GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. –
School District 51 has new guidelines in place for student athletes and coaches preparing to get back to work over the summer months. The first stage dubbed, “STAGE 1” goes into effect June 8th. And includes 12 steps teams must take in order to hold voluntary training and conditioning.
CHSAA’s moratorium against in-person contact between student athletes and coaches expired on June 1st. (The date that CHSSA’s jurisdiction over high school sports ends for the summer) Which means decision making regarding summer practices falls to individual school districts. The relatively low number of COVID-19 cases in Mesa County, means that the district can take more pro-active steps towards the return to sports than say, places like the front range or mountain towns that have seen dramatically higher cases.
All the same, D-51 is not taking the decision lightly. A small task force made up of physicians, trainers, athletic directors, and administrators was assembled to set the district’s guidelines. And STAGE 1 was given the seal of approval from Mesa County Public Health. Also, student-athletes will need parent permission via a waiver to participate. The district plans to closely monitor STAGE 1 over the next few weeks, if all goes well plans for STAGE 2 could take effect as early as June 22.
For the full list of guidelines click HERE.