COVID-19 Athletics/Activities Participation

September 3, 2020 - Notification of COVID-19 Risk Through Athletics/Activities Participation 

At the August 24 Board of Education, Derby Public Schools approved Gating Criteria Considerations, Based on COVID-19 Community Transmission. Derby Public Schools reviewed gating criteria recommendations from the Sedgwick County Health Department, Kansas State Department of Education’s Navigating Change and Kansas National Educators Association, and worked with local health professionals to develop criteria for the district. The Gating Criteria Committee will utilize this document on a regular basis for the district learning and operational mode. Please note: The Gating Criteria Considerations were approved with the understanding that the district would keep athletics/activities operating through the Green, Yellow, and Orange Levels. Our goal is to provide students high-quality instruction and we are also proud to offer a variety of extracurricular and co-curricular opportunities, but we want to ensure families know it is a choice to participate and that may have COVID-19 risk.

Per KSHSAA Considerations for a Return to School Activities (updated as of August 20, 2020) - The physical and psychosocial benefits of education-based activity participation are numerous. Students who participate in school activities learn life skills and lessons in an environment that cannot be duplicated. The academic achievements, social and leadership skills, as well as overall mental health, are known to be greatly enhanced in students who participate in a school activity compared to those who do not. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in thousands of Kansas students missing out on these life-shaping educational experiences over the past several months. The risk of coronavirus transmission will still be present to some degree as school activities begin. Students and their families, along with school personnel must recognize these risks and implement best practices to reasonably mitigate these risks. Participation in school activities is voluntary and every individual will need to evaluate the risk versus the benefits of activity participation. Those immunocompromised students and staff, or those who live with family members with elevated health concerns, should evaluate associated risks of participation and may choose not to participate. The primary means of coronavirus transmission is through respiratory droplets. Please note: Fall Athletics/Activities deemed as higher risk include football and marching band. 

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