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2020 Monongalia County Schools Fall Sports COVID-19 Response Regulations

Posted by Morgantown Cross Country on Aug 16 2020 at 03:12PM PDT

The current COVID-19 pandemic provides some hurdles for sports in West Virginia Schools. Below are the guidelines for fall sports and extracurricular activities in Monongalia County Schools. The guidelines were developed with guidance from the National Federation of High Schools, CDC, and the WVSSAC.

1. Face mask/gaiter/coverings must always be worn (by both students and adults) except when participating in high-intensity vigorous activity. (Gaiter must be doubled over to create 2 layers).
2. Disinfectants and hand sanitizers must be available on site. Recommend students bring their own hand sanitizer.
3. All participants and adults should maintain proper social distancing (6 feet apart) unless in competition.
4. No sharing of water bottles, food, or other personal items allowed. Students must bring their own water bottles.
5. Coaches and players (supervised) must disinfect all equipment, that has been used, after each practice/game.
6. Students should not be congregating in the locker room, parking lot, or playing area before and after practices/games.
7. No hugging, high fives, handshakes, etc.

Locker rooms/Field House
• Face coverings must always be worn while inside
• No more than 25% capacity at a time
• No showering

Team Photos
• Individual photos can be taken without a mask. Maintaining 6-foot social distancing from others.
• Group Photos
o No mask if spaced greater than 6 feet apart
o Must wear a mask if less than 6 feet apart
o Composite photos should be considered

Cross Country
• Follow WVSSAC fall modification guidance document
1. Maximum of 35 at the starting line (equivalent to 5 full teams)
2. More than 35 participants would require a staggered start with 5 minutes between starts
3. No awards ceremonies (Individuals/teams need to leave when the race is finished)
4. No water coolers – individual water bottle/drinks only
5. No handshakes, hand/back slaps, etc.
6. No group/team huddles prior to meet without using social distance
7. Prior and post-meet require a face covering if unable to socially distance
• Mask on the body readily available. Example-mask in place to start and remove when social distancing occurs
• When running with others that are closer than 6 feet, a face covering will need to be worn.

Golf
• Follow WVSSAC fall modification guidance document
• Maintain 6 feet social distance during practice and matches
• Mask in golf bag readily available
• Mask required when less than 6 feet apart

Cheerleading
• Follow WVSSAC cheerleading modification guidance document
• Mask readily available
• Maintain 6 feet social distancing on the court, field, etc.

Volleyball
• Follow WVSSAC volleyball modification guidance document
• Mask must always be worn while indoors

Football
• Follow WVSSAC football modification guidance document
• Maintain 6 feet social distancing when not engaged inactivity
• Mask always readily available

Soccer
• Follow WVSSAC fall modification guidance document
• Maintain 6 feet social distancing when not engaged inactivity
• Mask always readily available

If a person shows signs and symptoms of COVID-19, it must be reported to Susan Haslebacher immediately. Coaches will report to Athletic Directors and Athletic Directors will report to Susan Haslebacher. (Shasleba@k12.wv.us, 304-216-7926)