Fulton Focus

For the parents and patrons of the Fulton School District

June 4, 2020

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A message from the Superintendent

Dear Parents and Patrons:


THANK YOU! Your support passing Proposition S continues to demonstrate the high value our community places on your schools. Obviously, the pandemic closure delayed the opportunity for summer improvement projects; however, your Board of Education will be considering the final agreement with Architects Alliance and authorization to issue the first series of funding for the projects. Meaning, key components will be in place to determine project order and appropriate planning.


Effective Monday, June 8, 2020, FPS will begin summer athletics and activities. Our objective is to ensure your student(s) wellness and safety; yet obtain maximum participation in the selected activity. The FPS Activities Director and Administrators in conjunction with other North Central Missouri Conference, NCMC, Schools have developed activity sanitation and safety protocols based on community risk levels for this summer.


The Protocols have been reviewed and accepted by Mr. Kent Wood, of the Callaway County Health Department. On, June 3, 2020, Mr. Wood and I concurred that opening activities will start at Risk Level 3 on June 8, 2020. Risk levels most likely will change as the community risk changes. Individual coaches will be communicating and asking for your authorization allowing participation by your student(s). Please take a few minutes to review the protocols for your information and with your student(s). Questions regarding the Protocols may be addressed to Mr. Ryan Waters, Activities Director, or any coach.


We are excited to implement the Facilities Plan; again, THANK YOU for supporting new and upgraded facilities for Fulton kids!


Sincerely,


Jacque A. Cowherd, Ed.D.

Superintendent

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Dear Parents,

The North Central Missouri Conference (NCMC) Superintendents and Activity Directors have been working together in conjunction with their respective health departments to develop a set of guidelines, protocols, and procedures to allow district coaches, sponsors, and activities directors to safely begin extracurricular activities this summer. All guidelines, protocols, and procedures will follow the by-laws set by the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA).


The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a national concern and confirmed cases vary throughout Missouri. Each NCMC school district, along with its local health officials, will be responsible for determining the appropriate risk level for their students to ensure their safety. Coaches, sponsors, and activity directors will be responsible for making sure all aspects of these guidelines are followed and will take the necessary steps to keep your children safe.


Sports and all extracurricular activities are a crucial part of a student’s growth and development. They help in the development of mental health and physical fitness of the body. Resuming some parts of summer activities is a small step to re-engage students with school and resume a level of interaction with others. Please understand we have a long way to go before activities are back to “normal”, but we hope to be moving in that direction. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we navigate through these unusual times. Your student’s coach, sponsor, or activities director will be reaching out to you in the near future to share further details.


Respectfully,

NCMC Superintendents


Dr. Jacque Cowherd, Fulton

Dr. Matt Miller, Moberly

Dr. Susan Johnson, Hannibal

Dr. Robert Webb, Kirksville
Dr. Carol Maher, Marshall

Dr. Zachary Templeton, Mexico


Respectfully,

NCMC Activity Directors


Ryan Waters, Fulton (President)

Tim Barnett, Moberly (Vice President)

Clint Graham, Hannibal

Sara Williams, Kirksville

Kristen Niemeyer, Marshall

Travis Blevins, Mexico

NCMC Schools Athletics Summer Contact Plan



This plan is intended to serve as a guideline for North Central Missouri Conference athletic programs for when summer contact between instructors and athletes is allowed to begin (June 1). At all times the plan will follow the parameters of the established risk levels, whose level will be determined by the individual school district, in conjunction with the local county health department. This guide recognizes that at any moment the risk level can change, and flexibility of all stakeholders is imperative for student safety. We acknowledge the difficult times and are thankful for parent/guardian support to the community and school district.



Definitions:

Contact Sports: Football, Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Wrestling, Competition Cheerleading

Non-Contact/Limited Contact Sports and Activities: Band, Choir, Speech & Debate, Scholar Bowl, Orchestra, Theater, Softball, Baseball, Cross Country, Golf, Tennis, Swimming & Diving, Dance, Sideline Cheerleading, Track & Field, Bass Fishing Team, E-Sports


Instructor: Any Instructor, director, teacher, trainer, etc… that would engage in in-person activity with students.


Instructor Contact: Any in-person activity between instructors and students such as strength & conditioning, practices, camps, individual skill development, scrimmages, and competitions.

Summer Youth Camp: In-person camps organized and led by High School Instructors in which camp attendees are athletes younger than High School aged.


The community mitigation strategies to cautiously resume some normal community activities while keeping many measures in place to limit physical interactions and the spread of disease.


Level 5: Shutdown

All community activities are in a state of cancellation and no activities will take place. If a school district is in no risk, low risk, medium risk, or high risk and then issued a shutdown, all activities will be halted immediately, until a further update can be safely determined by the health department.


Level 4: High Risk

Contact Sports and Non-Contact Sports/Activities will be extremely limited during this phase. Mass gatherings are not permitted. A gathering is any intentional or spontaneous, public or private gathering and the allowable number of individuals will be set and determined by the local health department. Physical distancing of at least 6 feet must be practiced at all times.

Athletic Contact during Level 4: High Risk

● Contact and Non Contact/Activities will be extremely limited. There are to be no contests, scrimmages, live-action drills, or small group/partner drills. Instructors may convene athletes in groups predetermined by the local health department for the purposes of individual strength, conditioning, or skill development. Physical distancing of at least 6 feet must be practiced at all times. The allowable number of individuals will be set and determined by the local health department.


Protective Measures for Activity/Facilities/Equipment during Level 4: High Risk

● Locker Rooms will remain closed.

● Instructors shall maintain a log of daily attendees with contact information.

● Instructors and athletes shall be screened for illness by taking temperatures and logging the required information prior to engaging in activity (see attached sheet).

● Instructors and athletes must wash or disinfect hands upon entering and leaving any facility.

● Instructors and athletes are to limit the number of people in the bathrooms.

● Instructors must coordinate facility use requests with the athletic director. The athletic director must adjust scheduling of facilities to allow for cleaning and disinfecting between groups.

● Athletes should use only one piece of equipment at a time and disinfect equipment after each use.

● Team-shared equipment should be avoided, if possible. If equipment must be shared, clean, and disinfect between use.

● No shared water coolers. Athletes should bring their own water bottle or the instructors should supply individual water bottles for each athlete.

● No unnecessary individuals should be present in the facility (manager, non-participating athletes, parents, etc…)

● Outdoor athletic fields that are at least 120 yards in length may be divided into multiple zones. A 20-yard buffer between zones must be observed at all times.


Summer Youth Camps during Level 4: High Risk

● Schools are not permitted to host summer camps during this step.


Travel during Level 4: High Risk

● Teams are not permitted to travel if the school district has been determined as a high risk level. This includes all forms of travel, including but is not limited to team camps, summer league competitions, etc….


Weight Room Level 4: High Risk

● Weight Rooms will be closed during Level 4 High Risk


Level 3: Medium Risk

Level 3: Medium Risk continues the reopening of communities by relaxing the occupancy limitations and begins to resume mass gatherings on a limited basis. All interactions within the community are required to maintain physical distancing (6 feet) strategies.

The allowable number of individuals will be set and determined by the local health department.


Athletic Contact during Level 3: Medium Risk

● Contact Sports are limited. There are to be no contests or scrimmages. Live-action drills or small group/partner drills will be permitted. Instructors may convene athletes in groups predetermined by the local health department for the purposes of individual strength, conditioning, or skill development. Physical distancing of at least 6 feet must be practiced at all times.

● Non-Contact/Limited Contact Sports/Activities may engage in competitions and practices Instructors may convene athletes in groups predetermined by the local health department. Physical distancing of at least 6 feet must be practiced at all times.


Protective Measures for Activity/Facilities/Equipment during Level 3: Medium Risk

● Locker Rooms will remain closed.

● Instructors shall maintain a log of daily attendees with contact information.

● Instructors and athletes shall be screened for illness prior to engaging in activity and logged.

● Instructors and athletes must wash or disinfect hands upon entering and leaving any facility.

● Instructors and athletes are to limit the number of people in the bathrooms.

● Instructors must coordinate facility use requests with the athletic director. The athletic director must adjust scheduling of facilities to allow for cleaning and disinfecting between groups.

● Athletes should use only one piece of equipment at a time and disinfect equipment after each use.

● Team-shared equipment should be avoided, if possible. If equipment must be shared, clean, and disinfect between use.

● No shared water coolers. Athletes should bring their own water bottle.

● No unnecessary individuals should be present in the facility (manager, non-participating athletes, parents, etc…)

● Outdoor athletic fields that are at least 120 yards in length may be divided into multiple zones. A 20-yard buffer between zones must be observed at all times.


Summer Youth Camps during Level 3: Medium Risk

● Schools are not permitted to host summer youth (K-6) or middle school camps (7-8) camps during this step. High School camps are allowable while following the above guidelines set by the school district and local health officials.


Travel during Level 3: Medium Risk

● Non-Contact Sports/Activities may travel with the approval from the Athletic Director and Superintendent.

● Teams attending any event that you are hosting must be approved by District Administration.

● No unnecessary individuals will travel or be present in the facility (manager, non-participating athletes, parents, etc…)

● Physical distancing must be practiced at all times.


Weight Room Level 3: Medium Risk

The weight room will be open with limitations. Limitations will include but not limited to:

● Limited number of participants will be allowed, based on the recommendation from local health officials.

● Lifts will need to be modified to individual lifts only. No spotter shall be used.

● Physical distancing must be practiced at all times.

● Clean and disinfect equipment after every use

● Local districts may be more restrictive depending upon local conditions.


Level 2: Low Risk

Level 2: Low Risk allows for further reopening of the community, while still limiting mass gatherings, which are a risk for rapid community spread of the virus. All interactions within the community are required to maintain physical distancing (6 feet) strategies. The allowable number of individuals will be set and determined by the local health department.


Athletic Contact during Level 2: Low Risk

● Contact Sports may engage in competitions and practices. Instructors may convene athletes in groups predetermined by the local health department for the purposes of

individual strength, conditioning, or skill development. Physical distancing of at least 6 feet must be practiced at all times.

● Non-Contact/Limited Contact Sports/Activities may engage in competitions and practices Instructors may convene athletes in groups predetermined by the local health department. Physical distancing of at least 6 feet must be practiced at all times.


Protective Measures for Activity/Facilities/Equipment during Level 2: Low Risk

● Locker Rooms will remain closed.

● Instructors shall maintain a log of daily attendees with contact information.

● Instructors and athletes shall be screened for illness prior to engaging in activity.

● Instructors and athletes must wash or disinfect hands upon entering and leaving any facility.

● Instructors and athletes are to limit the number of people in the bathrooms.

● Instructors must coordinate facility use requests with the athletic director. The athletic director must adjust scheduling of facilities to allow for cleaning and disinfecting between groups.

● Athletes should use only one piece of equipment at a time and disinfect equipment after each use.

● Team-shared equipment should be avoided, if possible. If equipment must be shared, clean, and disinfect between use.

● No shared water coolers. Athletes should bring their own water bottle.

● Only authorized individuals should be present in the facility during contact days and competitions (which may include participating athletes, instructors, coaches, and officials only)

● Outdoor athletic fields that are at least 120 yards in length may be divided into multiple zones. A 20-yard buffer between zones must be observed at all times.


Summer Youth Camps during Level 2: Low Risk

● Schools are not permitted to host summer youth (K-6) camps. High School and middle school (7-8) camps are allowable while following the above guidelines set by the school district and local health officials.


Travel during Level 2: Low Risk

● Contact and Non-Contact Sports/Activities may travel with the approval from the

Athletic Director and Superintendent.

● Teams attending any event that you are hosting must be approved by District Administration.

● No unnecessary individuals will travel or be present in the facility (manager, non-participating athletes, parents, etc…)

● Physical distancing must be practiced at all times.


Weight Room Level 2: Low Risk:

The weight room will be open with limitations. Limitations will include but not limited to:

● Limited number of participants will be allowed, based on the recommendation from local health officials.

● Lifts will need to be modified. Spotters can be used on a limited basis.

● Physical distancing should still be practiced.

● Clean and disinfect equipment after every use.


Level 1: No Risk

Level 1 takes a final step in reopening the community with fewer restrictions, relaxing the maximum allowable attendance. Social Distancing Requirements should be followed in larger gatherings to the greatest extent possible.


Athletic Contact during Level 1: Low Risk

● No restriction for Contact or Non-Contact Sports/Activities

● Must follow MSHSAA guidelines


Protective Measures for Activity/Facilities/Equipment during Level 1: Low Risk

● Locker Rooms will open

● Instructors shall maintain a log of daily attendees with contact information.

● Instructors and athletes shall be screened for illness prior to engaging in activity and logged.

● Instructors and athletes must wash or disinfect hands upon entering and leaving any facility.

● Instructors and athletes are to limit the number of people in the bathrooms.

● Instructors must coordinate facility use requests with the athletic director. The athletic director must adjust scheduling of facilities to allow for cleaning and disinfecting between groups.

● Athletes should use only one piece of equipment at a time and disinfect equipment after each use.

● Team-shared equipment should be avoided, if possible. If equipment must be shared, clean, and disinfect between use.

● No shared water coolers. Athletes should bring their own water bottle.

● No unnecessary individuals should be present in the facility (manager, non-participating athletes, parents, etc…)

● Outdoor athletic fields that are at least 120 yards in length may be divided into multiple zones. A 20-yard buffer between zones must be observed at all times.


Summer Camps during Level 1: No Risk

● Schools may begin to host summer camps at all levels while following the above guidelines set by the school district and local health officials.


Travel during Level 1: No Risk

● Contact and Non-Contact Sports/Activities may travel with the approval from the

Athletic Director and Superintendent.

● Teams attending any event that you are hosting must be approved by District Administration.

● No unnecessary individuals will travel or be present in the facility (manager, non-participating athletes, parents, etc…)

● Physical distancing must be practiced at all times.


Weight Room Level 1 No Risk:

● The weight room will be open with no limitations.

● Clean and disinfect equipment after every use