To Parents/Guardians and Students:
As sports are going full speed and now that our sports program is in the news, I feel like we should go over the proper protocols again to review. We want to be able to continue to play sports, through the winter season into spring and even to the summer and fall.
First, students are required to wear masks at all times. When they enter the building, the mask needs to be on. It needs to cover the nose and mouth at all times. If it falls down during activity, every effort needs to be made to pull it back up. If your mask breaks, or is forgotten, there are extras in the Athletic Training room for students.
Second, students are screened daily by their coaches before they are allowed to practice. It is very important that students take these screenings seriously and make sure they are being honest with their answers. Symptoms include:
Shortness of Breath or Chest Tightness
Nasal Congestion/Runny Nose
Myalgia (Body Aches)
Loss of Taste and/or Smell
It is very important that students stay home if they have even ONE symptom! Even if the symptom does not seem that serious or that bad, students must stay home. If you are unsure, please contact your coach or the Athletic Trainer, and ask before coming in.
It’s important to understand that, even if you think it is allergies or a cold or the flu, you must stay home.
Any type of symptom can end up turning into a positive covid test and can shut down the program. If symptoms continue, then we recommend that you quarantine for 10 days before returning to the program. If you get tested and your test is negative, it is still recommended to quarantine while you have symptoms. If the test is positive, then the student needs to quarantine for at least 10 days, have a written clearance from their doctor, and go through a 6 day protocol with the Athletic Trainer before they fully return to the program.
If a player tests positive and was around their team with symptoms, then the Health Department will more than likely shut the program down for at least 10 days. That is what happened currently. Therefore, the entire team needs to quarantine for at least 10 days and they need to stay home the entire time, if possible. They should not be going to other practices or games, they should not be going to work and they should try to stay away as much as they can. If a player goes on their own to get a negative test, that does NOT clear them; they still need to quarantine for the 10 days.
Please call or text your coach or the Athletic Trainer if you have any questions or are unclear about anything. We would love to finish the season and head into the next season strong.
Jessica Gude, ATC
Head Athletic Trainer
Waverly High School