First and foremost, we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. We have received questions from the community about if and how COVID-19 will change this year’s athletic season. We know this outbreak has been stressful to many and recognize that exercising and participating in activities like sports can be a healthy way to cope with stress and connect with our school and our community. After careful thought and planning, we are excited to let you know that we plan to resume high school sports while following CDC considerations, National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) guidelines, the South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) guidelines, South Carolina DHEC and the State of South Carolina guidelines to protect players, families, and our community.
The health and safety of our athletes, staff, and volunteers remain our highest priority. Below, you will find a summary of actions we are taking to help ensure we are lowering COVID-19 risk as much as possible while also allowing our athletes to begin preparations for the 2020 fall season and interscholastic play. We are:
- Ensuring initial readiness for conditioning training by requiring all athletes to have a PLANETHS 2020-21 account including a current physical dated after April 1, 2020.
- Requiring all student athletes to download, complete, and submit the HCS ASSUMPTION OF RISK WAIVER FOR ATHLETICS. Submit this form on the first day of conditioning for your sports team.
- Requiring daily COVID-19 symptom screenings for all staff and athletes; including temperature check and questionnaire answers.
- Requiring each staff and athlete to wear face masks or face coverings at all times during training sessions UNLESS involved in an athletic activity. Players may opt to wear mask or coverings during play if feasible and does not hinder breathing.
- Requiring all to conduct social distancing and to maintain a 6’ distance between individuals; reducing physical closeness or contact between athletes and staff when possible.
- Requiring all to bring their own personal water bottle each day; filled and labeled.
- Requiring NO SHARING of equipment, clothing, cloths or water bottles between athletes and/or staff. Bring and use their own!
- Requiring groups/pods of 10 individuals or less all at times; remaining is same group/pod throughout each session during Phase 1.
- Promoting healthy hygiene practices during the workout session, away from practice and at home; using hand sanitizer at practice and games, encouraging all to cover coughs and sneezes and reminding them not to spit.
- Encouraging and implementing cleaning, disinfecting and proper sanitizing of equipment, balls and facilities as required.
Anyone who is sick or has been in contact with someone who has COVID-19— including players, family members, coaches, staff and spectators — should not attend practices or games. Be on the lookout for symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Call your doctor if you think you or a family member is sick.
If someone does get sick during practice or at a game, we have plans in place to isolate and notify the parent(s) or emergency contact for pick-up to their home and/or to receive medical treatment at a healthcare facility. If you have a specific question about this plan or COVID-19, please contact the school’s athletic trainer or athletic staff member Tripp Satterwhite, Athletic Director, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. You can also find more information about COVID-19 at www.cdc.gov.
We look forward to seeing you. Now, let’s get ready to play!
Thank you and stay healthy,
Effective Monday, June 22, 2020, Carolina Forest High School will begin a ‘staggered’ start process for implementing the “Return to Play” for fall sports only. Implementation will be as follows:
Monday, June 22nd – Thursday, July 2nd – Football — outdoor conditioning only – ‘no weight lifting’ – will be throughout the CFHS campus and will follow the HCS standards for “Return to Play”.
Monday, June 22nd – Thursday, July 2nd – All other fall sports may continue or begin virtual training/conditioning and/or virtual meetings in preparation for the 2020 fall season. All individuals involved in fall sports should be encouraged to continue or begin their individual conditioning and training.
Monday, June 22nd –Thursday, July 2nd – Cheerleading will be expected to conduct virtual meetings with parents and athletes to provide information on the process for team selection, routine training, etc. NO TUMBLING ALLOWED! Cheer team tryouts dates are to be determined.
HCS Middle School sports (football and cheer) will not begin until the 2020-2021 school year begins in August.
The ‘staggered’ start for the HCS “Return to Play” will enable a time frame to evaluate and ensure capability for handling the ‘eligibility and screening process’ of our athletes and teams as we gradually return over the next 3 weeks.
Fall Sports Coaches that intend to start conditioning during Phase 1 will be contacting their student athletes to develop groups and conditioning times.
Currently, there is no date for the beginning of SCHSL’s PHASE 2 as COVID-19 incident reporting changes on a daily basis.
As we gather new information we will post it here at cfhspanthers.com,@cfhspanthers, #cfhspanthers