Montgomery County student-athletes can resume in-person practices on Feb. 27, the district introduced Friday, however every group’s coach can have the authority to determine to proceed with solely digital actions.
Competitions can start March 19.
The autumn season will probably be first, and run for about six weeks.
Fall sports activities embody bocce, cheerleading, cross- nation, discipline hockey, soccer, golf, pompons, soccer and ladies’ volleyball.
Competitions will solely be scheduled towards different groups within the county.
Faculties are cut up into three divisions, with two “pods” of 4 or 5 groups per division to attenuate college students’ publicity to others. Groups will play the entire groups of their “pod” as a part of the season, then others in the identical division, if wanted to fill out a contest schedule.
No scrimmages will probably be allowed. Spectators is not going to be allowed at competitions, in response to MCPS documents.
All college students are eligible for sports activities for the rest of the educational 12 months no matter their grades or attendance. College students can take part in in-person sports activities, even when they’ve elected to proceed with digital lessons when colleges start to reopen on March 1.
Pupil-athletes are allowed to take away face coverings when they’re doing “vigorous exercise,” however coverings are “strongly inspired always.” Coaches and different officers are required to put on face coverings always.
Locker rooms is not going to be accessible to college students, and college students will probably be required to deliver their very own water to practices and competitions.
If a student-athlete assessments constructive for COVID-19, individuals who had direct contact with them will probably be notified in writing, and the “exercise group of the contaminated pupil or participant will probably be quarantined.” If the sick pupil participated in a contest towards one other group, that group will even be “shut down till granted clearance by MCPS, via collaboration with” the well being division.
If transmission of the virus is straight traced to participation or competitors in a sport, that sport will probably be quickly suspended countywide pending assessment by the district and the well being division.
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