Orange County Schools (OCS) recognizes the benefits of athletic participation for student-athletes, and it is our desire to have our coaches and student-athletes return to preparation and competition. The North Carolina High School Athletic Association NCHSAA recently released new athletic calendars outlining when high school athletic seasons are allowed to resume. This guidance indicates when individual high school sports may begin tryouts, practices, and competitions. School districts may start sports no earlier than the prescribed dates outlined in the link above, but they are not obligated to start on those dates.
The plan, COVID-19 Return to Athletics Policy & Procedures, was developed based on the principles outlined in the document: NCHSAA Return to Sports Guidelines and Return to Sports and Exercise during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Guidance for High School and Collegiate Athletic Programs. The plan describes the best practice procedures for returning to sport and exercise following a period of prolonged physical distancing for students/athletes of Orange County Schools. This plan will be a living, working document, that is continually reviewed and updated as the organization and our community changes. This plan applies to all staff members (e.g., athletic trainers, physicians, athletic administrators, coaches, strength and conditioning staff, school administrators, advisors) of Orange County Schools who are associated with athletics.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact me, Jason Johnson, Executive Director of Student Support Services and School Improvement, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 919-732-8126 ext.17501.
last updated November 9, 2020