ST. HUBERT HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT
Return to Play Action Plan
(In Response to Covid-19)
Revised Version – January 19, 2021
St. Hubert High School recognizes that knowledge regarding Covid-19 is constantly changing as new information becomes available. These recommendations will be adjusted as new information becomes available to reduce the risk to our student-athletes, parents, staff, and spectators.
A.) The CDC recommends people who are at higher risk to contract Covid-19 should not participate in athletic activities. In addition, anyone in a higher risk category should not attend any athletic team games or practices. The higher risk category includes but is not limited to people:
- 65 or older
- with kidney or liver disease
- with diabetes or asthma (please consult your physician)
- undergoing treatment for cancer
- who are pregnant and/or breastfeeding
B.) People who have tested positive or are showing symptoms of Covid – 19 are expected to stay home and follow CDC criteria to return https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html
C.) If you have been in close contact recently with a person diagnosed with Covid – 19 you are urged to follow the CDC guidelines on Quarantine and Isolation https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine-isolation.html
D.) If you have traveled, or plan to travel, to an area where there are high amounts of COVID-19 cases, it is recommended that you stay at home for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania. A listing of states can be found here: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx
Proactive Steps for Student-Athletes
Daily Health Monitoring
A.) All student-athletes will be required to fill out a daily symptom check survey form before participation. In addition, they will have their pre-participation temperature taken by a member of the Athletic Department Staff daily. All HIPAA rules will be observed in this process.
B.) Any student-athlete who feels sick must report to the Athletic Trainer, the team’s coach, the Athletic Director or a school administrator.
C.) Anyone who is ill will be isolated immediately and sent home when appropriate. Parents will be informed immediately. If the individual needs to be picked up by a parent, they will be masked and isolated until pick-up. If symptoms continue (fever, etc.), the student should be referred to their primary physician.
D.) Signs regarding health and safety will be posted throughout campus.
E.) As part of their orientation, students will be instructed on proper health and safety precautions including but not limited to:
o Social Distancing
o Proper Face Mask usage – Coaches, student-athletes and athletic staff will wear masks in accordance with state guidelines. http://www.piaa.org/assets/web/documents/Press%20release%20-%20Friday%20July%203%202020%20-%20Masks.pdf
o Care and disinfection of personal equipment daily
F.) High-fives, fist bumps and hand shaking are prohibited
G.) Student-Athletes must have their own water bottles, preferably in a one-gallon jug. These items cannot be shared.
H.) Chewing gum, seeds or spitting is prohibited.
I.) Everyone on the sidelines MUST wear masks as well as social distance.
J.) Student-athletes must refrain from sharing clothing, towels, pinnies etc. These items should be washed after each use.
K.) Locker rooms and the Fitness Center will be open after school for students to get changed for workouts. We will limit the number of students allowed in these areas to no more than four (4) at any time while encouraging the athletes to continue to wear their masks and maintain appropriate social distancing. Appropriate instructions for using the locker rooms and the Fitness Center will be posted in each area.
Proactive Steps for Coaches
A.) Coaches will have their temperatures taken before each team event.
B.) Coaches will wear masks during practices unless a documented medical condition preventing this is present.
C.) Coaches will have their own water bottles and they cannot be shared.
D.) Coaches will be expected to enforce social distancing during practices and games when practical.
E.) Coaches will discourage unnecessary physical contact such as high fives, fist bumps, handshakes, or hugs.
F.) Outdoor practice will be prioritized.
G.) When practical, coaches will encourage student-athletes to wait in their cars until just before practice, or warm-ups begin instead of forming groups in confined spaces.
General Proactive Steps
A.) Cleaning schedules will be created and implemented for all athletic facilities to mitigate any communicable disease.
B.) Athletic Facilities will be cleaned at the end of each workout. High touch areas will be cleaned more frequently.
C.) The locker rooms and Fitness Center will only be available for St. Hubert students to get changed. Access to these areas will be limited to no more than four (4) students at any time. Student-athletes are encouraged to arrive on site dressed and ready for practice.
D.) Appropriate clothing and footwear must always be worn in the gym to minimize sweat from transmitting onto equipment surfaces.
E.) Athletic equipment that may be used by multiple individuals (balls, sticks, etc.) will be cleaned intermittently during practice and events as deemed necessary.
F.) Hand Sanitizer will be available for team use as resources allow.
Please Note: All clothing must be taken home every evening. Any clothing left on the field, gym floor or benches will be disposed of during cleaning.
Sport Specific Guidelines
As of January 19, 2021, St. Hubert student-athletes will be returning for the first day of practice for the following sports: Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Indoor Track and Swimming.
● Basketball – Practices will take place in the school gym (Monday thru Thursday, Varsity from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM, JV from 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM). Masks must be worn by players and coaches at all times. Athletes will be required to complete the Daily Health Assessment Questionnaire that is available on Google Forms.
● Bowling – Practices will be held at Thunderbird Lanes on Holme Avenue on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM. The team will abide by the City of Philadelphia guidelines for bowling alleys. Athletes will be required to complete the Daily Health Assessment Questionnaire that will be available on Google Forms. https://www.phila.gov/programs/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/guidance/guidance-documents/bowling-alleys-arcades-game-spaces-and-casinos/
● Indoor Track - The team will meet after school for workouts in the school hallways or at the Father Judge Track complex, when available. Athletes will be required to complete the Daily Health Assessment Questionnaire that will be available on Google Forms.
● Swimming – Practices will be held at the Alberta Morris Pool on Academy Road on Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM and Saturday’s from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Athletes will be required to complete the Daily Health Assessment Questionnaire that will be available on Google Forms. Players must have their own training equipment, e.g. snorkels, masks, kick boards, etc.
● Cheerleading – Our Cheerleading teams started voluntary workouts in August. We will be following the current city guidelines permitting a maximum of no more than 10% of the gym capacity at one time. Due to the large number of students participating on the Cheerleading teams, we will need to have multiple practices. Coaches will have to limit each practice to approximately 30 team members depending on the number of coaches that will also be in attendance. Athletes will be required to complete the Daily Health Assessment Questionnaire that will be available on Google Forms. Mats will be set up in the gym to permit acceptable social distancing for each group. Coaches will try to limit physical contact as much as possible but spotting and stunting will be permitted according to PIAA guidelines.
GAME DAY POLICY
• All athletes will have their temperature checked prior to a home game or before boarding the bus for an away game.
• St. Hubert teams will be able to get changed in the locker room but use is limited to 4 persons at any time.
• A game day roster for any St. Hubert’s team playing at an opposing team’s facility will be forwarded to the home team’s Athletic Director prior to arrival. Travel squads will be limited based on the conditions set by the home school and the PCL.
• Opposing Basketball teams visiting St. Hubert’s gym will not be permitted in the locker room. Upon arriving they should proceed directly to the visiting team’s bench area.
Modifications for student/coach transportation to and from athletic events may be necessary. This may include:
● Reducing the number of students/coaches on a bus/van
● Limit the use of car pools. Athletes should ride to practices or games with persons living in the same household.
● Using hand sanitizer upon boarding a bus/van
● Social distancing on a bus
These potential modifications will be determined by the bus companies, Department of Education, State and Local governments.
Social Distancing during Contests/Events/Activities
● Sidelines/Bench – appropriate social distancing will be maintained on sidelines/bench during contests and events, as deemed necessary by the school, PIAA, state and local governments.
Who should be allowed at events?
Group people into tiers from essential to non-essential and decide which will be allowed at an event:
1. Tier 1 (Essential) – Athletes, coaches, officials, event staff, medical staff, security
2. Tier 2 (Preferred) – Parents, media
3. Tier 3 (Non-essential) – Spectators, vendors
● Only Tier 1 personnel will be allowed to attend events until state/local governments lift restrictions on mass gatherings.
● Changes to seating capacity and social distancing may be necessary for each venue facility and will be determined as more recommendations are released by the local/state governments.
Overnight/Out of State Events/ Events in COVID-19 Hot Spots
● St. Hubert High School will evaluate each event and follow all local/state government guidelines on a case by case basis. Every consideration will be taken as to not expose students to unnecessary or potentially high-risk exposure.
POSITIVE CASES AND COACHES, STAFF, OR ATHLETES SHOWING COVID-19 SYMPTOMS
What are the signs and symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. The symptoms may range from mild to severe. Symptoms may include:
● Fever or chills (100.4 or Higher)
● Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
● Muscle or body aches
● New loss of taste or smell
● Sore Throat
● Congestion or runny nose
● Nausea or vomiting
What to do if you are sick?
● If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you are infected with the virus, STAY AT HOME. It is essential that you take steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home or community. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
● Notify the school immediately (Principal, Dean of Students Office, Athletic Director, athletic trainer, coach).
● It will be determined if others who may have been exposed (students, coaches, staff) need to be notified, isolated, and /or monitored for symptoms per the Health and Safety Protocol of St. Hubert High School.
● If a positive case of COVID-19 is diagnosed, contact tracing will be implemented with the assistance of local health professionals and the CDC/PA DOH. This tracing will identify those individuals who would have been within six feet of the sick athlete for more than 15 minutes while the person was symptomatic or within the 48 hours prior to becoming symptomatic.
● Those identified will need to be put in social isolation for 14 days and closely monitored for the development of symptoms. While testing of the asymptomatic contact may be available, it does not confirm the infection potential of that individual, so it cannot be relied on for return to play.
● The athlete with the positive COVID-19 test may return to social interaction 72 hours after resolution of symptoms, including but not limited to: fever (without the use of fever reducing medications), cough, shortness of breath, AND at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared according to CDC guidelines. Emerging evidence in the field of cardiology recommends a 14-day convalescent period from the start of symptoms prior to starting back to strenuous activity and consideration of cardiac testing. Students who test positive for COVID-19 should provide a written release for return to activity from their medical provider before allowing continued participation.
What to do if a student or staff become ill with COVID-19 symptoms during practice, event, or during transportation to or from an event?
● Every effort will be made to isolate the ill individual from others, until the student or staff member can leave the school or event
● If student, parent/guardian will be contacted immediately, and arrangements will be made for the student to be picked up
● Ill individual will be asked to contact their physician or appropriate healthcare professional for direction
Return of student or staff to athletics following a COVID-19 diagnosis?
● Student or staff will be required to have medical clearance from their physician or appropriate healthcare professional, determined to be non-contagious,
fever-free (without fever-reducing medicine), improvement in respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath), no vomiting or diarrhea.
Staff, Coaches, Parents and Athletes will be educated on the following (through posters, flyers, meetings, emails, phone calls):
● COVID-19 signs and symptoms
● Proper ways to limit exposure to COVID-19 (hand washing, cough in your elbow, disinfecting touched surfaces, social distancing, avoid touching eyes, nose, face and mouth, no spitting, gum chewing, etc.)
● No handshakes/celebrations (high fives, fist/elbow bumps, chest bumps, hugging), etc.
● The content of this Return to Sport Guidelines Document
● Any pertinent COVID-19 information released by state/local governments, NFHS, and PIAA.
● Locker room use will be limited; students should come dressed for activity whenever possible
● Limit indoor activities and the areas used.
● Student Athletes should remain with their assigned groups during each workout to limit the number of people they encounter.
● No students are permitted in Athletic Training areas without the presence of an athletic trainer.
Daily Health Assessment Questionnaire
CoVid-19 Daily Questionnaire
Do you have a new onset of cough or shortness of breath?
Have you had a fever or felt chills?
Do you have a headache?
Have you experienced loss of taste or smell?
Have you had a known exposure to a CoVID-19 positive individual?
Have you had a sore throat?
Have you had any general muscle soreness or fatigue?
Have you recently traveled outside the surrounding area?
If so - where
STAY HEALTHY ST. HUBERT’S
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND PLEDGE
All members of St. Hubert High School athletic teams have an important role to play in keeping our fellow students and the St. Hubert High School community safe by doing our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. As a member of a St. Hubert High School athletic team, I know that I must take steps to stay well, to protect others and promote a safe return to campus for students and faculty. Because of this, I pledge to take responsibility for my own health and help stop the spread of the COVID-19.
St. Hubert High School's highest priority is the safety of its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. I know that by engaging in campus activities, including attending classes, pursuing my education, eating in dining areas, attending activities, participating in sports and recreation, I may be exposed to COVID-19 and other infections. I also understand that despite all reasonable efforts by the high school, I can still contract COVID-19 and other infections. In order to reduce my risk, I agree to be an active participant in maintaining my own health, wellbeing and safety, as well as the safety of others, by following all the guidelines and expectations outlined by St. Hubert High School.
As more information is gathered and known, I understand that St. Hubert High School may modify these guidelines and expectations. It is my responsibility to make every effort to keep myself apprised of these changes to protect myself and my school community.
It is my pledge to protect myself, my peers, and the St. Hubert High School community by doing the following:
• Agree to testing for COVID-19 and potential subsequent self-quarantining or self-monitoring if I am identified as a contact of anyone who has been determined to be positive for COVID-19.
• If I test positive for COVID-19, I agree to remain off campus until:
o My symptoms have resolved, and
o It has been at least ten days since the start of my symptoms, and
o I have a negative COVID-19 test result.
• Complete the Student Health Survey daily
• Monitor for the following:
o Fever of 100.4 or higher
o Respiratory symptoms, such as dry cough or shortness of breath
o Sore throat
o Body aches
o Loss of taste or smell
• If I develop the above symptoms, I will contact my athletic trainer, coach, school nurse and follow instructions which may include being tested for COVID- 19 and self-quarantining while the test results are pending, and/or being evaluated by the athletic trainer or school nurse.
• Stay at home if I am feeling sick.
• Participate fully and honestly with school staff for contact tracing to determine whom I might have potentially exposed to COVID-19.
• Wear a mask or the appropriate PPE as required.
• Practice physical distancing as much as possible.
• Frequently wash and/or sanitize my hands.
• Keep my personal space, shared common space, and my belongings clean.
I understand COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus and it is possible to develop and contract the COVID-19 disease, even if I follow all of the safety precautions above and those recommended by the CDC, local health department, and others. I understand that although the high school is following the coronavirus guidelines issued by the CDC and other experts to reduce the spread of infection, I can never be completely shielded from all risk of illness caused by COVID-19 or other infections.
I have read, understand, and agree to comply with my pledge above. I also acknowledge that these expectations and pledge are a condition of my participation in St. Hubert High School Athletics and that any failure to comply to the above may lead to immediate removal of athletic participation privileges and/or the inability to use Athletic facilities.
I take my pledge seriously and will do my part to protect St. Hubert High School.
Signature of Student-Athlete Date
Signature of Parent/Guardian Date