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Athletics COVID Policies

Athletics COVID-19 Policies

List of 11 items.

  • Tabor COVID-19 Athletics Protocols Disclaimer

    As the pandemic evolves, Tabor Academy reserves the right to update and potentially tighten our athletics protocols. Thank you for your cooperation as we strive to keep our community, and all competing athletes, as safe as possible. 
  • Tabor Vaccination Policy

    All students and coaches must be vaccinated. Unvaccinated (those with medical or religious exemptions) or partially vaccinated (those who have received at least one dose of an approved vaccine) students must produce a negative PCR test within 48 hours of competition in order to be eligible to compete or travel with their team.

    Unvaccinated students who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have completed their quarantine will be treated as vaccinated students for 90-days from the date of their positive test-status. After 90-days, unvaccinated students who have tested positive will once again be treated as unvaccinated students.  
  • Booster Recommendation

    Tabor Academy urges all teams' players to receive a COVID-19 booster vaccine.
  • Competition Against Teams with Unvaccinated Players

    Tabor Academy will compete against teams with unvaccinated players if those players have a negative PCR test within 72hrs of competition. 
  • Masking

    Masks fully covering the nose and mouth will be required at all times for teams and coaches, including during play. Failure to adhere to this policy may lead to interrupted play. 

    Players and coaches must be masked on all transportation to and from Tabor Academy. Masks are highly recommended in outdoor areas with large crowds. We encourage all players, coaches, and guests to have masks with them at all times and wear them when appropriate.

    Masks must be worn indoors at all times for indoor sports, including by all spectators/visitors (when permitted) at indoor sporting events.
  • Attestations and Symptoms

    All Tabor visitors—including students, coaches, and spectators—must complete an attestation form before arriving on campus, no more than 24 hours in advance of arrival. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of cold, flu, or COVID-19 will not be allowed on campus and will be asked to leave. Please scan this QR code to access the attestation form or visit www.taboracademy.org/attestation.

  • Gradual Return to Play Protocol

    A Gradual Return to Play (GRTP) Protocol is a progressive program that introduces physical activity and sport in a stepwise fashion after a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

    The following guidelines must be followed and completed prior to the start of the GRTP:
    • Per the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations, clearance from the student-athlete’s primary care or school physician is required before exercise and sports may resume in any capacity.
    • The student-athlete must be able to complete activities of daily living and walk the recommended 500 m on a flat surface without excessive fatigue or breathlessness.
    • The student-athlete should have at least 10 days rest and be 7 days symptom-free before starting the GRTP.
    • Less aerobically intense sports like golf may progress quicker. Experience suggests that some athletes may take over 3 weeks to recover.
    • Mildly symptomatic cases are defined as <4 days of fever >100.4*F, short duration of other symptoms. Begin GRTP 10 days from positive test result and at least 24 hours symptom free, off antipyretics.
    • Moderately symptomatic cases are defined as 4 or more days of fever  >100.4*F, myalgia, chills, or lethargy; OR non-ICU hospital stay and no evidence of MIS-C. May begin gradual return to play at least 10 days from positive test result and at least 10 days symptom free, off antipyretics.
    • Severely symptomatic or MIS-C are defined as ICU stay or abnormal cardiac tests. No exercise for at least 3-6 months and cleared by cardiology with extensive cardiac testing including troponin, echo, and cardiac MRI
    A daily symptom checklist will be administered to the student-athlete. If any symptoms occur (including excessive fatigue) while going through GRTP, the athlete must return to the previous stage and progress again after a minimum of 24 hours of rest without symptoms.

    Further assessments

    Mild symptomatic or asymptomatic cases can begin the GRTP detailed below after receiving physician clearance. Mild or asymptomatic cases with comorbidities, such as but not limited to, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, renal disease, or are immunocompromised due to another condition not listed, or an abnormal 14-point screening (figure 1) will most likely be required to seek further medical advice and investigation prior to the start of a GRTP.

    Student-athletes who have a complicated or prolonged (moderate or severe symptomatic cases) COVID-19 illness will be required to seek further medical advice and investigation prior to the start of a GRTP. Referral to a specialist, such as a cardiologist, may be required for further medical assessments. These additional medical assessments may include:
    • Blood testing for markers of inflammation
    • Cardiac monitoring (12-lead ECG, echocardiogram, exercise tolerance test and cardiac MRI).
    • Respiratory function assessment (spirometry).
    • Renal and hematological monitoring.
    Gradual Return to Play
    Prior to returning to campus or release from the Health Center, documentation of physician clearance will be requested and obtained by the Health Center staff. The Health Center staff will communicate to the Sports Medicine staff a student-athlete’s date of diagnosis, severity of case, any hospitalizations or interventions related to Covid and any comorbidities, such as but not limited to, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, renal disease, or are immunocompromised due to another condition not listed in order for Sports Medicine to arrange for clearance by a specialist if needed.
    Once the student-athlete has returned to campus, they will be informed that they are NOT cleared to return to sports and must start a gradual return to play with the Sports Medicine staff.
    The GRTP will have 6 Stages (figure 2). For the purpose of this protocol, max heart rate will be calculated using the formula 220- student-athlete age= max heart rate. Progression will be based on several factors such as:
    • Resting heart rate
    • Injury-Psychological Readiness to Return to Sport (figure 3)
    • Rated perceived exertion (figure 4)
    • Sleep, stress, fatigue and muscle soreness
    STAGES OF GRADUAL RETURN TO PLAY POST COVID INFECTION
    (Adapted & modified from Elliott N, et al, infographic, British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2020.)
    Stage 0: Day 0
    • Clearance obtained by Primary Care Physician and provided to Tabor Academy Health Services
    Stage 1: Day 1 and Day 2 – (2 Days Minimum)
    • 15 minutes or less
    • Light activity (walking, jogging, stationary bike)
    • Intensity no greater than 70% of maximum heart rate
    • NO resistance training, practice or competition
    • May be completed at home under parental supervision
    Stage 2: Day 3 – (1 Day Minimum)
    • 30 minutes or less
    • Add simple movement activities (eg. running drills)
    • Intensity no greater than 80% of maximum heart rate
    • NO practice or competition
    Stage 3: Day 4 – (1 Day Minimum)
    • 45 minutes or less
    • Progress to more complex training
    • Intensity no greater than 80% maximum heart rate
    • May add light resistance training
    • Modified practice allowed under supervision
    • NO competition
    Stage 4: Day 5 and Day 6 (2 Days Minimum)
    • 60 minutes
    • Normal training activity
    • Intensity no greater than 80% maximum heart rate
    • Normal practice allowed
    • Evaluated for clearance by Tabor Physician at this time
    • NO competition
    Stage 5: Day 7
    • Return to full activity/participation
    • Full practice and competitions
    • Cleared of protocol
    ***All children and adolescents and their parents/caregivers should be educated to monitor for chest pain, shortness of breath out of proportion for upper respiratory tract infection, new-onset palpitations, or syncope when returning to exercise. If any of these signs and/or symptoms occur, the AAP recommends immediately stopping exercise and the athlete should see their pediatrician for an in-person assessment. Consideration should be given for pediatric cardiology consultation.***
     
  • Facilities, Restrooms, and Locker Rooms

    Locker rooms and rest rooms will be provided but locker room showers remain closed. 
  • Physical Distancing and Physical Contact

    Players must use their own individual water bottles. At the conclusion of contests, there is to be no handshaking or high fives; fist bumps and arm bumps are acceptable. We encourage all guests to practice social distancing when possible. 
  • Indoor Sports Spectator Guidelines

    Indoor spectators will be periodically permitted, dependent on the current status of COVID and case rates both at Tabor and locally/regionally.

    As of January 11, 2022, only Tabor students, faculty, staff, and parents/guardians may attend.  

    Indoor spectators must be masked at all times regardless of vaccination status. An N95 or KN95 mask is recommended.

    All spectators must complete an attestation form prior to arriving on campus.
    www.taboracademy.org/attestation

  • Outdoor Spectator Areas - Fall and Spring

    To limit potential exposure across teams, we ask all team spectators/visitors to remain in their designated areas. Please sit with your friends and families, and maintain social distancing when possible and/or wear masks. 

TABOR ACADEMY

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