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8/19/21: Athletics & Activities Update

Dear NTPS families,

Last week the Washington State Department of Health updated the K-12 COVID-19 Requirements for Summer 2021 and 2021-22 School Year, which will impact K-12 athletics, fine arts and co-curricular/extracurricular activities.  

As we start our high school fall sports season -- Girls Soccer, Volleyball, Swim & Dive, Cross Country, Cheer, and Dance; and Boys Tennis, Football and Cross Country -- this week and next we wanted to make our families aware of some of the main points regarding masking:

Mask Requirements for Sporting Activities

  • Weight room - Universal masking is required by all athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, and support personnel when in weight rooms, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Indoors - All coaches, athletic trainers, and other support personnel involved with sporting activities must wear face coverings indoors in K-12 settings, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Indoors Spectators - Masking is required for all spectators attending indoor K-12 sporting activities, regardless of vaccination status. Audience members should be seated in “family units” and those small groups should be spaced at least 3 feet apart.
  • Low-contact or moderate contact sports indoors (VB, Swim & Dive, Dance, Bowling, Gymnastics) - Masks are not required for athletes while competing in low-contact or moderate contact sports indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Masking is required indoors when not practicing or competing.
  • High-contact indoor sports (Basketball, Wrestling, Cheer) - Masks are not required for fully vaccinated athletes competing in high-contact indoor sports. Masks are not required for unvaccinated athletes competing in high-contact indoor sports if they participate in screening testing.
  • Outdoor sports (FB, Tennis, Soccer, XC, Track, Golf, Baseball, Fast Pitch, Cheer, Dance) - Masks are not required for outdoor sports of any contact level.

Mask Requirements for Performing Arts Activities 

  • Universal masking with appropriate material – MERV13 or 3-layer medical face mask or similar material – is required by all students and staff in performing arts classes and while participating in performing arts activities.
  • Aerosol-producing musicians, e.g., singers, woodwinds and brass, speech/debate, and theater performers are required to wear appropriate masks/face coverings and/or use appropriate bell covers while performing.
  • Universal masking with appropriate material – MERV13 or 3-layer medical face mask or similar material – is required in general music and elementary classrooms when singing is performed.
  • Bell covers with appropriate material – MERV13 or 3-layer medical face mask or similar material – are required for brass and woodwind instruments when indoors.

Mask Requirements for general Activities (clubs, etc.)

  • Universal masking of all students, staff, volunteers is required indoors. Face coverings or masks are not required outdoors but are recommended in settings where students and attendees will be in sustained close proximity, or if there is potential for crowding.
  • Physical distancing of at least three feet is required indoors to the degree possible.

We look forward to a safe and positive experience for all our student athletes and students this fall! As educators, we know the many social, emotional, and physical benefits for students who participate in school activities. We are excited to get our student athletes and coaches fully back on campus and will do so safely, following the DOH and Washinton Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) guidelines.

Please contact your high school athletic department, coach, performing arts teacher, or activity advisor if you need more information!

Kevin Reimer, Director
Athletics, Activities & Art