On May 22nd, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, along with an amended order from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) announced that K-12 schools may begin to open school athletic facilities following state guidance and implementation of proper procedures and protocols. The Berea-Midpark Athletic Department with guidance from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA), the Cuyahoga County Health Department, the Berea City Schools Board of Education and Sportswest Medicine/Athletic Training Services have created a plan for the reopening of athletic facilities at Berea-Midpark High School.
Athletic Facility Reopening Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is Berea City Schools reopening the athletic facilities?
A: The Berea City Schools will gradually begin to open its athletic facilities. The Cuyahoga County Health Department has approved the district’s plans to reopen.
Q: When will athletic facilities open?
A: The Berea City Schools will begin the gradual reopening of athletic facilities on Monday June 8th, 2020.
Q: What athletic facilities will be open?
A: Beginning June 8th, 2020, the Berea City Schools will open the outdoor facilities at the Roehm Athletic Complex (Lou Groza Football Field & Softball Diamonds) as well as the Berea-Midpark Middle School Track. All indoor athletic facilities will remain closed for the time being.
Q: Why are indoor athletic facilities not open?
A: At this time, the Berea-Midpark Athletic Department and Board of Education will only open outdoor athletic facilities. The Athletic Department and BOE will look at opening indoor athletic facilities after they have had time to assess the reopening plan with outdoor facilities.
Q: Will restrooms be open?
A: Outdoor restrooms will be available for emergency use only. District custodial staff will clean the restrooms every two hours. We encourage student-athletes to use the restroom at home prior to arriving to workouts.
Q: What will the reopening look like?
A: The reopening of athletic facilities across the state of Ohio is to be conducted in three phases. Phase One will allow athletic programs to begin strength and conditioning for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. Berea-Midpark athletics and the BOE will have multiple hand sanitizer stations available at each athletic facility to allow for proper sanitation. Coaches will keep an accurate record of attendance and student-athletes responses to the all self-screening questions.
Q: What do I need to know for Phase One of the reopening?
A: Each high school fall athletic program will be assigned times and locations for their workouts to commence. Athletes will be divided into small group “pods” of no more than nine athletes and a coach. Those small groups will stay consistent for at least a two week period. Before, during and after workouts, athletes will be expected to maintain 6 feet of social distancing to ensure their safety and the safety of those around them.
Q: What about winter and spring sports?
A: After phase one of the reopening for fall athletic programs, the athletic department and the BOE will assess its reopening plan prior to opening up additional athletic facilities and adding winter high school athletic programs. If all goes to plan, the athletic department anticipates beginning strength and conditioning training for winter athletic programs June 23rd (Subject to change).
Q: Does this include middle school sports?
A: Middle school fall athletics may begin workouts, tryouts and practices August 1, 2020. All winter sport summer workouts will be on hold.
Q: Are workouts mandatory?
A: No. All training sessions are strictly voluntary. We understand that some student-athletes may not be able to participate in these voluntary sessions due to any number of reasons. For those athletes, please reach out to the Athletic Director for guidance on at-home workouts.
Q: What steps must I take to participate in summer workouts?
A: All athletes and parents/guardians must have FinalForms completed prior to arriving at summer workouts. Due to Covid-19, it is imperative that we have accurate emergency contact information. Please take this opportunity to sign up for any and all athletic teams you plan on participating in for the 2020-2021 academic school year. Any student-athlete who does not show up on a FinalForms roster, will be asked to leave the summer workout.
Q: What steps must I take before arriving at a workout?
A: Please make sure your athlete adheres to the following before arriving to his/her scheduled workout:
● Take a self-screening assessment. Do you feel under the weather? Do you have a fever? A cough? Do you have a sore throat? Experiencing shortness of breath? Have you been in contact or live with someone who has Covid-19? If so, please notify your coach and stay home for your safety and the safety of others.
● Use the restroom. Berea-Midpark restroom facilities will only be available for emergencies.
● Bring your own full water bottle, towel, and wear proper athletic attire. Athletes who do not come with adequate water/fluids will not be permitted to participate and sent home. There will be no common water stations and no sharing of water bottles.
● Athletes may arrive no more than 10 minutes prior to their workout and must depart within 10 minutes after their scheduled workout.
Q: Will athletes and coaches be required to wear a mask?
A: Coaches will be wearing masks at all times. Athletes must wear masks to and from athletic facilities. Athletes will be permitted to remove masks during physical activity.
Q: What happens if an athlete or coach does not adhere to the guidelines for reopening?
A: The Berea-Midpark Athletic Department has instituted violations for individuals who do not adhere to the health and safety guidelines. They are as follows:
● 1st Violation = Suspension for the remainder of the workout
● 2nd Violation = Suspension for one week of summer training
● 3rd Violation = Suspension for the remainder of voluntary summer training
It is imperative that coaches and athletes follow these guidelines in order to protect the health and safety of everyone.
Q: May parents/guardians attend summer workouts?
A: No. Only athletes participating in summer workouts will be permitted in the athletic facilities. Parents/guardians are asked to only be on school grounds to drop off/pick up their student-athletes. We ask that parents stay in their cars as they wait for their son or daughter.
Q: What steps must I take after a summer workout?
A: Student-athletes will be asked to adhere to the following after a summer workout:
● Do not congregate after the workout. Make your way home as soon as the workout is complete without interacting with teammates and other athletes.
● Take a shower as soon as you get home.
● Wash your workout apparel after each workout.
● Stay hydrated.
Q: What happens when someone reports symptoms of COVID-19?
A: The Cuyahoga County Board of Health recommends that if anyone presents symptoms of COVID-19, whether symptoms are detected by self assessment or questions by staff they should be sent home. If they are minors, we need to call and let the parent/guardian know that during the screening process, the student shared that they had symptoms, was sent home, and we recommend follow up with a physician. If they are not minors, we would let them know to follow up with the physician. If sent home, they may not return for 7 days, and must be symptom free for 72 hours without any medication aid, (Tylenol, Motrin) before returning. All surfaces will be sanitized prior to starting practice.
Q: What happens if someone tests positive for COVID-19?
A: The Cuyahoga County Board of Health recommends that if someone tests positive for COVID-19 that they will work alongside the Berea City School District administration to assess all factors before determining the next steps.
Q: Will there be any summer camps?
A: All day camps, overnight camps, and youth camps will be cancelled for the summer of 2020.
Q: When will my team be working out?
A: The fall teams will be working out on the following days and times:
● Cheer – Workouts will begin in July and days/times/location will be communicated when closer to start date.
● Cross Country – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – 8:30-10:30 am (BMMS Track)
● Golf – Tuesday 4:00-5:00pm (Berea Dairy Queen Driving Range)
● Football – Monday, Wednesday, Friday – workout 1: 8:00-9:00 am; workout 2 9:00-10:00 am. (Lou Groza Field)
● Boys Soccer – Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00-11:00am (Lou Groza Field)
● Girls Soccer – Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00-11:00am (RAC Softball Fields)
● Girls Tennis – Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00-10:00am (RAC Softball Fields)
● Volleyball – Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00-11:00am (RAC Softball Fields)
Winter sports schedules will become available when they may begin summer training.