Bruins News · BJSHS Athletic Mask Policy Effective Immediately


Bruin athletes, managers and coaches:

With the governor releasing mask guidance through Executive Order 20-37, and it going into effect today, we are releasing our BJSHS Athletic Mask Policy that goes into effect immediately. We will comply and do everything possible to avoid the spread of Covid on campus. (We will need everyone’s help off-campus.)  Therefore, please read the policy below and pick up a functioning mask for practice.

How do you store your mask when not wearing it? Here’s are some do’s and don’ts:

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Face Mask Do’s & Don’ts from smh.com (Sarasota Memorial Health Care System)

Before and after handling the mask (to put it on, adjust or take it off), do practice proper hand hygiene. Either wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before and after you touch the mask — EVERY TIME — to reduce cross-contamination risk. The outside of the mask is considered dirty.

Do mark the outside of the mask in some way so you can easily identify which side is the outside of the mask, and handle it accordingly. (At SMH, staff mark the outside with their initials in permanent ink.)

Do keep a paper bag handy for storing the mask every time you take it off; a plastic Ziploc-style baggie is an alternative if a paper bag is not available. Always store a mask in a clean place. Never store it in a purse or pocket.

Do not touch the outside of your mask while it is on your face. Do not pull your mask below your chin while you’re wearing it. Leaving the mask dangling or improperly fitted to your face creates opportunities for cross-contamination.

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If you have a health issue that prevents you from wearing a mask, please see your doctor and request a note stating you are unable to wear a mask. Provide it to your coach or Mr. Uggen upon your arrival.

Best of luck to all as we approach the first official day of fall practice next Monday (August 3rd). We are still on track to start on time across the state, but we must continue to work hard to avoid Covid to keep case numbers as low as possible. Stay safe!

Here is the policy as released to coaches today:

BJSHS Athletics Mask Policy
            (as of July 27)

Due to Executive Order 20-37, which requires wear masks at educational institutions and after consultation with our school nurse, we will follow this policy in regard to participation on the Bruin campus.

Building/Facility/Bus Portion of Executive Order 20-37:

Outdoor Policy
All coaches and athletes must wear a mask on campus, once exiting your car, when coming to workouts and when leaving workouts. You should also be wearing a mask when not participating in a strenuous activity which includes, as examples, group discussions, restroom breaks, or break times.

The only time you may remove your mask is when participating in a strenuous activity or when achieving and maintaining at least 6’ of distance between participants. 

Indoor Policy
All coaches and athletes must wear a mask any time they are in the building unless participating in a strenuous activity. You should also be wearing a mask when not participating in a strenuous activity which includes, as examples, group discussions, restroom breaks, or break times.

The only time you may remove your mask is when participating in a strenuous activity or when achieving and maintaining at least 6’ of distance between participants. 

Bus Policy
All coaches and athletes must wear a mask any time they are on a bus.

Notes:
-In all cases, if you do not show up with a mask, you may not participate. Please bring a mask.
-Coaches will do their best to keep social distancing, especially when not doing drills.
-There will be times when a player or two forgets and a coach may have one to provide.
—-This cannot become the norm or teams will lose time trying to get started. Please bring and wear your own mask.
—-In those cases, until you get a mask, athletes are not to go inside the athletic fence, in the building, or on a bus without a mask.
-An athlete or coach must have a doctor’s note stating that there is a reason for not wearing a mask.