Dear Parents and Athletes,
We are excited to welcome our athletes back on campus! This afternoon we received word that our plan for reopening our facilities, which was submitted to the Butler County Health Department, has been reviewed and approved. Beginning tomorrow, June 2, 2020, Monroe High School will reopen our athletic facilities for school-sponsored physical fitness/ conditioning and “Individual Skill Training” under strict guidelines mandated by the Ohio Department of Health in conjunction with the OHSAA and Premier Health. It is important that before athletes return to our facilities that they and their families review the protocols that are listed below to ensure the safety of all of our athletes, coaches, and staff.
Our Athletic Department staff, including coaches have reviewed guidelines that must be observed. Our coaches have a plan in place to ensure these guidelines are implemented and followed. It is important to understand that these athletic training activities are not mandatory. Students and or parents who do not feel comfortable participating should not feel obligated to do so.
The following guidelines must be followed for any athlete to return for training. If you have any questions regarding these guidelines, please contact us at your convenience.
Mandatory Return to Athletics Safety Guidelines
- Prior to departing for each activity, students should complete a self assessment that includes:
- Taking their temperature - students with a temperature of 100.4 or higher in the last 24 hours should stay home.
- Assessing symptoms - Do you have a cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath?
- Have you had contact with someone diagnosed with Covid-19 within the last 14 days?
If a student answers “Yes” to any of these questions or if they are feeling ill or rundown, they should not attend the workout.
- Students should only report to campus at the time communicated from their coach.
- Upon arrival to the facility, athletes shall complete the “Check-In” process which will include the daily monitoring/screening of the self-assessment questions.
- Students who do not pass the “Check-In” process because of a high temperature or answering “Yes” to any of the self assessment questions will not be permitted to participate that day and until they satisfy the requirements set forth by Premier Health. Students will be provided with the following letter that should be taken home to their Parent/Guardian from Premier Health.
- Athletes must cooperate with the screening protocols set in place upon arrival to the facility, workout, or practice session. Failure to cooperate will result in their denial of participation in the activity.
- Participants are reminded that participation is a privilege and not a right.
- If athletes have a pre-existing condition that is susceptible to COVID-19 (eg., moderate to severe asthma, obesity, heart conditions, diabetes, obesity, or chronic immune deficiencies) they should consider staying home.
- Athletes should arrive at the workout or facility alone. Riding with multiple individuals in the same car (that are not immediate family members) is discouraged.
- If a parent or guardian permits an athlete (Athletes “A”) to travel with a person not in their immediate household (Athlete “B”) and Athlete “B” fails the screening / “Check-In” process upon arrival, it is the responsibility of the parent or guardian of Athlete “A” to arrange for transportation for their athlete home from the activity that day.
- Athletes should clean their hands immediately upon entering the facility or workout session and at least once every hour while at the facility, and at the conclusion of workout or treatment.
- Athletes should not touch their face while working out. If they do, they should sanitize their hands before continuing the workout or practice session.
- Athletes should bring their own hand sanitizer to workouts, conditioning and skills sessions, if possible and are encouraged to provide their own sanitation supplies when utilizing their personal sport equipment.
- All electronic devices are encouraged to remain in students' cars and secured in personal bags. After a student arrives on campus and washes their hands, prior to participation, all electronic devices should remain secured to prevent the potential transfer of germs/bacteria. If an electronic device must be used, athletes should wash their hands again prior to returning to participation.
- Students are reminded that locker rooms will not be available to secure valuable times (including electronic devices) and are encouraged to bring only items absolutely essential to the activity with them on campus.
- Maintain social distancing of six feet and must remain in their designated groups.
- Face coverings are recommended when inside any facility (indoor or outdoor), except during the period that athletes are engaged in physical activity.
- Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times.
- Students should arrive at the activity dressed for participation and should not be changing clothes at the facility.
- Athletes should cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. Practice respiratory etiquette (maintain distance: at least 6 feet), cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or flexed elbow, wash hands). If coughing persists, isolate and seek medical advice.
- Athletes must bring their own water bottle - public water fountains will not be available.
- To the extent possible, each individual item (eg., bottled beverage) should be labeled to avoid inadvertent use by another person.
- The Athletic Training Room is closed to students unless invited in the Athletic Trainer or Staff Member.
- Towels and personal hygiene products should not be shared.
- Locker Rooms will not be available, showers should not be taken at the facility.
- Do not share drinks.
- Social distancing will be mandatory during all activities and in all facilities including in the athletic training and weight rooms.
- Avoid contact with sick people, including close contact with those suffering from acute respiratory infections and avoid shaking hands or hugging.
- Shared equipment will need to be sanitized with a disinfectant before and after use. This includes free weights, mats, kettlebells, medicine balls, stability balls, bars, etc.
- Cold tubs for post workout recoveries will be prohibited.
- Participants should not congregate prior to or at the conclusion of the activity.
- In an effort to stay within recommended gathering sizes, spectators are not permitted to attend the workouts. Parents dropping off and picking up their athlete are encouraged to do so in their vehicle. Parents needed to speak with a coach should make prior arrangements to do so.
Multiple Sport Athletes: To minimize the chance of transfer should a student exhibit signs or symptoms of COVID-19 to other sports, students who are multiple sport athletes should attend the physical fitness and conditioning sessions with the sport that is their “next” season of participation (i.e. an athlete who plays a fall and winter sport should attend the fall sport workout). Then they should communicate with the Head Coach of the other sport (i.e. winter) to set up a time to schedule an individual skills training session.
I know these are many guidelines to follow, but all of them are put in place to keep our student athletes safe. We are happy to have them back and we will work together to keep them safe and healthy. Coaches will follow up with a detailed schedule before your first training session with more information in regards to their specific sport. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have as this continues to a very fluid situation with changes occurring on a regular basis.
Monroe Local Schools