Warriors News · Parents — Please Review The Updated Sports Plan Addendum as of July 12, 2020


Effective July 12, 2020–UPDATED

COVID-19 Information for Travelers

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx

Parents:

As you all know we had to take a pause in our summer conditioning program due to new recommendations from the Governor effective July 3, 2020.  The Athletics Task Force met Monday, July 6 to update our plan so we are aligned with the state recommendations.  It is out of an abundance of caution that these additions/clarifications will now be in place in order for us to resume summer conditioning sessions.  The recommendations are for Summer Conditioning Sessions and will be updated to align with the Penn-Trafford School Plan once school is back in session and the PIAA has made a determination on the sport season.
Quarantine Protocol
All student athletes must submit the Vacation Information form BEFORE they can participate.   We need this information to implement the following recommendation issued by the Governor—Anyone who travels to one of the designated hotspots from the PA DOH/Governor’s Office MUST self quarantine upon return for a minimum of 14 days.  They may return after that time if they have been asymptomatic. An athlete may choose to have a COVID 19 test, which can be completed 5 days after they returned to the area.  If they receive a negative test result (with documentation & asymptomatic) they may return before the 14 day period.  This only affects those traveling to a hotspot after July 3, 2020.  The accepted results documentation is from the secondary confirmation labs (i.e. Quest or LabCorp),  Rapid COVID 19 test results are not acceptable for return.  Testing can produce up to 25% false negative results so we must err on the side of caution.
If an athlete screens COVID+ and has been coming to workout sessions the coaches must report that information to Nurse Lisa Popovich and the Athletics staff immediately.  Next, anyone who had Direct contact with that athlete will need to follow the 14 day quarantine protocol.  For example, if 1 athlete in a 10 person pods is COVID+ all 10 athletes are quarantined…those not in that pod may continue with just our daily screening protocol.  However, if teams are not able to isolate (or use pods), the entire “team” would have to be quarantined.  Therefore it’s in the best interest for now to stay in Pods/groupings as much as possible.
If someone in an athletes household (or work) tests COVID+ that would be an Indirect exposure to your team.  We would recommend just that athlete follow the quarantine protocol, this is done out of an abundance of caution and to potentially keep the rest of the “team” from having to quarantine too should that athlete begin to show symptoms or screen COVID+
~Excela Health COVID testing center…located on Frye Farm Road in Greensburg.  To schedule an appointment please call 1-800-727-9558.
~Med Express also does COVID testing as do local pharmacies and/or your Family Physician
~Rapid COVID testing immediate results are not acceptable, they must be the secondary confirmation results from the national laboratories (i.e. Quest, LabCorp, etc)
Mask-Up protocol—the PA Health Department issued a mandatory use of masks when in public.  This means for Athletics that unless student athletes are engaged in physical activity they must have a mask on if they can not maintain social distancing of 6ft.
~Everyone MUST wear a mask to and from practices (including when entering & exiting Warrior stadium, the gymnasium, pool, etc).
~Maintain social distancing of 6ft or Mask-Up

Updated Recommendations for July 6, 2020 as specified by the PA Governor and is subject to change according to his updates.  

This is still voluntary conditioning sessions and it is imperative that parents and athletes are proactive with full disclosure of any symptoms related to COVID 19.  Athletes MUST have the Vacation Form completed before attending practice.  This is retroactive to the last 14 days.

  • Required quarantine for 14 days (if asymptomatic) upon return if someone traveled to a designated hotspot

https://www.wtae.com/article/gov-wolf-recommends-quarantine-for-people-who-visit-15-states-with-high-coronavirus-cases/33092345

  • Or 5 days after returning you can have an approved test and produce a negative test result then you can return
  • Implementing procedures for Direct and Indirect exposure to someone who tested COVID19+
    • If there is a COVID+ person within a household, that athlete should self quarantine for 14 days (or follow testing procedure) but not the entire team unless that athlete has a COVID+ result

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Guidance/Testing-Factsheet.aspx

  • Quarantine of individuals/groups/teams if we have a COVID19+ athlete–Direct Exposure
    • Athlete who tests positive MUST have a clearance to return
    • Those athletes who have been exposed to a COVID+ athlete that team must shut down for 14 days at a minimum
    • Team Quarantine begins from the last date of exposure of the COVID+ athlete

Pool:  Keep swimmers in lanes–to maintain a group

Gymnasium:  Keep in smaller groups to do skills

Cheer:  stay in groups

Outdoor sports:  lifting and running in groups….skill work can’t be maintained

  • Implementing and enforcing the new mask guidelines at workouts 

https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-sec-of-health-signs-expanded-mask-wearing-order/#:~:text=With%20this%20order%2C%20signed%20under,%2C%E2%80%9D%20Gov.%20Wolf%20said.

  • Wear masks until actively working out unless they are 6 ft apart during non active periods.  Everyone must wear masking when entering or leaving venues.

Gymnasium:  Athletes mask up unless actively working out.  Coaches mask up unless working out or unable to maintain 6 ft apart.

Pool:  Athletes mask up when entering and leaving the pool.  Coaches mask up if they can’t maintain 6 ft apart.

Outdoors:  Athletes/Coaches must mask up unless actively working out or not being able to maintain 6 ft apart.

We as a team here at PT must be diligent in following the guidelines, protocols, & recommendations set forth in our Sports Conditioning Plan so our athletes can continue to participate with Safety as our upmost concern.  Dr. Kevin Wong, our school medical director, feels our plan is exemplary and is a model for others to follow.  We are staying on top of this as changes continue daily and we will adjust to let our student athletes participate in the safest manner possible.
Thank you all for your dedication to the health and safety of the PT students and community.
We appreciate all the hard work and adaptations you have already put into this summer conditioning time.
Please stay safe,
Mr. Kerry S. Hetrick and The PT Athletics Task Force

 

 

 

BOARD APPROVED PLAN June 15, 2020

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 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.