I wanted to first start off by congratulating any families who had seniors graduating. Yesterday (Sunday) was a fantastic day to celebrate the uncommon finish to a school year anyone has ever encountered. I will post the links to the senior tributes in this email if anyone would like to see them and has not seen them.
Secondly, over the weekend, the OHSAA sent our new items that impact all student athletes. That information is this:
Adjustments to OHSAA Bylaws
With the passing of an OHSAA constitution issue during the recently-completed referendum voting, the OHSAA Office has been given authority to temporarily suspend strict compliance to various OHSAA constitution articles, bylaws and/or sports regulations if the non-compliance is a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic and provided the suspensions remain consistent with the purpose of the rules and regulations.
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.
PPE/Athletic Physicals: The following has been recommended by the OHSAA’s Joint Advisory Committee on Sports Medicine:
1. Continue with the requirement for an annual Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation (PPE) – every 13 months – for all 7-12 grade students.
2. Recommend strongly discouraging the use of mass physicals for this upcoming school year for the benefit of public health and to recommend all students receive a PPE in a private setting.
3. Strongly recommend that the physical exam be done at a medical home.
4. Allow a student who has had a PPE within the last year to conduct his/her 2020-21 PPE in person or via telehealth as long as the usual forms are filled out, signed and in the provider’s hands prior to the visit.
Governor DeWine’s Restrictions & Recommendations Relative to COVID-19 & Athletic Participation:
OHSAA Low-Contact Sports: As of today (June 1, 2020), the OHSAA Non-Contact Sports have been permitted to begin competing* as long as they are following the Responsible RestartOhio guidelines established by Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health. Guidelines may be found at the links below:
Swimming & Diving
Track & Field
OHSAA Contact Sports: As of today (June 1, 2020), the OHSAA Contact Sports listed are limited to skill training and conditioning* only. There may be no contests or scrimmages of any sort, including, but not limited to, team camps, any type of event with another team, games, scrimmages, tournaments, etc. The Responsible RestartOhio guidelines for the sports that are limited to skills training may be found at the links below:
Skills Training Only Sports
Guidelines for Gyms, Dance Instruction Studios and Other Personal Fitness Venues
Beyond the Responsible RestartOhio guidelines listed, the choices of how these sports are taking place across the state of Ohio is a decision to be made at the local level, as previously mentioned. It is still up to us as a district to determine how to implement these sports at our facilities in a safe and responsible manner, following the RestartOhio guidelines at a minimum. Some examples are: How many are permitted in a gym for skills training?, How our bleachers will be spaced out for spectators at an event?, how often you’re able to sanitize the ball you are using?—all of these decisions are up to us as a school district, as facilities across the state differ. The athletic department along with the coaches are working diligently to prepare a document that will be approved by the department of health in the next week. This document if approved will give us guidelines we feel are necessary to keep our kids safe.
As always if you have questions, please reach out to the athletic department or e-mail Mr. Ziegler at email@example.com
LINKS FOR SENIOR TRIBUTES:
Boys and Girls Track and Field Tributes
Girls Lacrosse Tributes
Boys Lacrosse Tribute