Spring Sport Protocols
West Ada School District
Extracurricular Pandemic Plan
Spring Sports 2021
OBJECTIVE: Create options that support athletic events and participation in activities with protocols that will mitigate the risk of Covid-19 for participants, families, coaches, and the community.
Framework for Decision Making
The decision-making process will utilize guidance from the West Ada Pandemic Plan and the Idaho Rebound Plan when determining actions involving extracurricular activities.
Extracurricular programs will establish consistent protocols to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. All plans will include:
- Proper masks are worn correctly (athletes will not be required to wear them while exerting effort).
- Establish practice plans that support mitigation efforts.
- Focus on good sanitation practices which include hand washing and/or sanitizing, wearing a mask and social distance practices.
- Creating pods when possible to help minimize spread.
Decision Making Process:
Key to continuing extracurricular operations safely for our staff and students is the ability to recognize COVID-19 cases promptly, isolate them, conduct contact tracing to identify who may have been exposed, and ensure the person who is infected remains isolated, and close contacts quarantined, until it is safe for these people to return to the activity based on the current health guidelines.
All extracurricular programs will adhere to the following expectations regarding participation:
- Use positive cases and cluster data within individual programs to make operational responses and determine when there is a need to pause a program.
- Unless there are school outbreaks throughout the school district, our response will be specific to the circumstances of the clusters within the specific school or program.
- If a temporary pause of in-person classes and a move to remote learning is necessary in a specific school, all extracurricular programs within that school will pause. The following scenarios will be considered:
- Was the decision to pause due to outbreaks or clusters that impacted specific programs? If yes, extracurricular programs will continue to pause.
- Was the decision to pause due to operational concerns, such as staffing? If yes, extracurricular programs could continue with practice if games or events can be rescheduled.
- If events cannot be rescheduled and there is no evidence of spreading within that specific program, the West Ada School District Executive Team may decide to allow a team to participate in a sanctioned event.
- When a school comes back to in person learning, all extracurricular activities may resume if they did not meet the criteria stated above.
Southern Idaho Conference (SIC) Spring Protocols:
Mask Wearing Expectations:
- Athletes: Masks and protocols for practices for all spring sports will be handled per district and school rules.
- Athletes during Competition: Players in competition will not be required to wear a mask.
- Coaches: Will wear masks during practices and games.
- Fans: Will wear masks while at extracurricular activities
Socially distance from non-household members
- Track, Softball, and Baseball: Up to 4 tickets will be allowed for away and home fans based on the facility capacity of each school. Fans will follow district rules and regulations in accordance with health and safety plans. Head Coach’s must communicate with families if capacity at certain venues does not allow for four
- Golf and Tennis: Fans will follow social distancing protocols and face mask wearing in accordance with the rules of the county and school expectations.
These protocols and fan restrictions will be implemented for SIC District Tournaments
West Ada School District clubs must adhere to the following when using school facilities:
- Mask are required
- Establish plans to safely distance while meeting (set maximum numbers that can safely fit in area)
- Focus on good hygiene practices that include handwashing and/or sanitizing
End of Year Banquets:
School facilities may be used for end of year banquets if the following safety protocols are in place:
- Max occupancy is established based on room size, and the local health ordinance in place, while maintaining six feet of distancing between families
- Masks are required
- Entrance and exits are established to minimize contact between individuals
Winter Sports Fan Attendance
New Fan Attendance Guidelines (1/26/21). Effective Immediately:
Each athlete/participant will now get 4 vouchers, and students can now attend (with or without vouchers).
Coaches' significant others can also attend.
The normal SIC ticket prices will be used. For students with activity cards, admission is free. Otherwise, it's $4 with student ID, $6 without. We can accommodate up to 100 students.
This is for HOME events only. During District Tournament games, AWAY fans can attend (4 vouchers per player).
10 cheerleaders may now attend HOME regular season games and all District Tournament games (4 vouchers per cheerleader).
Dancers may attend all home games (and receive 4 vouchers) and District Tournament games where MHS is designated as the HOME team.
All mask requirements and social distancing rules remain in effect. Gyms will be cleared and sanitized after each game. Fans will enter through SE corner entrance and exit out of the building through the west doors.
New Swim Team Coach AnnouncementPlease join us in welcoming our new swim coach, Andrea Thiltgen. We are thrilled to have such an accomplished and enthusiastic new coach to direct our swim program.
Andrea “Dre” Thiltgen is a former Elementary Classroom Teacher and YMCA Youth Leader. She currently works at a local Albertsons in the Produce Department. After spending half a decade in her hometown of San Diego, working at a surf camp and teaching 3rd & 6th grade, she has returned to Boise to explore the gorgeous state and pursue her long term goal of serving the community through the Emergency Medical/Fire Services. Dre believes in the importance of athletics, meaningful relationships, and understands the dedication required to be a successful student-athlete.
From 2007-2011, Dre played an integral role as a founding team-member of the emerging Boise State University Swim & Dive Team. Upon graduation, she returned to San Diego to complete her California Teaching certification. Instead, she found herself at YMCA Camp Surf where she trained in Ocean Lifeguarding, leadership development, outdoor education & curriculum implementation. Eventually, she found herself emerging as a classroom teacher at Innovations Academy in the San Diego Unified School District.
She is looking forward to creating an inclusive, competitive, and memorable swimming experience at Meridian High School.
Andrea holds a BA in Elementary Education from Boise State University and is a nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician.
2020 Warrior Football Information Video
Current & Future Warrior Athletes
Current and Future Warrior AthletesAll students do NOT need a physical to participate in summer activities. Physicals will be needed for fall participation but NOT for summer.Please visit the MHS athletics page for more information for fall participation.
Incoming Freshmen Football Coach Message
All Freshmen Football Warriors,
I hope this message finds you well! I’ll try to keep this announcement brief and to the point.
1. My name is Bryson Stout and I’m the Head Coach for the Freshman. Below is a contact list of our Freshman Football Staff organized by position if you’d like to reach out to them individually.
Offensive Line – Tim Brackus – firstname.lastname@example.org
Defensive Line – Dave Norwood – Davmno@gmail.com
Running Backs – Ryan Beard – email@example.com
Linebackers – Lynn Fehrer – firstname.lastname@example.org
Quarterbacks – Ryan Beard - email@example.com
Defensive Backs – Josh Hatch – E3nuc2012@gmail.com
Wide Receivers – Bryson Stout – firstname.lastname@example.org
General inquires / questions – Brad Perry – email@example.com
2. We will be having workouts this summer and we are starting June 1st. The exact schedule and procedures are still being ironed out, but we will start weight and running workouts. We will still be observing social distancing as well as any other COVID precautions that come up. You will be informed of the schedule when it is decided.
3. If you haven’t already visited these two webpages to make sure that registration and SWOL paperwork are done.
- Freshman Football Registration - https://meridianwarriorfootball.com/current-programs
- SWOL Paperwork - https://www.westada.org/Page/23466
We are excited to have all of you join our Tribe! We are also itching to get out to the field and get started! We ask for a little patience and understanding as the COVID situation has pushed as all into the unknown. We may not have the answers you want when you want them but will do our best to help. We as a staff will always do what’s best for our athletes and you can trust in that!
Have a great weekend!Bryson StoutEarth ScienceMeridian High School
Spring Sports Pay To Participate Refunds
With the uncertainty of springs sports due to COVID-19, the West Ada School District has decided to reimburse the participation fee for all 2020 spring sports participants. Our school book keepers are currently working on these reimbursements to families, with the goal of returning this money by May 10th. Thank you for your patience as we work through this process.
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