On behalf of Kaufman ISD Athletics, we are pleased to present this outline for the plan to return our student-athletes to in-person on campus training. This is our blueprint to return our athletes to Strength and Conditioning and Sports Specific Skills Training on our campus. The health and safety of our student-athletes is our number one priority and the following guidance is based on what is currently known about the Coronavirus disease(COVID-19). Kaufman ISD Athletics has designed this guidance to help prevent workplace exposure to COVID-19 for all student-athletes, coaches, and KISD staff and will be updated as additional information becomes available.
The following guidelines were compiled with the assistance of Kaufman ISD Administration and the guidelines of the University Interscholastic League. With social distancing requirements, it will take many more hours and practice areas to provide our student-athletes a quality summer strength and conditioning experience.
We will continue to work closely with the UIL, District Administration, and the State of Texas so that timely and accurate information will guide appropriate responses. Local conditions will influence the decisions that public health officials make regarding community-level and ultimately, Kaufman Athletic strategies.
We will expect staff and athletes to conduct themselves as if they are contagious. The policies in our plan are designed to minimize risk of yourself and others. It is vital to the health and safety of everyone that our athletes and staff are fully considerate of this at all times and take responsibility for following these guidelines seriously.
Limiting personal interaction – face-to-face interaction and person-to-person contact will be limited to essential activities that cannot be performed in an alternative (virtual or remote) fashion. When such activities are required, social distancing and other infection-spreading mitigating measures will be emphasized.
Hygiene – hand washing will be emphasized before, during, and after team activities when practicable.
Cleaning and Sanitation – routine and enhanced cleaning and sanitation measures will be implemented.
Safe access to facilities – Facility entry and exit points will be coordinated to minimize personal interaction and facilitate social distancing.
Kaufman ISD staff will keep a 1:15 coach to student ratio at all times.
Screening Procedures for Student-Athletes and Coaches – Daily symptom and temperature screening assessment will be required for all athletes and coaches.
Facilities Cleaning – All surfaces in the work area must be thoroughly disinfected throughout and at the end of each day.
Equipment Cleaning – Bar bells or dumb bells will be sanitized after each use and before a new athlete uses it. Spray bottles and paper towels will be at each station so that athletes can spray and wipe after each use.
Enhanced Cleaning – Specific athletic facilities in which an individual with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 has been identified will undergo enhanced disinfection per CDC and industry guidelines.
Ball Cleaning – all sports balls used will be disinfected following each session.
ATHLETES AND COACHES
Both athletes and coaches will sanitize their hands before, during, and after each workout where equipment is used. There will be multiple hand sanitizing stations spread out at all workout areas.
There will be no high fives, fist bumps, elbow bumps, back slaps or any other physical encouragement.
6 foot social distancing will be kept when not actively working out.
10 foot social distancing will be kept when actively working out.
STUDENT-ATHLETE AND COACH REQUIREMENTS
All athletes and coaches will check in and complete the screening process each session at the entrance to the stadium.
All athletes and coaches will stay home or be sent home if they answer “YES” to any screening questions, if they register a high temperature, or if they do not feel well.
Athletes and coaches will keep social distancing at all times. (6ft rule and 10ft rule) This includes lift groups, run groups, sport specific groups, restrooms, and all other common areas.
Physical Contact – Limit physical contact with all others. Do not shake hands, fist bump, high five, etc.
Athletes and coaches will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer before entering facility, when exiting facility, and any other chance they get.
Restrooms – Athletes and coaches will be required to wash hands; utilize the “one in-one out” model; sanitize hands before entering and after; trash cans will be placed by the door to encourage athletes to open the door with the paper towel they used to dry their hands. Other thanrestrooms, locker room use is not allowed for any reason.
Hydration – Athletes and coaches will be required to bring individual labeled water bottles.
SCREENING PROCESS – DAILY
BEFORE ENTERING THE FACILITY – Each athlete and coach fill out a screening questionnaire via Google Forms with assistance of coach at the entrance to the facility. If any of the questions have a “YES” answer that athlete or coach will not be allowed into the stadium.
Screening questions include:
Have you had contact with a person who is/was positive for COVID-19?
Do you have a new or worsening cough or shortness of breath/difficulty breathing?
Have you had fever in the last 14 days?
Do you have at least two of the following: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, or diarrhea?
Again hand sanitizing stations will be set up at entrances to facilities and screening check points where athletes and coaches must sanitize their hands prior to entry and upon exiting.
All athletes and coaches enter the facility at the screening checkpoint that is managed by Kaufman ISD coaches. All other entry will be denied.
Six feet indicators will be set up along the sidewalk to assist the athletes in keeping distancing while waiting to be screened.
WORKOUT / SKILLS GROUPS
Athletes and coaches will be put into workout and skills groups and will remain in those groups for the entirety of the summer.
When an athlete or coach develops symptoms, all athletes and coaches will be removed until that athlete or coach is symptom free. All can return at that time if all are symptom free.
WEIGHT ROOM / INDOOR REGULATIONS
Groups limited to no more than 25% capacity and groups will remain appropriate distance apart.
Field House weight room – 24 total
Each Gym – 10 athletes and 1 coach per half court
Groups limited to no more than 20:1 – Athletes to Coaches. Groups will remain appropriate distance apart
Football stadium – 20:1
Tennis Courts – limit 4 athletes per court – 8 athletes inside and 1 coach.