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Expectations for Winter Sports and Events

Date: 11/5/2021
From: Julie Regimbal
To: MVSD Families
Subject: Expectations for winter sports and events

This week, 16 school districts covering Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle Counties who are members of the Champlain Valley Superintendents Association (CVSA), announced common agreements across the region for sports and extracurricular events during the winter season.
It is recommended that all eligible student-athletes get vaccinated. Vaccination is a proven mitigation strategy and will ultimately ensure athletes can stay in school and compete safely throughout the season. If an athlete is vaccinated, they will not be required to quarantine should an exposure occur.

According to the Vermont Department of Health, while participation in the upcoming Test to Stay program will allow unvaccinated athletes to continue to participate in team-based practices during their quarantine, it will not enable involvement in interscholastic competition (i.e., games, meets or competitions).

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the following are requirements and updates for sports as well as extracurricular events in each of the CVSA districts:

Masks

Masks are required by all student-athletes, coaching staffs, referees, and spectators during indoor practices, competitions, and games, regardless of individual vaccination status. Exceptions to this are limited, but will include:

● Athletes participating in indoor track events – both practice sessions and meets/competitions – so long as physical distancing is maintained between individuals using staggered starts or other means. When not physically participating in running, masks will be worn.

● Athletes participating in wrestling, gymnastics, cheer and dance skills, and events that require inversion (i.e., wrestling, tumbling, vaulting, bars, etc.). When not physically participating in the activity masks will be worn.

Spectators

  • Spectators will be allowed this season. There is no limit on capacity as long as compliance with protocols are followed. If protocols are not followed, future games may need to have limited spectators or no spectators at all.
  • Masks remain on at all times, unless eating in the designated eating area
  • There will be signs to identify sections for seating – spectators need to take note as to what

    section they are in for purposes of contact tracing which will be done by the Vermont Health

    Department.

  • Be respectful and leave space between your family and others.

Locker Rooms

MVU Locker rooms will not be used by both visiting and home teams this winter season. Visiting athletes should come dressed and prepared to play. A space will be provided for athletes to store belongings.