OUSD return to play guidelines

Oceanside Unified School District

Return to Play Guidelines

The priority of the school district is the safety and well-being of all our student athletes at all times. We ask that all schools, coaches, players, and parents consider and utilize the guidelines, as well as the parent and player responsibilities until we get back to a normal situation. As part of the recommended guidelines we have included a three-phase plan to return to sports.

Parent Responsibilities

  1. If you are not comfortable with having your student-athlete return to play-Don’t
  2. If your student-athlete shows any COVID-19 symptoms or is ill-KEEP THEM AT HOME.
  3. Notify your student-athlete’s coach, athletic trainer or  athletic director if he/she is diagnosed with COVID-19.
  4. Ensure that your student-athlete’s clothing and/or equipment is cleaned and sanitized before each training session.
  5. If possible, supply your student-athlete with the necessary sanitizing products at each practice (Ex; individual hand sanitizer and/or wipes)
  6. Make sure your student-athlete has plenty of water. Players will not be allowed to share water bottles or any other personal belongings, such as towels, phones, etc.

Player Responsibilities

  1. Sanitize hands thoroughly before, during, and after practice.
  2. If possible, bring hand sanitizer with you to each practice.
  3. No high-fives, handshakes, hugs, knuckles or group celebrations.
  4. Respect and practice social distancing.
  5. Do not share water, food, personal equipment or any personal belongings, such as cell phones.
  6. Place your backpack or other belongings at least 6 feet apart.
  7. Wash and sanitize your clothing and equipment after every practice.

The priority of the school district is the safety and well-being of all our student athletes at all times. We ask that all schools, coaches, players, and parents consider and utilize the guidelines until we get back to a normal situation. As part of the recommended guidelines we have included a three-phase plan to return to sports.

Phase 1

  1. Small group activities are permitted for 10 student-athletes or less with a coach in an area that is socially-distanced from another group in the area. For example, a coach could have 2 or more stations with other coaches leading those stations, as long as social-distancing practices are involved.
  2. All players and coaches will wear face coverings during practices, while remaining 6-feet apart at all times. Exceptions are swimming, distance running or other high intensity aerobic activity. 
  3. All players and coaches must come to practice dressed and ready. Locker rooms will not be available before, during or after practice.
  4. Practices can have individual training, but no group activities. (no sharing of equipment)
  5. All players and coaches will be screened via questionnaire and will have temperature taken before each practice. Those screenings will be logged and kept on file with the athletic department. 
  6. Athletes shall be kept in the same training group with the same coach throughout each practice (cohorting)
  7. Disinfecting and cleaning of all personal equipment shall occur before, during, and after each practice.
  8. Each coach must submit a blueprint or plan of how they will physically conduct practice that will be kept with the athletic director.
  9. All players, coaches, and support staff must be free of symptoms for at least 14 days and no individual can come in close contact with anyone who is sick for a 14-day period before training can begin.
  10. All athletes, coaches, and support staff who are members of a high-risk group or live at home with a member of a high-risk group shall only attend practices virtually.
  11. If an athlete shows any symptoms or discloses symptoms or illness, the parents should be called and the athlete needs to be seen and cleared by a healthcare provider before returning to practice.

 

Phase 2

  1. Medium group activities are permitted for 50 student-athletes or less with a coach in an area that is socially-distanced from another group in the area. For example, a coach could have 2 or more stations with other coaches leading those stations, as long as social-distancing practices are involved.
  2. All players and coaches will wear face coverings during practices, while remaining 6-feet apart at all times.
  3. Small group training and controlled scrimmages can be introduced.
  4. All players and coaches will be screened via questionnaire and temperature will be taken before each practice. Those screenings will be logged and kept on file with the athletic department. 
  5. Athletes shall be kept in the same training group with the same coach throughout each practice (cohorting).

Phase 2 (continued)

  1. Disinfecting and cleaning of all personal equipment shall occur before, during, and after each practice.
  2. Each coach must submit a blueprint or plan of how they will physically conduct practice that will be kept with the athletic director.
  3. All players, coaches, and support staff must be free of symptoms for at least 14 days and no individual can come in close contact with anyone who is sick for a 14-day period before training can begin.
  4. All athletes, coaches, and support staff who are members of a high-risk group or live at home with a member of a high-risk group shall only attend practices virtually.
  5. If an athlete shows any symptoms or discloses symptoms or illness, the parents should be called and the athlete needs to be seen and cleared by a healthcare provider before returning to practice.

 

Phase 3

  1. Public training facilities are now open with regular group size permitted. All sports, with and without contact may resume with usual activity.
  2. Social distancing is still recommended, but not required.
  3. Training sessions return to normal with average athlete group amount.
  4. Full return to play.
  5. Equipment and other shared material can be used but cleaning shall continue before and after each different athlete group use.