each event.
Wrestling rooms will be opened to a pod of 15.

Cheerleading/Poms
Conditioning and individual technique/choreography work. Students may not practice or participate in partner or group stunts. Chants, jumps, dance, without contact, are permissible as long as physical distancing is adhered to. No cheer mats may be used.
All individuals need to wash hands prior to and after each event.
Groups may meet off campus with a limit of 15 individuals per pod and an outdoor group of 50 with at least 20 feet between pods.


Football
Conditioning and individual drills. Footballs may be used, but no contact with other players is allowed and there should be no use of tackling dummies/donuts/sleds. Protective equipment is prohibited. Each pod must have their own football to use during Stage 2.
All individuals need to wash hands prior to and after each workout. Footballs need to be disinfected after each use.
Pods of 15 allowed with a maximum of 50 individuals on the field. Pods must maintain social distancing while having 20 feet between pods. Footballs must remain with specific pods.


Lacrosse
Conditioning and drills allowed. Players can play catch and work on ball handling drills. There can be no player-to-player contact and no sharing of equipment. Balls must be disinfected after each pod's use.
All individuals need to wash hands prior to and after each event.
Pods of 15 allowed with a maximum of 50 individuals on the field. Pods must maintain social distancing while having 20 feet between pods.

General Procedures
Symptom screening:
NFHS Coach monitoring checklist. If a student has symptoms or answers yes to questions, coaches will contact parents and remove the student from the activity.

Attendance: Attendance will be taken and kept on file for all sessions. Athletes who are late and miss screening will not
participate that day. Athletes can only be a part of two different pods (if they play multiple sports) and need to stay in the same pods for the duration of Stage 2.
Entrance/Exit: All participants and staff enter/exit through the same location(s) each day. Pods will not enter and exit from the same point: one-way entrance, another way exit. Only restrooms, weight room and gyms will be opened. Locker rooms will not be available.
Water: All participants must have a person water bottle(s) - no team jugs or water fountains may be used. Water fountains will be covered.
Physical Distancing: Minimum distance of 6 feet between participants at all times. There may be up to 50 people in the area doing the same outdoor activity in pods of 15 or fewer. Athletes are to stay in the same pod for the duration of Stage 2.
Disinfecting: Gym floors will be disinfected after each use.
Masks: Face coverings are to be worn going in and out of the building - not during workouts.
All dates and procedures are targets and subject to change, contingent on keeping the spread of COVID-19 at a manageable level. District 51 will follow Mesa County Public Health, NFHS, and SMAC guidelines for opening high school athletics and activities. Participation in activities is strictly voluntary and only for high school students.

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