COVID 19 INFORMATION
Dear Parents/Guardians of a Grosse Ile Student Athlete;
We hope you and your family are safe and healthy in these unprecedented times. I would like to share a bit of news as it pertains to fall interscholastic athletics for Grosse Ile High & Middle Schools.
The Representative Council of the Michigan High School Athletic Association on July 29, 2020 approved the next steps in returning sports for member schools, adopting a plan to phase in practices and competition for fall sports in hopes of continuing to deter the spread of COVID-19.
The Council affirmed that lower-risk sports –Lower Peninsula cross country, girls’ golf, boys’ tennis and girls swimming & diving – may begin practice on Aug. 12 and begin competition on their traditional start dates of Aug. 19 and 21.
However, moderate and high-risk sports – football, girls’ volleyball and boys’ soccer – may begin practice for football August 10, girls’ volleyball and boys August 12th, but not competition. Decisions about competition timelines for these three sports will be made by Aug. 20. A press release of this announcement can be found at MHSAA.com. Middle school sport will start up August 24, 2020, and follow the same guidelines as outlined within this communication.
We are delighted that fall teams will come together again. Many of you have had difficult periods during the pandemic, in fact, that the impact has brought many changes to our families’ lives.
At this time I would like to provide some insight to assist with our student athletes and families returning to the 2020 fall sports season. We hope to have the answers to some of these questions that may need calcification, also a plan which can be established with great flexibility in place of certainty. We will continue to provide more detailed explanations as information is available and as feasible.
While the current guidelines leave some flexibility in several areas, the athletic department would like to remind all our constituents that when making decisions regarding the 2020 fall season, health & safety will be the district's primary factor. It will be important that before hosting any practices, events, or activities the athletic department will consult with our districts and staff leadership, along with our local health department to make sure they can provide a safe environment for our activities. At this time our goal is a healthy & safe start for the season with practice and competitions.
What will fall sports look like?
COVID-19 SCREENING: All coaching staff, student athletes, spectators or visitors to our campus will have to participate in a Pre-workout & Pre Game Screening daily for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 prior to participating, including with a temperature check.
FACE COVERINGS: All persons coming onto Grosse Ile Township school campus are required to wear face coverings at all times –This includes at practices or during contests, athletes, coaches, managers, trainers, statisticians, media and anyone else on the sideline. Contest management, school administrators, media and all staff are required to wear face coverings. Spectators are also required to wear face coverings. Athletes while participating on the field/court are not required to wear face coverings but are permitted to do so.
PROTOCOL FOR POSITIVE CASES: (“What to Do When Someone Gets Sick”). The district will be in contact with the health department and follow guidance. Close contacts MAY have to quarantine for 14 days, the individual, the team, the program – follow health department guidance. “Close contact” is defined as anyone who was less than six feet apart for more than 15 minutes, at any point from two days before symptoms until the time the individual is isolated. 3. The District will notify all schools, families and officials involved without identifying the person involved if at a practices or event.
CLEANING AREAS & EQUIPMENT: Program equipment and common areas being shared during athletic practices or events will be disinfected as health department guidelines.
ENTRANCE/EXIT STRATEGIES: All coaching staff, student athletes, spectators or visitors to our campus will have to follow the guideline to avoid gathers and to limit crossover on our campus.
INDOOR FACILITIES: Locker rooms, gym and restrooms are currently closed for access. There are comfort stations on the campus to be utilized. Once the Governor modifies the executive order for school facilities usage coaches will communicate that with their team members.
INCLEMENT WEATHER: Our action plan is ready for outdoor sports that go into a weather delay. Practices may be canceled in advance of weather concerns. In cases of immediately approaching weather, teams will be released to their vehicles or allowed into the building while maintaining social distance and required to wear a mask.
TRANSPORTATION: The use of buses is a local school district decision. Our district is reviewing the possibility to provide district school buses for interscholastic. We are also considering having parents drive athletes to and from games. This is to assist in minimizing spread of COVID-19
SPECTATOR LIMITATIONS: Spectators will be limited or not allowed. The number of spectators and individuals allowed for indoor and outdoor events will be based on future guidance from the governor’s office, and will be posted prior to the first dates of competition.
COVID GAME CANCELLATIONS: Any game could be cancelled because of COVID and may not be rescheduled.
TICKETS: Grosse Ile Athletic Department will be using a digital ticket or cashless system. Information will be distrusted at a later date. If a physical ticket is used, a pre-sale system will be utilized, with no on-site ticket sales – only tickets, no money, will be collected at the event site.
CONCESSIONS: Grosse Ile Athletic Department is working with our event providers, and will release this information at a later date. We are considering closing concessions stands, especially when there are limited spectators.
Documentation: We have attached several items for you to assist in preparation for the first day of your teams practice. All athletes MUST have a physical or the 2020-21 MHSAA sports health questionnaire on file to try out. The difference between these forms are, if you have not played a sport you will need a physical. If you participated in a sports physical during the 2019-20 school year, you only need to file the health questionnaire form. The other attachments are the fall sports waiver form for athletes and parents.
As this remains a fluid situation, we will release updated practices and competition for fall sports which is based on how the spread of the virus is trending statewide. Plans remain reliant on sustained metrics measuring virus spread and/or progression by schools and regions across the state according to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Schools Safe Start Plan.
As for winter and spring sports activities, those sports are not hosting any scheduled gathering until September 8, 2020. These season coaches will communicate with their teams once activities are permitted to start up.
Please stay safe, we encourage all to wear their masks, and continue to practice physical distancing!
James M. Okler, CMAA
MHSAA Physical Form (for any student who did not submit a physical to the athletic department during the 2019-2020 school year)