SCS gives the okay for coaches and student-athletes to practice

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — Shelby County Schools sent a memo to schools Monday morning allowing sports programs to hold practice.

FOX13 spoke to Whitehaven coach Rodney Saulsberry.

The coach confirmed that participants must adhere to 6 feet of social distancing at all times, which means no-contact drills and all workouts must be outdoors.

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The following are the Guiding Principles & Planning Guidelines to Ensure Player/Coach Health & Safety:

  • Ensure all coaches have protocols for practice preparation, processes for safe entry/exit and proper procedures for workouts/activities
  • Limit practices to essential personnel only
  • Prepare appropriate action plans for identified high-risk student athletes
  • Conduct daily health screenings
  • Adhere to social distancing of 6 feet minimum at all times
  • Create staggered schedules using player "pods," which are smaller groups (10 or less) to ensure safe social distancing
  • No more than 50 individuals allowed outdoors at the same time
  • Allow a minimum of 15 minutes between each scheduled pod to clean restrooms, facilities, equipment and frequently touched objects
  • Eliminate use of communal/shared equipment and other items
  • Required handwashing/sanitizing before starting any workout/practice session
  • Requiring cloth facemasks for all interactions of athletic staff and student athletes
  • Limit restroom use to one person at a time
  • Prohibiting celebrations involving physical contact (high-fives, hugs, etc.)

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