Guidelines for Off-Campus Athletics
The FCDS COVID Committee has been tasked with ensuring the health and safety of the FCDS community, while also providing the best overall experience for FCDS families and our students. As we return to in-person instruction with community COVID numbers at record levels, the participation in athletic activities outside of FCDS is a difficult issue for our committee to navigate. We have received feedback from our community members, so we have updated the language around athletics off campus in an attempt to provide clarity and guidance to each family as you make difficult decisions about participation and safety for your children and the FCDS community. This policy will be updated as needed to reflect best practices, new information, and COVID spread in our community.
Below we have detailed our recommendations for different athletic activities. The low, moderate/high risk sports list is taken from NCDHHS Interim Guidance for Administrators and Participants of Youth and Amateur Sports Programs found here.
Low risk: Golf, swimming, cycling, diving, disc golf, dance, track and field, tennis singles matches, curling, horseback riding, pickleball, figure skating, badminton, running, individual gymnastics, weightlifting, and individual sailing/kayaking.
FCDS encourages participation in low-risk athletic activities where social distancing, wearing masks, and cleaning of shared equipment are consistently practiced.
Moderate/high risk: Soccer, volleyball, baseball, softball, crew, swimming relays/group swimming, tennis doubles matches, field hockey, non-contact lacrosse, football, competitive cheer, contact lacrosse, basketball, rugby, wrestling, group dance, hockey, pairs figure skating, and boxing/martial arts.
FCDS asks that families consider limiting participation in moderate/high risk athletic activities to local competitions. If you choose to participate in competitive, club-level athletics, then we ask that you ensure your club is following state mandates regarding masking, social distancing, hand hygiene, and sanitizing shared equipment. If the club is not consistently following these mandates and recommendations, we ask you to quarantine for 10 days and attend classes via FuryFlex.
We have received a number of questions regarding the all-school email from yesterday. We hope this update will answer those questions and provide clarity on expectations moving forward. If there are additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Nancy Hart
or Doug Esleeck