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Activities Health Protocols

Health and Safety Protocols

As District 191 starts the 2021-22 school year, the following health protocols will be in place for athletics and activities.

Mask & social distancing expectations

Outdoor sports:

  • Masks not required

  • Social distancing expected when athletes are not actively participating

Indoor sports:

  • Masks required when students/coaches are not actively participating

  • Social distancing expected when athletes are not actively participating

  • Masks required for visitors/spectators

As required by federal mandate, masks are required on all school district transportation. 

Each specific sport may have additional requirements or protocols. Students should check with their coaches to ensure they are aware of any expectations. 

In general, people do not need to wear masks when outdoors. However, particularly in areas of substantial to high transmission, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that people aged 2 years and older who are not fully vaccinated wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact with other people who are not fully vaccinated.

In addition, the prevention strategies below are highly recommended as means to protect students’ health and ensure programs can continue.

Prevention Strategies

Health & Safety Recommendations

Staying home when sick, getting tested, and returning to school and participation

  • Staying home when sick with symptoms of COVID is essential.

  • Athletic programs should follow their schools' identified protocols for student-athletes or coaches who have tested positive, are experiencing symptoms consistent with a COVID-19 diagnosis or have had exposure to (close contact with) an individual who has been diagnosed with COVID.

  • It is recommended that fully vaccinated people who have a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID be tested 3-5 days after exposure, regardless of whether they have symptoms. (CDC)

  • People who test positive for COVID-19 should stay at home (isolation) until all three of these things are true: 1) They feel better. Their cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms are better; and, 2) It has been at least 10 days since they first experienced symptoms or tested positive: and, 3) They have had no fever for at least 24 hours, without using medicine that lowers fever

General Hygiene Practices

Promote regular handwashing and/or use of hand sanitizer.

Participants should use individual water bottles.

Clean equipment and uniforms consistently and frequently.

High touch areas should be cleaned and disinfected frequently.

Equipment should not be shared to the extent that it is possible. When equipment is shared, it should be cleaned and disinfected frequently.

No touch distribution and collection methods of equipment and other items are encouraged.