Rockwood School District's four high schools are following health and safety procedures as they restart on-campus activities and athletics in the early part of July.
With the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, Rockwood schools are following guidelines
established by sports medicine and pediatric infectious disease professionals in the St. Louis area to allow students a return to activities and athletics in a safe environment.
At Marquette High
, head football coach Michael Stewart outlined safety and prevention methods in place at the M Factor strength and conditioning camp.
“We started our strength and conditioning program with our kids going through the registration process outside of the football stadium,” said Stewart. “We wanted to ensure they had a mask, completed an online health screening form and brought a water bottle. Once they’ve shown all that, they enter the stadium and we socially distance them in groups of 30. None of the groups come in contact with each other.”
Stewart said the program is unique because athletes and coaches from any sport can participate.
“The kids are doing a great job of listening and following directions,” said Stewart. “We have wipes for bars in the weight room. We also have hand sanitizer and we have disinfectant spray.”
Stewart said staff members use sprayers to disinfect equipment after each use. Each student is instructed to maintain social distancing of six feet and wear a mask at all times while inside. The locker rooms are not in use.
“Every kid brings his equipment with him each day and takes that equipment home,” he said. “They arrive dressed and prepared for the activities they’re doing that day.”
At Lafayette High
- between pointers on jump shots, head fakes and dribble drives - boys basketball coach Matt Landwehr persistently reminded his players of safety rules: stay six feet apart, don't touch another player's basketball, use your own container when you go get water.
Activities Director Jonathan Sumner said the school is relying on its students to fill out the district's online health screening form before coming to campus and trusting them to stay home if they're experiencing symptoms.
Lafayette staff members are also promoting social distancing and following cleaning and sanitizing guidelines set forth by the district.
"We're giving our kids the opportunity to get back on campus and get connected with classmates and
coaches while keeping in mind the need to follow the guidelines Rockwood has set to protect the safety of our kids, coaches and staff," Sumner said. "Hopefully things go in a positive direction, and
we can work toward full activities at some point in the future.”
Watch the video below to see how Eureka High
is helping ensure the health and safety of its activities and athletics participants: