Announcements and Important Events
Extracurricular Activities Protocol
The risk of coronavirus transmission will still be present to some degree as school activities begin in August and possibly through the 2020-2021 school year. Students and their families, along with school personnel must recognize these risks and implement best practices to reasonably mitigate these risks. Participation in school activities is voluntary and every individual will need to evaluate the risk versus the benefits of activity participation.
Screening: Before every activity (practice, rehearsal, competition, bus transportation) temperature screenings will be done upon arrival to the school for coaches, directors, staff, and players. If a temperature is 100.0 or greater the individual should be moved to an indoor environment for five minutes prior to having their temperature retaken. If temperature remains at 100.0 or greater the individual will follow the Monett R-1 Health Office Procedure for Pandemic Response.
Exclusion from School / Practice / Activities / Games
Students and employees will be excluded from school / practice / activities / games if they test positive for COVID-19 or exhibit one or more of the symptoms of COVID-19 based on CDC Guidance that is not otherwise explained:
a) A fever of 100° F or greater
c) Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
e) Repeated shaking with chills
f) Muscle pain or Body aches
h) Sore throat
i) New loss of taste or Smell
j) Congestion or Runny Nose
k) Nausea or vomiting
Face Coverings: Masks or face coverings are REQUIRED for participants, coaches/directors and officials/adjudicators any time they are not doing strenuous physical activity. Wearing masks before activities and immediately following activities is REQUIRED, especially prior to screening.
Social Distancing: Groups will practice/rehearse together in smaller numbers to avoid the potential of large numbers of participants or coaches/directors having to quarantine if anyone tests positive for COVID-19.
Example: Have similar-position players/instrumentalists in different groups; have varsity and lower level teams in separate groups).
Break into small groups for rest breaks and water breaks during practice. Individual water bottles were distributed to athletes.
When not directly participating in practices, rehearsals or contests, care should be taken to maintain current social distancing between each individual.
What happens when a student, coach, or director tests positive for COVID-19?
- Notify the local public health authority and school personnel.
- All participants who had close contact, direct contact with this individual, or a direct exposure to secretions (i.e. being coughed on) (up to 48 hours before they started showing symptoms) may be excluded from practice and play for 14 days. The Health Department should be contacted to assist in proper contact tracing and quarantining of individuals. If there was doubt of who the individual came into contact with then the entire team/group that practiced/rehearsed or competed with the individual may be quarantined for 14 days.
- A close contact is defined by the CDC as a person who has had close contact (less than 6 feet) for greater than 15 minutes with an individual with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection during the 48 hours before the individual became symptomatic or was diagnosed.
- Exceptions may be considered if all activities were done practicing appropriate social distancing while wearing a mask and after consultation with your local health department.
- If a coach/director or participant is positive and was wearing a mask or face covering, it is possible that none of their contacts will have to be excluded from participation. In some cases, a mask or face covering may not be considered protective depending on the type of exposure. A participant in quarantine should stay home, stay separated from others, follow state or local health department guidance, should NOT participate in practices/rehearsals/contests, and, if appropriate, may participate in individual conditioning activities with remote virtual instruction with guidance from a health care professional.
- Coaches/Directors and staff who were in contact with the infected individual while properly wearing a mask may not need to be excluded from participation. In some cases, a mask may not be considered protective depending on the type of exposure.
What happens when a participant/coach/director has been exposed to a confirmed positive case of Covid-19?
- Individuals who have had a significant exposure (i.e. close contact as defined above) to a confirmed positive COVID-19 individual must quarantine for 14 days from the last date of exposure to the positive COVID-19 individual. If the exposed individual has a negative SARS Cov-2 test, they still must quarantine for 14 days.
- If the exposed individual develops symptoms during the 14-day quarantine period, testing for SARS Cov-2 should occur. If positive, then the participant/coach/director must follow the guidance for a confirmed positive individual. The participant/coach/director can return if the test is negative and symptoms have improved following the 14-day quarantine.