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Spring sports update - covid rapid testing

Dear Parents,

This information is for families with spring sports participants.

On the cusp of the beginning of spring sports, the MDHHS issued an order which implements a testing protocol for athletes ages 13-19. The MDHHS then gave further guidance on the testing (Interim Guidance for Athletics). The MHSAA then followed up with clarification to the guidelines to participate on March 24. Whitmore Lake values athletics and will provide students with athletic opportunities within the parameters dictated by the MDHHS. 

  • Negative tests: Athletes that test negative can continue with practice or competition.

  • Positive tests: Anyone that tests positive will be sent home immediately to self-isolate. If an athlete can produce a negative PCR test within 48 hours of the positive antigen test and remains symptom-free, they can return to play.

  • Exemptions: Athletes who can produce documentation from their doctor of a positive COVID-19 result are exempt from testing up to 90 days from the day of the test. If they remain symptom-free they may participate in athletics without testing. Please note that positive antibody test results do not constitute an exemption from testing.

  • Missed Test: If a student misses a test due to absence, they will need to complete a test upon returning to school prior to going to class or resuming athletic practice/competition.

  • Parental Consent: If you do wish to participate in spring sports in accordance with the new protocol, please sign and return the following forms: Registration and Consent FormCode of Conduct. These forms will remain on file with the school. (Students 18 years and older may sign their own forms.) The parental consent must be on file with the school on or before April 13 for the student to participate in testing and maintain eligibility.

  • Students will have to arrive with the Testing Collection Form completed.

  • Click Here To review the Binax NOW COVID-19 Antigen Test.

  • There will not be a cost to families for the tests.

Even with testing, mask requirements remain in place for spring. They are as follows:

  • Face Masks – Face masks must be worn based on the following guidelines for outdoor activity (practice and competition): 

  • Non-Contact Sports – Baseball, Golf, Softball, Tennis, and Track & Field participants must wear face masks at all times except when involved in active outdoor participation (in the game, during the round, during the match, during the race/event). Coaches and all other team personnel must wear face masks at all times, including participants when on the bench, in the dugout, between individuals events, etc. 

  • Indoors - If a practice or competition moves indoors, all individuals (participants, coaches, team personnel) must wear face masks.

Additionally, I'm planning to offer a zoom call on Monday, April 5th at 7:00 PM to answer any questions parents may have regarding the new testing protocols.

Brad McCormack is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Spring Covid testing 
Time: Apr 5, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 741 1732 7634
Passcode: 2W4sNj
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