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July 2, 2020

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MRH Summer Athletic Activity Resumes in Limited Form with Strict Precautions

At school districts throughout Missouri, limited interaction between athletic instructors and students is resuming this week under guidelines issued by state and local health and regulatory agencies. Participation in athletic activities is a key component of the MRH experience. MRH’s primary goal is the wellbeing and safety of all. We want to ensure that our athletic teams will be healthy and fit to compete in the fall, winter and spring seasons next school year. That’s why we have enacted strict and specific rules of reengagement for all participants. 

At MRH, the first on-site activity will begin the week of July 6 with the opening of the weight room adjacent to the High School/Middle School building and with cross-country team members using the Lohmeyer Avenue parking lot. Later in the month, the gym will become available for members of the boys and girls basketball teams, volleyball players and wrestlers. Every session will be scheduled ahead of time by the respective coaches and students will be required to register to attend; there is no “open” time and no drop-ins will be permitted. Each participant must submit a parent permission slip and waiver form. 

In keeping with orders issued July 1 by St. Louis County government, all participants will be required to wear face masks while indoors on MRH property. Masks will be worn outdoors when social distancing is not possible. We understand that wearing a mask during strenuous outdoor physical activity is impractical and potentially unsafe in some cases. 

Multiple additional layers of risk control are in place for the resumption of athletic activity during two phases: 

July 1-July 21: 

  • Contact sport competition is strictly prohibited. 

  • Drills and practices must take place in fixed, or “stable,” groups. This means all participants (instructors and students) remain constant for the entirety of the activity. There is to be no interchanging of group participants or mixing of groups. 

  • Non-contact/limited contact sports may engage in drills such as catching/throwing, volleyball passing, pitching/hitting, etc. with stable, limited groups. Physical distancing of 6 ft must be practiced at all times.

July 22-August 9: 

  • Contact sports competition may begin to include practice-like drills and small group drills including offense and defense, and live action. These small groups must remain stable and limited in size.  

  • Non-contact/limited contact sports may continue to engage in practice-like drills as well as begin to engage in competitive games amongst teammates. The participation limit will be higher than during the first phase, but still limited.

At Maplewood Richmond Heights, these procedures have been formulated by the Reentry Task Force, which has convened as a full committee weekly throughout the spring and summer, and frequently in subgroups, as well. The Task Force comprises nursing staff, counselors, the District physician, administrators, principals, teachers, and Board members. The group is utilizing recommendations from a wide array of sources and consultants including:

  • The Federal Centers for Disease Control

  • The St. Louis County Health Department’s Covid-19 Task Force

  • The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

  • The Missouri State High School Activities Association

  • School superintendents from throughout East Central Missouri

  • The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

  • The Missouri School Boards Association

  • Johns Hopkins University

  • National School Transportation Association

Click these links for samples of rules for athletic venues:

Gymnasium

Track/running courses

Weight room

If you have any questions regarding MRH summer athletics, send an email to schoolreentry@mrhschools.net

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.