Indians News · Athletic Department Update – May 28, 2020

As you may know by now, the Governor’s office has announced that OHSAA sports may begin sport-specific skill training. Our administration has been working on guidance and protocols for all of our coaches and advisors to follow in order to begin this training starting June 1. The number one  goal of our department and staff is always the health and safety of our students, staff and community. Therefore, I would like to update you on a few of the items that have been put in place since the Governor’s announcement.

  • All coaches have been required to view six Covid-19 mitigation videos provided by Akron Children’s hospital. After viewing the videos our staff was required to sign an acknowledgement form of their responsibilities.
  • All coaches have been required to read and acknowledge the five page document issued by the OHSAA titled “Summer 2020 Recommendations.”
  • All coaches have been provided the NFHS, CDC, and state of Ohio guidance documents on responsibly returning to athletics.
  • Daily attendance will be taken when coaches begin this sport-specific skills training next week and part of daily attendance will be to ask your student if they completed a self-health assessment before entering the district facility. 
  • Social distancing will be followed at all times.
  • No indoor facilities will be opened until at least June 15th
  • There will be no sharing of athletic equipment until at least June 15th

As the parent or guardian, it is important to know that:

  • These workouts will be 100% optional. Attending or not attending will have no impact on the decision of what team your child may be placed on, when and if, our regular sport seasons begin. 
  • You will need to complete a self-health assessment prior to sending your child to an organized activity. This includes general wellness, temperature check, dry cough, or shortness of breath. No student should return to a district facility if they are feeling unwell or displaying any of these symptoms. 
  • If your child has a pre-existing condition or is immunocompromised, the decision to send your student to an organized activity is up to you. No one will be denied an opportunity to participate based on a medical reason, but this decision is yours as the parent/guardian.
  • Please ensure your contact information is up-to-date in Final Forms. You can find that information at this LINK

Students will need to follow these rules, which will be in place until further notice:

  • All students should report with their own, clearly labeled water bottle. Drinking fountains and shared water coolers will not be available
  • Locker rooms and restrooms will not be open. Students should leave the facility as soon as the activity is over to return home to change clothes and shower
  • Students  should sanitize their hands on the way in to the activity and on the way out of the activity
  • There can be no car-pooling. Students must arrive at the facility on their own or be dropped off by their parent/guardian
  • There can be no congregating and social distancing must be maintained
  • Masks are encouraged to be worn at any time when they are not participating in an activity

Lastly, we are awaiting final guidance from the OHSAA regarding sports physicals for next year. However, if you have not scheduled an appointment to get your child’s sports physical completed, it is strongly recommended you try to make those appointments as soon as possible.