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.
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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