GJPS Athletic Updates

Posted: 11/24/2020 Categories: District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News, Staff Bulletin Board, Back to School 2020

 

November 24, 2020

The recent changes in COVID-19 guidance have resulted in modifications to our athletic plans that will impact our GJPS athletics families and student-athletes. Below are further details.

What You Should Know
The Ohio Capital Conference (OCC), which is the central Ohio athletic conference for local school district sports, has postponed all athletic contests and scrimmages until December 18.

High school athletes may practice, starting today, November 24, in smaller practice “pods” so they may maintain their skills and prepare for the season to resume in mid-December. Fall and spring athletics program participants currently are not permitted to train at this time. High school teams will begin practices as soon as coaches contact athletes to schedule them.

Middle school athletes may resume grade-level practices beginning Monday, November 30. Middle school coaches will reach out to their teams with more details.

Although GJPS will be in our distance learning model starting Monday, November 30, we believe that school sports can be safely maintained in smaller groups. Our athletics programs at this time are not facing the staffing challenges that our school buildings are, and we remain hopeful that will continue to be the case.

What It Means for Students and Families
We understand this change is disappointing for our student-athletes. Our district is working diligently with OCC officials to ensure athletes have a 2020-2021 sports season.

Coaches will ensure all safety protocols are followed, which include the recording of daily symptom checks. Students who have symptoms will be isolated, and parents will be called immediately. Specifically, you should be monitoring your student for a fever of greater than 100 degrees, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or exposure to anyone testing positive for COVID-19.

The best way to preserve our athletic programs is for all coaches, families and students to follow rigorous protocols for health and safety. Communication between families and coaches is essential, especially if you believe your student or a close household member may have been exposed to COVID-19.

What You Should Do
If we cannot prevent the COVID-19 virus from impacting our athletics programs, practices will have to be suspended. All GJPS athletes must have a current COVID-19 waiver on file to participate.

Among the most important things you can do are:

  • Monitor student health closely, with temperature and symptom checks before every practice
  • Follow required mask-wearing rules at all times
  • Practice good hygiene and wash hands frequently
  • Do not congregate during or following practices
  • Avoid team gatherings, sleepovers, parties, etc. 

What’s Next
The increase in virus cases in central Ohio is continuing, and these guidelines may change. We continue to collaborate with the OCC on monitoring public health orders and government mandates that could impact our ability to run athletics programs. We will update you as we learn more.

We are hopeful we can successfully begin our middle school and high school athletic seasons as outlined, and we ask for your assistance in doing all we can to protect the health of our coaches and student-athletes.

Thank you.


GJPS Athletic Updates

Posted: 11/24/2020 Categories: District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News, Staff Bulletin Board, Back to School 2020

 

November 24, 2020

The recent changes in COVID-19 guidance have resulted in modifications to our athletic plans that will impact our GJPS athletics families and student-athletes. Below are further details.

What You Should Know
The Ohio Capital Conference (OCC), which is the central Ohio athletic conference for local school district sports, has postponed all athletic contests and scrimmages until December 18.

High school athletes may practice, starting today, November 24, in smaller practice “pods” so they may maintain their skills and prepare for the season to resume in mid-December. Fall and spring athletics program participants currently are not permitted to train at this time. High school teams will begin practices as soon as coaches contact athletes to schedule them.

Middle school athletes may resume grade-level practices beginning Monday, November 30. Middle school coaches will reach out to their teams with more details.

Although GJPS will be in our distance learning model starting Monday, November 30, we believe that school sports can be safely maintained in smaller groups. Our athletics programs at this time are not facing the staffing challenges that our school buildings are, and we remain hopeful that will continue to be the case.

What It Means for Students and Families
We understand this change is disappointing for our student-athletes. Our district is working diligently with OCC officials to ensure athletes have a 2020-2021 sports season.

Coaches will ensure all safety protocols are followed, which include the recording of daily symptom checks. Students who have symptoms will be isolated, and parents will be called immediately. Specifically, you should be monitoring your student for a fever of greater than 100 degrees, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or exposure to anyone testing positive for COVID-19.

The best way to preserve our athletic programs is for all coaches, families and students to follow rigorous protocols for health and safety. Communication between families and coaches is essential, especially if you believe your student or a close household member may have been exposed to COVID-19.

What You Should Do
If we cannot prevent the COVID-19 virus from impacting our athletics programs, practices will have to be suspended. All GJPS athletes must have a current COVID-19 waiver on file to participate.

Among the most important things you can do are:

  • Monitor student health closely, with temperature and symptom checks before every practice
  • Follow required mask-wearing rules at all times
  • Practice good hygiene and wash hands frequently
  • Do not congregate during or following practices
  • Avoid team gatherings, sleepovers, parties, etc. 

What’s Next
The increase in virus cases in central Ohio is continuing, and these guidelines may change. We continue to collaborate with the OCC on monitoring public health orders and government mandates that could impact our ability to run athletics programs. We will update you as we learn more.

We are hopeful we can successfully begin our middle school and high school athletic seasons as outlined, and we ask for your assistance in doing all we can to protect the health of our coaches and student-athletes.

Thank you.