Athletics COVID-19 Precautions

  • FBISD Athletics COVID-19 Precautions


    Fort Bend ISD Athletics is pleased to announce the return of our student-athletes to campus training.

    Because the health and safety of our staff and student-athletes is our number one priority, a team of FBISD District administrators, our Licensed Athletic Trainers and Campus Coordinators has developed a comprehensive plan based on guidance from the University Interscholastic League and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

     

    In order to prevent and reduce exposures to COVID-19, the following protocols are in place as student athletes  and staff begin participation in Conditioning Campus and Skills Specific Instruction:

OVERALL GUIDELINES AND RESPONSE STRATEGIES

  • SANITIZATION

    Disinfection and Sanitation

    • Facilities Cleaning – athletic facilities will be disinfected and sanitized per industry guidelines, before, during, and after Conditioning Camp and Skills Specific Instruction. Emphasis will be given to ensuring disinfecting high touch surfaces. (Checklist for Custodial and staff)
    • Enhanced Cleaning – specific athletic facilities in which an individual with a confirmed COVID-19 positive has been identified will undergo enhanced disinfection per CDC and industry guidelines.
    • Sanitizing all balls after use during all skills sessions.

    Athletes and Staff

    • Both athletes and staff will sanitize their hands before, during, and after workout. There will be multiple hand sanitizing stations spread out all conditioning and skills areas.
    • There will be no high fives, back slaps, or any other physical encouragement.
    • 6-foot social distancing will be kept when not actively exercising
    • 10-foot social distancing will be kept when actively exercising

SCREENING PROCESS - DAILY

    • BEFORE Entering the Facility – Every student will have filled out screening questionnaire. If a student answers “YES” on any question, additional information will be needed to determine if they need to stay home.  All student-athletes are required to complete the COVID-19 Daily Screening Questionnaire for symptoms before entering any district facility, including checking your temperature.
    • Screening questions:
      • Any contact with person who is/was positive for COVID–19; or
      • New or worsening cough or shortness of breath/difficulty breathing; or
      • Fever (subjective or >100.0); or
      • At least one of: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, diarrhea.
    • A staff member will confirm receipt of student-athlete COVID-19 screening questionnaire answers and will make sure questions have been answered prior to entry. If a student answers “YES” on any question, additional information will be needed to determine if they need to go home. 

PREPARING STAFF & ATHLETES

    • Student-athletes will be required to show up to registration to walk through the entry and exit procedures for their specific school. During this orientation, student-athletes will
      • Complete the screening questionnaire with an Athletics staff member
      • Learn how to save the screening questionnaire to their phone for easy access
      • Learn where to park for workouts
      • Experience the social distancing “waiting line” on the sidewalk prior to reaching the screening station
      • Use hand-sanitizing station after the screening station

STUDENT ATHLETE REQUIREMENTS

    • Athletes will check in and complete the screening process each day before arriving.
    • Athletes will be asked to provide additional information if they answered “YES” to any screening questions or if they do not feel well.
    • Athletes will park or be dropped off at their group’s predesignated areas.
    • Athletes will proceed to check in line and keep social distancing at all times.
    • 6 Foot Rule – Maintain 6 feet of space between each other. This includes workout groups and common areas including restrooms.
    • Physical Contact – Limit physical contact with others. Do not shake hands, hug, fist-bump or high five.
    • Athletes will use hand sanitizer before entering the facility, during workouts, and when exiting skills.
    • Restrooms – Student-athletes are required to wash hands; utilize the “one in one out” model; sanitize hands after exiting; trash cans will be placed near doors to encourage student-athletes to open the door with the paper towel used to dry hands.
    • Hydration – Students will be expected to bring their own water. Student-athletes will be required to bring their own individual labeled water bottles/jugs/containers. They are prohibited from sharing water bottles.

STAFF REQUIREMENTS

    • Staff will check in and complete the screening process each day from their phone before arriving.
    • Staff will be asked to provide additional information if they answered “YES” to any screening questions or if they do not feel well.
    • Staff will receive temperature checked and keep social distancing at all times.
    • Staff will use hand sanitizer before entering the facility, during workouts, and skills.
    • Staff will bring their own labeled water bottle.

ENTRY PROCEDURES

  • Entry procedures will be specifically communicated to you from your high school campus. 

WORKOUT / SKILLS GROUPS

  • Athletes workout and skills groups will be coordinated by athletic staff to minimize exposure.  This will be determined by the number of athletes attending the camp.

    If an athlete develops symptoms, all athletes in his/her group will be removed until the athlete is cleared.

INDOOR REGULATIONS

    • Groups limited to no more than 10 athletes. Groups must stay 10 feet away from other groups
    • Capacity is 25% of building
      • Will allow 20 athletes in weight room at a time.
      • 2 coaches will be in weight room for supervision of athletes.

OUTDOOR REGULATIONS

  • Groups limited to no more than 15 athletes. Groups must stay 10 feet away from other groups.

WORKOUT PROCEDURES/POLICIES

    • Both athletes and staff will sanitize their hands before, during, and after workout. There will be multiple hand sanitizing stations spread throughout all conditioning and skills areas.
    • There will be no high fives, back slaps, or any other physical encouragement.
    • 6 foot social distancing will be kept when not actively exercising
    • 10 foot social distancing will be kept when actively exercising
    • Students may attend only up to 2 hours per day of Strength and Conditioning
    • Students may attend only up to 90 min/day of skills with no more than 60 min/day in one sport
    • Sport specific skills may include specific sports equipment, but not contact equipment
      • Any equipment should be regularly disinfected after sessions.
      • Equipment should not be shared between groups.
      • No competitive drills involving one or more students on offense vs defense in skills
      • No 1-on-1, 3-on-3, 5-on-5, 7-on-7 etc.
      • No towels can be shared between athletes

EXIT PROCEDURES

    • Student-athletes must exit through the specified door as instructed by your campus and may not return in after the session is over. Athletes must practice social distancing, and avoiding contact with other student-athletes and staff when exiting.
    • Students must sanitize their hands when they exit the facility.
    • Parents must stay in their cars during pick up process.

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS, TESTING & MANAGEMENT

    • COVID-19 Symptoms or Management of COVID-19 Positive Tests – confirmed COVID-19 positives will be managed by the FBISD Head Trainer, Richard Gregoire, per current public health guidelines.
      • Management will include testing, isolation, and symptom management as well as return-to-sport clearance.
      • Student-athletes will answer a daily health questionnaire prior to entering any athletic facility.
      • Student-athletes who appear to have symptoms or who become sick during the day will be immediately separated from other student-athletes/staff and instructed to return home. Direction will be provided by FBISD Athletic Staff regarding symptom monitoring, quarantine, and testing.
      • A symptomatic student-athlete will be managed as a presumptive COVID-19 positive and all precautions will remain in place until testing confirmation is received. Student-athletes who are presumed or confirmed COVID-19 positive cannot report to campus until cleared to do so by the FBISD Athletic Staff.


    Positive Test Confirmed: If a student-athlete tests positive for COVID–19, they are to self-isolate until 10 days from onset of symptoms AND 72 hours of being symptom free without medications.

     

    If a student-athlete has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID–19 or has a family member that lives with them that has tested positive for COVID -19:

    • Student-athlete should inform coaches and quarantine for 14 days.
    • Athletic Coordinator will notify Head FBISD athletic trainer along with FBISD Athletic Department and be provided guidance.