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2021 TAPPS COVID Policies
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2021-2022

COVID PROTOCOLS



August 5, 2021

Administrators:

As we return to participation for the 2021-22 school year, TAPPS developed the enclosed information for your review.  TAPPS shall adhere to Federal, State and local governance as we prepare to host events throughout the year and our member schools shall do the same.

The return to school and school based activities aligns with an increase in COVID positive tests across the state and nationally.  As our member schools develop their response plans, TAPPS provides this information to assist in planning for interscholastic competition against TAPPS based programs and non-TAPPS based programs alike.

TAPPS continues reviewing information from many sources pertaining to COVID and competition. Our plans shall provide competitive opportunities for our member schools as we navigate the year to come.

The new year brings with it new opportunities for our member schools and the students they represent. Best wishes to all of our schools, students and fans alike as we navigate the journey together.

Sincerely,

Bryan Bunselmeyer

Executive Director


Statement of Purpose:

TAPPS recognizes the potential for COVID 19 or variants thereof to potentially disrupt interscholastic competition for the 2021-22 school year.  In keeping with last year’s governance, the information contained herein provides basic provisions for TAPPS and TAPPS member schools as the seasons unfold.

School Based Activities - Practice / Competition:

Each TAPPS member school should develop protocols governing practice and competition in keeping with all federal, state and local governance.  These protocols should apply to all levels of high school participation including varsity and sub-varsity programs.

School Based Activities - Travel:

Each TAPPS member school should develop protocols governing travel to and from competitions in keeping with all federal, state and local governance.  These protocols should apply to all levels of high school participation including varsity and sub-varsity programs.

School Based Activities - Return to Play:

TAPPS member schools shall develop return to play policies for those students who test positive for the virus or are required to quarantine for reasons stated in the overall school policy.  The school may choose to accept a physician's notification of return to play, negative test(s) or other such instruments as they conform to the school’s overall COVID policies.

School Based Activities - Face Covering / Mask Requirements:

TAPPS hosted events:

TAPPS will comply with all Federal, State and local guidelines when establishing requirements for participants and attendees at events hosted by the organization.  In addition, TAPPS will comply with those rules established by our event hosts and sites. For TAPPS hosted events, the following policies may be in place for the event:

Face Coverings for Gate Workers

Face Coverings for Table / Sideline Crew

Face Masks for coaches when interacting with Officials, other than their team

TAPPS Member School Hosted Events:

TAPPS member schools shall develop policies for their students and personnel which align with their school’s overall pandemic response policy.  The school’s requirements shall be enforceable for their stakeholders, but shall not apply to other teams or their personnel.

TAPPS Member School Facility Protocols: TAPPS member schools may develop policies that address fan and game attendance protocols in keeping with the school’s overall pandemic response plan. Those protocols must be communicated to all opponents and officials, and presented to the District Executive Committee in advance of the beginning of district play.

TAPPS Member School - Teams / Performing Groups:

TAPPS member schools shall develop policies for their students and personnel which align with their school’s overall pandemic response policy.  The school’s requirements shall be enforceable for their stakeholders, but shall not apply to other teams or their personnel.  Fan and attendance policies shall be developed in keeping with the school’s overall pandemic response plan, communicated to all opponents, and presented to the District Executive Committee in advance of the beginning of district play.

School Based Activities - School closure / move to online instruction:

School moving virtual as a preventative measure

If the school administration is moving instruction virtual in response to local conditions / metrics and not an outbreak at the school, the schools continued participation shall be left to local discretion in accordance with established school protocols for students /staff in Practices, Skills instruction, Contests (including tournaments), and Playoff contests.

School moving virtual in response to a COVID, flu or similar situation

If the school administration is moving instruction virtual in response to conditions / metrics regarding an outbreak at the school, the school should follow all school based protocols. In this instance, the school should not allow participation of students /staff in

Practices, Skills instruction,Contests (including tournaments), and Playoff contests.

School Based Activities - Waivers / Hold Harmless Agreements:

  1. TAPPS does not require waivers or hold harmless agreements for active participants in a contest.
  2. TAPPS schools are provided the opportunity to ask for waivers or hold harmless agreements during competition as best fits their school protocol.
  3. TAPPS schools who do not wish to sign waivers or hold harmless agreements are not required to participate in the contest - non-district, district or post district.
  4. If a game is not played it shall be deemed a no contest.
  5. If a no contest occurs as a result of waivers or hold harmless agreements requirements,
  1. The school requiring the waivers or hold harmless agreements shall not be eligible to reschedule a contest with another school.
  2. The school who loses the opportunity to play the contest based on the requirement shall be eligible to reschedule the contest as possible.
  3. In the event of a tie in district seeding for postseason play, a team whose requirements cause a no contest shall be seeded below a team who has played all contests as their schedule allowed.
  1. A game which is cancelled as a result of COVID positive or suspected exposure shall be considered a no contest and not subject to the provisions stated above.
  2. If a team cannot compete without the requirement for the opposing team to execute waivers or hold harmless agreements, that team should not enter the playoffs regardless of district seeding.

School Based Communication - Prior to Contest:

Home Team

The home team shall certify to the opponent and officials that the participants are symptom free for the COVID 19 virus or similar conditions as they may arise.

Visiting Team

The visiting team shall certify to the opponent and officials that the participants are symptom free for the COVID 19 virus or similar conditions as they may arise.

Officials

The official’s shall certify to the home team that the participants are symptom free for the COVID 19 virus or similar conditions as they may arise.

School Based Communication - Post Contest:

If a participant in a contest reports a positive test result in the 72 hours following a contest, that entity shall notify the officials and the opponent of that fact.  The school and officials protocols shall dictate any further actions to be taken.

District Policies and Procedures:

The District Executive Committee (DEC) shall meet to review each member schools’ policies for COVID and participation.  The DEC should review and make arrangements for the following should contests not be played based on COVID policies or other occurrences:

TAPPS Contests:

TAPPS member schools shall develop policies for participation and attendance at all TAPPS contests. Such policy shall include, at a minimum, a positive affirmation by all persons participating in and/or attending the contest that they have self screened for Covid and can affirm that they:

TASO - OFFICIALS PROTOCOLS

TAPPS has reviewed and approved the protocols in place for the 2021-22 school year for TASO Chapter assigned officials.

RESOURCES:

CDC

CDC INFORMATION LANDING PAGE

NFHS

NFHS HOME PAGE

NFHS LEARN COURSE

STATE OF TEXAS

GOVERNOR EXECUTIVE ORDER No. GA-38 (July 29, 2021)

TEXAS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY

TEXAS PRIVATE SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF SPORTS OFFICIALS (TASO)

TASO COVID PROTOCOLS - JULY 2021

UNIVERSITY INTERSCHOLASTIC LEAGUE

RISK MITIGATION GUIDELINES