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Here you will find the updated guidance (as of 1/11/2022) in regards to COVID-19 which is aligned with the CT Department of Health. I highlighted some of the most pertinent information below but you may see the entire document HERE. Masks requirements in this update have not changed and will be required by all regardless of vaccination status (same exceptions of cheerleading, swimming and wrestling). It is important that we all continue to be safe and work together to provide a safe environment for everyone. I will continue to assess all procedures and protocols and will update you if anything changes.
For individuals who develop ANY symptoms that could be associated with COVID-19
For individuals identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 case and never develop any symptoms
Returning to play after COVID-19 positive test:
“The AAP recommends not returning to sports/physical activity until children or adolescents have completed isolation, the minimum amount of symptom-free time has passed, they can perform normal activities of daily living, and they display no concerning signs/symptoms. For all children and adolescents 12 years and older, a graduated return-to-play protocol is recommended. The progression should be performed over the course of a 7-day minimum. Consideration for extending the progression should be given to children and adolescents who experienced moderate COVID-19 symptoms.
All children and adolescents and their parents/caregivers should monitor for chest pain, shortness of breath out of proportion for upper respiratory tract infection, new-onset palpitations, or syncope when returning to exercise. If any of these signs and/or symptoms occur, the AAP recommends immediately stopping exercise and the athlete should see their pediatrician for an in-person assessment. Consideration should be given for pediatric cardiology consultation.
When Should a Student-Athlete Pause Return-to-Play Protocols
If a student-athlete develops chest pain, shortness of breath out of proportion to upper respiratory infection, new-onset palpitations, or syncope when returning to exercise, immediately stop and go to a healthcare provider for an in-person exam.
AAP Gradual Return-to-Play Plan: The following progression was adapted from Elliott N, et al, infographic, British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2020:
Stage 1: Day 1 and Day 2 – (2 Days Minimum) – 15 minutes or less: Light activity (walking, jogging, stationary bike), intensity no greater than 70% of maximum heart rate. NO resistance training.
Stage 2: Day 3 – (1 Day Minimum) – 30 minutes or less: Add simple movement activities (eg. running drills) – intensity no greater than 80% of maximum heart rate.
Stage 3: Day 4 – (1 Day Minimum) – 45 minutes or less: Progress to more complex training – intensity no greater than 80% maximum heart rate. May add light resistance training.
Stage 4: Day 5 and Day 6 – (2 Days Minimum) – 60 minutes: Normal training activity – intensity no greater than 80% maximum heart rate.
Stage 5: Day 7 – Return to full activity/participation (i.e., – Contests/competitions).
Please refer to page 9 of the UPDATED GUIDANCE document for the return to play protocols.
Please note that those student-athletes who were Asymptomatic or had Mild Symptoms (<4 days of fever >100.4; < 1 week of myalgia, chills or lethargy) will need to complete a Phone/telemedicine or in-person assessment by a healthcare provider that incorporates the AAP guidance for Return to Sports and Physical Activity.
Upon completion of this assessment, the student-athlete and parent/legal guardian must provide the school with the completed COVID-19 Return to Physical Activity Release form by their healthcare provider. This form will confirm the assessment and specify which level of return the student-athlete is eligible for. Please note that all student-athletes returning must complete at least 1 (one) practice session before he/she will be eligible for game play.
IMPORTANT: If a healthcare provider’s note does not specify for which activities the student-athlete is cleared, then it will be considered that the student-athlete is cleared to begin the AAP return-to-play protocol.