CHS Implements Plan for Additional COVID Testing to Unvaccinated Athletes
Marisa Lloyd

CHS Implements Plan for Additional COVID Testing to Unvaccinated Athletes

Clarkston High School

CLARKSTON -- To comply with WIAA regulations for athletes to compete with other schools, Clarkston High School will be implementing a new COVID-19 testing policy for unvaccinated athletes in high-risk sports. 

The Washington Department of Health's Guidance for Sports and Fitness Activities, classify indoor basketball and wrestling as high-risk sports. This means they will require screening testing of unvaccinated individuals in order to participate. Cheer is also now considered a high aerosol-generating activity and requires screening testing of unvaccinated individuals in order to participate.

Per the DOH guidance, to ensure safe participation in athletics, schools must institute screening testing as a requirement for all unvaccinated athletes in high-risk indoor sports. Screening testing of unvaccinated participants must be performed twice weekly using a molecular or antigen test.

Clarkston High School will be implementing COVID testing as outlined below. 

1. Every athlete will be called to complete testing. Testing will occur in the auditorium where athletes will adhere to social distance protocols as testing is completed. Vaccinated athletes and previously COVID-positive athletes (within 90 days) will be excused with proof shown to the tester. All tests are provided by the school district and monitored by trained school district personnel. 

2. Athletes must test twice a week or on game days (if games are on Saturday, Friday testing is sufficient). The current plan would be to test on Tuesday and Friday but may change if the game day is changed. 

3. All athletes must have a Consent Form for the Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test form signed by a parent/guardian. Failure or refusal to submit the form means the athlete will no longer be allowed to participate in practice or games. 

4. The exact dates of any quarantines will be specifically determined and communicated to the athlete, coach, and parent. 

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