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AthleticsCOVID-19 - Student and Parent Information

Information for Student-Athletes and Parents 

MCPS Athletics is committed to promoting the safe return of in-person out-of-season activities, incorporating state and local guidelines and recommendations, as soon as possible. The following information is provided to help guide student-athletes and parents through during the coming school year and sports seasons. 

Highlights of the Return to R.A.I.S.E. Strategic Plan Phase 1 

All student-athletes and parents are encouraged to read through the entire Return to R.A.I.S.E. Strategic Plan Phase 1 and check the Frequently Asked Questions document for additional information. 

  • Coach and Student-Athlete Contact -  
    • Under no circumstances may MCPS coaches engage in in-person contact with students. 
    • Any virtual contact with students must occur on MCPS-approved platforms through the MCPS Web Conferencing Center
    • Coaches may provide optional recommended conditioning workouts to students, for their use on their own time. 
    • School coaching staffs may meet virtually regarding sport-specific instruction with up to two returning student-athletes per day, per MPSSAA regulations. 
    • Coaches may provide two one-hour virtual sessions per week to check in with students and provide guidance and inspiration. Such sessions may not be team practices or team-specific instruction. 
  • Non-School Teams - While MCPS does not administer non-school teams, coaches and student-athletes must comply with all regulations and standards listed in the MCPS Out of-Season Participation Standards and Regulations. If outside leagues are able to operate within state and local guidelines, coaches and others are reminded that non-school teams must meet the definition of a non-school team and participation by MCPS coaches and returning players must comply with all regulations and standards. 
  • Virtual Conditioning - While in-person conditioning programs and activities are prohibited until further notice, beginning May 30, 2020, certified MCPS athletic coaches or MCPS employees certified in strength and conditioning may offer virtual optional conditioning opportunities under the following requirements: 
    • Programs may only be conducted and delivered by current MCPS employees. 
    • Programs are voluntary and advertised as “all-school” conditioning programs. 
    • Programs must be oriented exclusively toward conditioning of a general nature – not specific sports-related skills. 
    • All participating students must have a valid physical on file with the school. 
    • Coaches conducting conditioning programs must have collected the Student-Parent Participation Contract and Parent Permission Form for each participating student, providing permission for the student to participate in “Virtual Optional Conditioning” for the summer of 2020. Forms can be signed electronically, using the attached Submitting Electronic Signatures procedures. 

Updated Forms & Registration Information 

Additional Information and Resources 

  • Eligibility – the Montgomery County Board of Education took action on academic eligibility for extracurricular activities. The Board approved an exemption to the academic eligibility policy for 4th marking period during the 2019-2020 school year and the first semester for the 2020-2021 school year. Therefore, all secondary students are eligible now and will remain academically eligible for the first and second marking periods of the 2020-2021 school year.
  • NFHS Courses - The COVID-19 Task Force for MCPS Athletics and the 25 high school athletics specialists (ADs) encourages students and parents/guardians to complete the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) free online course COVID-19 for Coaches and Administrators.