Athletes to return to facilities next week

Posted 6/2/20

The UIL and Governor Gregg Abbott announced that high school student-athletes will be available to return for workouts and sports skills training beginning June 8, given they follow a set of released guidelines and procedures established to help navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Athletes to return to facilities next week

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The UIL and Governor Gregg Abbott announced that high school student-athletes will be available to return for workouts and sports skills training beginning June 8, given they follow a set of released guidelines and procedures established to help navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are very excited to get back to work with our student-athletes and to adhere to all our guidelines,” said MHS Athletic Director Rusty Nail. “We know June will be a critical month that tells the story as to where and what may be allowed come the Fall seasons. It is a very important time in public education.”

MHS began sending out the guidelines Monday. They can also be found in full on the district’s website. A robocall was sent out this week to direct junior high and high school parents or guardians to review the guidelines with their student-athletes online or to pick up a packet during the school’s summer meal program hours (which lasts from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.).

Respective coaches also began contacting athletes this week to familiarize them with the given procedures they will need to follow while checking in each day. All students must bring their own water bottles to the workouts, labeled with their names. They will not be allowed to share with one another. Any student who arrives without water will be sent away to avoid dehydration or heat-related issues during workouts.

“Our coaches will ease the athletes back in by acclimating to the heat and the various levels of exercise, as many have been idle for months,” said Nail.

The 10-page packet developed by the district is entitled “Athlete Return to Campus Plan for Strength and Conditioning and MCISD Skills Training” and encompasses a number of areas. The key principles within the report included Limiting person interaction, Hygiene, Cleaning and sanitation, Safe access to facilities and Screening procedures for student-athletes.

The student-athletes will receive symptom and temperature screening assessments. This will take place each day of activity. The staff will also continue to be screened daily.

Six-foot social distancing practices will be maintained by the athletes while they are in line to enter the facility before being screened as well as during the workouts themselves. Only one individual will be allowed to use the restroom at a given time and locker room use is prohibited (apart from restroom use).

After checking in, all student-athletes will be required to enter the competition gym facilities through the back entrance. Parking will be predetermined for each group or team to minimize interactions during the arrival and departure process. All other entry points will be inaccessible.

The capacity of the building will reach no higher than 25 percent at a given time. 15 athletes are allowed in each of the two weight rooms while no more than 24 athletes will occupy the gym floor during basketball and volleyball workouts. All groups will stay at least 10 feet apart from another group.

According to the report, junior high girls workouts will take place from 9–10:30 a.m., followed by high school girls from 10:45 a.m.—12:45 p.m. Junior high boys will workout from 5—6:15 p.m., followed by high school boys from 6:30—8 p.m.

The detailed report, which was sent to families in the district, is accessible in full at madisonvillecisd.org.

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