COVID-19 Return To School Plan

Key Principles

  • Following guidance, directive, and recommendations from state and local health authorities.
  • Practicing COVID-19 safety protocols, including social distancing and infection control practices (handwashing, face coverings, etc.).
  • Students, teachers, staff and essential campus visitors will be encouraged to sanitize and/or wash their hands frequently.
  • Cleaning and sanitation – routine and enhanced cleaning and sanitation measures will be implemented.
  • Safe access to facilities – facility entry and exit points will be coordinated to minimize personal interaction and facilitate social distancing.
  • Screening procedures for student-athletes – daily symptom screening assessment will be required of student-athletes for practice and competitions.
  • Screening procedures for staff and visitors – daily symptom screening will be required for practices and competitions.
  • Richardson ISD staff, parents/guardians, and student athletes will be asked to take responsibility of self-monitoring themselves per UIL/TEA and Richardson ISD guidelines.
  • Spectators, or student groups not involved in the UIL event, are not permitted to enter the field or court before, during, or after the contest. Spectators and players will not be allowed to intermingle during a contest.

Practice and Competition Facilities Disinfection and Sanitation

  • Facility cleaning – athletic facilities will be disinfected and sanitized per industry guidelines. Emphasis will be given to disinfecting high touch surfaces and surfaces that are used by multiple student-athletes, and disinfecting between users.
  • Equipment will be sanitized after each use and before the next student group uses the equipment. Approved cleaning and disinfectant supplies will be provided by Richardson ISD.
  • Enhanced cleaning – specific athletic facilities in which an individual with a confirmed COVID-19 positive has been identified, will undergo enhanced disinfection per CDC and TEA guidelines.
  • Both athletes and staff will sanitize their hands before, during, and after workouts. There will be multiple hand sanitizing stations located throughout the athletic facilities.

Student-Athlete Requirements

  • Mask or face coverings will be worn at all times, other than when active exercise is occurring. This includes team meetings, locker rooms, coaches’ offices, buses, weight rooms, and transitioning between facilities, etc.
  • Students with a positive COVID-19 test will be required to obtain a physician release before returning to practice or competition.
  • Athletes will be required to check in and complete the screening process each day using an electronic device.
  • Athletes will stay home if they answered “YES” to any screening questions or if they do not feel well.
  • Athletes will park or be dropped off at predesignated areas (if applicable).
  • Athletes will use hand sanitizer before entering the facility and when applicable during workouts.
  • Water will be provided by touchless water dispensers when possible. Richardson ISD Athletics encourages all student-athletes to bring their own personal water bottle.

Staff Requirements

  • Staff will check in and complete the RISD screening process daily per TEA and UIL guidelines.
  • Staff will stay home if they answered “YES” to any screening questions or if they do not feel well. Staff will notify supervisor if they have a “YES” response.
  • Staff will use hand sanitizer before entering the facility, during workouts, and when applicable.
  • Staff will wear a mask or face covering at all times while working with student-athletes.
  • Staff will ensure that all UIL/TEA protocols will be followed before home and away competitions.

COVID-19 Symptoms, Testing and Management - Per UIL

Required screening for COVID-19 symptoms before attending or participating in activities:

  • In evaluating whether an individual has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, consider the following question: Have they recently begun experiencing any of the following in a way that is not normal for them?
    • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Cough
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Shortness of breath
    • Headache
    • Chills
    • Sore throat
    • Shaking or exaggerated shivering
    • Significant muscle pain or ache
    • Diarrhea
  • Before each game, contest, or event, school staff/administration/student-athletes/ student support group/volunteers/officials and any individuals otherwise affiliated with any contest will be screened per UIL and TEA guidelines before the athletic contest.
  • If staff have not been screened by the school for purposes of participating in instructional activities, schools must implement these screening protocols before allowing staff to participate in UIL activities.
  • Richardson ISD will require staff to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms before participating in UIL activities or entering areas where UIL activities are being conducted. Staff must report to the school nurse if they themselves have COVID-19 symptoms or are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and, if so, they must remain off campus and away from areas where UIL activities are being conducted until they meet the criteria for re-entry as noted below. Additionally, they must report to the school nurse if they have had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19, as defined at the end of this document, and, if so, must remain off campus and away from areas where UIL activities are being conducted until the 14-day incubation period has passed. Close contact is defined below.
  • Parents must ensure they do not send a student to participate in UIL activities if the student has COVID-19 symptoms (as listed in this document) or is lab-confirmed with COVID-19 until the below conditions for re-entry are met. School systems may consider screening students for COVID-19 as well. Screening is accomplished by asking questions by phone or other electronic methods and/or in person.
  • Before visitors are allowed access to areas where UIL activities are being conducted, school systems must screen all visitors to determine if they themselves have COVID-19 symptoms (as listed in this document) or are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and if so, they must remain off campus and away from areas where UIL activities are being conducted until they meet the criteria for re-entry as noted below. Additionally, school systems must screen to determine if visitors have had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19, and if so they must remain off campus and away from areas where UIL activities are being conducted until the 14-day incubation period has passed. When practical, screening questions could be supplemented with temperature checks of adults.
  • Schools are permitted to prevent any individual who fails the screening criteria from being admitted into school facilities or sites where UIL activities are being conducted until they meet the criteria for re-entry as described below. Any individual for whom screening cannot be confirmed should be presumed symptomatic until confirmed otherwise.

Individuals Confirmed or Suspected With COVID-19

  • In the case of an individual who was diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may return to school when all three of the following criteria are met:
    1. at least one day (24 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications;
    2. the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
    3. at least ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
  • In addition to the criteria and processes described above, a student who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 must receive clearance from a physician prior to returning to participating in UIL activities.
  • In the case of an individual who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and who is not evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, such individual is assumed to have COVID-19, and the individual may not return to the campus until the individual has completed the same set of criteria listed above.
  • If the individual has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and wants to return to school before completing the above stay at home period, the individual must either (a) obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis or (b) receive two separate confirmations at least 24 hours apart that they are free of COVID-19 via acute infection tests at an approved COVID-19 testing location found at https://tdem.texas.gov/covid-19/.
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