Jenks to open athletics June 8 with three-phase approach

Jenks to open athletics June 8 with three-phase approach

Jenks Public Schools released its plan Monday evening to re-open athletics June 8 following the May 22 vote by the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Association to allow sporting events to immediately commence.

Jenks Public Schools Director of Athletics Tony Dillingham, his Athletic Department staff and the district administration staff began working on a plan to jump start Trojan sports following the decision from the OSSAA.

After the JPS administration’s approval, Dillingham met with his coaches Monday to discuss how Jenks athletics will come back amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jenks will take a phased-in approach to bringing sports back, which will get underway June 8.

Here is a statement released Monday by the Athletic Department:

“Jenks Public Schools in conjunction with state agencies, physicians, and the CDC (Center for Disease Control) has determined it is safe, as of June 8, to return to activities with restrictions,” the statement reads. “In order to ensure safety for all, the following must be in place at all activity facilities. All staff are expected to comply with each item outlined in this phased-in plan. This three-phase COVID-19 plan is fluid and adjustments may need to be made. During each phase, every person involved in an activity must complete a daily COVID-19 screening form. Vulnerable individuals should not oversee or participate in any workouts during any phase.”

Here is the phased-in plan Jenks athletics will take in bringing sports back:

ATHLETICS & ACTIVITIES PHASE ONE – June 8 through June 21

On June 8, coaches may have face-to-face contact with secondary level students using the provisions provided below. Practices are not included during this phase. Sport specific camps or leagues will not be conducted at this time. Strength and conditioning programs are permitted during this time as well as sport tryouts with the approval of the athletic director.

INDOORS

WEIGHT ROOMS

• Each person entering the facility must have their temperature checked upon arrival. Any individual with a temperature registering 100.4 degrees or above will not be permitted to stay.

• Hands must be washed, or hand sanitizer used, prior to entering the facility and touching any equipment.

• Locker rooms and/or restrooms, if opened, must be sanitized before use, and at the conclusion of the workout.

• Two people maximum on any one piece of equipment.

• Spotters must wear a mask or cloth face covering.

• All groups must be a minimum of six feet apart; the total number allowed in a weight room must

comply with the six-foot social distancing policy.

• Each piece of equipment must be disinfected between each user of the equipment.

• Hands must be washed, or hand sanitizer used, every 30 minutes.

• No shared hydrating bottles, towels, gloves, or any other personal equipment is permitted.

• Coaches, or other supervisory adults, must wear a mask or cloth face covering.

GYM/INDOOR FACILITY

• Each person entering the facility must have their temperature checked upon arrival. Any individual with a temperature registering 100.4 degrees or above will not be permitted to stay.

• Hands must be washed, or hand sanitizer used, prior to entering the facility and before beginning any drills or handling of equipment.

• Locker rooms and/or restrooms, if opened, must be sanitized before each use, and at the conclusion of the workout.

• Each person must remain a minimum of six feet apart.

• No shared hydrating bottles, towels, gloves, or any other personal equipment is permitted.

• Hand must be washed, or hand sanitizer used, every 30 minutes.

• Any equipment must be disinfected every 30 minutes.

• Coaches, or other supervisory adults, must wear a mask or cloth face covering.

OUTDOORS

• Each person entering the facility must have their temperature checked upon arrival. Any individual with a temperature registering 100.4 degrees or above will not be permitted to stay.

• Hand must be washed, or hand sanitizer used, prior toto handling of equipment.

• Locker rooms and/or restrooms, if opened, must be sanitized before each use and at the conclusion of the workout.

• Each person must remain a minimum of six feet apart.

• No shared helmets or equipment worn on the head including facemasks.

• No shared hydrating bottles, towels, gloves, or any other personal equipment is permitted.

• Hands must be washed, or hand sanitizer used, every 30 minutes.

• Any equipment used must be disinfected every 30 minutes.

• Coaches, or supervisory adults, must wear a mask or cloth face covering.

PHASE TW0 – JUNE 22 THROUGH JULY 14 (This time frame may need to be altered if the OSSAA maintains the previously mandated dead period)

• Camps, and clinics may be conducted. All camps and clinics will be restricted to students who are enrolled in Jenks Public Schools. Strength and conditioning may also continue.

• All participants must maintain social distancing requirements and practices should be not-contact in nature.

• Players shall not participate in drills that are designed to cause direct contact with another person. There must be a form of protection between any player and incidental contact. Training devices such as air and stand-up dummies, tackling wheels, or blocking shields, which are non-attached as well as tires, ropes, boards, and any other equipment not requiring body contact may be used.

• Hands must be washed, or hand sanitizer used, every 30 minutes.

• Any equipment used, including weights, balls bats, helmets, etc. must be disinfected every 30 minutes.

• Only intra-squad participation is allowed.

• Tryouts are permitted pending athletic director approval.

• No shared hydrating bottles, towels, gloves, or any other personal equipment is permitted.

PHASE THREE — JULY 15 THROUGH AUGUST 9

• On July 15, unrestricted practice may begin for fast-pitch softball, volleyball, cross

country, cheer, pom, marching band, color guard and other Fine Arts activities. Strength

and conditioning programs may continue as well.

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