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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. – Guilford County Schools released a statement on Wednesday, saying summer practices and workouts will reopen in a modified format on Monday, July 6.
The full statement is provided below:
“Following the authorization of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) to reopen summer practices and workouts in a modified format, GCS has announced its plans to resume some athletics and other extracurricular activities.
Beginning Monday, July 6, GCS plans to reopen only high school fall sports and marching band training. Other sports and middle school athletics may be phased in at a later time. Reopening is dependent on the district’s ability to secure needed protective equipment and train staff to facilitate the new health and safety requirements. Our timeline could change depending on public health guidance or other state directives.
Participants will be required to sign waivers attesting to their health status and will be given a health screening and temperature check prior to each day’s activities.
In addition, the following restrictions and others will apply:
Only outdoor practices and activities will be allowed at this time. Indoor activities are prohibited during the initial phase of reopening.
Weight rooms, mat rooms and locker rooms will remain closed.
Gatherings in outside venues/areas are limited to no more than 25 people. This includes students, coaches, trainers and any other personnel.
To limit gathering sizes, participants will be assigned to a smaller group of students and must remain with their group at all times during the practice/workout/rehearsal.
**********Spectators will not be allowed.**********
Participants must maintain six feet of distance from others at all times, including during workouts/practices/rehearsals.
Participants are expected to wear face coverings while on campus except during physical exertion or if doing so interferes with their ability to play their instruments; All staff members are expected to wear face coverings at all times.
Personal equipment, including water bottles, towels, clothing, instruments and other items, must be taken home and cleaned between practices. If used, school equipment will be cleaned and sanitized daily by school personnel.
Equipment, including water bottles and instruments, may not be shared between players or participants. Towels, clothing and other personal items may not be shared.
Here is the official Letter from the Guilford County Schools:
Dear GCS Families,
Athletics and co-curricular activities are an important part of the school experience for many of our
Guilford County Schools (GCS) students and their families. Recently the North Carolina High School
Athletic Association (NCHSAA) released guidelines (link to guidelines) about reopening athletics this
In order to reopen safely, we plan to phase-in these activities slowly and carefully, beginning with high
school fall sports and marching band. A decision on other high school sports and middle school sports will
be made later. To make sure we have all the appropriate safeguards in place, we plan to start summer
conditioning, team workouts, practices and rehearsals on Monday, July 6, although this timeline could
change depending on public health guidance or other state directives.
In addition, all participants in high school fall sports and marching band must adhere to the following
guidelines. Failure to do so could result in being barred from continued participation with the team or
marching band during summer workouts/rehearsals or other disciplinary consequences.
• Only outdoor practices and activities will be allowed at this time. Indoor activities are prohibited
during the initial phase of reopening.
• Participants should arrive no more than 15 minutes before their scheduled workout/rehearsal time
and should leave campus immediately when their sessions have finished. Students must observe
social distancing guidelines while waiting for their transportation home.
• Participants must complete and sign a form that asks a series of questions about their physical
health prior to beginning workouts/rehearsals. School athletic directors will provide the forms,
which must be signed by participants and their parents/guardians.
• Each participant will be screened for symptoms every day before practice/workouts/rehearsals.
Participants whose temperature is 100.4 or above, or who are showing other symptoms of illness
will not be allowed to participate and will be isolated until their transportation home arrives.
• Participants must maintain six feet of distance from others at all times, including during
• Gatherings in outside venues/areas are limited to no more than 25 people. This includes
students, coaches, trainers and any other personnel.
• To limit gathering sizes, participants will be assigned to a smaller group of students and must
remain with their group at all times during the practice/workout/rehearsal. Appropriate social
distance will be observed between and within all groups.
• Spectators will not be allowed.