Multiple Teams · IMPORTANT: NPHS Return To Play Guidlines


New Prairie High School Athletics – Return to play

 

Please take the time to read through all of the information provided in this posting:

 

 

 

 

The New Prairie United School Corporation will be monitoring all developments regarding COVID-19 and plans are subject to change based off the most current information provided by the IHSAA, Indiana Department of Education, the Indiana State Department of Health and the La Porte County Health Dept.

We will be working with adherence to the following safeguards that have been developed to ease our way back into our competitive seasons this coming 20-21 school year.  Any family with a vulnerable student-athlete or individual in the household should make the best decision regarding their health and safety when deciding if their student-athlete will participate in any workouts.  A reminder that all workouts are voluntary.

As mentioned in several previous NPCougars.com posts, ALL student-athletes planning to participate on/after July 6th will have to complete a IHSAA Health History Update Questionnaire and Consent & Release Certificate (Click to print).  This form will need to be submitted BEFORE a student-athlete can participate in any workout.  HARD COPIES of the form are also available in the box outside door S1.

*If a student-athlete answers Yes to any of the questions of the IHSAA Consent and Release Form, they are then required to have a new 20-21 IHSAA Pre-Participation Physical (click if needed) HARD COPIES are available in the athletic office.

*Returning student-athletes from New Prairie Middle School and New Prairie High School who did not answer Yes to any of the questions on the IHSAA Consent and Release Form will be able to use their completed 19-20 IHSAA Pre-Participation Physical.  We have all 19-20 New Prairie HS and 8th grade New Prairie MS physicals on file in our office.  Coaches have a current list of the physicals on file.

*Any student-athletes new to the district or who did not participate in athletics last year will need to provide a new completed IHSAA Pre-Participation Physical.

 

 

The information below will provide student-athletes, parents and coaches with training information what the symptoms are for COVID-19 and what protocols you will need to follow before your student-athlete attends any workout starting on or after July 6, 2020.

 

The following is from the IDOE Re-Entry Guidelines (page 9)

  • A fever of 100.4° F or greater
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

 

Students and employees should be excluded from school if they test positive for COVID-19 or exhibit one or more of the symptoms of COVID-19 based on CDC Guidance that is not otherwise explained.

Students and employees Return to activities after exclusion – Once a student or employee is excluded from the school environment, that may return if they satisfy the recommendations of the CDC. Currently those guidelines are:

 

Untested-  Persons who have not received a test proving or disproving the presence of COVID-19 but experience symptoms may return if the following three conditions are met:

  • They have not had a fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers); and
  • Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved); and
  • At least 10 calendar days have passed since your symptoms first appeared

 

Tested Positive (Symptomatic) – Persons who experienced symptoms and have been tested for COVID-19 may return to activities if the following conditions have been met:

  • The individual no longer has a fever (without the use of medicine that reduces fevers); and
  • Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved); and
  • At least 10 calendar days have passed since symptoms first appeared; or
  • The individual has received two negative tests at least 24 hours

 

Tested Positive (Asymptomatic) – Persons who have not had symptoms but test positive for COVID- 19 may return when they have gone ten calendar days without symptoms and have been released by a healthcare provider.

 

Each day prior to participation, your student-athlete must be screened for all of the mentioned symptoms by filling out a NP Student-Athlete Pre-workout Questionnaire (Click to print) PRIOR to coming to their scheduled workout.  On this sheet, they will answer as series of Yes or No questions about the symptoms previously listed to provide us with the most up to date information.  If the student-athlete answers Yes, they will be referred to our athletic trainer for screening and sent home.  HARD COPIES of the form are also available in the box located outside door S1.

 

Student-athletes:  Please do not attend (and parents do not send) your student-athlete if they are displaying any symptoms. The risk to the group is more important than a single individual being permitted to participate.

 

If student-athletes are exhibiting any of the listed symptoms they are NOT to attend a workout until they are symptom free for 24 hours.  You should take your student-athlete’s temperature at home, as coaches will not be taking temperatures upon their arrival to campus.

 

In addition to submitting all of their student-athlete’s daily questionnaires, our head coaches will have a data form that they are required to complete daily and submit to the athletic office.

 

At this time, the following guidelines are in place through Phase I and II

 

Phase I (July 6th-19th)

 

Sports Permitted – On July 6th NPHS will allow Boys & Girls Basketball, Cheer, Boys & Girls Cross Country, Dance, Football, Girls Golf, Girls & Boys Soccer, Boys Tennis and Volleyball to begin workouts.

 

NPHS Building Access – All student-athletes should enter the school through entrance N18

 

Essential Personnel ONLY– There are no spectators permitted at any of our venues until Phase 3 (with the exception of Girls Golf – matches only).

 

Practice Plans – Were submitted by coaches to the Athletic Director for Phase I.

 

Hours & Days Permitted

  • No more than 15 hours total per week.  This includes multi-sport student-athletes
  • Two Team Activity Days at no more than 3 hours per (Cannot be consecutive days)
  • Up to four Conditioning Days limited to 2 hours per (Can be consecutive)

 

No Contact

  • Cheer and Dance may work on individual skills only, no stunting
  • Social Distancing is enforced (minimum 6 feet apart).
  • Focus should be on individual skills and conditioning

 

Group Sizes

  • 15 athletes per coach/spacing
  • Student- are to be completed by each coach daily and turned into the athletic office prior to leaving

 

Weight Room & Locker Rooms – Weight Room will be open in limited 50% capacity.  NO exercises requiring a spotter can be conducted.  All Locker Rooms will be closed during Phase I.

 

Restrooms – We will have the following restrooms available for use during Phase I:

Football/Track building, Main Gym restrooms near the concession stand (N18 Doors).  East side restrooms near the Aux Gym and Weight Room. Student-athletes should enter restrooms one at a time and are required to wash their hands following CDC guidelines to ensure proper hand washing.  This should be done before and after workouts.

 

Face Coverings

  • Staff – All NPHS coaches should wear face coverings at all times unless under rigorous activity or outside heat. Must keep proper distance.
  • Student – Athletes should wear a face covering to their session
    • SA’s may remove their face covering during workouts
    • SA’s should put their face covering back on upon completion of their session and if they are not actively participating in the training session

 

Equipment (specific to a sport) – May be shared but will need to be disinfected between sessions.

Football will not utilize any helmets/pads during Phase 1.

 

Student-Athlete Requirements

  • Must have a completed 20-21 IHSAA pre-participation OR Must have a completed 19-20 IHSAA Pre-Participation Physical AND 20-21 Health History Update questionnaire and Consent & Release Certificate on file in the athletic office BEFORE starting workouts
  • Must come prepared for participation and leave immediately after. Clothes must be washed prior to their next workout (if wearing the same clothes). If a student-athlete attends with the same dirty clothes, they will be sent home.
  • Bring your own water bottle (filled), NPHS will not provide water bottles and student-athletes are not permitted to share bottles
  • Face coverings should be worn to and from training sessions and when not actively participating. They may choose to wear them during training sessions
  • Students are encouraged bring their own hand sanitizer.  Additional sanitizer will also be available at workouts.
  • Proper social distancing is mandated (6 feet apart).
  • Provide honest answers to all screening questions completed prior to each workout session.

 

Transportation – No transportation will be provided during Phase I.

 

 

Phase II (July 20th – August 14th)

 

Sports Permitted – Boys & Girls Basketball, Cheer, Boys & Girls Cross Country, Dance, Football, Girls Golf, Boys & Girls Soccer, Boys Tennis, and Volleyball.  *Swimming may also begin provided the facility is ready.

 

NPHS Building Access – All student-athletes should enter the school through entrance N18

 

Essential Personnel ONLY– There are no spectators permitted at any of our venues until Phase 3, with the exception of Girls Golf who start their season Aug. 3rd.  Spectators will be permitted if proper social distancing is enforced.

 

Hours & Days Permitted

  • All workouts will be approved by the Athletic Director.
  • Beginning August 3rd, Fall sports will begin regular season practices 6 days per week with accommodations.

 

Contact May Begin – Basketball, Football, Soccer.

 

Competition and Scrimmages – No other sport than Girls Golf may have a “formal competition during this time” (scrimmages are not considered formal competitions, this speaks solely to IHSAA and regular season contests. Scrimmages will be limited to inter-squad only.  No outside competition in any form will occur.

 

Group Sizes

  • 20 student-athletes per coach/spacing
  • Tracking Sheets are to be completed by each coach daily and turned into the athletic office prior to leaving

 

Weight Room & Locker Rooms – Weight room will be open during Phase 2 using up to a 75%  capacity. Locker rooms will remain closed for shower usage.  Football will be permitted to utilize the locker room to store student-athlete equipment (helmet and shoulder pads only) at 50% capacity.

 

Team Meeting Rooms – May or may not be permitted at 50% capacity with proper social distancing and face coverings required.

 

Restrooms – Same as Phase I.

 

Face Coverings – Same as Phase I.

 

Equipment- May be shared but will need to be disinfected between sessions. Football will be permitted to wear helmet and shoulder pads at some point during Phase II.  TBA

 

Student-Athlete Requirements Same as Phase I.

 

Transportation – None will be provided the exception will be Girls Golf beginning Aug. 3rd. (Face Coverings May Be Required.)

 

 

Phase III (Beginning August 15th)

More Information to follow as we get closer to the date.  IHSAA calendar to be followed


 

 

 

 

NPUSC Expectations of all Student-Athletes

 

  1. Take the following guidelines seriously and do NOT attend practice if you are not feeling well, have a fever or have recently been exposed to the Covid-19 virus. If you have been exposed, please follow the guidelines and quarantine for 14 days.  Make sure to let your coach or athletic trainer know.
  2. Wash hands before and after workouts and after using the restroom.
  3. Bring your own water bottle to practice and make sure you stay hydrated
  4. Keep social distance from other athletes when not working out.
  5. Do not share any clothing, gloves, knee pads, etc. with other athletes.
  6. Wash your workout clothes daily.
  7. No parents will be allowed to attend any conditioning or workouts.
  8. Make certain you have a ride to and from practice. If you are riding with other athletes, make sure that you have the other parent’s approval.  Student-athletes must leave campus as soon as their workouts are complete.

 

 

Questions regarding a specific sport?   Our New Prairie Head Coaches can be contacted below:

 

Baseball – markschellinger@npusc.k12.in.us

Boys Cross Country – jarndt@npusc.k12.in.us

Girls Cross Country – juliebeakas@npusc.k12.in.us

Boys Basketball – mikebauer@npusc.k12.in.us

Girls Basketball – aimeelitka@npusc.k12.in.us

Cheer – meganpapp@npusc.k12.in.us

Dance – taradome@npusc.k12.in.us

Football – caseymckim@npusc.k12.in.us

Boys Golf – mpeterson@npusc.k12.in.us

Girls Golf – brucewatson@npusc.k12.in.us

Boys & Girls Tennis – jhostetler@npusc.k12.in.us

Girls Track – juliebeakas@npusc.k12.in.us

Boys Soccer – danielreffo@npusc.k12.in.us 

Girls Soccer – kaseydoorn@npusc.k12.in.us 

Boys & Girls Swimming – awojtysiak@npusc.k12.in.us

Softball –  derekhicks@npusc.k12.in.us

Strength/Conditioning – jschwingendorf@npusc.k12.in.us

Volleyball – jordanstaus@npusc.k12.in.us

Wrestling – bwhitenack@npusc.k12.in.us

 

 

We are very optimistic as we more towards the goal of returning to play.  Please follow the guidelines mentioned to give us the best possible opportunity to compete this 20-21 school year.

 

 

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