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UPHS Board Approves Preseason Practice
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            Sports are finally returning to Upper Perkiomen High School. Voluntary practice is scheduled to begin July 6 following unanimous approval by the school board last week of an Athletic Health & Safety Return to Play Plan.

            The school's football, field hockey, soccer and tennis programs expect to schedule activities – which Superintendent Allyn Roche described as preseason practice during the June 25 virtual workshop meeting – at the school in Red Hill.

            All activities will be non-contact during the six-week period. All coaches and athletes will be required to follow rules identified in a five-page document included with the meeting agenda posted on the district's website. Parents, community members and spectators will not be permitted to attend.

            Members of the girls tennis team will follow whatever guidelines are presented, according to Coach John Williamson.

            "It's nice to see the potential for a sense of normalcy to return," he wrote in a text message, expressing cautious optimism. "We'll take it one week at a time and do our best to keep everyone safe. We'll follow whatever guidelines we are given."

            Mike Freed, the girls head soccer coach, can't wait to get started. He said the players will benefit from any activity. 

"I'm as excited as they are," Freed wrote in a text message. "I think it's been something like 37 years since I've been away from a soccer game or practice for over four months."

            The football team will utilize its workout period for conditioning and agility drills, according to head coach Tom Hontz. He wrote in a text message that he feels pretty good that those improvements can be made while following the guidelines established.

            The plan, created by district administrators and Athletic Director Robert Kurzweg and based on standards set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, PIAA officials with assistance from the St. Luke's Health Network and the school's athletic trainers provides detailed guidelines for players and coaches to avoid contracting the coronavirus. It requires social distancing at all times.

            All coaches and trainers interacting with students must wear face masks, according to Kurzweg. He said students must also don masks while not actively participating and when social distancing is challenging.

The document dictates that all coaches and players will be required to wash their hands for a minimum of 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if a handwashing station is not available. 

Individuals will report to the athletic trainer, if onsite, or coach who will screen each individual with a series of questions and a temperature screening.

            Responses to screening questions for each student-athlete is to be recorded and stored and may be used to keep a record of everyone present. If someone registers a temperature of 100.4 or higher, the person will be isolated for five minutes and the temperature will be taken again.

Following another five-minute isolation period, the student-athlete will have a third temperature reading. If the average temperature of the 3 readings is 100.4 or higher, the parent/guardian must be contacted to pick up the athlete.

            At this point, parents will be asked to have the student-athlete examined by a medical professional and to provide follow-up documentation that the student-athlete is free from the COVID-19 virus.

            If a student-athlete or coach contracts the virus, the individual must quarantine for a minimum of 14 days. Any individual who was in close contact with the person diagnosed with COVID-19 will be notified and advised on whether the secondary individual must also quarantine by district health professionals.

            The criteria for returning to practice includes at least three days of a reduction in fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, improved respiratory symptoms, the passage of 10 days since the onset of symptoms and written documentation of clearance from a healthcare provider.

            Athletes will not be allowed to shake hands, high-five one another or fist bump during workouts. Chewing gum, spitting, licking fingers or eating sunflower seeds is not allowed.

Participation will not be permitted without athletes providing their own water bottles, which must be labeled and must not be shared. The district will not provide water or the use of coolers during workouts. In addition, water fountains and outdoor hoses will not be available.

            The rules limit the number of people who can use the same bathroom to two at a time. All equipment will be sanitized. Athletes may not share equipment with one another including athletic equipment, pinnies, etc. Any time equipment is used by one individual, it will be sanitized prior to the next person using that piece of equipment.

            District officials are expected to provide updated guidance for the official start of the fall sports season, which begins Monday, Aug. 17, according to Roche. He said administrators would update the board during the Aug. 13 meeting.

            "The key will be the next directive from the PIAA as to what will be the status in August," Hontz wrote in a text.






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