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UPDATE ON RETURN TO PLAY 1/13/2022

UPDATE ON RETURN TO PLAY 1/13/2022
Posted on 01/13/2022
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UPDATE ON RETURN TO PLAY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SCHOOL SPORTS

The following guidance was shared with the VPA by Secretary of Natural Resources Julie Moore and approved by Dr. Levine and Dr. Kelso at the Vermont Department of Health. Please distribute this widely to coaches, parents, and others who work with student athletes in schools. 

Students who test positive for COVID:

 If a student tests positive for COVID they should not practice or play regardless of symptoms or vaccination status until a minimum of 5 days have passed AND they:
  • have two negative antigen tests; 
  • to the extent they were symptomatic, have had no fever for 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medicine) and other symptoms have improved; and 
  • have been cleared by their primary care physician to begin the Return to Play protocol 

Students who are vaccinated and a close contact:

If a student is vaccinated and a close contact of someone who tests positive, they can practice and play in interscholastic competitions/games
  • student should be tested on day five post-exposure
  • If the student tests positive or develop symptoms at any point they should follow section Students Who Test Positive for COVID above

Students who are no vaccinated and a close contact:

If a student is unvaccinated and close contact of someone who tests positive, they can take an antigen test daily and:
  • if negative:
    • continue to go to school and practices;
    • following five negative daily antigen tests, return to interscholastic competitions/games
  • if positive
    • follow steps for Students Who Test Positive for COVID 

Two Additional Points from the State:
  • masks should be worn by student-athletes (with limited exceptions) at all times, regardless of vaccination status, recent exposure or testing positive for COVID;
  • the Return to Play protocol is separate and distinct from return to school or community following close contact or COVID positive tests results. The Return to Play protocol is from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National guidance. Vermont AAP has recommended that schools defer to the local pediatric community for when a student may return to play. At this time, we are awaiting any updates or change in national guidance before changing any Vermont protocol. 
Attached is the Return to play after COVID-19 Infection document that is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics:
https://mcusercontent.com/54ecdc0ddb00df8abd76525a2/files/22259917-8a4a-e358-3259-098f0f48f0da/Return_to_play_after_COVID_19_Infection.pdf

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