Per the NYS Department of Health: Current COVID Protcol for RTP for ALL Schools
The simple rule right now, for you to remember, is that an athlete that tests positive has a required 10 day isolation/removal from Athletics. The athlete then has to complete a 6 day, 4 stage, RTP process in order to be eligible to fully participate on your team. 16 days total they will be out no matter what their symptoms are or what their doctors note says.
10 days after a postive COVID test AND a Doctors note turned into the nurse THEN AND ONLY THEN can an athlete start the COVID RTP (Note: Athletes cannot skip stages)
Graduated Return to Play Progression for Children Age 12+ Engaged in Sports or Intensive Physical Activities
With a physician’s clearance, your child may begin Stage 1 of the Graduated Return to Play Progression once they are able to complete activities of daily living (i.e. walking around the house, dressing, daily hygiene tasks, etc.) without worsening of symptoms.
IMPORTANT: **** Throughout each Stage, monitor your student for the following symptoms, and if any are present, discontinue activity and return to your Health Care Provider: Dizziness • Difficulty Breathing • Chest Pain/Pressure • Decreased Exercise Tolerance • Fainting
Stage 1 (2 days):At least TWO sessions, up to 15 minutes of light aerobic activity. Sessions should be 24 hours apart. Activities may include brisk walking, light jogging or using a stationary bike. No strength/resistance training.
Stage 2 (1 day): At least ONE session, up to 30 minutes of aerobic exercise. Movement activities, such as running drills, may be added to increase level of difficulty. No strength/resistance training.
Stage 3 (1 day): At least ONE session, up to 45 minutes of exercise. May add some simple sport specific activities and light strength/resistance activities to increase level of difficulty.
Stage 4 (2 days): At least TWO sessions, up to 60 minutes of specific physical activities or training. Sessions must be at least 24 hours apart. Once Stages 1-4 are completed, submit the Graduated Return to Play Progression
Once Stages 1-4 are completed, submit the Graduated Return to Play Progression
Attestation Form to the School Nurse. (Link to form Below)
*****While we hope that all of this goes as planned, please note that the athlete may not get cleared for activity on Day 11 (especially if still symptomatic). RTP process may come with challenges in which athlete has to stop and start over or go back to see doctor. Most will follow this timeline with very few symptoms but NOT all.