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Lakeside Lutheran COVID Protocols 

Points of Emphasis/Guiding Principles: Concerning 2020-2021 Athletic Season

  1. The WIAA has allocated “return to play” decision making to local school administration, in consultation with county health departments.
  2. The WIAA “Return to Fall Sports Considerations” are guiding principles for local administrative teams to consider for implementation.
  3. Under the assumption that Lakeside students are in school, the Lakeside Activities Department will allow for our students to fully engage in co-curricular activities.
    1. If Lakeside goes completely virtual at any point during the school year, our administrative council has provided an allowance for activities to continue at Lakeside, in-person, if deemed proper by the specific activity leaders.
  4. Lakeside is planning to play fall sports in the fall season, winter sports in the winter season, and spring sports in the spring season. Each “traditional” season has been adjusted, however, by the WIAA. Please take note of the later start/end dates for each given season.
    1. Please note that the WIAA has created an “alternate calendar”, which would allow fall sports (all or some) to be played at the same time as spring sports. At this time, Lakeside is not following the alternate calendar.
      1. Lakeside believes this calendar would be detrimental for fall/spring sports as the merged seasons do have overlap (would affect participation numbers as multi-sport athletes would need to choose one sport, extensive facilities use conflicts, impact coaches that coach in the fall and the spring, struggles with finding enough officials, etc.).
      2. Lakeside would only consider the alternate calendar if our fall sports teams lost a majority of their competitions due to COVID-19.
  1. a)  Schools not completing 50% of their given fall season are allowed to 

           postpone competition and shift the given sport to the alternate 

           calendar. This would allow for spring participation if COVID 

           closures significantly impacted the given sport’s schedule.

      1. The WIAA has not yet stated whether postseason competition (regionals, sectionals, state) will occur. WIAA postseason information will be released at least 30 days prior to the given sport’s tournament start. 
  1. Lakeside will continue to stress the important role that activities play in supporting our students and their overall health. Studies show that the current pandemic has negatively affected student’s mental health, specifically. 
    1. The CDC, NFHS (National Federation of High School State Associations), AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) and the WIAA would support this finding, and have a wealth of information on their respective websites regarding mental health support for those needing it, as well as the positive benefits of participating in athletics.
    2. The NFHS “The Case for High School Activities” is a relative national study which speaks to many of the benefits of participation.
  2. Lakeside will continue to implement health and safety best practices which safely allow our students to resume school and their activities. 
    1. Please see the following pages in this document for our Lakeside “Return to Play” guiding principles, and Lakeside “Sport Considerations” which also seek to emulate overall school policies and procedures. 
    2. The Lakeside “Sport Considerations” will seek to highlight any major WIAA points of emphasis per the given sport. The WIAA Fall Sport Considerations will serve as a guiding  document and baseline for conducting activities/events at Lakeside.

 

Lakeside COVID Protocols and Sport Considerations

Lakeside will follow guidance from the WIAA regarding athletic practice, athletic competition, event safety (including fan guidelines), and COVID mitigation procedure. All WIAA guidance was carefully formulated in consultation with the Governor’s office, the DHS, and the WIAA Sports Medical Advisory Committee.

*Link to WIAA Return to Fall Sport Considerations

Lakeside Athletics - “Return to Play”

  • General
      • Lakeside “COVID-19 Plan” will be followed concerning all activities and events taking place on Lakeside’s campus.  
      • Coaches and athletes are to make themselves aware of the WIAA Sport Specific Considerations
      • This Return to Play Plan currently applies to the 20-21 fall season
  • COVID-19
      • COVID “Basics” as outlined by the WIAA should be referenced by Lakeside athletes, coaches, and fans.
      • The Lakeside “What to Do” document will be used to provide guidance to families who have a sick student-athlete or another member in the house that is sick.
        • If a student-athlete was exposed or tested positive, their parent(s) should direct questions/concerns/positive case instances to Lakeside’s Activities Director, Todd Jahns tjahns@llhs.org
  • Scheduling Philosophy
      • Lakeside will primarily schedule dual competition opportunities (Lakeside vs. a single opponent) for “higher risk sports”, avoiding large multi-school tournaments/meets, etc.
      • Some allowances will be made for higher numbers of opponents if proper plans are in place.
      • The Capitol Conference was split 8 against and 4 in favor of playing this fall. The Conference has decided to cancel all fall athletic competition. Lakeside will schedule non-conference contests  against comparable WIAA opponents that are playing this fall.
  • Current Fan Attendance Policy
      • Policies will be put in place to ensure the safety of all coaches, athletes, officials, game management personnel. The Lakeside Athletic Department urges all spectators to follow these safety precautions to
        • ensure the safety of all participants and fans
        • provide assurance to visiting teams 
        • help do our part to allow school and sports to continue
      • Lakeside will determine fan attendance based on recommended guidelines and social distancing practices. Each sport will have specific guidelines relative to that sport.
      • All “essential staff” (coaches, players, scoretable officials, sideline workers, event volunteers, athletic trainers, media, etc.) will be allowed at events.
      • Should Lakeside need to go down to ONLY essential staff, for the sake of retaining competition, that decision will be communicated as necessary.
      • Lakeside will provide as much additional seating as possible to encourage proper physical distancing. Fans in bleachers will be requested and encouraged to seat checkerboard style to maintain social distancing.
      • Masks will be required at indoor events and strongly recommended at outdoor events if social distancing cannot be maintained.
      • Admission fees will still be charged.
  • Live Streaming
      • In order to accomodate fans that cannot join us for athletic contests, Lakeside will be live streaming varsity contests and games occuring in the East gym or outdoor stadium field.
      • All live events can be viewed at Lakeside Athletics.
  • Current Face Covering Policy
  • Indoor Activities/Events
      • Anyone indoors at Lakeside is required to wear a face covering, unless you fall under one of the exemptions in the mandate.
  • Coaches are required to wear face coverings when coaching during indoor competition.
    • A single coach (during a single leveled practice) is permitted to remove/take down their mask when actively instructing during practice, as long as physical distancing is being observed.
  • Any athlete engaging in practice or competition, indoors, will be required to wear a face covering.
  • Outdoor Activities/Events
        • It is strongly recommended that individuals wear a face covering when physical distancing is not possible outdoors.
          • In keeping with WIAA Sport Considerations, Lakeside coaches are required to wear masks at all times leading up to and during outdoor competition.
  • In keeping with WIAA Sport Considerations, athletes on the sideline (team bench) are encouraged to wear face coverings when not engaged in pregame warm ups or competition.
          • In keeping with WIAA Sport Considerations, athletes must wear face coverings leading UP TO the official competition warm up.
            • Face coverings are NOT required by Lakeside or the WIAA during pregame outdoor warm ups or competition.
          • In keeping with WIAA Sport Considerations, sideline “essential” personnel (chain gang, ball shaggers, trainer, team managers, etc.) and all Lakeside volunteers (concessions, admissions, pressbox staff, etc.) are expected to wear face coverings outdoors when representing Lakeside. 
  • Lakeside Provided Transportation
      • Coaches, athletes, and bus/van drivers are required to wear face coverings while using school provided transportation.
      • Two total athletes, per seat, are allowed in Lakeside buses. 
        • Seven total athletes are allowed in a single Lakeside van.
        • Coaches will group athletes together by team level (JV2, JV, V).
      • Lakeside athletes are to sit with other athletes of their same level when using Lakeside provided transportation (JV2 sits with JV2, JV with JV, V with V). 
      • Hand sanitizer will be provided and use will be encouraged.
      • Lakeside bus drivers will spray all bus seats with our approved disinfectant after athletes unload.
  • Hydration/Sanitation
      • All students must bring their own large labeled water bottle to practice/competition. Water bottles must not be shared.
      • Due to the importance of hydration during practice, athletes will not be allowed to work out if they do not have access to their own water bottle.
      • Water cows, water jugs, and other large group “watering stations” will not be used during practice or competition.
      • Hand washing/sanitizer will be encouraged before, during and after practice/competition.
  • Locker Rooms
      • Lakeside student athletes will be allowed to use locker rooms for changing only. Coaches need to keep athletes from using this as “hanging out space”.
  • A staggered changing schedule will be utilized after school to encourage lower numbers in our locker rooms before most practices begin.
      • Team meetings occurring during half time (indoor sports), etc. should take place in a larger space, such as an adjacent classroom.
      • Outdoor teams will remain outside during half time or find suitable larger space.
      • Visiting teams will be provided a classroom depending on the size of the team and levels visiting Lakeside.
  • Athletic Training Room
      • No more than 3 individuals are allowed in the training room at a time.
      • Masks are to be worn
      • Please physically distance while you are waiting to enter the training room.
      • If ice is needed (and not athletic training services), check with the trainer before entering. Get ice and move out of the training room quickly.
  • Officials
      • Lakeside will provide changing areas for officials. Separate spaces will be made available if requested.
      • Showers will be available for official use after competition. 
  • Pep Band/Vocalists
      • The Lakeside pep band will be given the opportunity to perform before and at halftime of the homecoming game. Proper physical distancing will be expected of the group and woodwind/brass instruments are properly “masked”.
  • Concession Stand
      • Concessions will be offered for indoor and outdoor events.
      • Lakeside staff and volunteers will wear face coverings and gloves when working.
      • A separate staff member/volunteer will handle cash exchange.
      • Hand sanitizer will be readily available for guests.
  • Admissions
    • Lakeside will be taking admissions during home football and volleyball events.
    • Lakeside staff and volunteers exchanging cash will wear a face covering and gloves when working. 
    • Hand sanitizer will be readily available for guests.

 

Lakeside Sport Specific Considerations

  • Cross Country
      • Face coverings must be brought to each competition, and should be worn when social distancing is not possible.
      • Face coverings must be worn by coaches leading up to, and during, competition.
      • Participants will wear masks/gaiters up to the start of each race and are permitted to pull them down during competition. 
      • Athletes finishing without gaiters/masks should reposition after their finish. Maintain distancing after the finish.
      • Wave or team starts will be utilized during meets to allow for a smaller number of participants at the start.
      • Teams will be spaced out at the startline and will have separate boxes to leave six feet+ space in between separate teams.
      • The finish chute has been widened to allow for more distance at the finish line, and will be a “corral” system, rather than a chute.  
      • No awards ceremony. Times and places will be mailed to each participating Athletic Department.
  • Girls Golf
      • Face coverings must be brought to each practice/competition, and should be worn when social distancing is not possible.
      • Face coverings must be worn by coaches leading up to, and during, competition.
      • Number of teams participating in invitationals will be reduced.
      • Social distancing will be maintained during practice and competition.
      • Handshakes before/after competition will be eliminated. Instead players will walk past each other and respectfully acknowledge each other.
      • No formal awards ceremony. 
  • Volleyball
      • Face coverings must be brought to each practice/competition, and must be worn indoors at all times (including during practice and competition).
      • Face coverings must be worn by coaches, unless specifically teaching/coaching.
      • Team bench seats will be spaced out further to allow for better physical distancing, while still aiming to maintain side court space for fair play.
  • Teams will not switch benches during competition.
      • Social distancing will be maintained as best as possible (warm ups, stretching, during the National Anthem, when starting lineups are announced, etc) during practice and competition.
        • Players should not put their arms around each other, or hands into the middle at any point.
        • Players will not come into close contact with each other for celebratory purposes or for a team huddle.
        • Handshakes before/after competition will be eliminated. Instead players will walk past each other and respectfully acknowledge each other.
      • Individualized water bottles, no watering stations, separate teams have separate equipment (balls, cones, etc)  and practice areas
      • Limited sharing / crossover of players and coaches at practice
      • All equipment (volleyballs, etc.) used during practice/competition will be sprayed with Lakeside’s disinfectant after use. 
        • Separate (sanitized) warm up balls will be provided for the visiting team to use before competition. Teams are not to exchange balls.
        • Team bench areas are to be sprayed after each game. 
  • Football
      • Face coverings must be brought to each practice/competition, and should be worn when social distancing is not possible.
      • Individuals may purchase NFHS and NOCSAE approved upper and lower, clear plastic face shields to attach to their football helmets.
      • Players warming up during the official team warm up/competing are not required to wear separate face coverings.
  • Players not participating on the sidelines requested to wear face coverings.
      • Lakeside coaches are to wear face coverings outdoors when social distancing is not possible.
      • Social distancing will be maintained as best as possible (warm ups, stretching, during the National Anthem, when starting lineups are announced, etc) during practice and competition.
        • Players will not put their arms around each other, or hands into the middle at any point.
        • Players will not come into close contact with each other for celebratory purposes or for a team huddle.
        • Handshakes before/after competition will be eliminated. Instead players will walk past each other and respectfully acknowledge each other.
      • All equipment (pads, footballs, etc.) used during practice/competition should be laid out/hung up in the football storage area and sprayed with Lakeside’s disinfectant after use. 
      • Individualized water bottles, no watering stations, separate teams have separate equipment (balls, tees, cones, etc)  and practice areas
      • Limited sharing / crossover of players and coaches at practice  
  • Soccer
      • Face coverings must be brought to each practice/competition, and should be worn when social distancing is not possible.
      • Players warming up during the official team warm up/competing are not required to wear separate face coverings.
  • Players not participating on the sidelines requested to wear face coverings.
      • Lakeside coaches are to wear face coverings outdoors when social distancing is not possible.
      • Social distancing will be maintained as best as possible (warm ups, stretching, during the National Anthem, when starting lineups are announced, etc) during practice and competition.
        • Players will not put their arms around each other, or hands into the middle at any point.
        • Players will not come into close contact with each other for celebratory purposes or for a team huddle.
        • Handshakes before/after competition will be eliminated. Instead players will walk past each other and respectfully acknowledge each other.
      • Individualized water bottles, no watering stations, separate teams have separate equipment (balls, cones, pinnies, etc)  and practice areas
      • Limited sharing / crossover of players and coaches at practice
      • All equipment (soccer balls, etc.) used during practice/competition will be sprayed with Lakeside’s disinfectant after use. 
        • Goalie gloves are not to be shared.
        • Pinnies are not to be shared during practice or competition (no exchange when players are coming into the game).
  • Dance
      • WACPC will provide guidance to the operation of our dance program.
      • The Lakeside Dance Program will be allowed to perform at football games.
      • Face coverings must be brought to each practice/competition, and must be worn indoors at all times (including during practice, performance, and competition). 
        • Lakeside coaches are to wear face coverings indoors. During practice an allowance is given, if physical distance is maintained, during active instruction only
        • Face coverings must be worn by coaches, at all times, during indoor/outdoor performances.  
  • Other Lakeside Activities/Clubs
    • Other sponsored Lakeside Activities/Clubs will follow the guidelines laid out within this document, for indoor/outdoor activities, and school policy in general. Plans will be submitted by leaders for events held at Lakeside. Individual groups part of a broader organization will be accountable to those organizations and their given health and safety plans.
Lakeside Lutheran is a member of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Capitol North Conference, along with other teams from Columbus, Lake Mills, Lodi, Poynette and Watertown Luther Prep.
 
Every athlete at LLHS will have the opportunity to:
  1. Develop leadership and fellowship abilities through athletics
  2. Receive athletic instruction from Christian coaches committed to a concern for the athlete's well-being
  3. Strive for mastery in the use of his/her talents
  4. Learn to cooperate with others and work as a team
  5. Develop physical fitness and mental awareness
  6. Foster school spirit
Students at LLHS have many opportunities to glorify God through athletics. Dedicated coaches train students at multiple levels in many sports. Select a menu item for more information.