On May 22nd, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, along with an amended order from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) announced that K-12 schools may begin to open school athletic facilities following state guidance, and implementation of proper procedures and protocols. This will allow for Medina High School student-athletes to return to athletic training through a phased-in approach beginning Monday, June 1.
The Medina High School Athletic Department, in collaboration with other Medina County school districts and guidance from the Medina County Health Department and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation (CCF) Sports Medicine/Athletic Training Services, has created the following phased plan for return to athletic training for summer of 2020.
The goal of the OHSAA and the athletic department is to allow student-athletes to participate in scholastic athletics and activities in a safe, regulated environment. Under the suggestion of the OHSAA, every school/program should start at Phase One and remain there for at least 14 calendar days. If there is a downward/flat trajectory of documented cases within a 14-day period, a school may progress to Phase Two, where a new 14-day period of tracking of cases should begin. If there is another 14- day downward/flat trajectory of cases, schools may progress to Phase Three; these Phases are subject to change per orders from the State or Local Health Department. Determinations of downward/flat trajectory will be made by Departments of Health.
Phase one will run June 1 through June 14, 2020. During this phase, the weight room at Medina High School, coaching offices, all locker rooms and restrooms will remain closed.
Arrival/Departure for Workout
Athletes should report to workouts in proper gear and be ready to train and leave immediately when done. Arrival should be no more than 10 minutes before a scheduled workout time and departure or pick up should be no more than 10 minutes after the scheduled conclusion of a workout. There will be designated entrance and exit points for athletes.
Prior to any workouts, athletes, coaches and other staff will be asked to sanitize their hands before touching hard surfaces or participating in any workouts and will be asked to do the same as they leave.
Prior to an individual or group entering the facility, all hard surfaces within that facility will be wiped down and sanitized.
Equipment should not be shared between athletes and all equipment must be cleaned after each athlete’s use.
No common water stations are permitted. Each athlete will be required to have their own filled water bottle; no sharing of water bottles will be permitted. If an athlete does not have adequate water/fluids, they will be sent home.
Athletes should wear a mask to and from practice and may only remove them when participating in strenuous physical activity. Coaches and athletic training staff will wear a mask at all times.
Social Distancing and Limitations on Gatherings
Social distancing of at least 6 feet should be maintained at all times and gatherings should consist of no more than 10 people at a time (inside or outside) to include all participants and coaches. Congregating is prohibited. Larger groups of athletes will be broken down into small pods. Athletes will remain in the same pod with the same coach at all times.
Attendance and Screening
Daily attendance will be taken with a symptom checklist completed and recorded by a designated coach. Coaches will be included on the attendance roster along with any other staff and must also complete the symptom checklist. Symptoms include but are not limited to:
○ Cough, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat, temperature over 99.6 degrees fahrenheit
○ A student-athlete who exhibits these symptoms will be sent home and a parent/guardian contacted. The student-athlete, coach or other staff member will be sent home and will not be allowed to return to training until they have been cleared by their physician in writing. An athlete who informs a coach they will not be attending a training due to illness will not be allowed to return without written clearance from their physician.
If a student-athlete, coach or other staff member is feeling sick, they are asked to stay at home.
The District will plan to move into Phase Two June 15-June 28 provided there is a downward/flat trajectory of documented cases within the 14-day period in Phase One. In Phase Two, the weight room will be open. Locker rooms, restrooms and coaching offices will remain closed. All guidelines as outlined in Phase One will remain in place.
Social Distancing and Limitations on Gatherings
Social distancing of at least 6 feet should be maintained at all times and gatherings should consist of a group size as approved by the most current public health order at the beginning of Phase Two to include all participants and coaches. Congregating is prohibited. Larger groups of athletes will be broken down into small pods containing a maximum of 10 athletes in each pod. Athletes will remain in the same pod with the same coach at all times. This will include time in the weight room.
No single spotters will be allowed. End of the bar spotters will be permitted.
As we prepare to move into Phase Three, we will be re-evaluating the process and current health orders in place at the beginning of July and will share more information at that time.
These guidelines are strictly for high school athletics and do not include marching band or Encore show choir. Guidelines with regard to these two groups will be forthcoming in the near future. Information on middle school sports will be released at a later date over the summer as we begin to move through the phases.
OHSAA Physical Requirement
At this time, the OHSAA still requires a valid physical for participation in fall sports.
Fall Scholarship Eligibility: Due to the wide-range of academic grades being given for classwork during the final grading period, all students entering grades 7-12 will be eligible for 2020 fall sports insofar as academic eligibility is concerned.
2021 Spring Sport Transfer Eligibility: No transfer student, including those who participated in a 2020 spring sport scrimmage, will be subject to the transfer consequence in spring 2021. However, the student will still be held accountable to the transfer consequence for any fall or winter sport in which he/she may have participated during the 12 months preceding his/her transfer.
5th Year Eligibility: 2020 spring sport senior student-athletes will not be provided an additional season/year of eligibility. At the time of this communication, 44 states have responded to a survey and none will be providing this option for students.
Any questions should be directed to Todd Hodkey, Athletic Director by email at email@example.com