• Safety Protocols for Summer Strength/Conditioning and Plano ISD Skills Training

  • I. Overview of Protocols

    The Plano ISD athletic department, campus athletic coordinators and licensed athletic trainers have put together the following Safety Protocols for Strength/Conditioning and Plano ISD Skills Training in accordance with University Interscholastic League (UIL) guidelines. The purpose of this document is to provide safe instructions and protocols for all summer strength/conditioning and skill training activities on our campuses. The health and safety of our student athletes is our number one priority, and the following guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

    Athletics will continue to work closely with the UIL, campus administration, the State of Texas, Collin County and the City of Plano health officials, so timely and accurate information can guide appropriate responses. Local conditions will influence the decisions that public health officials make regarding community level strategies.

    We will expect staff and athletes to conduct themselves as if they are contagious. The policies in our plan are designed to minimize risk to yourself and others. It is vital to the health and safety of everyone that our athletes and staff are fully conscious of this at all times and take responsibility for following these guidelines seriously.

    II. Key Principles

    1. Limiting personal interaction – face-to-face interaction and person-to-person contact will be limited to essential activities that cannot be performed in an alternative (virtual or remote) fashion. When such activities are required, social distancing and other infection-spreading mitigating measures will be emphasized.
    2. Hygiene – hand washing will be emphasized before, during and after team activities when practicable.
    3. Cleaning and sanitation routine and enhanced cleaning and sanitation measures will be implemented.
    4. Safe access to facilities – facility entry and exit points will be coordinated to minimize personal interaction and facilitate social distancing.
    5. Screening procedures for student athletes – daily symptom and temperature screening and assessment will be required of student athletes.
  • Overall Guidelines and Response Strategies

  • III. SANITIZATION

    1. Disinfection and sanitation
      1. Facilities cleaning – athletic facilities will be disinfected and sanitized before, during and after strength and conditioning workouts and Plano ISD Skills training. Emphasis will be given to ensuring disinfecting high touch surfaces and surfaces that are used by multiple student athletes, disinfecting between users. Disinfectant cleaner will be put on a surface for 1 minute and then wiped.
      2. Equipment like bar bells will be sanitized after each use and before a new athlete uses it. Spray bottles and paper towels will be at each station, so that athletes can spray and wipe after they use the bar. Disinfectant wipes will also be utilized as well.
      3. 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 industry guidelines. 
      4. Sanitizing all athletic balls after use and during all skills sessions.
      5. In addition, the custodial provider will perform nightly cleaning duties.
    2. Athletes and staff
      1. Both athletes and staff will sanitize their hands before, during and after workout. There will be multiple hand sanitizing stations spread out at all conditioning and skills areas.
      2. There will be no high fives, back slaps or any other physical encouragement.
      3. 6-foot social distancing will be kept when not actively exercising.
      4. 10-foot social distancing will be kept when actively exercising.

  • IV. STUDENT ATHLETE REQUIREMENTS

    1. Athletes will check in and complete the screening process each day from their phone before arriving.
    2. Athletes will stay home if they answered “YES” to any screening questions or if they do not feel well.
    3. 6-foot rule – maintain 6 feet of space between each other. This includes lift groups, run groups and common areas including restrooms.
    4. Physical Contact – limit physical contact with others. Do not shake hands, hug, fist-bump or high five.
    5. Athletes will use hand sanitizer before entering the facility, during workouts and when exiting skills (hand sanitizer will be provided).
    6. Restrooms – student athletes are required to wash hands; utilize the “one-in-one-out” model; sanitize hands after exiting; trash cans will be placed near the doors to encourage student athletes to open the door with the paper towel used to dry hands. Other than restrooms, locker room use is not allowed for any reason.
    7. Hydration – water will not be provided for student athletes. Student athletes will be required to bring their own individual labeled water bottles. However, we will provide a water source for athletes to refill their water container as needed. They are prohibited from sharing water bottles.  

  • V. STUDENT ATHLETE EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST

    1. Students will provide:
      1. Shoes and workout clothes
      2. Cloth mask
      3. Water bottle (clearly mark students name on bottle/jug)

  • VI. STAFF REQUIREMENTS

    1. Staff will check in and complete the screening process each day from their phone before arriving (licensed athletic trainers will check staff).
    2. Staff will stay home if they answered “YES” to any screening questions or if they do not feel well.
    3. Staff will get temperature checked by licensed athletic trainers and keep social distancing at all times.
    4. Staff will use hand sanitizer before entering the facility, during workouts and skills.
    5. Staff will bring their own labeled water bottle.

  • VII. SCREENING PROCESS – DAILY

    1. BEFORE arriving at the athletic facility, every student will have filled out the screening questionnaire on their phone. If a student answers “YES” on any question, they will stay at home and call their coach to let them know.
    2. All student athletes are required to complete the online COVID-19 Daily Questionnaire for symptoms prior to leaving home, including checking your temperature if you can. 
      1. Screening questions:
        1. In the past 14 days, have you had known contact with any person with a lab confirmed case of COVID-19?
        2. New or worsening cough or shortness of breath/difficulty breathing?
        3. At least two of the following symptoms:
          1. Chills?
          2. Muscle pain?
          3. Headache?
          4. Sore throat?
          5. Diarrhea?
          6. Do you have any loss of taste or smell?
          7. Do you feel feverish or have a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100?
    3. A temperature check is required on first entry into the screening checkpoint. Temperature check station will be staffed by Plano ISD coaches and licensed athletic trainers wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). They will confirm receipt of student athlete COVID-19 screening questionnaire answers and will make sure questions have been answered and temperature has been taken prior to entry. If a student athlete has an elevated temperature, they will be directed to the licensed athletic trainer for further guidance.
    4. A hand sanitizer station will be set up outside the indoor facilities screening checkpoint where all student athletes must sanitize their hands prior to entry/reentry into the indoor facility.

  • VIII. ENTRY PROCEDURES

    1. All student athletes are required to enter indoor facilities via the entrance designated for your school. Screening checkpoint will be managed by Plano ISD coaches and licensed athletic trainers. This is THE ONLY permissible entry for employees/student athletes. All other entry points will be inaccessible. Student athletes will have the ability to fill out the screening questionnaire if they were unable to do so before arriving.

  • IX. INDOOR REGULATIONS

    1. Groups limited to no more than 15 athletes. Proper distancing will be maintained.
    2. Capacity is 50% of building.
      1. Formula: divide sq. ft by 50. Multiply that number by .50
      2. Example: 7,200 sq ft divided by 50 = 144 x .50 = 72 total athletes and coaches allowed at one time.

  • X. OUTDOOR REGULATIONS

    1. Groups limited to no more than 25 athletes. Proper distancing will be maintained.

  • XI. WORKOUT PROCEDURES

    1. Both athletes and staff will sanitize their hands before, during and after workout. There will be multiple hand sanitizing stations spread out at all conditioning and skills areas.
    2. There will be no high fives, back slaps, or any other physical encouragement.
    3. 6-foot social distancing will be kept when not actively exercising.
    4. 10-foot social distancing will be kept when actively exercising.
    5. Spotting is allowed but recommended that the spotter wear a cloth mask.
    6. Bars and other equipment will be sprayed and wiped after every use.
    7. Students may attend only up to 2 hours per day of strength and conditioning/PC
    8. Students may attend only up to 90 minutes/day of skills with no more than 60 minutes/day in one sport.
    9. Sport specific skills may include specific sports equipment, but no contact equipment.
      1. Any equipment should be regularly disinfected during sessions.
      2. Equipment should not be shared between groups.
    10. No competitive drills involving one or more students on offense vs. defense in skills. (No one-on-one, three-on-three, five-on-five, seven-on-seven, etc.)

  • XII. EXIT PROCEDURES

    1. Student athletes must use the designated exit route identified during orientation, while practicing social distancing, avoiding contact with other student athletes and staff.
    2. Students must sanitize their hands when they exit the facility.
    3. Parents must stay in their cars during pick-up process.

  • XIII. COVID-19 SYMPTOMS, TESTING AND MANAGEMENT

    1. COVID-19 symptoms or positive test
      1. Confirmed COVID-19 positives will be managed by the Collin County Health Department, per current public health guidelines. Management will include testing, isolation and symptom management as well as return-to-sport clearance.
      2. Student athletes who appear to have symptoms or who become sick during the day will be immediately separated from other student athletes/staff and instructed to return home. Direction will be provided by Plano ISD licensed athletic trainers regarding symptom monitoring, quarantine and testing. A symptomatic student athlete will be managed as a presumptive COVID-19 positive and all precautions will remain in place until testing confirmation is received.
      3. Student athletes who are presumed or confirmed COVID-19 positive cannot report to campus until cleared to do so by the Plano ISD campus coordinator and the campus licensed athletic trainers by meeting the criteria listed below.
        1. At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications) AND improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath) AND at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
        2. Negative results of an FDA Emergency Use Authorized COVID-19 molecular assay for detection of SARS-COV-2 RNS from at least two consecutive respiratory specimens collected > 24 hours apart (total of two negative specimens OR
        3. The student athlete obtains a medical professional’s note clearing them for return based on an alternative diagnosis.
      4. Positive test confirmed – If a student athlete tests positive for COVID-19, they are to self-isolate until 10 days from onset of symptoms AND 72 hours of being symptom free without medications.
      5. If a student athlete has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has a family member that lives with them that has tested positive for COVID-19:
        1. Student athletes should inform the campus athletic coordinator and the campus licensed athletic trainer and quarantine for 14 days.
        2. Plano ISD licensed athletic trainers will notify appropriate health officials.
        3. Plano ISD licensed athletic trainers will notify student athletes who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and provide guidance. Fellow student athletes may be sent home to self-quarantine for at least 14 days or until a confirmed negative test result is received. Contact tracing will be overseen by the campus athletic coordinator and the campus licensed athletic trainer.

  • XIV. PARENT/GUARDIAN COMMUNICATION PLAN

    1. Frequent emails will be sent to all parents/guardians outlining return to campus plans and safety measures.
    2. Coaches will educate the athletes via Zoom meetings before they show up day one. Maps and information will be provided to share.
    3. Constant and detailed communication via email with parents/guardians.

  • XV. STRENGTH/CONDITIONING AND PLANO ISD SKILLS TRAINING AND EDUCATION

    1. Preparation Plan
      1. June 1-June 5: All three senior high’s will begin the preparation and educating process. This week will include extensive education and training for our student athletes and coaches, so they are prepared to begin workouts.
      2. Plano Senior High and Plano West Senior High – June 8 and 9 – athlete orientation and walk-through all safety protocols. First strength and conditioning workout on June 10.
      3. Plano East Senior High – June 15 and 16 – athlete orientation and walk-through all safety protocols First strength and conditioning workout on Jun 17.

  • XVI. PREPARING STAFF AND ATHLETES

    1. All Plano ISD and PC staff will meet with Plano ISD athletic directors, campus coordinators and Plano ISD licensed athletic trainers to learn new procedures and protocols.
    2. Student athletes will be required to participate in a Zoom meeting with their coach to walk through the entry and exit procedures for their specific high school. During this orientation, student athletes will:
      1. Complete the screening questionnaire with an athletics staff member.
      2. Learn how to save the screening questionnaire to their phone for easy access.
      3. Learn where to park for workouts.
      4. Experience the social distancing “waiting line” on the sidewalk prior to reaching the screening station.
      5. Use a hand-sanitizing station prior to reaching the screening station.
      6. Get screened by Plano ISD staff prior to entering the indoor facility.

  • XVII. PREPARING FACILITIES

    1. Sanitation supplies delivered, installed and placed in predetermined places.
    2. Trash cans delivered and placed strategically for paper towels used at racks.
    3. Social distancing signs, RR signs, hand washing signs. Check in signs will be made and hung.
    4. Sidewalks will be marked for social distancing spots during the check-in process.
    5. Indoor facilities marked for social distancing spots after the check-in process.
    6. Social distancing markings installed on each rack and throughout the facility.
    7. Hand sanitizing stations will be set up throughout the facility for use.

  • Contact Information

    Jeff Smith
    Director
     
    Ralph Hinds
    Assistant Director
     
    Karen Kalhoefer
    Assistant Director
     

    Campus Athletic Coordinators

    Todd Ford
    Campus Athletic Coordinators
     
    Joey McCullough
    Campus Athletic Coordinators
     
    Tyler Soukup
    Campus Athletic Coordinators
     

    Licensed Athletic Trainers

    Jacquelynn Foley
    Trainer
     
    Courtney Goree
    Trainer
     
    Brianna Lopez
    Trainer
     
    Katie Loveday
    Trainer
     
    Amy Lyles
    Trainer
     
    Chris Reynolds
    Trainer
     
    Jonathan Rueter
    Trainer
     
    Corey Smith
    Trainer
     
    Sarah Wunnicke
    Trainer