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CIAC Sports 2020 Fall Sports Plan
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On August 24, due to an increase in COVID positive cases in Danbury,  it was determined that all Danbury HS fall athletic team activities  would be put on hold until such time the public health metrics support the safe return to athletic activities.  
Today, the Director of Health Services for the Danbury Public Schools , DHS administration, Dr. Pascarella, and the Danbury Health Department have determined that DHS Athletic team practices can now safely restart.  Activities will begin on Friday, 9/11. 

DHS teams will be limited to one hour workouts in cohorts of ten.  The workout will be similar to the workouts started in July.  Team practice protocols will be monitored daily by certified athletic trainers. 

Each week for the duration of the fall sports season the Danbury Public Schools, in consultation with the Department of Public Health will monitor COVID metrics in Danbury in order to maintain the safest playing environment for our student athletes.

Teams have been given the opportunity to prepare for their upcoming seasons.  It is instrumental that all players, coaches, and parents maintain  COVID guidelines that are currently in place.  An increase in the public health metrics in Danbury will cause an immediate shutdown of activities.



CAS-CIAC
Re-socialization of Athletics/Danbury High School Athletic Program

Stage 1: In Person Stage Beginning July 6, and Ending August 2, 2020

Danbury High School Athletes:

  1. Understand that the summer conditioning program starting July 6 is not mandatory for athletes.Volunteer only.
  2. Must have a signed Out of Season Fitness Form signed by a parent in order to participate in summer conditioning workouts.
  3. Understand that each summer conditioning workout is 1 hour long with a limit of 3 workouts each week.A maximum of 12 summer conditions workouts over 4 weeks will be allowed for each athlete. All summer workouts are at Danbury High School in the stadium, on the track, or on the grass athletic fields.
  4. Must stay home if sick.
  5. Must have their temperature checked by the athletic trainer or coach, and will be asked 10 COVID-19 Athletic Monitoring questions before each summer conditioning workout. (COVID-19 monitoring questions are available on the DHS Website under Athletics).
  6. Understand that if they did not pass the self screen assessment, they will be sent home and cannot return to any conditioning workout until cleared by a doctor.
  7. Must wear a mask covering to and from each workout and during the workout when not involved in a vigorous activity.
  8. Must maintain social distancing during each summer conditioning workout.
  9. Must remain in the same group for each summer conditioning workout.Siblings will be assigned to the same group.
  10. Understand that all summer conditioning activities are limited to outdoor areas.
  11. Understand that physical contact such as high-fives, fist bumps and hugs are prohibited.
  12. Must bring own labeled water bottle to each summer conditioning workout.
  13. Understand that there is no sharing of equipment and sharing of water bottles.
  14. Must wear light covered clothing including socks, shorts, tee-shirts and running shoes for each conditioning workout.

Danbury High School Coaches:

  1. Understand that the summer conditioning program starting July 6 is not mandatory for coaches or athletes.Volunteer only.
  2. Understand that each conditioning workout is 1 hour long with a limit of 3 workouts each week. A maximum of 12 summer conditions workouts over 4 weeks will be allowed for each athlete. All summer workouts are at Danbury High School in the stadium, on the track, or on the grass athletic fields.
  3. Understand that a multi-sport Danbury Athlete must work with one team only during summer conditioning.
  4. Must stay home if sick.
  5. Must have their temperature checked by the athletic trainer or coach, and will be asked 10 COVID-19 Athletic Monitoring questions before each summer conditioning workout. (COVID-19 monitoring questions are available on the DHS Website under Athletics).
  6. Understand that if they did not pass the self screen assessment, they will be sent home and cannot return to any conditioning workout until cleared by a doctor.
  7. Must wear a mask covering to and from each workout and during the workout when not involved in a vigorous activity or speaking to another coach or athletic trainer.
  8. Must adhere to social distancing guidelines as much as possible between athletes and other coaches.
  9. Must record athlete’s name, date, and maintain a group file for the same group of up to 10 athletes for each summer conditioning workout. Siblings will be assigned to the same group.
  10. Understand that all conditioning activities are limited to outdoor areas.
  11. Understand that physical contact such as high-fives, fist bumps and hugs between athletes are prohibited.
  12. Understand that there is no sharing of equipment.
  13. Understand that any equipment used must be cleaned after use by each group.
  14. Understand that an Out of Season Fitness Form signed by a parent will be collected by coach and put on file in order for any athlete to participate in summer conditioning workouts.

Danbury High School Athletic Program:

  1. Will have a certified athletic trainer on duty for all summer conditioning workouts.
  2. Will have Connecticut Certified and Danbury BOE approved coaches supervising all summer conditioning workouts.
  3. Will allow athlete and coach access to the G Building Lobby in the event of inclement weather during a summer conditioning workout.
  4. Will have access to the athletic trainer’s office in G Building in the event of an emergency.
  5. Will have the stadium concession building restrooms open for each summer conditioning workout. Restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized after each summer conditioning workout.
  6. Will coordinate and schedule facility use and summer conditioning workouts in conjunction with Danbury Parks Dept, Danbury HS Administration, DHS Coaches, and the athletic trainer.
  7. Will have the regular process in place for insurance coverage in the event of athlete injury during a summer conditioning workout.
  8. Will have extra bottled water available for athletes as needed.
  9. Will have hand sanitizer available for all conditioning workouts.
  10. Will have thermometers available for each conditioning workout.
  11. Will have extra face coverings available for each conditioning workout..

Danbury High School Athletic Team Parent:

  1. Will keep their child home from summer conditioning workouts in the event they are sick.
  2. Will understand that summer conditioning workouts are not mandatory. Volunteer only.
  3. Will sign an Out of Season Fitness Form in order for your child to participate in summer conditioning workouts. The Out of Season Fitness Form is available for download on the DHS Website under Athletics.
  4. Will understand that your child will be temperature screened by the athletic trainer or coach, and asked 10 COVID-19 Athletic Monitoring questions before each summer conditioning workout. (COVID-19 monitoring questions are available on the DHS Website under Athletics).
  5. Will understand that if your child did not pass the temperature check or the self screen assessment, they will be sent home and cannot return to any summer conditioning workout until cleared by a doctor.
  6. Will understand that each summer conditioning workout is 1 hour long with a limit of 3 workouts each week.A maximum of 12 summer conditions workouts over 4 weeks will be allowed for each athlete. All summer workouts are at Danbury High School in the stadium, on the track, or on the grass athletic fields.
  7. Will understand that if your child is a multi sport Danbury Athlete, they can only workout with one team for one hour, 3 times per week.
  8. Will label a water bottle with your child’s name and will make sure your child brings it to the conditioning workout.
  9. Will make sure your child is wearing the proper clothing including socks, shorts, tee-shirts and running shoes to each conditioning workout.
  10. Will make sure your child is wearing face covering to and from a summer conditioning workout.
  11. Will understand that no spectators are allowed at summer conditioning workouts.
  12. Will be available for immediate pickup of their child if their child answers yes to any of the 10 screening questions; or becomes sick during a summer conditioning workout and needs to leave.
  13. Will understand that summer conditioning workouts will rotate each week between morning and evening sessions.



The CIAC is allowing summer conditioning workouts to begin on
 Monday July 6. These summer conditioning workouts are for all sports and are coordinated by each head coach.  The summer conditioning workouts will be conducted in groups of 5 -10 athletes and are limited to one hour in duration and 3 times weekly.  Six feet between each athlete will be maintained during the workouts. Summer conditioning workouts are voluntary.  With limited exceptions these summer workouts will be held on the Danbury High School Athletic Fields and in the Stadium.  There will be no access to the high school building at any time during summer conditioning workouts so make sure you bring your own water. 

In order to participate in summer conditioning workouts each athlete will need to:

1. Fill out the Out of Season Physical Fitness Program Parent Athlete Consent Form. You can download this form from the DHS Website from the Athletics link. Bring the signed form to the head coach at your first summer workout. Form must be signed by both parent and athlete.

2. Athletes will be required to self screen before participation in each workout for Covid 19 for any observable illness, including cough, or respiratory distress and to confirm a temperature below 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Coaches or the athletic trainers will use a screening form for each participant to keep record.
 
3. Face coverings will be required to be worn when not engaging in a vigorous activity. 

4. Contact your coach or Mr. Salvestrini in the athletic office if you have any additional  questions.

Additional information for parents and athletes:

CIAC has maintained that Athletic Physicals remains valid for 13 months.  This rule has not changed.  Danbury District Policy states that athletes must have a valid sports physical that also encompasses the entire (fall or winter, or spring) sports season. 


If you have questions regarding the DHS Athletic Program, please contact Mr. Chip Salvestrini, Athletic Director, at (203) 797-4853 or by email at salvec@danbury.k12.ct.us. You can also reach Emily Renna, Athletic Trainer at erenna@selectmedicalcorp.com


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