The Halifax County School Board is expected to hear a presentation Thursday night about the return of extracurricular activities and driver education.
The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Halifax County Middle School.
Halifax County High School principal Michael Lewis, athletic director Allen Lawter and interim director of secondary education Dr. Scott Wormer are slated to make the presentation to the board.
This comes after the school board voted 4-3 during the last meeting to allow the return of extracurricular activities. During that meeting the board did not hear the specifics of the COVID-19 athletics plan overview that was submitted to the Virginia High School League in August by the high school. The plan outlines the guidelines and procedures that the school, student athletes and coaches will adhere to as they return to workouts.
The athletics plan overview details how the school plans to provide the student athletes a way to return to their workouts and at the same time practice social distancing and adhere to safety guidelines set forth in the overview.
A health monitoring form must be completed before each athletic practice or workout. According to the overview, the form must be completed and checked for compliance in the staging area prior to admittance. The documentation will be kept on compliance with the athletic trainer.
Coaches will be responsible for checking the completion of the monitoring form, and will take a touchless temperature scan of each player before any activity begins. Any student with a temperature above 100.4 degrees must be recorded and the student be sent home.
Cloth face covering are encouraged to be used as frequently as possible unless a medical condition prevents it. The exceptions are swimming, distance running or other high-intensity aerobic activity. The students and coaches will be responsible for providing their own face coverings. With the advice from the VHSL and CDC, any student unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition will not be allowed to participate in any activities.
In the last meeting, principal Lewis briefly spoke to the board about the plan and said that the group ratio is set at 10 to 1 but that it could go down to as small as 5 to 1 or even 3 to 1 based on the wishes of the board. The groups will remain static, meaning the same students and coaches will remain together throughout the duration of the workouts. A coach cannot move to another group and work with them, the same with students. Social distancing will remain in effect with at least 10 feet between everyone.
All practices or workouts will be coordinated with the athletic director and each facility will have its own schedule, sessions and rotations developed by the athletic director.
No access to locker rooms will be provided, other than access to restrooms. The coaches and the custodial staff will work together to make sure that all equipment and shared surfaces are disinfected and sanitized regularly.
These guidelines were drawn up in August and there may be additional protocols, or some things may be changed.
The school board will have a chance to ask those presenting about the plan overview and discuss a start date for the workouts. At the last meeting, the board voted to allow extracurricular activities to return, but did not set a start date or hear specifics about what that return would look like in terms of safety guidelines and protocols.