Rockwood is committed to the health and safety of our student-athletes, and our high school programs will continue to align with the guidelines from St. Louis County.
While mindful of county guidelines and continuing to monitor health conditions, Rockwood Superintendent Dr. Mark Miles has asked district activities directors to honor previously scheduled competitions outside St. Louis County and to explore scheduling additional competitions beyond the borders of St. Louis County. In doing so, Dr. Miles is demonstrating his concern for students who otherwise may not have the opportunity to compete in their sports this season.
“I care deeply about the opportunities our students have inside and outside the classroom, and we are exploring avenues to engage in those safely,” noted Miles.
Last week, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health announced guidelines with some restrictions to youth sports. County health officials have assigned sports programs into three tiers. Each classification has unique health and safety requirements for participating students. However, the guidelines state no games or competitions are permitted within St. Louis County borders at this time.
According to St. Louis County’s guidelines, low-frequency contact sports and activities - including marching band, boys and girls cross country, girls golf, girls tennis and boys swimming and diving - can continue with full-team workouts and practices. Also, the students participating in these programs are permitted to compete with other teams in our region.
The guidelines also permit moderate- and high-frequency contact sports - including football, boys soccer, field hockey, softball, volleyball, cheerleading, escadrille and dance - to continue workouts and practices.
Rockwood high school activities directors and sponsors will notify students and parents in their moderate- and high-frequency contact programs as soon as they have more information about competitions.
Rockwood also follows its own health and safety protocols in cooperation with the recommendations provided by the St. Louis Sports Medicine Task Force, which includes medical experts from SSM Health, BJC HealthCare and Mercy. These protocols include social distancing, face masks/coverings and symptom self-report notifications.
Thank you for your ongoing support of our Rockwood students. If you have questions, please contact your Rockwood high school activities department. The health and safety of our students and staff remain a priority in the Rockwood School District, and we will continue to actively monitor this evolving environment.