Under a return to play- plan that was outlined and approved by the Indiana State Health Department , Governor Holcomb, the IHSAA, the Elkhart County Health Department and the Baugo Community Schools Superintendent and Board of Trustees…..student athletes are coming back to Jimtown beginning TODAY, July 6th.
In Phase 1 student-athletes will be able to access school facilities and coaches to be begin conditioning and preparing for the upcoming fall sports season. Phase 1 will be 2 weeks in length and will involve some very specific rules that all coaches and student-athletes will follow as we get going. You can read the plan in it’s entirety here along with a Q/A from the IHSAA.
….if you just want the “Cliff Notes” version here is the top 13 things that you need to know about student-athletes returning to play at Jimtown and other area high schools
- There are 3 phases of the plan which end with competitions and spectators by the start of the regular season starting contests.
- Summer conditioning and activity sessions are VOLUNTARY. You do not have to send your son or daughter if you do not feel safe. They can still make a team later on if they do not come by parent choice.
- Parents are asked to check student-athletes for symptoms (fever, cough, etc) every day before coming to school
- Coaches will verbally check each athlete daily when taking attendance
- Face coverings required of students when in common areas or when not working out
- Last Year’s IHSAA Physical counts for this year as well….if completed and on file from last year (including incoming 9th graders)
- Outside workouts and activities are preferred as athletes can spread out more.
- Weight rooms will be allowed, but only certain lifts not requiring a spotter in phase 1
- No locker rooms….In Phase 1 students will come ready to workout and will leave immediately after the session
- No shared water stations. Water fountains and water “horses” outside are off. Students must bring their own water bottles and not share.
- Essential personnel only. No spectators or non-essential people there until phase 3
- No contact or scrimmages until phase 2
- No buses until phase 2. and then social distancing and disinfecting are a priority
We are excited to be able to get our kids back at Jimtown and be able to start moving back toward the athletics and activities that are so important in the engagement of the students at Jimtown. It is a shared effort and we certainly appreciate all the help that parents can give.
The most important thing is that if student athletes don’t feel good they should STAY HOME!!