Flexible K - 12 Fall Reopening Plan

SAS Athletics - Return to Practice

On Monday, September 14th, our Highlander teams can begin on-campus workouts for the 2020 fall seasons.  As we return to on-campus athletic activities, we are continuously making decisions to ensure the safety of our players, teams, and school.  Below, information regarding protocols on how we will return is included covering a variety of each subject.  Additionally, each team and their respective coach will have tailored information for their athletes, including start and conclusion times, workout and drop-off/pickup information, and necessary equipment for those participants.

Activities on campus, which will start outside, will only include 5th-12th Fall athletes. 

Protocol and Parameters

List of 11 items.

  • Athletics 5 - 12 Mask Policy

    Athletes will be provided with 2 reusable gaiter masks. These gaiters do have a spot for a filter should you choose to add a filter. Students may wear their own masks as long as they fit the descriptions below. 
    The best mask is one that fits well. 
    •   It should cover your entire mouth and nose 
    •   It should also cover your chin.
    •   It should be secured around your ears or the back of your head.
    •   It should have multiple layers, ideally made of different tightly woven fabrics.
    •   It should stay in place while you talk and move around.
    Acceptable masks:
    •   Surgical masks
    •   Cloth masks
    •   KN95 masks
    Unacceptable masks:
    •   Bandanas
    •   Masks with exhalation valves
    • All student athletes are required to wear a neck gaiter or mask when entering campus. Students should wear these while on campus (including outside) when not exercising, and while moving about practice. Students may remove them while exercising/being physically active outside. 
    • Students should wear masks outside anytime physical distancing is not possible. 
    • Once indoor practices begin, students are expected to wear their mask during all indoor practices. They can wear the neck gaiters, and disposable surgical masks will also be available should they prefer to wear those. 
    • Coaches and Athletic Trainers will wear masks at all times. 
  • Daily Athletic Training Room Operations 

    Southwest Parkway Campus
    • Masks must be worn at all times by students, faculty and staff that enter ATR. Mask needs to be worn during taping/treatment/evaluation
      • Unless the student is being evaluated/treated for an injury or condition that would warrant the taking off of the mask (AT staff will be wearing mask at all times) (examples: heat illness, facial injury, asthmatic episode)
    • There is a handwashing station inside of ATR
      • AT staff will be required to wash hands regularly- after treating/evaluating each student
    • No more than 4 students will be allowed into ATR at one time 
    • Athletes will be required to check in to Magnus kiosk upon entering ATR
    • Ice will not be provided for personal water
    • Routine ice baths will not be offered to any students/teams
    • Ice bags will be provided to students outside of ATR- at the picnic table after every practice
    • Access to ice machine, ice baths and cold towels will only be available in emergency situations, such as heat illness
    • Portable treatment stations will be set up as needed to accommodate for social distancing during treatments
    • Stationary bikes used for rehab and warm-up are spaced out in the gym at least 10 feet apart and can be moved outside as needed
    • A station will be set up inside of the gym for foam rolling and stretching- this will be done prior to practice only
      • Students will be asked to wipe down equipment before and after use
    • Water stations/cows will NOT be provided at this time
    • Reusable water bottles will NOT be provided
    • Towels will NOT be used during rehab exercises
    • Students will not be allowed to enter ATR after practices are over- unless they have an injury that needs to be assessed
    • If a student needs to be evaluated for an injury before practice or during school day, they will need to schedule a time with Ms. Abby or Ms. Kayla via email
    • All students who have been ruled out of practice for the day by Athletic Training staff, will not be assisted until practices begin and the majority of practicing students have been helped and sent out to practice. Once all students have been assisted, they will not be allowed to hang out in the ATR. 
    • Coaches and students will not be allowed to enter ATR from back door to gain entry into gym
    • Decisions about weather conditions will be made by 1:00pm for afternoon practices and by 6:00pm the day before morning practices
    31st St. Campus
    • Masks must be worn at all times by students, faculty and staff that enter ATR. Mask needs to be worn during taping/treatment/evaluation
      • Unless the student is being evaluated/treated for an injury or condition that would warrant the taking off of the mask (AT staff will be wearing mask at all times) (examples: heat illness, facial injury, asthmatic episode)
    • Athletes will be required to check in to Magnus kiosk upon entering ATR
    • Only one is student allowed in ATR at a time
      • Coaches will not be allowed inside ATR while students are being evaluated for injury
      • If the student’s parent is present, the parent will be allowed to enter ATR while student is being evaluated/treated
    • If a student needs to be evaluated for an injury before practice or during school day, they will need to schedule a time with Ms. Abby or Ms. Kayla via email
    • All students who have been ruled out of practice for the day by Athletic Training staff, will not be assisted until practices begin and the majority of practicing students have been helped and sent out to practice. Once all students have been assisted, they will not be allowed to hang out in the ATR.
    • Water stations/cows will NOT be provided at this time
    • Reusable water bottles will NOT be provided
    • Decisions about weather conditions will be made by 1:00pm for afternoon practices and by 6:00pm the day before morning practices
  • Medical Clearance/Sports Medicine

    • In order to participate, students must have their Magnus Health files 100% completed.
    • Students 6th - 12th must have a valid ImPACT test on file to begin practices
    • Staying in pods will assist with potential contact tracing.
    • Coaches will take attendance each practice.
  • Groups

    • Teams will be separated into groups of 10 (if teams are under 12 they can stay as one group).
    • Groups of 10 will not be mixed with other groups.
    • 15-20 feet of separation between different groups.
    • 30 feet of separation between different groups when indoors unless a physical barrier (gymnasium curtain)
    • Groups of 10 should stay the same for 1 week at a time. For example in week 1 groups will stay the same, in week 2 they may be in a different group of 10, but should stay with that group for all of week 2.
  • Spacial Arrangements

    • 6 feet of distance required outdoors.
    • Minimum 6 feet of distance required indoors the first week we go inside and progress from there.
  • Traffic Flow and Cross Over

    • Drop off/entrance will be clearly designated.
    • Pick up/exit will be clearly designated.
    • Cones/signage will be designated for where people should stand.
  • Equipment Policies

    • Students should bring their issued ball to and from all practices, especially in the early going.
    • Week 1: Equipment may shared
    • Any school equipment should be wiped down with Clorox wipes or equivalent cleaner between groups
    • Hand sanitizer should be available and used whenever students want, and at least once half way during practice if sharing equipment. 
    • Equipment that includes sustained or pull contact (football tackle mats) should be sanitized between each athlete 
    • During passing drill it is best practice to have students passing with the same athlete during the entire practice 

      Week 2: Same setup as week 1
      Athletes and coaches may do multiple player passing drills or equivalent  
  • Bathroom Occupancy

    • 50% capacity. 
    • Locker room space will not available during practice times. 
    • Locker room may be available when we return to on-campus classes (for Athletics Class).
    • Coaches should only send one athlete to the restrooms at a time. Remind athlete to wait outside if they notice more people than should be in the bathrooms (Signs with capacity will be placed outside bathrooms)
  • Water

    • All athletes are responsible for bringing their own full water bottles. 
  • Coach/Administrator Duties

    • Will help to monitor parking lots and non-compliance.
    • Coaches will ensure all students are picked up and venues closed up, etc.
  • Miscellaneous

    • No visitors allowed.
    • Pick up and drop off points will be clearly defined.
    • All students must complete the SAS Health Check app prior to arriving on campus.

Southwest Parkway Campus Return to Practice Guidelines

Southwest Parkway Pick Up and Drop Off Information

List of 3 items.

  • Southwest Parkway Campus Location Drop Off/Pick Up by Sport

    Boys Volleyball: Sand Courts/Nazro Green and Gymnasium
    Cheer: Upper Field first two weeks. TBD after that (will update map accordingly)
    Cross Country: Lower Field
    Field Hockey: Lower Field and Upper Field
    Football: Lower Field
    Girls Volleyball: Sand Courts/Nazro Green and Gymnasium
  • Southwest Parkway Campus Drop Off/ Arrival Instructions

    • One coach per sport will be stationed at the pick up area a minimum of 10 minutes prior to the start of practice.
    • When the athlete arrives, the coach will:
      • Check to confirm that the athlete has submitted their Health Check In for the day, and that they are cleared.
        • Note: athlete will also check in with security. Both check ins are required
      • Confirm student has mask/gaiter on before exiting the vehicle.
    • Coach will direct athlete where and how to access athlete's specific facility, reminding them to:
      • Maintain social distancing along the way, should others be present.
      • Go to their designated number upon arrival at their facility to set down their water bottle, keys, etc.
  • Southwest Parkway Campus Pick up/Departure Instructions

    • For athletes who drove to campus, please remember to maintain distance from other athletes as they return to their cards to depart.
    • For athletes getting picked up, one coach will take athletes to their designated pick up area, maintaining social distancing while back to the pick up location and while waiting for rides to arrive.
      • As families arrive, that student can then go to the vehicle to be picked up.

31st St. Campus Return to Practice Guidelines

31st. St. Pick Up and Drop Off Information

List of 3 items.

  • 31st St. Campus Location Drop Off/Pick Up by Sport

    Boys Volleyball: Bailey Lane

    Cheer:
    Middle School Driveway for the 1st two weeks. Depending on the practice facility after that, possibly the whole time.

    Cross Country: 6th Grade Wing

    Field Hockey: Middle School Driveway

    Flag Football: Middle School Driveway

    Girls Volleyball (5th/6th): Bailey Lane

    Girls Volleyball (7th/8th): Middle School Driveway

    TackleBar: 6th Grade Wing
  • 31st St. Campus Pick up/Departure Instructions

    • Families should make a sign to display in the dashboard that is easily visible with Last Name, First Name of athlete to allow coach and athlete to be notified when ride has arrived.

    • Athletes being picked up should wait in the following areas by facility:
      1. Middle School Driveway -- spread out by the picnic tables under the big oaks and in front of the Middle School
      2. Bailey Lane -- underneath the oak tree and around the picnic tables outside of Mr. Murphy’s office
      3. 6th Grade Wing -- rock garden outside of the chapel

    • Two walkie talkies per program will be provided.
      • As parents arrive, coach in pick up area will relay athletes name (as seen on name card on the car dashboard) to the other coach waiting with the athletes in their designated area.
      • Athlete will be sent to designated pick up area to be picked up.
      • In the event that more than one athlete gets picked up at the a time, “lines” on the sidewalk will be used to maintain social distancing between athletes. (Every other line is more than 6 feet apart)
  • 31st. St. Campus Drop Off/ Arrival Instructions

    • One coach per sport will be stationed at the pick up area a minimum of 10 minutes prior to the start of practice.
    • When athlete arrives, the coach will:
      • Check to confirm that the athlete has submitted their Health Check In for the day, and that they are cleared.
      • Confirm the athlete has their mask/gaiter on before exiting the vehicle.
    • Coach will direct athlete where and how to access their specific facility
    • As athlete goes to designated practice facility they should:
      • Maintain social distancing along the way, should others be present.
      • Go to their designated number upon arrival at their facility to set down their water bottle, keys, etc.

Program Coordinator Contact Information

– CHEERLEADING - Talia Allison tallison@sasaustin.org

– CROSS COUNTRY - Gilbert Tuhabonye gtuhabonye@sasaustin.org

– FIELD HOCKEY - Beth Anne Shelman bshelman@sasaustin.org

– FOOTBALL - Taylor Stewart tstewart@sasaustin.org

– BOYS VOLLEYBALL - Tim Moten tmoten@sasaustin.org

– GIRLS VOLLEYBALL - Zack Kweder zkweder@sasaustin.org

– ATHLETIC DIRECTOR - Jeff McCrary jmccrary@sasaustin.org

Other Important Information

The US Strength & Conditioning Center (Weight Room) will not be available at this time for workouts. However, US Strength & Conditioning will be offered outside on Wednesdays from 4:15-5:10 PM.

*Should that session fill, a second one from 5:20-6:15 PM will be offered.*