Athletic Facility Procedures
- Individuals should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before touching any surfaces or participating in workouts.
- Prior to entering or exiting a facility including AT Room, locker room or weight room, personnel will be required to use hand sanitizer. Sanitizer will be available throughout the building.
- Weight room surfaces and equipment must be disinfected between each use. This will be done by all athletes and coaches using the facility.
- Athletes are encouraged to wash their workout clothing and shower immediately after returning home.
- There should be no shared athletic equipment between athletes, including but not limited to clothing, towels, water bottles, shoes, or sport-specific equipment.
- Clothing and towels should be washed after each workout, and sport-specific equipment should be disinfected after each use.
- Initially - Students will not utilize the locker room area; they should shower at home.
- When lockers are permitted to be used, the athlete must disinfect all surfaces inside and outside of the locker before leaving.
- If locker rooms or meeting rooms are being used, there should be attempts to socially distance (6 feet or more)
- Unless otherwise specified, no equipment or clothing should be left in the locker room.
- After each use, all benches/ seats/ tables must be disinfected
- During workouts, Scarborough athletic staff will monitor their own workout areas to sanitize as necessary.
- Athletic equipment should be cleaned between each use. Other equipment, such as helmets/pads/gloves/eyewear should be worn by only one individual and not shared.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
Cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces is recommended as the virus can be spread if someone touches a surface contaminated with the virus and then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth. However, as COVID-19 is primarily spread through respiratory droplets, preventing person-to-person transmission is more important than frequent cleaning and disinfection.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces (e.g., door handles, sink handles, drinking fountains, keyboards, light switches) within the school and on school buses at least daily or between uses as practicable.
- Develop a schedule for increased, routine cleaning and disinfection.
- Ensure safe and correct use and storage of cleaning and disinfection products, including storing products securely away from children. Use products that meet EPA disinfection criteria.
- Students should participate in disinfecting activities relative to their personal equipment and school equipment used.
- Users should wash their hands before and after using shared objects. Focus increased cleaning and disinfecting efforts on high-touch items.
- Install signage and equipment to enable effective health and safety procedures.
- Organizations that share or use the school facilities should follow the health and safety guidelines established in this guidance.
- Discourage sharing of items that are difficult to clean or disinfect.
- Avoid sharing electronic devices, books, water bottles, clothing, toiletries, etc.
- Limit use of supplies and equipment to one group of students at a time and clean and disinfect between use.
- Per the cleaning and disinfecting guidance, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at least daily or between uses as much as possible.
- If the use of shared materials is necessary, ensure hand washing before and after use.
- Identify and procure necessary equipment, materials, and supplies for supporting the public health requirements (e.g., hand washing stations, hand sanitizer, appropriate cleaning and disinfecting supplies).
- Clean and disinfect high-touch areas frequently (doorknobs, desktops, faucets, etc.).
- Eliminate lines to the greatest extent practicable. Where lines are unavoidable (e.g. near doors, sinks, bathrooms, or other places where students may line up), ensure six feet of distance between individuals. This can be accomplished by demarcating three- to six-foot distances on floors or walls.
- Modify building traffic flow to minimize contact between individuals. Consider one-way entrances, exits, and hallways, if possible. Mark hallways to keep traffic flow to the right side where one-way passage is not possible. Use floor decals and/or signage to establish travel patterns.
- Place signage at entrances and throughout buildings (particularly high traffic areas), alerting staff and students to physical distancing requirements, face covering policies, and hand hygiene protocols.
- If needed, set up additional hand washing or sanitizing stations outside school entrances and at convenient locations outside classrooms and common areas.
- Only 20 student-athletes will be allowed in a locker room at any one time.
- Virtual students, with the exception of football, will need to come ready for practice as there will be limited access to locker rooms. Priority use of locker rooms will be designated to those students in the building for class on that given day.
- It is recommended that student-athletes arrive ready to participate when possible in order to limit the use of locker rooms.
- If a student-athlete arrives to a locker room and the capacity is already at 20 athletes, the student-athlete(s) wishing to enter should make their way to the waiting area (Plummer Gym) until the capacity lowers.
- Student-athletes on teams with more then 20 student-athletes will be divided into their cohorts (A-K) & (L-Z) to use the locker room for changing.
- Locker rooms will be assigned by team.
- A staff member will be available to help with locker room capacity.
- Host site should have some process to identify that the visiting team locker has been cleaned and not re-entered after cleaning.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at least daily (more frequently is recommended) and shared objects between each use.
- Cleaning schedule should be displayed outside of locker room, including dated and time stamped.
- Participants should wear masks in the locker room.
- Discourage changing of clothes and showering at the facility.
- Visiting team(s) may change prior to departure if desired and appropriate local guidelines can be established.
- Locker Room should be cleaned and sanitized prior to visiting team’s arrival and use of facility.
- Designate total number of occupants allowed in the locker room at any given time and the length of time that they may be present in the locker room. This should be posted at the entrance and inside the locker room.
- Assure safe distances in the locker room at a minimum of six feet between occupants.
- Consider a rotating schedule for players in and out of the locker room (and training areas) to avoid potential congestion.
- Encourage student-athletes to transport their individual equipment including uniforms, towels and shoes in a designated bag so they can take it home and disinfect appropriately daily or more often if needed.
- For away games, designate a bin for transportation of uniforms/washable items.
- All athletic training rooms, locker rooms, weight rooms, meeting rooms and any other gathering places should be cleaned according to the most up-to-date CDC guidelines. Schools and/or host facilities should be vigilant about not only cleaning throughout the day but also conducting a thorough cleaning at the end of the day of all the afore
- Water stations to refill personal water bottles will be available at facilities for athletes only.
- Each athlete will be required to bring their own individualized and labeled bottles. If an athlete arrives to practice or competition without an individualized bottle, they will not be allowed to partake in the practice/competition.
- Face coverings will be required at all times except for when student-athletes are taking part in vigorous physical activity.
- Athletes are responsible for picking up and sanitizing their own equipment after each use, no personal equipment, clothing, water bottles left on the field.
- Benches, goal posts, and sports-specific equipment must be disinfected after each use.
- When equipment is allowed and for those individual drills requiring the use of athletic equipment, the equipment should be cleaned prior to use by the next individual.
- The Athletics & Activities department will work collaboratively with Scarborough Community Services (the department that handles maintenance of outdoor facilities) to ensure that all facilities as safe as possible.
- Student-athletes and coaches must follow all seating regulations set fourth by the transportation department. Individuals must site one to a seat.
- Face coverings will be required at all times while on school provided transportation
Communication is a critical component to share information, policies, and procedures with the public. The following communication mechanisms will be set up in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Scarborough Athletics Pandemic Plan shared with:
- School administration
- School nursing staff
- School certified athletic trainer
- Director of Facilities Management
- School physician
- Scarborough Community Services
- All members of the athletic department staff
- Training will be provided to all individuals within the athletic department as to the particulars of the plan.
- Social media reminders related to the issue will be sent out regularly
- Protocols have been established for those individuals showing signs & symptoms for COVID-19 or have tested positive for COVID-19. Those protocols can be found on the “Health” page of the COVID-19 Info site.
Good communication by all individuals involved in Scarborough Schools Athletic programs is a key component to ensure everyone’s safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Scarborough Athletic Department will us multiple forms of communication to keep the community up to date with the most recent protocols, standards and guidelines.