At the regularly scheduled meeting of the Meade County Board of Education Monday night, the Board voted to approve guidance for athletic/extracurricular summer activities in response to COVID-19.
On the whole, Interim Superintendent Bill Adams said that the district will follow the lead of the Governor, CDC, as well as other organizations.
“If we have guidance from the Governor, from the CDC, from the KHSAA, or from the Kentucky Department of Education to move forward with activities and normalcy, we’re going to move forward,” said Adams when discussing summer fundraisers. “If we have guidance that says slow down, we are going to slow down.”
That sort of attitude also applies to the sports and activities themselves. Following the release of the Governor’s guidelines for youth sports, the KHSAA also issued guidance for activities, breaking them up into four categories: low-touch outdoor, low-touch indoor, high-touch outdoor, and high-touch indoor.
The district’s plan is currently three phases. Last week, sponsors were allowed to come in and develop plans for what they would do for their specific activities. Beginning this week, the sponsors are able to bring their students and athletes into the building to reorient them with the school activity and the school program. Groups cannot be larger than 10, and the meetings cannot consist of conditioning or physical activities. Beginning June 15, low-impact activities, such as cross country and golf, may resume sport-specific activities. All other activities may begin non sport-specific conditioning activities. Any student choosing to participate must have a valid and current athletic physical on file. Most physicals from 2019/2020 should still be valid.
Adams said that the guidance coming in is very varied by the group and the activity.
“Every group is slightly different,” said Adams. “For instance, trap shooting gets a little more leniency, and the trap state competition is still being held under the Governor’s and CDC’s guidelines. They believe that can be safely held.”
The Lincoln Trail District Health Department has approved the plan. Additionally, Adams made it clear that this is completely voluntary and that there would be no negative consequences if a student chose not to participate.
The next phase, which Adams says would start in July, is to be determined. The district is waiting on forthcoming guidance from officials.
“None of this has anything to do about whether or not we will compete in the fall,” said Adams. “IT appears likely that trap shooting, golf, and cross country will compete, but really, we have no guidance outside of the month of June on what will happen when it comes to competitive activities and really getting into the sport or activity. This is very basic and very slow.”
Adams also said that the typical dead period that KHSAA mandates has been canceled because student athletes have been in a dead period since March 15.
Full guidelines by both the Governor’s Office and the KHSAA can be found on their respective websites.