FCPS Student Athletics and Activities Questions
1. What are the plans for student athletics and activities for the fall?
The Virginia High School League (VHSL) Executive Committee met in special session on July 27, 2020 and voted (34-1-0) to move forward with Model 3 in its re-opening of sports and activities for the 2020-21 school year. Model 3 delays all VHSL sports and activities until December 14 and adopts the Condensed Interscholastic Plan. This model leaves all sports in the season where they are currently aligned.
Model 3 – Condensed Interscholastic Plan.
- Season 1 (Winter) December 14 – February 20 (First Contest Date – December 28)
- basketball, gymnastics, indoor track, swim/dive, wrestling
- Season 2 (Fall) February 15 – May 1 (First Contest Date – March 1)
- cheer, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, volleyball
- Season 3 (Spring) April 12 – June 26 (First Contest Date – April 26)
- baseball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field
2. What will the academic eligibility requirements be for FCPS student-athletes/activities participants?
Grades from last spring will determine the eligibility for sports participation in the fall. A physical must be on file (dated after May 1, 2020) and three semester-long classes must have been passed in the Spring of 2019-2020 for participation.
3. If I choose virtual learning, is my child able to participate in athletics and activities (i.e. band, athletics)?
Yes, however, transportation to and from school will have to be arranged by parents. The VHSL requires students to take at least three semester-long classes to be eligible.
4. Will student-athletes and activities participants be required to wear face coverings?
Masks are required for practices and workouts with possible removal when engaged in strenuous activity. Social distancing mitigation measures as recommended by the CDC and VDOE will also be followed.
5. What training will coaches and sponsors be receiving?
Staff have been trained to follow mitigation guidelines for proper cleaning of equipment, materials, and athletic facilities.
6. What training will athletes receive on the new expectations?
Protocols and procedures have been, and will continue to be communicated to athletes and parents.
7. Will student-athletes need to sign waivers? Will coaches? Will parents?
Yes, there is an acknowledgment form that will need to be signed by all those involved.
8. Will there be a Fall Sports Parent Meeting?
After we have received direction from the VHSL, we will have either a virtual or in-person meeting.
9. Will we be having sports and activity practices?
Fall participants are now conditioning and beginning workouts for their respective programs. We plan to allow some winter sports to come on campus for conditioning in the future. All activities will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
10. Will we be having sports competitions (games) and activity performances?
At this time activities, performances, and sports competitions (games) have not yet been determined by the VHSL. More information will follow as it becomes available.
11. Will parents/fans be allowed to attend conditioning/practices, games, competitions, or events?
At this time, fan participation at events has not yet been determined. Fans are not currently allowed at practices.
12. What additional cleaning and sanitization steps will be taken to protect our student-athletes and coaching staff? Equipment, facilities, locker rooms, etc.
We have issued many different policies to keep all athletes safe. Our sanitation guidelines comply with the guidelines by the state and the VHSL and are based upon Phase II and III. Staff will sanitize the sports areas regularly. All items are to be removed from student lockers at the end of practices and games. Items left overnight will be discarded. There will be no sharing of water bottles, water coolers, towels, hand towels, equipment, or other sports-related items. Water fountains are not allowed to be used at this time.
13. Here is the additional information that has been provided to coaches, parents, and athletes starting fall sports: