DENISON ISD ATHLETICS

ATHLETE RETURN TO CAMPUS PLAN

On behalf of Denison ISD Athletics, we are pleased to present this outline for the Phase 1 plan to return our student-athletes to in-person on campus training. This is our blueprint to return our athletes to our Strength Conditioning and Skills on our campus’. The health and safety of our student-athletes is our number one priority and the following guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Denison ISD Athletics designed this guidance to help prevent workplace exposures to COVID-19 for all student-athletes, coaches, and staff and will be updated as additional information becomes available.

The following guidelines were compiled with the assistance of Denison ISD athletic administration, our Licensed Athletic Trainers, our Coaches, and the guidelines of the University of Interscholastic League. With social distancing requirements, it will take many more HOURS and AREAS to provide our student-athletes a quality summer strength and conditioning experience.

Athletics will continue to work closely with the UIL, campus administration, the State of Texas, Grayson County and the City of Denison health officials so timely and accurate information can guide appropriate responses. Local conditions will influence the decisions that public health officials make regarding community- level strategies.

We will expect staff and athletes to conduct themselves as if they are contagious. The policies in our plan are designed to minimize risk for yourself and others. It is vital to the health and safety of everyone that our athletes and staff are fully conscious of this at all times and take responsibility for following these guidelines seriously.

Key Principles:

  • Limiting personal interaction – face-to-face interaction and person-to-person contact will be limited to essential activities that cannot be performed in an alternative (virtual or remote) fashion. When such activities are required, social distancing and other infection-spreading mitigating measures will be emphasized.

  • Hygiene – hand washing will be emphasized before, during, and after team activities when practicable.

  • Cleaning and sanitation – routine and enhanced cleaning and sanitation measures will be implemented.

  • Safe access to facilities – Facility entry and exit points will be coordinated to minimize personal interaction and facilitate social distancing.

  • Our staff will keep a 1:15 coach to student ratio at all times.

  • Screening Procedures for Student-Athletes – Daily symptom and temperature screening assessment will be required of student-athletes.

  • Staff will continue to be screened daily

 

 

OVERALL GUIDELINES AND RESPONSE STRATEGIES

SANTIZATION

A. Disinfection and Sanitation

  • Facilities Cleaning – athletic facilities will be disinfected and sanitized per industry guidelines, before, during, and after S&C and Skills. Emphasis will be given to ensuring disinfecting high touch surfaces and surfaces that are used by multiple student-athletes, disinfecting between users. (Checklist for Custodial and staff) Electro Static Mister

  • Equipment like bar bells will be sanitized after each use and before a new athlete uses it. Spray bottles and paper towels will be at each station so that athletes can spray and wipe after the use the bar. Must leave on surface for 5 minutes before wiping off

  • Enhanced Cleaning – specific athletic facilities in which an individual with a confirmed COVID-19 positive has been identified will undergo enhanced disinfection per CDC and industry guidelines. Disinfection and Sanitation

  • Sanitizing all balls after use during all skills sessions. Coaches will get with Custodian at the end of each session

B. Athletes and Staff

  • Both athletes and staff will sanitize their hands before, during, and after workout. There will be multiple hand sanitizing stations spread out all conditioning and skills areas. Will be placed around the building.

  • There will be no high fives, back slaps, or any other physical encouragement. Use Language

  • 6-foot social distancing will be kept when not actively exercising

  • 10-foot social distancing will be kept when actively exercising

 

STUDENT ATHLETE REQUIREMENTS

  • Athletes will check in and complete the screening process each day.

  • Athletes will stay home if they answered “YES” to any screening questions or

  • if they do not feel well.

  • Athletes will park or be dropped off at their groups predesignated areas. We will go through this on the walk through Tuesday June 9th

  • Athletes will get in check in line and keep social distancing at all times.

  • 6 Foot Rule – Maintain 6 feet of space between each other. This includes lift

  • groups, run groups, and common areas including restrooms.

  • Physical Contact – Limit physical contact with others. Do not shake hands, hug,

  • fist-bump or high five.

  • Athletes will use hand sanitizer before entering the facility, during workouts,

  • and when exiting skills.

  • Restrooms – Student-athletes are required to wash hands; utilize the “one in one out” model; sanitize hands after exiting; trash cans will be placed near doors to encourage student-athletes to open the door with the paper towel used to dry hands. Other than RR, locker room use is not allowed for any reason.

  • Hydration & Towels– Water will not be provided for student athletes. Student-athletes will be required to bring their own individual labeled water bottles. They are prohibited from sharing water bottles.  Towels for sweat will not be provided.  Student-athletes will be required to bring their own.  Locker rooms will not be open.

 

ATHLETIC STAFF REQUIREMENTS

  • Staff will check in and complete the screening process each day from their phone before arriving. (LAT’s will check staff)

  • Staff will stay home if they answered “YES” to any screening questions or if they

  • do not feel well.

  • Staff will get temperature checked by LAT’s and keep social distancing at all times.

  • Staff will use hand sanitizer before entering the facility, during workouts, and skills.

  • Staff will bring their own labeled water bottle.

 

SCREENING PROCESS - DAILY

A. BEFORE Arriving to Facility – Every student will have filled out screening questionnaire on their phone. If a student answers “YES” on any question they will stay at home and call their coach to let them know.

  • All student-athletes are required to complete the online COVID-19 Daily Screening Questionnaire for symptoms prior to leaving home, including checking your temperature if you can. Screening questions:

  • Any contact with person who is/was positive for COVID–19; or

  • New or worsening cough or shortness of breath/difficulty breathing; or

  • Fever (subjective or >99.6); or

  • At least two of: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, diarrhea.

B. A temperature check is required on first entry into the screening check point. Temperature check station will be staffed by Denison ISD coaches and LAT’s wearing appropriate PPE. They will confirm receipt of student-athlete COVID-19 screening questionnaire answers and will make sure questions have been answered and temperature has been taken prior to entry. If a student-athlete has an elevated temperature, they will be directed to the LAT for further assessment.

C. A hand sanitizing station will be set up outside the indoor facilities screening checkpoint where all student-athletes must sanitize their hands prior to entry/re-entry into the indoor facility.

 

ENTRY PROCEDURES

A. All student-athletes are required to enter indoor facilities via the entrance predetermined. Parking will be predetermined for each group to minimize interactions when student athletes are arriving and departing. Screening checkpoint will be managed by your coaches and Athletic Trainers. This is THE ONLY permissible entry for employees/student-athletes. All other entry points will be inaccessible. Student-athletes are required to do the following:

B. Six feet social distancing indicators will be set up along the sidewalk. The denotations will assist in keeping student-athletes at a safe distance from each other as they are waiting to get screened prior to entering the indoor facility.

 

WORKOUT / SKILLS GROUPS

A. Athletes workout and skills groups will be coordinated by DISD staff

to minimize exposure.

B. When an athlete develops symptoms, all athletes in his/her group will be

removed until the athlete is cleared.

 

INDOOR REGULATIONS

A. Groups limited to no more than 10 athletes. Groups have to stay 10 feet

away from other groups

B. Capacity is 25% of building

  • Formula: Divide sq. ft. by 50. Multiply that number by .25.

  • Example: 7,200 sq. ft. ÷ 50 = 144 x .25 = 36. 36 total athletes and coaches allowed at one time.

 

OUTDOOR REGULATIONS

Groups limited to no more than 15 athletes. Groups have to stay 10 feet away from other groups

 

WORKOUT PROCERES/POLICIES

A. Both athletes and staff will sanitize their hands before, during, and after

workout. There will be multiple hand sanitizing stations spread out all conditioning and skills areas.

B. There will be no high fives, back slaps, or any other physical encouragement.

C. 6-foot social distancing will be kept when not actively exercising

D. 10-foot social distancing will be kept when actively exercising

E. Spotting is allowed but recommended that the spotter cover their mouth

and nose.

F. Bars and other equipment will be sprayed and wiped after every use.

G. Students may attend only up to 2 hours per day of S & C

H. Students may attend only up to 90 min/day of skills with no more than 60 min/day in one sport

I. Sport specific skills may include specific sports equipment, but not contact equipment.  Any equipment should be regularly disinfected during sessions. Equipment should not be shared between groups.

J. No competitive drills involving one or more students on offense vs defense in skills, 

No 1-on-1, 3-on-3, 5-on-5, 7-on-7 etc.

 

EXIT PROCEDURES

A. Student-athletes must exit the route predetermined and learned during orientation, while practicing social distancing, avoiding contact with other student-athletes and staff.

B. Students must sanitize their hands when they exit the facility

C. Parents MUST stay in their cars during pick up process

 

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS, TESTING & MANAGEMENT

A. COVID-19 Symptoms or Positive Test

  • Management of COVID-19 Positives – confirmed COVID-19 positives will be managed by the Licensed Athletic Trainer for DISD, per current public health guidelines. Management will include testing, isolation, and symptom management as well as return-to-sport clearance.

  • Student-athletes who appear to have symptoms or who become sick during the day will be immediately separated from other student-athletes/staff and instructed to return home. Direction will be provided by DISD LAT’S regarding symptom monitoring, quarantine, and testing.

  • A symptomatic student-athlete will be managed as a presumptive COVID-19 positive and all precautions will remain in place until testing confirmation is received.

  • Student-athletes who are presumed or confirmed COVID-19 positive cannot report to campus until cleared to do so by the Athletic Trainer and the Athletic Director by meeting the criteria listed below.

    • Resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND Improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath), AND

    • Negative results of an FDA Emergency Use Authorized COVID-19 molecular assay for detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA from at least two consecutive respiratory specimens collected ≥ 24 hours apart (total of two negative specimens).

    • The student-athlete is symptom free for 72 hours without the use of medication, and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

 

B. Test Confirmed: If a student-athlete tests positive for COVID–19, they are to self-isolate until 10 days from onset of symptoms AND 72 hours of being symptom free without medications

C. If a student-athlete has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID–19 or has a family member that lives with them that has tested positive for COVID -19:

  • Student-athlete should inform the Coach and the Athletic Trainer and quarantine for 14 days.

  • Athletic Trainer will notify School Nurse, School Administration and Denison Public Health.

  • Athletic Trainer will notify student-athletes who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and provide guidance. Fellow student-athletes may be sent home to self-quarantine for at least 14 days or until a confirmed negative test result is received. Contact tracing will be overseen by the Position Coach, Assistant Athletic Director and the Athletic Trainer

 

PARENT/GUARDIAN COMMUNICATION PLAN

  • Information will be updates on Web page.

  • Organize Zoom meeting for all parents/guardians with Athletic Director, Assistant Athletic Director and Athletic Trainer.

  • Coaches will educate the athletes via Zoom meetings before they show up day 1. Information will be provided to share.

  • Constant & detailed communication via email with parents/guardians – position Coaches

 

STRENGTH, CONDITIONING, SKILLS, TRAINING AND EDUCATION

A. Preparation Plan

• June 1 – June 5: The Preparation and Educating, this week will include extensive education and training for our student-athletes, so they are prepared to begin workouts on Wednesday June 10th.  We will have a walk though on the 9th

 

PREPARING STAFF & ATHLETES

  1. All Staff will meet and go over procedures

  2. Student-athletes will be required to participate in a meeting with their coach to walk through the entry and exit procedures. During this orientation, student-athletes will:

  • Complete the screening questionnaire with an Athletics staff member

  • Learn where to park for workouts

  • Experience the social distancing “waiting line” on the sidewalk prior to reaching the screening station

  • Use hand-sanitizing station prior to reaching the screening station

  • Denison staff prior to entering the Indoor Facility.

  • Bring face covering

 

PREPARING FACILITIES

  • Sanitation supplies delivered, installed, and placed in predetermined places

  • Trash Cans delivered and placed strategically for paper towels used at racks

  • Social Distancing Signs, RR Signs, Hand washing signs, check in Signs will be made and hung

  • Sidewalks will be marked for social distancing spots during check in process

  • Indoor Facilities marked for social distancing spots after check in process

  • Social distancing markings installed on each rack and throughout facility

  • Hand Sanitizing stations will be set up throughout the facility for use.

 

 

 

SCHEDULE

 

WEEK 1

June 8 – 12: High School Groups

Only Boys incoming 10th – 12th grade only Girls incoming 10th -12th

Weight Room & Skills Athlete Education

  • Student-athletes will have educational session where they will walk-thru the daily process for the check in process

  • Student-athletes will have educational session by lift group where

  • they will walk-thru the daily process for entry and exit of the facility

  • Student-athletes will have educational session about social distancing during workout and skills.

  • Student-athletes will have educational session about symptoms and preventative measures

June 9th: Walk through for plan No Work outs – Groups are sent out

June 10th: First full normal workout day

June 16th: Incoming 9th grade First Day of Athlete Education

June 17th: 9th – 12th Grade First full normal workout day

 

Information – From Coaches

• Parking or drop off plan for each group

• Social distancing plan (including lift groups & skills)

• Schedule Strength, Conditioning, and Skills groups

Prior to Arriving Self-screen

  • Coaches and staff should self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before coming onto campus.

  • Students should self-screen before playing in an outdoor sport for any of the following, new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19:

    • Cough

    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

    • Chills

    • Repeated shaking with chills

    • Muscle pain

    • Headache

    • Sore throat

    • Loss of taste or smell

    • Diarrhea

    • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit

    • Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19

 

Strength and Conditioning Workouts

In addition to the above requirements for all workouts, the following applies to strength and

conditioning activities:

  • Sessions for strength and conditioning may be conducted by school coaches for students’ in grades 7-12 from that coach’s attendance zone.

  • A strength and conditioning session shall be no more than two consecutive hours per day, Monday through Friday.

  • A student shall attend no more than one session per day.

  • Strength and conditioning sessions shall include only strength and conditioning instruction and exercises. No specific sports skills shall be taught and no specific sports equipment, such as balls, dummies, sleds, contact equipment, etc., shall be used.

  • Except for reasonable safety considerations, such as spotting, students and staff must

  • maintain at least six feet of distance from all sides when not actively exercising. When actively exercising, students and coaches must maintain at least ten feet of distance from all sides when possible. Schools should consider requiring students who are not actively exercising, but are spotting, to wear cloth face masks.

  • Indoor workout activities can be conducted up to a maximum of 25% capacity.

  • Schools should limit the total number of participants based on available space to allow for the appropriate distancing between students and staff.

  • Workout stations must be spaced to allow for at least ten feet of distance between them in all directions. Some exercises may require more than ten feet of distance.

  • Any equipment must be thoroughly disinfected before and after each use. If a student uses a piece of equipment, that equipment must be thoroughly disinfected before another student uses it. Schools should limit the use of equipment to further reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

 

Sport Specific Instruction

In addition to the above requirements for all workouts, the following applies to sport specific

instruction:

  • Limitations and Rules

    • Sessions for sport specific instruction may be conducted by school coaches for

    • students in grades 7-12 from that coach’s attendance zone.

    • Sessions may be conducted in addition to the strength and conditioning session(s),

    • and a student shall attend no more than 90 minutes per day of sport specific skill

    • instruction with no more than 60 minutes per day in a given sport, Monday through

    • Friday.

    • Sport specific skill sessions may include specific sports equipment, but contact

    • equipment (restricted equipment) is not allowed. School shorts, shirts and shoes may

    • be provided by the school (local school option) but may not be laundered on-site.

    • No competitive drills involving one or more students on offensive against one or more

    • students on defensive may be conducted.

    • Examples (including but not limited to):

    • Basketball players may participate in drills, but cannot conduct drills / activities against

    • a defender.

    • In football, offensive / defensive drills are allowed, but no 7 on 7, or offense vs defense

    • drills are allowed, etc.

 

Sport Specific Activities Conducted Outdoors

  • Students and staff must maintain at least six feet of distance from all sides when not actively exercising. When actively exercising, students and coaches must maintain at least ten feet of distance from all sides when possible.

  • Schools should limit the total number of participants based on available space to allow for the appropriate distancing between students and staff.

  • Students may be placed in working groups no larger than 15 total students. Each working group should maintain appropriate distance from other working groups.

  • Any equipment, such as sports balls, should be regularly disinfected during workout sessions. This equipment should not be shared between groups. After a group has used such equipment, that equipment must be thoroughly disinfected before being used by a different group.

Sport Specific Activities Conducted Indoors

  • Students and staff must maintain at least six feet of distance from all sides when not actively exercising. When actively exercising, students and coaches must maintain at least ten feet of distance from all sides when possible.

  • Schools should limit the total number of participants based on available space to allow for the appropriate distancing between students and staff.

  • Indoor workout activities can be conducted up to a maximum of 25% capacity.

  • Students may be placed in working groups no larger than 10 total students. Each working group should maintain appropriate distance from other working groups.

  • Any equipment, such as sports balls, should be regularly disinfected during workout sessions. This equipment should not be shared between groups. After a group has used such equipment, that equipment must be thoroughly disinfected before being used by a different group.

 

Additional Notes:

  • Athletes will need to bring their own water. Water will not be shared among athletes, there will be refill stations for water but not used for drinking.

  • Restrooms will be available, with a one in one out policy. Restroom must me sanitized after each use. 

  • Parents must remain in their cars when they drop off and pick up their athlete.

  • There can be no congregating of athletes, athletes will need to leave or be picked immediately when strength and conditioning or skills is over.

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