Athletics Health and Safety Plan

Mount Calvary Christian School

COVID-19

 Athletics Health and Safety Plan

Rev. 6/23/2020   

Return to Play Steps:

  1. Review the MCCS Health and Safety Plan
  2. Watch the three required education videos
  3. Complete the Pre-participation Questionnaire & turn it in at your first practice
  4. Visit the summer 2020 page to learn more about what’s happening this summer

 

MCCS Athletics Health and Safety Plan PDF

Pre-participation Questionnaire

Daily Screening Questionnaire

Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19

CDC Hand washing Video

MCCS Return to Play Video

 

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Purpose, Key Questions, Summary Responses:

Purpose 1: To provide guidance to members of the community, students, staff members, coaches, and anyone associated with athletics at Mount Calvary Christian School regarding the reopening of athletic activities on Mount Calvary’s campus during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Purpose 2: To provide a succinct, athletic-related supplement to the Mount Calvary Christian School Phased School Reopening Health and Safety Plan adopted by the School Trustees.

Key Question 1: How do you plan to bring student athletes and staff back to physical school buildings, particularly if social distancing is still required.

A: Student athletes will be phased back to campus over a period of 6 weeks. Initial phases will involve cohorts (defined at the end of this document) and will progress to full scale athletic activity.

Key Question 2: How did you engage stakeholders in the decision to resume sports-related activities including try-outs, conditioning, practices, and games?

A: All MCCS coaches were provided access to this plan prior to its approval by the MCCS Board of Trustees. A school resumption survey was conducted. Local health officials and school health officials were consulted in the planning of this document.

Key Question 3: How will you communicate your plan to local sports and school communities?

A: This document will be posted to the school’s website for access by all stakeholders. Parents, coaches, and participants will be required to review a MCCS created return to play video prior to participation. The school’s finalized plan will be posted in a shared folder for all League Athletic Directors to review.

Key Question 4: Once you resume sports-related activities, what will the decision-making process look like to prompt a school closure or other significant modification to sports activities?

A: MCCS will use CDC recommended guidance regarding the closure of school. MCCS Athletics’ decisions will mirror those of the MCCS Phased School Reopening Health and Safety Plan.

Athletic Department Point(s) of Contact (POC):

Jared Griest, Athletic Director – 717-367-1649 x102, jgriest@mcchristianschool.com

Point of Contact – July 13-17, 2020 – Jim Sintic, Assistant Athletic Director – 717-367-1649 x100, jsintic@mcchristianschool.com

MCCS Pandemic Response Team Point of Contact:

Dr. Daniel Sheard, Superintendent – 717-367-1649 x101, dsheard@mcchristianschool.com

Action Plan for COVID-19 Cases:

Positive COVID-19 Test Result

  • A student-athlete (or their parent/guardian on the student’s behalf) or coach that tests positive for COVID-19 must disclose the positive test result to the Athletic Department Point of Contact or the MCCS Pandemic Response Team Point of Contact.
  • A student-athlete or coach that tests positive for COVID-19 must be quarantined for 14 days, produce two negative test results, and have no symptoms in order to return.
  • Student-athletes training in the same VOLT Training or Go! Program cohort (cohort is defined in the definitions section of this document) or on the same team (eg. Middle School Boys Soccer) as the COVID-19 carrier will be disallowed from training on campus for 72 hours and may return as long as they have no symptoms.
  • Student-athletes training in the same cohort or on the same team as the COVID-19 carrier will be notified of the potential exposure, but the privacy of the carrier will be maintained.

Concerning Symptoms Identification

  • A student-athlete or coach who identifies a concerning symptom at home or during the screening process may not return to training until they are symptom free for at least 72 hours without the use of any medicinal aids.
  • A student-athlete or coach who exhibits a concerning symptom during the screening process or during an activity will be quarantined as follows:
  • Outdoor activities & Weight Room – Blue Modular building
  • Indoor activities – Nurses’ Office
  • Youth Center – Room at the top of the gymnasium staircase

Participant Disqualification

  • The Pandemic Response Team Point of Contact, Athletic Director, School Nurse, Athletic Trainer and Coaches reserve the right to remove student-athletes from training if they believe that the health and safety of a participant poses an unacceptable risk.

COVID-19 Education by Sub-Group:

Athletics POC(s) are the lead individuals responsible for the execution of this portion of the plan. The Pandemic Response Team POC is the individual responsible for monitoring the progress of the Athletic Department POC & Secondary POC’s professional development in this portion of the plan.

Athletic Department Point of Contact and Secondary Point of Contact COVID-19 Education

  • In addition to regularly reviewing and aligning to the MCCS Phased School Reopening Health and Safety Plan, the Athletic Department sub-group points of contact will regularly review recommendations specific to Athletic Safety published by the CDC, PIAA, NFHS, and other governing bodies.
  • The athletic department sub-group points of contact will regularly work with the Janitorial staff to ensure that facilities are adequately sanitized after use of the facility.
  • The Athletic Department sub-group points of contact will create and maintain a Safety Plan Professional Development Log and a Communication Log

Coaching Staff/Activity Leader/Group Supervisor Education

  • This sub-group will be provided activity-specific guidance for each phase of reopening. For example, soccer coaches will receive soccer-related guidance prior to entering a phase of reopening.
  • This sub-group will be updated anytime there is a change to the Athletics Health and Safety Plan.
  • This sub-group will be updated regularly with any new guidance from the CDC, PIAA, NFHS or any substantive changes to the MCCS Phased School Reopening Health and Safety Plan.
  • This sub-group will receive education through videos made publicly available. The content of which is listed in the Parent Education sub-group. Acknowledgement of viewing this video will be required prior to any on-campus activity.
  • Head Coaches and Lead Activity Leaders will create a back-up staffing plan which shall include cross training staff and coaches on safety protocols

Parent Education

  • This sub-group will receive education through videos made publicly available that will address the following:
  • Proper handwashing (Click Here)
  • Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19 (Click Here)
  • CDC levels of risk – Low risk (at home, individual). Increased risk (group training). More risk (within team competition). Even more risk (competition against other teams). Highest risk (competition against teams from other geographic locations). 
  • MCCS Guidelines for Participation and Phased reopening
  • Pick up and Drop off rules for Athletic activities during phased reopening.
  • Future communication regarding a phased re-entry of fans to on-campus sporting events will be provided.
  • Future communication regarding the transition to and from each phase will be provided

Participant Education

  • This sub-group will receive education through videos made publicly available. The content of which is listed in the Parent Education sub-group.
  • This sub-group will receive education on proper handwashing, social distancing, and symptom recognition. Education will also involve the importance of self-reporting symptoms or voluntary removal from activities if a participant suspects possible symptoms.
  • Communication of safety priorities will be both written and verbal. Signs will be placed at conspicuous locations around the facility to help reinforce safety and hygiene protocols.

Guidelines for Participation:

Prior to Participation:

  • All coaches, athletes and one legal guardian will be required to view and sign acknowledgement of viewing Mount Calvary Christians School  Athletics’ Return to Play video.

All Participant Requirements:

  • All Participants will complete a pre-participation health screening questionnaire prior to arriving on campus, and submit that questionnaire to the appropriate activity leader upon arrival. The questionnaire will be submitted to the Athletic Department Point of Contact.  
  • All Participants will be monitored for signs and symptoms throughout participation. Individuals with concerns regarding their participation or another participant should report their concern to the appropriate activity leader.
  • All Participants must wash hands at the start and end of each activity.
  • Maintain Social Distancing as much as is possible
  • Limit shared equipment
  • Will refrain from activities that encourage the transmission of disease (eg. spitting, spitting sunflower seeds, high fives, licking fingers, handshakes, hugging, etc.)
  • Participants will follow established protocols for access to the school facility during each phase of the reentry.

Coach/Director/Activity Leader/Athletic Trainer Requirements: In addition to the requirements above

  • Mask wearing is required for coaches if your activity is inside and you will be unable to accommodate social distancing (6 ft.) during your coaching. Mask wearing is not required outside, provided you are still practicing social distancing. Any instruction, no matter the duration, that inhibits the coach from maintaining social distancing should be done with a mask being worn.
  • Daily attendance will be taken and reported the same day to Athletic Director, Jared Griest, via the email provided in this guidance.
  • Sanitization of equipment will take place at regular intervals and is required at the end of each training session.

Student/Camper/Activity Participant Requirements: In addition to the requirements above

  • Face masks will not be required of athletes during physical activity. Athletes should have a mask or face guard with them for times when wearing a mask or face guard is feasible and social distancing is not possible (eg. team meetings).
  • Participants are required to bring their own water bottle to all activities. Enough water should be with the student-athlete to last the duration of the activity. No sharing of water bottles.

Phased Reopening by Activity, Facility, Essential Personnel & Transportation

Athletics POC(s) are the lead individuals responsible for the execution of this portion of the plan.

*Activity Definitions are provided at the end of this document

**Phased Reopening Dates are subject to change at the sole discretion of Mount Calvary Christian School.

Phase 1 – Anticipated Start Date – June 29, 2020

  • Activity – Go! Training: Open to cohorts of up to 18 students outdoors (cohorts will be split into smaller cohorts for the purposes of social distancing and limiting exposure). Focus on individual skill development in a socially-distanced setting. A 15 minute cleaning/sanitization window is required between cohorts.
  • Activity – VOLT Weightlifting: Open to cohorts of up to 9 students (~50% of normal weight room capacity) and 1 instructor. No additions or changes to a cohort group once it is established. cohorts will meet 3 times per week at the designated time set by the activity leader. A 15 minute cleaning/sanitization window is required between cohorts. Participants will be required to sanitize equipment at the end of every use (a practice already in place for the weightroom, but with renewed emphasis). Doors will remain open during activity for increased ventilation.
  • Activity – Outdoor Sports: Team activities should be divided into small groups (cohort). Cohorts should not intermix for the duration of the activity. Focus of activities should be individual skill development. Small-sided competitions within a cohort are acceptable. No more than 1 team activity per week. Equipment will be sanitized at the end of each gathering.
  • Activity – Indoor Sports: Team activities must be divided into small groups (cohorts). Cohorts should not intermix for the duration of the activity. Focus of activities should be individual skill development.  No more than 1 team activity per week.  Equipment will be sanitized at the end of each gathering. Doors will remain open during activity for increased ventilation.
  • Activity – Youth Camps – Only outdoor youth camps will be permitted. Activities should follow the guidelines for Phase 1 Outdoor Sports. The format of camp will be an “every other day” format (eg. Monday, Wednesday, Friday OR Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday).  Equipment will be sanitized at the end of each activity day.
  • Activity – Wifflebowl: If the county of Lancaster, PA remains in the Governor’s “Yellow” designation, Wifflebowl will be canceled and teams will be refunded their registration fees.
  • Facility – Closed – Locker Rooms, Concessions Stands
  • Facility – Open (Modified) – Restrooms – Students will be directed to use restrooms that are under increased cleaning protocols. Weight Room – Only open to VOLT participants as outlined above. Gym/Youth Center – Only open for the period of designated activity.
  • Facility – Open  – Soccer Field, Upper Field
  • Essential Personnel – Athletic Department Staff, Coaches & Participants Only

Phase 2 – Anticipate Start Date – July 13

  • Activity – Go! Training: Open to cohorts of up to 28 students outdoors. Focus on individual skill development in a socially-distanced setting. Small group activities are also permitted within cohorts.
  • Activity – VOLT Weightlifting: Open to cohorts of up to 14 students (~70% of normal weight room capacity) and 1 instructor. cohort groups may change if a participant has been symptom free for more than 72 hours. cohort group changes must be approved by the activity leader. cohorts will meet 3 times per week at the designated time set by the activity leader. A 15 minute cleaning/sanitization window is required between cohorts.
  • Activity – Outdoor Sports & Indoor Sports: Team activities are encouraged to be divided into cohorts when possible. Focus of activities should be individual skill development and short-sided group work. Intrasquad scrimmages are permitted on a limited basis. Teams may have a single practice on a daily basis.
  • Activity – Youth Camps – Indoor and outdoor youth camps will be permitted. Activities should follow the guidelines for Phase 2 Outdoor Sports & Indoor Sports.
  • Activity – Wifflebowl: If the county of Lancaster, PA is in the Governor’s “Green” designation, Wifflebowl will be held, but due to the size of the event, spectators may/may not be permitted. Team members only.
  • Facility – Closed – Locker Rooms, Concessions Stands
  • Facility – Open (Modified) – Restrooms – Students will be directed to use restrooms that are under increased cleaning protocols. Weight Room – Only open to VOLT participants as outlined above.
  • Facility – Open  – Soccer Field, Upper Field, Gymnasium, Youth Center
  • Essential Personnel – Athletic Department Staff, Coaches & Participants Only

Phase 3 – Anticipate Start Date – August 1

  • Activity – Go! Training: Will be open to full capacity and will be allowed to move back indoors.
  • Activity – VOLT Weightlifting: Open to 100% capacity (20 students + Instructor). Groups may change if a participant has been symptom free for more than 72 hours. Group changes must be approved by the activity leader.
  • Activity – Outdoor Sports & Indoor Sports: Return to full activities. Return to interscholastic competition.
  • Activity – Youth Camps – Indoor and outdoor youth camps will be permitted.
  • Activity – Wifflebowl: Wifflebowl will be held and spectators will be permitted. Spectators will be asked to maintain social distancing. Concessions Available.
  • Facility – Closed – None
  • Facility – Open (Modified) – Restrooms – Students will be directed to use restrooms that are under increased cleaning protocols. Locker Rooms – Protocols for Locker Rooms in this phase will be updated prior to entering Phase 3. Concessions Stands will open in compliance with the State’s orders for Serving Food.
  • Facility – Open  – Soccer Field, Upper Field, Gymnasium (50% Capacity in PA “Yellow” Designation, Up to 250 Spectators in PA “Green” Designation), Youth Center, Weight Room
  • Essential Personnel – Coaches & Participants
  • Essential Personnel – Spectator Priority Order – Parents then Media then Immediate Family then General Public
  • Transportation – MCCS will begin to provide gameday transportation for student-athletes in phase 3. Families will be allowed to transport only their own children to and from contests. Parents transporting their own children to and from contests will be expected to arrive at the contest site at the same time or prior to the team’s arrival.

Action Items:

Athletics POC(s) are the lead individuals responsible for the execution of this portion of the plan.

  1. Create Return to Play video and publish to the website. – Completed 6/30/2020
  2. Print advisory posters and place at following locations – Completed 06/29/2020
    1. Building entrance
    2. Water fountains
    3. Equipment points of access and egress
    4. Weight room points of entry
  3. Create Phase bulletins for coaches and players for each phase – In Progress 06/30/2020
  4. Finalize Phase plans per activity – Completed 6/29/2020
  5. Create Prescreening document & sign off – Completed 06/30/2020
  6. Create Coaches pre screening document during attendance taking – Completed with #7 on  06/29/2020
  7. Create a shared attendance google sheet and distribute to coaches. Update regularly to identify higher risk staff and student athletes. See CDD “People who are at a Higher Risk for Severe Illness” – Completed 06/29/2020
  8. Email coaches and set training date for phased reentry – Completed 06/25/2020 and 06/29/2020
  9. Notifications to school families that Athletics are reopening – include link to this document – Completed 06/30/2020
  10. Update wifflebowl website with this document – Linked to MCCS Page – Completed – 06/30/2020
  11. Inform registered wifflebowl teams of pandemic plan – To be completed 07/15/2020
  12. Meet with Janitorial Staff and Jim Sintic to review cleaning procedures – Scheduled 07/06/2020

Sources for Recommendations and Guidance:

CDC Considerations for Youth Sports

NFHS Guidance for Opening Youth Sports

PA Guidance for Youth Sports

PIAA.org

Definitions:

Cohort – A group of students placed together for the purpose of training by the coach/director/activity leader. For groups meeting more frequently than 1x per week, cohorts should remain consistent throughout a specific activity phase.

Go! Training – Speed, Flexibility, Agility, Plyometrics Training for students who have completed 5th grade through graduated seniors. Typically occurs 3 days per week. $50 fee for participation

VOLT Weightlifting – Weightlifting program for students who have completed 7th grade through graduated seniors. Typically occurs 3 days per week. $50 fee for participation.

Outdoor Sports – Soccer, Baseball (when not using the Youth Center batting cages), Golf

Indoor Sports – Volleyball, Basketball

Youth Camps – Camps for MCCS and community children in grades 1-6.

Wifflebowl – A 4v4 outdoor wiffleball tournament set to ballparks ⅓ the size of major league fields. Learn more at www.wifflebowlpa.com


Athletics Health and Safety Plan Governing Body Affirmation Statement

The Board of Directors/Trustees for Mount Calvary Christian School reviewed and approved the Athletics Health and Safety Plan on June 23, 2020.

Affirmed on: June 23, 2020

By: Ryan Hostetter, Board President