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DCSAA RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE RETURN TO HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

By Josh Barr, 05/19/21, 3:15PM EDT

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DC State Athletic Association will permit high school student-athletes to participate in skill development drills, practice and compete in all sports.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 19, 2021

DCSAA RECOMMENDATIONS FOR
THE RETURN TO HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS


WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the Mayor of the District of Columbia’s Order lifting the prohibition on high-contact sports with no COVID-19 restrictions beginning Friday, May 21, 2021, the DC State Athletic Association will permit high school student-athletes to participate in skill development drills, practice and compete in all sports. The DCSAA makes these strong recommendations:

  • All coaches and student-athletes should get vaccinated as soon as possible. This is the best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 and ensure one remains in good health.
  • Unvaccinated coaches and student-athletes should continue to wear a mask over their mouth and nose while participating in any athletic-related activity, including conditioning drills, practice and games.
  • Unvaccinated coaches and student-athletes should continue to wear a mask over their mouth and nose if they are part of a team but are not participating in the contest or practice – if they are on the sidelines, courtside, pool deck, etc.
  • If an unvaccinated coach or student-athlete is identified as having had a possible exposure to the COVID-19 virus, that individual must quarantine for 10 to 14 days, per DC Health guidelines.

As always, Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and/or member schools may have more stringent COVID-19 protocols in place. Coaches and student-athletes should check with their LEA and/or member school administrations for additional restrictions, such as mask requirements and spectator limitations. For updated DC Health guidance, please visit coronavirus.dc.gov/healthguidance.

“It has been a long 15 months,” DCSAA Executive Director Clark Ray said. “The DCSAA sincerely appreciates everyone’s patience during this time and their advocacy on behalf of all student-athletes. Our goal is to safely return to competition and maximize the experience for all student-athletes.”

To learn more about the District of Columbia State Athletic Association, please visit www.dcsaasports.org.

CONTACT: Josh Barr, joshbarr4520@gmail.com

About the District of Columbia State Athletic Association
The District of Columbia State Academic Association has served District of Columbia public schools, public charter schools, and independent private and parochial schools since 2012. Studies regularly show that students who participate in extracurricular activities generally are better prepared to succeed beyond high school and under DCSAA guidance, student-athlete participation has risen 44 percent. DCSAA empowers its membership to share knowledge and best practices in order to help student-athletes achieve their goals through athletic programming and valuable academic and personal learning experiences.