KSD Athletic COVID Guidelines: October 06, 2021 Update
The WIAA and the DOH are requiring specific COVID testing of all students participating in basketball, wrestling, and cheerleading who are not vaccinated.
We want to assure the safety of ALL participants while engaging in identified “High Contact” sports or “High Aerosol” activities.
The test will be available at school twice a week for unvaccinated athletes who have provided the required consent form.
The link to the consent form will be posted as soon as it is available.
If your student-athlete is fully vaccinated, meaning it has been at least two weeks since their last dose, he/she does not have to participate in this required testing program; please be sure to provide proof of vaccination while registering for the sport on Family ID or show proof to your school’s athletic office to be recorded.
Again, if your student is symptomatic, they should not report to practice or games, but should notify their coach who can provide further guidance.
KSD Athletic COVID Guidelines As of October 4, 2021
DOH REQUIREMENTS FOR K-12 SPORTS SUMMARY UPDATE
On October 4th, 2021 DOH (Department of Health) updated the K-12 COVID-19 School Requirements for the 2021-22 School Year to include new requirements for extracurricular sports activities. We have highlighted some of the sports requirements below. This is not an exhaustive list of the recent updates. Please read the entire document for the full sports requirements.
- Masks are not required for outdoor sports of any contact level but are recommended in settings where unvaccinated athletes, coaches, athletic trainers and/or support personnel are in close proximity, such as standing on the sidelines, in a huddle, or sitting in a dugout.
- Universal masking is required by all athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, and support personnel when in weight rooms, regardless of vaccination status.
- Masks are not required for athletes while competing in low-contact or moderate contact sports indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
- Masks are not required for fully vaccinated athletes competing in high-contact indoor sports. Masks are not required for unvaccinated athletes competing in high-contact indoor sports if they participate in screening testing twice weekly. Masks are encouraged when practicing indoors. Universal masking is required indoors when not practicing or competing.
- All coaches, athletic trainers, and other support personnel involved with sporting activities must wear face coverings indoors in K-12 settings, regardless of vaccination status.
- Masking is required universally for all spectators attending indoor K-12 sporting activities, regardless of vaccination status. Audience members should be seated in “family units” and those small groups should be spaced at least 6 feet apart.
- Screening testing is required for all unvaccinated athletes in high contact sports or high aerosol indoor activities (Basketball, Wrestling, Judo, Cheer).
Low Contact Sports
Moderate Contact Sports
High Contact Sports
Dance (no contact)
Track and Field
Dance (no contact)
Swimming and Diving
Notes and Procedures
- Continue taking daily attendance for contact tracing. (Accurate attendance is always part of training and competitions!)
- Continue to use hand sanitizer before and after practices/competitions (especially when sharing equipment).
- Continue to promote social distancing of at least 3 feet when not competing (eliminate post-game handshakes and provide physically distance team huddles/player introductions).
- Attestations/health screenings are no longer needed for student-athletes or coaches/staff.
- Student-athletes should NOT share water bottles, uniforms, towels, and snacks.
- Masks must be properly worn on busses.
- Student-athletes and coaches should know that choosing to wear a mask, though it may not be required, is ALWAYS an option. Many have good reasons to wear a mask, such as immunocompromised family members, increased exposure chances, etc. Make it acceptable on your teams to allow the wearing of masks as an option.
- When referencing not wearing a mask during indoor “competition,” there is the act of competing in those sports, and there is not actually competing. Standing around, in a huddle or team meeting, on the bench/sideline, before and after an event, entering and exiting, in the locker room are all examples of not competing at that specific time. Make sure students and coaches understand the difference.
- Locker rooms can be utilized for “need to use” situations such as restrooms, changing, distributing gear. Masks are required in the locker rooms, and social distancing must be emphasized.
- The use of cohorts within your team is emphasized in the guidelines. This paid off last year. Coaches can choose to lose part of a team or the entire team if exposure happens.
- Coaches should maintain 6 feet distancing whenever possible. Limit your exposure, it is possible to coach from 6 feet away in most situations.
This information will be updated as needed to align with health guidelines and to address KSD Athletics specifically.