Athletics, Co-Curriculars, Clubs and Extracurricular Activities
As the Iowa City Community School District (“District” or “ICCSD”) returns to learning for the 2021 - 2022 school year, student and staff health and safety remain a priority for the District. ICCSD also recognizes the important role athletics, co-curricular, clubs, and extracurricular activities (“Activities”) play in the school experience. While there is an inherent health risk in group activities and it is difficult to balance all interests, the District is committed to providing students non-instructional opportunities while taking steps to ensure health and safety. The ICCSD has adopted COVID-19 related guidance, and all Activities must abide by the guidance. As with the District general health and safety guidance, these protocols will be adjusted based on the Johnson County COVID-19 transmission rate.
Activities are limited to ICCSD sponsored activities and events for current students. Community-sponsored sports, clubs, and activities are not authorized to take place inside District facilities. Outdoor spaces are available for community and club use.
General access to school facilities remains closed and no additional individuals (including parents or guardians) will be permitted in buildings for Activities purposes unless it is to observe an officially scheduled competition or performance.
Supervision is limited to ICCSD employees with extra-duty contracts through Appendix C of the ICEA negotiated agreement. Volunteer coaches and sponsors will not be allowed to participate onsite in Activities during the school day. Prior to serving as a volunteer (or unpaid) coach/sponsors, individuals must complete a 2021 volunteer form. Activities that meet onsite must have a staff sponsor at all gatherings. If a staff sponsor is not available, the Activity must meet virtually.
Face coverings and social distancing
Per guidance from the CDC, universal masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status, is required in District buildings and on District campuses. This includes spectators at all indoor and outdoor events. Students actively participating in athletic competitions, whether indoors or outdoors, are not required to wear masks. Students and staff on the sidelines or bench are required to wear masks. For individuals who are eligible for face mask exemption, please complete the Face Mask Exemption Form and return it to your school nurse.
The District can not guarantee consistent social distancing of 3 feet during activities. Consistent and correct mask use is especially important indoors and in crowded settings when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
Individuals are encouraged to maximize space between each other when attending events and activities both as participants and spectators. The number of individuals at an indoor event must be limited to 50% of the venue (ie. gym or auditorium) capacity. While the District strongly encourages social distancing, there is no cap on attendance at outdoor events.
Concession/refreshments stands will utilize standard operations during the 2021 - 2022 school year.
Potential Covid-19 Exposure During Activities
The District will continue to work with Johnson County Public Health (JCPH) in their contact tracing efforts. When notified of a positive COVID-19 case, communication will be sent to individuals identified as close contacts in district buildings. JCPH will then contact these individuals and provide quarantine/isolation guidance to both families and the district. Student attendance will be coded according to the quarantine information JCPH provides.
According to Johnson County Public health guidance, individuals exposed to a positive COVID-19 case will be asked to quarantine for 10 days and monitor for the development of symptoms, regardless of their vaccine status. Please note, parents/guardians have the option to keep their child in quarantine for the full 14 days and those absences would be excused. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19, will isolate at home for 10 days. Exception to quarantine: Close contacts do not have to quarantine if both the COVID-19 positive individual and the close contact wore well-fitting masks consistently and correctly the entire duration of the exposure, regardless of vaccine status. For additional information on quarantine and options for a shortened quarantine period please visit the Quarantine Protocols page on the District website.
In compliance with the President’s Executive Order on domestic transportation, students riding the bus during Activities are required to wear a face-covering while on the bus or utilizing other district-provided/sponsored transportation.
For travel out of the District, students and staff must comply with local, state, and federal regulations in effect in the location the students and/or staff are traveling. Students and staff must continue to comply with District guidance as well. The District strongly encourages any program that is planning travel outside the District to obtain travel insurance as travel guidance could change based on JCPH, IDPH, CDC guidance, and/or County transmission rates. The District will not reimburse families for trips canceled due to changes in the District’s health and safety guidelines or changes made by other jurisdictions/organizations.