Announcements and Important Events
WINTER ATHLETIC HEALTH AND SAFETY PLAN
Schuylkill Valley School District
Covid-19 is an illness caused by a virus that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes Covid-19 is a new coronavirus that has spread throughout the world. Virus symptoms can range from mild (or no symptoms) to severe illness or in some cases death.
An individual can become infected by coming into close contact (less than 6 feet or two arm lengths) with a person who has Covid-19 as the virus is primarily spread from person to person. Infections occur from respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. Infection may also occur by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then by touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
While it is not possible to eliminate all risk of spreading Covid-19, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) advises there are many steps schools can take to reduce the risks to students, coaches, and their families. The Schuylkill Valley School District will take precautions to help to ensure the safety of students and staff while following the recommendations of federal, state and local governments as well as the CDC, NFHS and PIAA. No amount of safety precautions, however, can guarantee a student will not become infected. As more information becomes available about COVID-19, this plan may be modified and updated.
The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) season will set the start of the season for each individual sport. The District or the Berks County Interscholastic Athletic Association may adjust the starting date to a later start than the PIAA.
High Risk Groups
People with a higher risk of Covid-19 should not participate in athletic activities or attend any athletic contests. Some of the higher risk categories are:
- People at a higher risk for severe illness
- People who are immuno-compromised
- Older adults
- Individuals with moderate or severe Asthma
- Individuals with HIV
- Individuals with Liver or Kidney Disease
- Individuals who are Pregnant or Breast-Feeding
If there is a concern about the risk associated with participation due to underlying health conditions, the individual should consult their health care provider prior to returning to sports.
Point of Contact
The primary point of contact for this plan is the Athletic Director. Secondary contacts are the Athletic Trainers.
Any student-athlete or coach attending a practice or competition should be in good physical condition. Anyone feeling sick or experiencing any unusual symptoms associated with Covid-19 must stay home to protect themselves and others.
If a student-athlete starts to feel sick at a practice or competition, the individual should immediately inform one of the coaches who should isolate the individual. The parent/guardian should be alerted immediately and the student-athlete should be sent home.
All coaches directly interacting with student-athletes will wear mask at all times. Any exceptions to this – for medical reasons – must be approved by the Athletic Director.
According to Pennsylvania Health Code Order of Nov. 17, 2020, student-athletes are required to wear a mask any time the individual is on campus. This includes, but is not limited to, team talks/meetings, bathrooms and locker rooms, buses and vans, weight room, gym, athletic training room and all other indoor and outdoor areas on campus. Face masks which are worn during PIAA competitions may not have any advertising or corporate names on them.
When a coach or student-athlete arrives for a team event, he/she will be required to wash their hands for a minimum of 20 seconds. Following that, the individual will report to either a coach or athletic personnel who will screen each individual and take their temperature (see Appendix I). During this screening process, coaches, athletic personnel and student-athletes must be wearing a mask. Documentation will be done via a paper form or the use of online documentation. Coaches will keep this documentation and will send it to the athletic trainers to have a backup copy in the medical files.
If there is a finding of Covid-19 or a concern with a “Yes” answer to the screening questions, the student-athlete or coach should be isolated and sent home.
As part of this process, the individual conducting the screening may utilize a non-contact thermometer to take the temperature of each student-athlete. If someone registers a temperature of 100.4 or higher, he/she will be isolated for 5 minutes and the temperature will be taken again. Following another 5-minute isolation period, the student-athlete will have a 3rd temperature reading. If the average temperature of the 3 readings is 100.4 or higher, the parent/guardian must be contacted to pick up the student-athlete. Parents will be asked to have the student-athlete examined by a medical professional and to provide follow-up documentation that the student is free from the Covid-19 virus.
Education and Waiver
Prior to participation in the winter season, parents will be required to sign the PIAA Covid form indicating that they and their child understand the risks of Covid-19 associated with participation. This form must be turned in before a student-athlete can begin participation. Individuals who filled out the online form during the fall season do not need to fill out the paper copy. Included in the form will be information about COVID-19 and safety precautions that can be taken.