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GCHS returns to sports conditioning

June 18, 2020 - 06:00
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Like most high schools throughout the state, Greene County High School recently saw many of its high school athletes return to action.

The Georgia High School Association (GHSA) announced a plan late last month for student-athletes to return to campus for conditioning work. Those opportunities officially began last Monday, June 8, at the individual schools’ discretion. Some schools, like nearby Putnam County High School, elected to wait another week before resuming sports activities.

But GCHS took advantage of the first day its student-athletes could be on campus. School officials released a letter detailing all of the protocols in place at GCHS.

“These guidelines are for the protection of all – athletes, coaches, athletic training and other medical personnel, and affiliated support staff – in accordance with current Governor’s Office, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Georgia High School Association (GHSA) guidelines and policies,” the letter states. “These guidelines will be flexible and subject to change as time, information, and research is updated.”

The rest of the letter laid out the school’s protocol under the GHSA’s current restrictions.

Process for screening and testing:

1. Every athlete, coach or staff member is to be screened prior to participating in any workout. All screenings will be documented.

2. Any athlete or coach who has a temperature of 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will be sent home for the day. If anyone has a 99.5-degree temperature or above for three consecutive days, they will not be allowed to return for workouts until cleared by a doctor.

3. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or anyone who had recent direct exposure to someone infected with COVID-19 will be removed from activity and not allowed to return until cleared by a doctor.

4. The pre-conditioning screenings will be performed by coaches and kept on file by the head coach. A weekly copy will be sent to the athletic director.

Athletic Training Clinic Procedures:

1. One athlete per athletic trainer will be allowed in the clinic at a time.

2. At this time, the clinic will be utilized for major rehab and acute injury care only.

3. At-home rehabs will be utilized when possible.

4. Every athletic training table will be cleaned at the beginning of each day and after each patient.

5. Athletic training staff members will wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before and after contact with every patient.

6. All reusable equipment will be cleaned after use by each athlete.

Weight Room and All Workout Areas

1. The weight room will be sprayed with disinfectant prior to workouts each day and immediately following each workout session.

2. Any equipment used by an athlete during a workout will be cleaned prior to use by any other athlete.

3. Any equipment used during workouts will be cleaned prior to workouts beginning and immediately following each workout.

Other Greene County School System and GHSA Restrictions

1. All summer works are voluntary.

2. Workouts are condition only. No balls or sport specific equipment may be used until an approved date by the GHSA.

3. No more than 20 players and coaches will be allowed on campus/facilities at any time. (GHSA recently updated its guidelines to allow up to 25 players and coaches)

4. Hand sanitizer will be readily available.

5. At this time, due to safety concerns, no athlete or coach will be allowed to use water fountains. Each athlete will be provided a water bottle during conditioning. It is recommended that each athlete bring their own water bottle or jug from home. Half-gallon or one-gallon jugs are recommended.

6. All dressing facilities will be closed. All athletes will need to come dressed and ready for conditioning and return home before changing.

7. A bathroom will be designated for use at each workout location on campus and only one athlete will be allowed to use the bathroom at a time.

8. There will be no competition between schools until cleared by the GHSA.

9. No visitors are allowed at conditioning sessions.