CFSA Football COVID 19 Protocols
CFSA remains optimistic that we can provide our children with the opportunity to have a successful season this fall! We continue to monitor the advice of State and local government and health advisors and will consider the interests and safety of our community when making any future decisions. We need the cooperation of our Parents, Coaches, and Players to provide a safe environment that ensures our players and cheerleaders will remain healthy for the duration of this season.
- TeamSnap APP supplied to monitor players health prior to participation in all CFSA events.
- Team thermometers supplied to allow for screening prior to all CFSA events. Players with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be kept from participating in team activities.
- Hand sanitization stations located throughout the Schiel Road Sports Complex.
- Neck gaiters provided for all participating football players for the 2020 season.
- Players will be allowed to wear face coverings during games, with the understanding that mouthpieces will ALWAYS be required during play.
- Additional security will be present at Schiel Road Sports Complex to help monitor safety protocols.
- Game times will be staggered to facilitate adequate evacuation of attendees following the completion of their event.
- CFSA Football will make every effort to provide make up dates for games cannot be played due to COVID concerns, but in the event that a game cannot be rescheduled in a timely manner it will result in a forfeit.
- Social distance as much as possible.
- Refrain from congregating outside of your family unit.
- Bleachers will be marked to limit seating.
- Additional seating areas will be available along respective team goal lines.
- Concession areas and restrooms will be marked to comply with COVID protocol.
- Facial coverings are required by everyone within the gates of the Schiel Road Complex.
****Please limit the number of attendees***
- All players must be checked in via the TeamSnap APP (Health Check webform tool) prior to participation in any CFSA activity, including practices and games.
- Full compliance with Health Check protocol is required for participation in practice and games. Please refer to “COVID-19 Response Guidelines” below for instructions for re-admittance following a COVID event.
- Failure to fully comply or tamper/alter the results of each Health Check may result in possible disciplinary actions against the affected player and/or individuals involved by the Football Committee.
- Facial coverings are required by everyone within the gates of the Schiel Road Complex. This includes fans, coaches, officials, contracted employees, CFSA representatives and players (while on sidelines).
- Athletes must completely shield their nose and mouth when not actively exercising and are encouraged to do whenever possible.
- Officials, all coaching staff and volunteers must have their nose and mouth completely covered at all times when not socially distanced from others.
- No team water coolers will be allowed and there will be no shared containers. All players must bring a labeled container with an adequate water supply to each event.
- Players will be permitted to hydrate at the sideline during game time outs.
- A parent representative will be allowed on the sidelines to serve as team COVID monitor. Responsibilities will include ensuring that players remain properly spaced out and are properly wearing facial coverings while not in play. This monitor may not assist with any coaching duties.
- Players will be spread out across the sidelines to expanded marked areas as determined by Football Committee.
- Players must limit contact and allow for required spacing among one another before, during and after practice.
- Parents are expected to err on the side of caution with their child’s health, knowing this may cause a player to refrain from participation due to exposure or symptoms.
COVID-19 RESPONSE PROTOCOL
- Any individuals who themselves either are LAB CONFIRMED to have COVID-19 OR EXPERIENCE THE SYMPTOMS of COVID-19 (listed below) must stay at home throughout the infection period, and cannot return to play until any of the below conditions have been met:
- At least one day (24 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications) AND
- The individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath AND
- At least 10 (ten) days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
- Any player who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 must receive written clearance from a physician prior to returning to participation in CFSA activities.
Note: An individuals who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and who have not been evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19 are assumed to have COVID-19
- Individuals who have had close contact with someone who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, as narrowly defined in this document and as determined by the appropriate public health agency, should stay at home through the 10-day incubation period and will not be allowed to participate in CFSA activities during this period.
- Parents/Coaches should screen individuals after the incubation period has concluded, and if the individual did not experience COVID-19 symptoms during that period, the individual can be allowed to return to play. If the individual experienced symptoms, they must stay at home until the conditions outlined above have been met.
- “Close contact” refers to an individual being in “close contact” with another individual who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. Close contact is determined by an appropriate public health agency. For clarity, close contact is defined as:
1. Being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on while not wearing a mask or face shield) OR
2. Being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of 15 minutes, while not wearing a mask or face shield;
Either (1.) or (2.) defines close contact if it occurred during the infectious period of the case, defined as two days prior to symptom onset to 10 days after symptom onset. In the case of asymptomatic individuals who are lab-confirmed with COVID-19, the infectious period is defined as two days prior to the confirming lab test and continuing for 10 days following the confirmed lab test.
- Required Notification Actions if individuals with lab-confirmed cases have been in a school, attended a practice/game or in an area where CFSA activities are being conducted.
1. If an individual who has been in areas where CFSA activities have been conducted is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, the Coach must notify the Division Commissioner and the Chairman of the Football Committee, in accordance with applicable CFSA rules and regulations, including confidentiality requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
2. Consistent with team notification requirements for other communicable diseases, and consistent with legal confidentiality requirements, teams must notify all families of all players on a team if a lab-confirmed COVID-19 case is identified among players, coaches, or parents who participate in any CFSA activities. If the person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 participated in a contest against other team(s), the Coach must notify other team(s) and CFSA officials involved in the contest.