COVID-19 Athletic Health and Safety Plan
This plan was prepared to adhere to the guidelines set forth by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the safe return to interscholastic athletics at all academic levels during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was developed considering resources and procedures provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA), and the Bucks County Department of Health. (Other resources noted in the plan document.)
This document is intended to provide guidance for members of the Central Bucks School District Athletic Department during the COVID-19 Pandemic. This guidance (as well as dates and other recommendations contained herein) is preliminary and will be updated as more public health data and other information is made available by state and local officials, in addition to any guidance from NFHS or the PIAA. This document addresses the procedures athletic programs and teams must follow to limit the spread of COVID-19 to the extent they are permitted to conduct in-person operations. Any update to this document will be provided as approved by Central Bucks School District administration.
This plan employs a “phased” approach to resuming athletic programming, to coincide with the “Process to Reopen PA” color-coded phase guidelines established by the commonwealth.
- When Bucks County is in the Red phase, school facilities remain closed per commonwealth guidelines. No athletic activities are permitted.
- PHASE ONE – Bucks County must be in Yellow or Green for a minimum of 14 days.
- PHASE TWO – Bucks County must be in Green for a minimum of 14 days.
- PHASE THREE – Bucks County must be in Green for a minimum of 14 days.
Athletics that fall within the plan's guidelines are designated according to the criteria established by the National Federation of State High School Associations, as follows:
- High Risk*: Sports that involve close, sustained contact between participants, lack of significant protective barriers, and high probability that respiratory particles will be transmitted between participants. Examples: football, wrestling, cheerleading (stunts), dance
- Moderate Risk*: Sports that involve close, sustained contact, but with protective equipment in place that may reduce the likelihood of respiratory particle transmission between participants OR intermittent close contact OR group sports that use equipment that can’t be cleaned between participants. Examples: basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, soccer, tennis, pole vault, high jump, long jump, 7 on 7 football
- Low Risk: Sports that can be done with social distancing or individually with no sharing of equipment or the ability to clean the equipment between uses by competitors. Examples: running events, cross country, throwing events, swimming, golf, weightlifting, sideline cheer
*High/Moderate Risk Sports may move to a Low risk category with non-contact modifications. Team Activities should be limited to individual skill development drills that maintain social distancing.
Board approved 6/23/20 - Subject to change or revision as more public health data and other information is made available by state and local officials, in addition to any guidance from NFHS or the PIAA.