July 20 will reveal more about how sports will be handled for the 2020-21 school year by way of a California Interscholastic Federation meeting but, for now, local schools have a guideline to follow for the initial part of the plan to reopen sports in Galt.
The first phase of the Return to Campus for Athletic Activities plan, which was formed by the Galt Joint Union High School District, focuses on social distancing both indoors and outdoors, emphasizes training outdoors, limiting workout groups to 10 people and keeping those same 10 people together every workout.
This week, the district was scheduled to hold a meeting between school athletic directors and coaches to “discuss the progress of the plan implementation.”
The plan was first drafted last month after a meeting between Superintendent William Spalding, school administration and athletic directors.
The plan was then approved by the GJUHSD school board and Spalding the week of June 22.
The second phase of the plan loosens the restrictions from phase one by allowing groups up to 50 outdoors while social distancing, allowing practice for low risk sports such as cross-country, golf and tennis, as well as allowing modified practices to begin for sports with a medium level of risk (for example, volleyball and soccer).
Phase three will allow groups of 50 indoors, as well, as long as those who aren’t participating maintain their distance.
It also allows modified practices to begin for high risk sports, including football and wrestling.
The first two phases recommend face masks while the final phase notes that face coverings are allowed but not necessary.
Safely reopening sports will include measures such as health screenings for coaches and student-athletes before training, including a temperature check, athletes bringing their own water bottles in lieu of team water stations, hand washing before each workout, and sanitizing equipment before the next workout group uses it. Floors of every room that is used by athletes during training will be sanitized every night after a workout as well.
Spalding noted that the GJUHSD will look to the outcome of the CIF meeting on July 20 for guidance on the upcoming season.