Athletics

ATHLETICS

Ex. Dir. of Athletics & PE Joel Johnson and Creative Media Production Coordinator Jeremy Rawe
Executive Director of Athletics & PE Joel Johnson sat down with Creative Media Production Coordinator Jeremy Rawe to answer questions about the plans for fall athletic practices and competitions.



Frequently Asked Questions

Question  Answer
What will athletics look like August 20th- Sept.11th during remote learning? High School: all in-season and off-season sports began in-person practices/workouts on Aug. 20. These programs have workouts/practices either in the morning (7:00am-9:00am) or in the evening (5:00pm-7:00pm). Coaches have communicated practice/workout times and expectations to their athletes.

Middle School: no in-person workouts/practices will be held until Sept. 8. Beginning Sept. 8, middle school football, cross country, tennis, and volleyball workouts will begin. Workouts will be held in the evenings to allow for parents to arrange transportation to campus. Middle school coaches will communicate practice/workout times and expectations to their athletes soon.

Can an athlete participate in athletics if they choose remote learning starting on Sept. 14th? Yes. Athletes who choose remote learning will be dismissed from their workout in time to travel home to participate in their next class period. Athletes who choose remote learning will be able to participate, however, instructional time during the athletic period may be reduced due to the time needed for travel to and/or from school.

Will athletes be required to attend the athletic period in person if they choose remote learning?
High School in-season sports- Yes

High School off- season sports- Yes

Middle School in-season sports- Yes

Middle School off-season sports- No

Beginning Sept. 14th, will remote learners be responsible for providing their own transportation to athletic periods?

Transportation will not be provided to and from athletic periods and practices for athletes who chose remote learning. Transportation will be the responsibility of the athlete.
What happens if my student-athlete tests positive for COVID-19 or is suspected to have COVID-19?

Any individuals who themselves either: (a) are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19; or (b) experience the symptoms of COVID-19 (listed below) must stay at home throughout the infection period, and cannot return to campus until the school system screens the individual to determine any of the below conditions for campus re-entry have been met:

  • In the case of an individual who was diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may return to school when all three of the following criteria are met:

i. at least one day (24 hours) has passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);
ii. the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
iii. at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

  • In the case of an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and who is not evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, such individual is assumed to have COVID-19, and the individual may not return to the campus until the individual has completed the same three-step set of criteria listed above.
  • In addition to the criteria and processes described above, a student who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 must receive clearance from a physician prior to returning to participation in UIL activities.

NISD is continuously monitoring Tarrant and Denton County Health departments, TEA, CDC, and UIL guidelines. Any changes made to this information will be communicated.

What happens if my athlete’s coach tests positive?
Coaches and staff members must follow the same guidelines as students and athletes if they test positive for COVID-19 or is assumed to have COVID-19. Areas that are heavily used by the individual will be disinfected and notification will be given to other coaches, athletes, and opposing schools.

Are parents and fans allowed at games and contests?
Yes, spectators can attend games and contests within a 50% capacity limitation. Information regarding purchasing of tickets and game attendance protocols will be provided in the upcoming weeks.

What will transportation to athletic contests look like for athletes?

Athletes will be required to travel to athletic events with the team. When on the bus, athletes will be required to wear masks. No more than two athletes per seat will be permitted.
Will athletes be issued a locker? What will locker room protocols be?
Yes. Athletes will be required to wear masks while inside the locker room and other areas where students may congregate other than shower facilities. Athletes should refrain from keeping clothing and equipment in their lockers overnight. Athletes can expect lockers and locker rooms to be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected each day. Any items left unsecure in locker rooms will be discarded each night.

Does my athlete need to complete a Pre-Participation Physical to participate in athletics?
All students participating in UIL athletic activities will be required to complete the UIL Medical History Form. Any “yes” answer to any of questions 1-6 on the Medical History Form will require a student to receive further medical evaluation, which may include a physical exam, and receive written clearance from a physician, physician assistant, chiropractor, or nurse practitioner before any participation in UIL practices, games, performances, or matches. Only those students with “yes” answers to those questions are required to receive written clearance through further medical evaluation.

Any participant in athletics or marching band, in any grade level, who has not previously completed a Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation, and been cleared for participation, will be required to complete the Medical History Form as noted above, as well as a Pre-Participation Physical prior to participation in any UIL practices, games, performances, or matches.

Can we still provide pre-game meals for our athletes?

Yes, however, if you provide these items, it should be done so in a manner that ensures students are not sharing items.
Will athletes be required to wear masks while participating in athletics?

All persons not actively exercising or socially distanced are required to wear a mask.
Will athletes be screened daily for COVID-19 symptoms?
Yes. In accordance to UIL and TEA guidelines, all students, coaches, and staff will follow all screening protocols daily before participating in any UIL activities.

Resources
2020-2021 UIL COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Guidelines
TEA Public Health Guidance
NISD COVID-19 Webpage
Executive Order GA- 29