Denver, Colorado 2021-08-05 15:20:51 –
As the new school year begins this week in the rekindling of the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the Delta variant, it appears to be all Colorado school districts when it comes to high school athletics health policy.
The Colorado High School Activities Association is taking another initiative this year with much less involvement, as it is not necessary to obtain approval for specific state-wide differences to carry out the season.
And its hands-on approach, announced within a week of the first fall sports practice beginning on Monday, has caught flat feet in several school districts and local health organizations.
“Local public health authorities and local leaders will determine public health protocols for face-to-face learning and participation in activities,” CHSAA said in a news release sent on July 28. Country and state recommendations based on local conditions. “
In many cases, district or health authorities assumed that CHSAA was leading the COVID-19 policy for high school sports in Colorado. As soon as the autumn sport began, they realized it wasn’t.
The district’s athletic director is currently looking to local health departments to develop guidelines, but those departments, such as Mesa County Public Health, are there only for “on-demand support and consultation.” I said I was in.
MCPH’s Keeping Schools Open Plan states that the plan “all events hosted by CHSAA will continue to follow CHSAA’s safety guidelines,” but CHSAA’s clear policy is that the district asks all public health-related questions. Is to direct to the local government. The Tri-County Health Department also operated under the assumption that CHSAA would establish health guidelines before being notified earlier this week, spokeswoman Melissa Sager said.
According to CCSD representatives, Mesa Valley County School District 51 met with local health officials on Wednesday, Rimon Public School met on August 9, and Cherry Creek School District is still “finalizing some plans.” “.
Denver Public School, with 43 high schools, is the largest public school district in the state.
“Details have not been finalized at this time,” Karen Heigel, athletic director at Denver Public School, told The Denver Post this week. “We want to move the sport offered by CHSAA forward.”
On Tuesday, DPS released guidelines on masking and health procedures for the next school year. The release stated that all students, staff, and faculty members will need a mask, regardless of vaccination status, but no external mask is required. It is not specified whether the requirement applies to athletics and outside the curriculum, especially for those who play indoors, such as volleyball.
Jeffco Public School does not require masks for students over the age of 12, but strongly recommends vaccination and wearing masks. However, the release, which was sent late last week, did not set any sports-specific guidelines.
According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, DPS does not require quarantine for regular classroom exposure. Instead, it will be on a case-by-case basis. Again, it doesn’t specify how it applies to sports teams.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock Announced on Monday City officials, medical institutions, and school officials within the DPS must be vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine by September 30 or undergo the mandatory COVID-19 test twice a week.
According to Tri-County, there are no sports team requirements during the 2021-22 academic year. Instead, the department issued recommendations that teams and districts could choose to follow, Sager said.
If a virus occurs, that is, if more than 5 people are infected, Tri-County is involved. Outbreaks should be reported to the agency. The agency will conduct an investigation and work with the team and school on mitigation efforts.
“It’s all very case-by-case,” Sager said. “Without the requirements, all of our schools and the communities of our schools are all different and very different.”
For the CHSAA State Championships in the second half of the school year, health guidelines are based on the policies of the health department in the area where the competition takes place. This is the same policy that the association implemented last year. CHSAA refused to keep any records other than the official statement.
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