Dear Northwood Community:
Thank you for your patience as we have waited for guidance on our Athletic Summer Camp program. As an athletic program, our hope was to bring back as many programs as possible in the format you expected. We appreciate your flexibility and are excited to have student-athletes back on campus and working out! Due to the current climate, there are several new safety precautions and restrictions in place to keep student athletes and coaches safe (outlined at the end of this email). This will change how typical summer skills camps will be provided and these guidelines may continue to change over the next few weeks. The focus of the first two weeks of camp will be almost solely strength and conditioning with a hope that more focused skills by sport will be included as guidelines allow. To start camp, there will be no use of balls or shared athletic equipment. In addition, NHS and IUSD will provide hand washing and sanitizing stations, and masks for the coaches. In addition, there are a variety of other specific precautions to support the wellness of everyone as outlined at the end of the email.
In addition, some camps will have shortened dates or times to meet the needed guidelines and unfortunately, some summer camps have been canceled. One major factor is to limit interaction with many athletes during a given period, and therefore some coaches will be bringing in smaller groups for a shorter period of time. This will allow for more individual instruction and meet safety precautions. To honor your schedules, all camp hours will still fall within the same time frame window as previously planned unless indicated below. Coaches will be in touch with camp participants with their specific time frame by Wednesday.
Canceled Summer Camps
- Softball (previously communicated)
- Wrestling (previously communicated)
- Girls Soccer
- Boys Soccer
Changes in Summer Camps
- Boys Lacrosse – Time change to 6:30 AM
- Boys and Girls Waterpolo – Date changed to July 27th to August 7th
- Boys Volleyball – Date was changed previously to July 27th to August 6th, Monday - Thursday
We recognize that these changes in dates and limited hours, in addition to the current climate may make parents and athletes reconsider participation in camp this summer. We also know that many families are hoping to get their students into programs outside of the home. Please be reminded that participation in all Summer Camps is completely voluntary and will not impact students’ participation in the program. There are four options for families (information on each of these options is included below including directions to follow):
*While we recognize this is a short time frame, in order to provide a safe environment, it is critical that we know which students will and will not be attending camp this summer as soon as possible. Therefore, we are asking for your commitment by this Sunday.
- Attend summer camp in the new form: Please use the link here to indicate your commitment to attend by this Sunday, June 28th at 8 PM. As part of the new guidelines, parents and athletes must sign a waiver for participation in summer camp as well as indicate that they understand the new guidelines for camp. Once you submit this form, an email will be sent to the valid email address you provided. Please print that form, complete all necessary signatures, and submit it to the Co-Athletic Directors via email (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) or drop it off to the black mailbox by the attendance office (backside of the Admin building closets to the theater and pool) at Northwood High School. This form must be submitted by Monday, June 29th by 8 PM. Only one form needs to be submitted per student.
- Switch to another camp: All camps will have a focus on conditioning due to the new guidelines. Therefore, if you had previously signed up for a camp and would like to consider a camp that will be running this summer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to switch camps.
- Sign up for a Camp: If you would like to sign up for summer camp, you may still do so! However, coaches are making plans based on the numbers that they currently have. New registration for summer camp will close on Sunday night. Any student wanting to register after Sunday night will be put on a waiting list. You can still register for camp by dropping off or mailing in a check along with a registration form (linked here) to the mailbox on the backside of the Admin building closets to the theater and pool at Northwood. The summer camp check should be made out to “NHS Athletics” and include the sport(s) on the memo line. This will need to be submitted by Sunday night or you will be put on a waiting list. All campers will need to be cleared prior to participation including an up to date annual physical.
- Cancel participation in camp: If you no longer plan to attend camp and wish to either receive a refund or donate your camp cost to your specific sports program, you must fill out this form (linked here) by Sunday, June 28th. After Sunday, we must commit to a final number of coaches to oversee all aspects of the summer camp guidelines and we will be using final sign-ups on Sunday to determine employment and therefore will not be able to offer refunds after this date. If you previously filled out a form for a Softball or Wrestling refund, you do not need to fill it out again.
If you have questions that need to be answered prior to making your decision about camp participation, please reach out to the individual coach. Emails are linked here.
Below you can see the new Summer Camp Guidelines provided to the NHS Athletics Department by the Irvine Unified School District. Again, we would like to thank you for your patience and understanding as we try to keep everyone safe during this time.
NHS Athletics Administration
IUSD Athletic Summer Camp Guidelines
While it is not possible to eliminate all risk of furthering the spread of COVID-19, the current science suggests there are steps schools can take to reduce the risks to athletes, coaches, staff, and their families significantly. For further information regarding COVID-19 please refer to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
Decision to Reopen
The decision to reopen is based on the following criteria:
- Reopening is consistent with state and local orders.
- Healthy hygiene practices, such as hand washing and the wearing of a face covering, are implemented.
- Cleaning, disinfection, and ventilation is intensified.
- Physical distancing through increased spacing, small groups, and limited mixing between groups will be practiced.
- The coaching staff is advised on health and safety protocols.
- Procedures to check for signs and symptoms and history of exposure of students and employees daily upon arrival have been developed and will be implemented.
- Anyone who is sick must stay home.
- A plan has been developed for students or employees who develop symptoms of COVID-19.
- Regular communication and the monitoring of developments with local authorities, employees, and families regarding cases, exposures, and updates to policies and procedures is in place.
- Consultation with the local health authorities will occur if there are cases in the facility or an increase in cases in the local area.
Prior to Arriving
Prior to arriving for practices, athletes and staff will complete a self-screen assessment for COVID-19 symptoms within a 30-minute window prior to coming onto the campus or practice facility. They will need to re-complete this assessment every day that they come on to campus. Any individual (staff or student) who experiences any symptoms listed below will not be allowed to take part in practices. They should contact his or her primary care provider or other appropriate health care professional. Any athlete, coach, or staff member living with someone who experiences any of the symptoms of COVID-19, whether they have a positive COVID-19 test or not, should self-isolate for two weeks. If they do not experience any COVID-19 symptoms during that period, they can return to campus. If they experience symptoms, they must self-isolate until the conditions outlined have been met.
- Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
- Known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19
- Unexplained Muscle Pain/body aches
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or smell
- Recent unexplained onset of extreme tiredness
Furthermore, underlying medical conditions may increase the risk of severe illness from COVID-19 for individuals of any age. If any individual has an underlying medical condition or is in close contact with someone with any condition listed, they are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and severe illness.
- People 65 years and older
- People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
- People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
- People who have serious heart conditions
- People who are immunocompromised
- People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
- People with diabetes, liver disease, and/or chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
Once on Campus
- Start and end times for practices may be staggered to prevent groups from gathering at entrances and exits of facilities and to limit crossover and contact.
- When students are arriving at practice, they must remain six feet apart.
- Athletes must arrive dressed and ready to practice. Locker rooms will not be available.
- Campus is only open to student-athletes and their coaches. If driving your student-athlete, plan on dropping them off and picking them up without getting out of the car.
- All athletes and coaches must wear a mask when not participating in intense aerobic activity unless medically exempt. Cloth face coverings are acceptable. A mask should be worn when arriving and leaving campus.
- All coaches and students should be screened for signs/symptoms of COVID-19 prior to a practice. A wellness check will include reviewing the symptom questionnaire and completing a temperature check.
- If a student-athlete is late for camp and their “pod” leaves their meeting spot, then they will not be able to attend practice that day.
- Any person with positive symptoms reported will not be allowed to take part in practices and should consider contacting his or her primary care provider or other appropriate health care professional.
- Any person who has had a fever or cold symptoms must be symptom free without medication for 72hrs prior to returning to activity. They should consider contacting his or her primary care provider or other appropriate health care professional.
- If an athlete does get sick at camp, an area will be identified where they can rest, be watched after, and safely isolate from others. Communication will take place with parents or caretakers directly and arrangements made for appropriate health care steps.
- Hand sanitizer will be available at each entrance and students, coaches, and staff will be required to use it whenever they enter the building and throughout practice.
- Individuals should wash their hands for a minimum of 20 seconds with water and soap before touching any surfaces or participating in practices.
- Participation is optional.
- A student must be cleared through athletic clearance in order to participate in summer camp.
- Practices will be planned with a minimum distance of 6 feet between each individual. Athletes will be grouped into “pods” when necessary to allow for decreased exposure.
- There will be no balls used in any camp. At a later time, the district will reevaluate the guidelines for ball use.
- Hand sanitizer will be available.
- There should be no sharing of athletic towels, clothing, shoes, or equipment between students. The expectation is that students should be fully dressed at all times with a shirt and shoes on.
- Students and coaches will wash hands or use hand sanitizer after they have touched something another person touched.
- All students must bring their own water bottle. No water will be provided.
Post Practice Procedures
- When students are leaving practices, they should remain six feet apart and wear a face covering.
- Athletes must leave practice immediately and exit campus following the conclusion of their practice. (Do not linger on campus or the parking lot).
- Students should shower and wash their practice clothing immediately upon returning home.
- Facilities will be cleaned after each practice.
Update: June 26, 2020