Dear Parent or Guardian,
As we continue to move forward with our Athletic Program, we would like to thank you for your cooperation with the safety processes that we have put in place as our community continues to see transmission of COVID-19. Our staff continues to implement safety measures that include student/staff screening, staggered schedules, cohorting of athletes and enhanced cleaning measures.
The success of our program also depends on you and your student following the recommendations of the Department of Public Health and the CDC. We would like to remind you of some simple and effective measures that everyone should use to keep themselves and others safe.
- STAY HOME WHEN ILL OR IF YOU HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS OR MIGHT HAVE COVID-19
In order to stop the transmission of COVID-19 in our community, students who are ill, even with mild symptoms should not come to practice or competition. COVID-19 infection can cause severe illness in some people, but, most have mild symptoms. Screen your student before they come to school to make sure they are not having any symptoms especially fever. REMEMBER: anyone who has been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 should quarantine at home for 14 days. This is the amount of time it may take for that person to become ill if they have been infected.
- WEAR A MASK OR FACE COVERING
Many studies are showing that masks are very effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 spreads through the respiratory droplets of someone who is infected when they talk, laugh, cough, sneeze or sing. Masks can help to contain the infected droplets so they don’t reach others. This is especially important because some people who have COVID-19 may not have symptoms and don’t know that they are sick. These people can still infect others.
- PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING
Respiratory droplets travel up to 6 feet from the person who is infected. Staying 6 feet or 2 arm lengths from others whenever possible is also an important way to protect yourself from being infected. Although athletes may be in close proximity to each other during practice and competition, because it is outdoors, risk is lower. However, when students share rides in cars or gather in groups within 6 feet of each other, the risk of infection increases.
- WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY
One of the best tools that we have to prevent all bacterial and viral infections is to wash our hands frequently for 20 seconds with soap and water. COVID-19, as well as most cold and flu viruses, transmit when we touch germs that may have been left on items and surfaces then touch our nose, mouth or eyes. It is especially important to wash your hands before and after taking off your face covering. If soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol should be used.
By following these simple steps, we can keep our students healthy and ready to compete. Working together as a community to model these prevention measures, we can decrease the transmission of COVID-19!