Warriors News · PT Athletic Department Return to Sports Conditioning Plan UPDATED: 7/1/20


Penn-Trafford Athletic Department

Health and Safety Plan for Summer Sports Conditioning

Penn-Trafford School District will take the necessary precautions and recommendations from the federal, state, and local governments, CDC, PA DOH, as well as the NFHS and PIAA. PTSD realizes the knowledge regarding COVID-19 is constantly changing as new information and treatments become available.  These recommendations will be adjusted as needed as new information becomes available in order to decrease the risk of exposure for our staff and student athletes during off season conditioning.. PTSD has created an Athletics Task Force to help coordinate an independent response for off-season sports conditioning. This task force includes the following individuals:

‐ Athletic Director (Kerry Hetrick)

‐ Athletic Trainers (Jennifer Smith & Lauren Germanowski)

‐ Team Physician (Dr. Kevin Wong)

‐ School Nurse (Lisa Popovich)

‐ Coaches (David Babik, Cindy Dutt, Kristie Lynn, John Ruane, James Schall)

As per the PA Governor’s statement on June 10, 2020, each school entity must develop and adopt an Athletics Health and Safety Plan that aligns with the PDE Preliminary Guidance for Phased Reopening of Pre-K to 12 Schools.  Penn-Trafford School District has developed a plan that includes provisions within the Governor’s plan, approved by the school board, and posted on the school website.  Teams will submit individualized plans on how they will comply with the Athletics Health and Safety Plan for each phase in order for their athletes to participate and maintain the health and safety of the athletic population.

Family ID will tentatively launch 6/17/2020 and will include a COVID-19 Waiver for all participants to sign prior to beginning conditioning

 

Westmoreland County Green Phase as of 6.05.2020

 

Phase 1 — Week 1 (no earlier than June 22, 2020)

Pre-workout Screening:

  • All coaches and athletes will be screened for signs/symptoms of COVID-19 prior to a workout. Screenings will include a temperature check for 1st week of return. (See Appendix for example of COVID-19 Screening)
    • Temperature will be taken from the same designated trained individual upon arrival.  A temperature of  >100.4°F will be isolated and sent home. 
  • Responses to screening questions for each person will be electronically recorded (Google form) and stored (Google Classroom) so that there is a record of everyone present in case an athlete/coach tests positive for COVID-19.  This information is for contact tracing purposes only
  • Any person who screens with positive symptoms will be isolated and not allowed to take part in workouts until they are symptom free for 24 hours.  Parents/Guardians will be notified by personnel.
    • COVID-19 positive:  any athlete who tests positive for COVID-19 will be quarantined for a minimum of 14 days and will need a clearance by a health care professional before returning to athletics

 

Limitations on Gatherings:

  • As per State, Local, and District Guidelines
  • No gathering of more than 50 athletes for outdoor sports.  Groups will be no more than pods of 10 for outdoor sports.
  • No more than 10 athletes for indoor sports.  Groups will be no more than pods of 5 for indoor sports.
  • Social Distancing will be applied during practices and gathering areas–signage will be visible as a reminder to adhere to the guidelines
  • Controlled non-contact practices only

 

Facilities Cleaning:

  • Adequate cleaning schedules have been implemented for all athletic facilities to mitigate any communicable disease (Infectious Disease Recommendations were already in place)
  • Athletic Facilities will be cleaned after workouts and team gatherings, high touch areas will be cleaned more often, as supplies are available. 
    • Examples of appropriate cleaning agents- Disinfectant Wipes, Diluted Bleach solutions, vinegar solutions, etc
  • Fitness Center and/or Weight Room Equipment must be wiped down after individual’s use with supplies currently in those facilities
  • Appropriate clothing/shoes must be worn at all times in the weight room to minimize sweat from transmitting onto equipment surfaces

 

Physical Activity and Athletic Equipment:

  • Low, Moderate, and High Risk practices may begin (As per State, Local, PIAA, and District Guidelines)
  • Students will be asked to refrain from sharing clothing/towels and be washed after each practice, including pinnies, practice jerseys, etc
  • Athletic equipment that may be used by multiple individuals (balls, shields, tackling dummies, shot put, discus, pole vault, etc.) will be cleaned intermittently during practice as deemed necessary
  • Hand Sanitizer will be used periodically as resources allow. 
    • Example: Hand Sanitizer stations, individual hand sanitizer pumps
  • Spotters for maximum weight lifts will be stationed at each end of the bar

 

Hydration:

  • Students MUST bring their own water bottle. Water bottles must not be shared.
  • Hydration Stations may NOT be used.

 

Classification of Sports

High Risk: Sports that involve close, sustained contact between participants, lack of significant protective barriers, and high probability that respiratory particles will be transmitted between participants.

Examples: football, wrestling, cheerleading (stunts), dance, boys lacrosse

Moderate Risk: Sports that involve close, sustained contact, but with protective equipment in place that may reduce the likelihood of respiratory particle transmission between participants OR intermittent close contact OR group sports that use equipment that can’t be cleaned between participants.

Examples: basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, soccer, ice hockey, tennis, pole vault, high jump, long jump, 7 on 7 football, girls lacrosse, field hockey

Low Risk: Sports that can be done with social distancing or individually with no sharing of equipment or the ability to clean the equipment between use by competitors.

Examples: running events, cross country, throwing events, swimming, golf, weightlifting, sideline cheer

 

Phase 2 — Week 2 (no earlier than June 29, 2020)

Pre-workout Screening:

  • All coaches and students will be screened for signs/symptoms of COVID-19 prior to a workout. (See Appendix for example of COVID-19 Screening Form)
  • Responses to screening questions for each person will be electronically recorded (Google forms) and stored (Google Classroom) so that there is a record of everyone present in case an athlete/coach tests positive for COVID-19.  Information will be used for contact tracing purposes only
  • Any person who screens with positive symptoms will be isolated and not allowed to take part in workouts until they are symptom free for 24 hours.  Parents/Guardians will be notified by personnel
    • COVID-19 positive:  any athlete who tests positive for COVID-19 will be quarantined for a minimum of 14 days and will need a clearance by a health care professional before returning to athletics

 

Limitations on Gatherings:

  • No gatherings of more than 250 for outdoor sports.
  • No gatherings of more than 50 for indoor sports.
  • Social Distancing will be applied during practices and in gathering areas–signage will be visible as a reminder to adhere to the guidelines

 

Facilities Cleaning:

  • Adequate cleaning schedules have been implemented for all athletic facilities to mitigate any communicable disease (Infectious Disease Recommendations were already in place)
  • Athletic Facilities will be cleaned after workouts and team gatherings, high touch areas will be cleaned more often, as resources allow
  • Weight Room Equipment and/or Fitness Center must be wiped down after an individual’s use
    • Booster Clubs will be asked to contribute to team needs
  • Appropriate clothing/shoes must be worn at all times in the weight room to minimize sweat from transmitting onto equipment surfaces

 

Physical Activity:

  • Students will be asked to refrain from sharing clothing/towels and be washed after each practice, including pinnies
  • Athletic equipment that may be used by multiple individuals (balls, shields, tackling dummies, shot put, discus, pole vault, etc.) will be cleaned intermittently during practice and events as deemed necessary
  • Hand Sanitizer will be used periodically, as resources allow
  • Spotters for maximum weight lifts will be stationed at each end of the bar

 

Hydration

  • Students MUST bring their own water bottle and they may NOT be shared
  • Water stations should NOT be used.

 

Phase 3 — Week 3 (no earlier than July 6, 2020)

Pre-workout/Contest Screening:

  • All coaches and students will be screened for signs/symptoms of COVID-19 prior to a workout. (See Appendix for example of COVID-19 Screening Form)
  • Responses to screening questions for each person will be electronically recorded (Google Forms) and stored (Google Classroom) so that there is a record of everyone present in case an Athlete/Coach tests positive for COVID-19.  This information is for contact tracing purposes only
  • Any person who screens with positive symptoms will be isolated and not allowed to take part in workouts until they are symptom free for 24 hours.  Parents/Guardians will be notified by personnel
    • COVID-19 positive:  any athlete who tests positive for COVID-19 will be quarantined for a minimum of 14 days and will need a clearance by a health care professional before returning to athletics

 

Limitations on Gatherings:

  • As per State, Local, and District Guidelines–gatherings of no more than 250 individuals indoor or outdoors
  • When not directly participating in practices, social distancing will be applied during practices and in gathering areas–signage will be visible as a reminder to adhere to the guidelines

 

Facilities Cleaning:

  • Adequate cleaning schedules have been implemented for all athletic facilities to mitigate any communicable disease (Infectious Disease Recommendations were already in place)
  • Athletic Facilities will be cleaned after workouts and team gatherings, high touch areas will be cleaned more often
  • Fitness Center and/or Weight Room Equipment will be wiped down after individual’s use, as resources allow
  • Appropriate clothing/shoes must be worn at all times in the weight room to minimize sweat from transmitting onto equipment surfaces

 

Physical Activity and Athletic Equipment:

  • Students are encouraged to refrain from sharing clothing/towels and be washed after each practice, including pinnies, practice jerseys, etc
  • Athletic equipment that may be used by multiple individuals (balls, shields, tackling dummies, shot put, discus, pole vault, etc.) will be cleaned intermittently during practice as deemed necessary
  • Hand Sanitizer will be used periodically, as resources allow.  
    • Alternative to hand sanitizer: hand washing with warm water for a minimum of 20 secs
  • Spotters for maximum weight lifts will be stationed at each end of the bar

 

Hydration:

  • Students MUST bring their own water bottle. Water bottles must not be shared.
  • Hydration Stations should not be utilized unless they can be cleaned and sanitized between uses.

 

ADDITION: July 1, 2020

 

Effective July 1, 2020 under the authority of Governor Tom Wolf, Dr. Levine issued a new order requiring facemasks be worn while in public places.
This is going to affect our current sports conditioning plan with the following NEW guidelines:
~ALL COACHES must wear a facemask at conditioning sessions outside and inside
~ALL Athletes must wear a facemask when
  • social distancing is not possible (THIS AN ABSOLUTE MUST)
  • when not actively exercising
This means we have a “Mask On” guideline….
If you are having a meeting—Masks must be on
If you are standing on the sidelines for a break—Masks must be on (unless you maintain 6 feet between each player)
If you are inside a building—masks must be on (unless you are actively exercising)
The only applicable exception listed in the order is for those individuals who have a health condition that prevents them from wearing a mask due to the increased health risks
We have had a few instances where athletes are congregating in groups (mainly outside) and NOT maintaining social distance recommendations (6 feet).  You will have to enforce the MASK ON guideline outside if the social distancing is not complied with.
We need to keep this plan operational and the best way to do that is to follow the guidelines we have established.  Use cones, use chalk, whatever you need to for these kids to visually see that they are 6 feet apart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guidance for All Sports Permitted to Operate During the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency to Ensure the Safety and Health of Employees, Athletes and the Public