WESTOVER, MD, October 14, 2021 – Somerset County Public Schools (SCPS) recently announced its intention to adopt the Maryland Bayside Conference COVID-19 Safety Protocols for SCPS middle and high school student athletes and coaches participating in the upcoming Winter 2021-2022 Sports Season. SCPS Winter Sports include Basketball, Indoor Track, Cheerleading and Strength and Conditioning. On October 11, 2021, the Bayside Conference announced a new set of protocols for individuals participating in the winter sports season, as the risk of COVID-19 transmission increases when players and coaches participate in indoor practices and games.
All students and coaches participating in an interscholastic athletic activity that requires the removal of a face mask is subject to the following testing protocols:
- Unvaccinated students and coaches must be tested for COVID-19 at a minimum of once every 14 calendar days.
- Vaccinated students and coaches are encouraged to, but not required to participate in the above testing program. However, if there is a positive case of COVID-19 within the cohort, participating individuals must be tested for COVID-19.
Participants who miss a scheduled COVID-19 test are ineligible to participate in practices or competition until a test is taken and negative results are provided. Participants who test positive for COVID-19 are ineligible to participate in practices or games until cleared by the Somerset Health Department. Officials who wear a mask while officiating do not need to participate in the testing protocol, however those who do not wear a mask will be required to submit to routine testing or provide proof of vaccination.
SCPS has contracted with Maryland Department of Health-approved laboratory vendor, 20/20 GeneSystems, Inc. to conduct COVID-19 testing per the Bayside Conference protocol. Testing will be performed at school, and will be free of charge for participating student athletes and coaches. Additional information regarding testing procedures and schedules will be provided to parents and guardians of student athletes.
To ensure spectator safety, admission to indoor athletic competitions will be limited. Masks and social distancing will be required for all spectators, and a limited number of tickets will be issued to the student athlete’s parents or guardians to attend home and away competitions. Member schools within the Bayside Conference will manage ticketing procedures.
The MD Bayside Conference press release can be accessed in .pdf form below. For more information, visit the Maryland Bayside Conference online at https://mdbayside.digitalsports.com/.