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COVID-19 Guidance for Summer Activites

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association has released guidance and recommendations for member high schools to resume summertime athletics programming and other activities beginning July 1, 2020.

The guidelines were produced and reviewed by the collaborative efforts and contributions of the doctors on the WIAA Sports Medical Advisory Committee, the WIAA Executive Staff, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Department of Public Instruction. The recommendations are best practices when returning to summertime sports activities in accordance with state, local and tribal restrictions and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the National Federation of State High School Associations.

With the release of these guidelines, we anticipate identifying the level of risk within your communities will be foremost on the minds of many in your district. To address an expressed concern about inundating state, local and tribal health departments with inquiries on your community’s level of risk, we strongly recommend that district administrators designate one person in your district to serve as the liaison to handle all communications with state, local and tribal health departments.

Additional information, including sport-specific guidelines and other best-practice resources, will be provided as they become available in the coming days or when new information from leading health organizations requires amending.

Guidance for Summer Activities                          Sport-Specific Guidelines

Additional Resources
Guidance for Summer Activities Questions & Answers
Guidance for Sports-Specific Summer Activities Questions & Answers
Guidance Quick Reference Chart
Disinfecting Game Balls
Guidance for Summer Activies Points of Emphasis Flyer
Impact of School Closures & Sport Cancellations on Health of Wis. Adolescent Athletes - Dr. McGuine
Impact of Sports Cancellations on Health of Wis. Adolescent Athletes Presentation Video - Dr. McGuine
NFHS Course - COVID-19 for Coaches and Administrators

Wisconsin DHS County by County Dashboard

AAP - COVID-19 Planning Considerations: Guidance for School Re-entry

Coronavirus Resources

Consistent with the Supreme Court Decision restricting schools from in person instruction and extracurriculars until July 1, the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Associate has updated athletic participation limitations.
  • There will be no WIAA athletics at any member school from Wednesday, March 18, 2020, to Wednesday, July 1.  NOTE:  On May 13, 2020 in a Wisconsin Supreme Court Decision, it  "Public and private K-12 schools shall remain closed for pupil instruction and extracurricular activities for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year."  https://www.wicourts.gov/sc/opinion/DisplayDocument.pdf?content=pdf&seqNo=260868
  • This includes all participation including, but not limited to training, practices, scrimmages, and contests.
    • Schools and/or coaches may not bring students together during this time period for extracurricular or athletic purposes such as practices or other instructional/organizational purposes.
    • Schools and/or coaches may not be involved with students during this time period to provide instruction for practice purposes.
    • Coaches may provide individual workouts virtually, but shall not encourage or organize their team assembling to practice.
  • We are paying attention to the latest news regarding the Coronavirus and any information being circulated by the Center for Disease Control. 

People at Higher Risk

It is important that anyone who is at risk in certain age groups or with health concerns should not attend events.  People at higher risk for severe illness should stay home and away from large groups as much as possible. This includes public places with lots of people and large gatherings where there will be close contact with others. People at higher risk include:

  • People 60 and older
  • People with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes
  • People who have weakened immune systems
  • People who are pregnant

Anyone who is sick should stay home. Don't go to work or school, and don't run errands. People who have been to an area where coronavirus is spreading within the past 14 days should not attend the event.

Wisconsin Outbreaks and Investigations

Wisconsin Department of Health Services - COVID-19

Outbreaks in Wisconsin

People should follow simple steps to avoid getting sick, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Disinfecting sport balls

The link to the DHS Youth Sports guidelines:  https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/community.htm

CDC information relating to Youth Sports:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/youth-sports.html

The following is a link to CDC information that provides guidance for groups and businesses.Group and Business Plan & Response

The link below will connect you to the NCAA website for their latest information:

NCAA Coronavirus Resources

The following is information for schools from the Wisconsin DPI and CDC:

DPI Information on Coronavirus

CDC Coronavirus links

CDC Pandemic Flu Checklist 

Protecting Yourself and Others

WIAA Policy on Health-Related School Closings

Article II - School Competition and Practice Requirements – p. 28 

Section 6 – Classes Interrupted

A. In the event scheduled classes are interrupted or terminated due to infectious/communicable disease by the school district or by local/county/state health agencies, interscholastic athletic practice and competition will be postponed or cancelled. If school is closed through the weekend but scheduled to reopen on Monday, practice would be allowed on Sunday if approved by school administration.

  1. During the regular season, contests may be postponed and played at a later date in accordance with respective season regulations.
  2. During the WIAA tournament series, if a school is closed or will be closed on the day of a WIAA tournament contest, the WIAA contest will be rescheduled, when possible, to the earliest possible date provided the rescheduled contest will be completed prior to the next scheduled round of the WIAA tournament. (Football contests must meet season regulations, 6c.) If rescheduling is not possible, the team/individual most recently defeated in tournament competition will take that school/team’s place in the WIAA tournament game/meet/event.

Note: Schools participating in co-op programs which are not closed may continue to compete in the WIAA tournament series.

B. In the event scheduled classes are interrupted or terminated for reasons other than health, interscholastic athletic practice and competition may continue as determined by the administration, only if a duly authorized and qualified coach is in attendance, directly supervising and conducting the activity.

C. In the event scheduled classes are interrupted in A. or B. for an extended period of time:

  1. If practices have been terminated for a period of at least seven days, but less than 14 days, a school may not resume competition until after three separate days of practice.  
  2. If practices have been terminated for a period of 14 days or more, a school may not resume competition until after five separate days of practice.  
  3. The requirement of minimum practice days as described in 1) and 2) above shall apply for any interruption or termination of classes, including Christmas-New Year and spring vacations.  
  4. Days as used in this Section shall be interpreted as calendar days. Article III – School Equipment
Learn More with CDC Resources: 

  CDC Guidance in Response to Infections with the Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Virus 

•  Guidance for the Prevention of Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Flu in Workers 

  Interim CDC Guidance for Public Gatherings in Response to Human Infections with Novel Influenza A (H1N1)

MRSA

MRSA in Sports Participation (PDF)

Minimize the Risk of MRSA:

  • Shower after all competition
  • Wash all work-out gear after practice or competition
  • Certain sports require cleaning equipment (mats) before each practice or event
  • Use liquid soap, not bar soap
  • Refrain from cosmetic (whole body) shaving
  • Don’t share towels or hygiene products
  • Notify parents and coach about any skin sores and have it evaluated by health care provider before returning to competition
  • Shower before using whirlpools or cold tubs
  • Refrain from using whirlpools or cold tubs with any open sores, scratches, or scrapes.

Learn more about MRSA from the Prevention of MRSA in Sports (CDC)