Glynn County Schools Athletics has released its Return to Play policy as teams at Brunswick High and Glynn Academy get set to resume activities next week.
Working in conjunction with Southeast Georgia Health System, the official healthcare provider for GCS Athletics, the athletic department has formulated a plan for the local teams to return to action which follows state and federal guidelines geared toward preserving public health during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The local policies also are dictated by the protocols issued by the Georgia High School Association which will allow members schools and their athletic programs to begin holding conditioning workouts on June 8.
The GHSA suspended activities for its member schools in mid-march due to public health concerns related to the coronvirus. The remainder of the 2020 spring sports season was cancelled in April and no athletic activities have been allowed at GHSA schools since the initial shutdown.
The local Return to Play policy can be viewed by clicking here. It can also be found under the More menu tab on the home page of the athletic website.
GCS athletic director Steve Waters issued the following statement regarding the local teams resuming activities under the Covid-19 guidelines.
“The Glynn County School System has worked very closely with our Sports Medicine team at Southeast Georgia Health System to develop a Return to Play Guide for our coaches and student–athletes to follow. We have placed every precaution necessary to keep our athletes, coaches, and essential staff safe while allowing our athletes to return for workouts and conditioning activities.
“The Athletic Department has spent thousands of dollars on cleaning supplies and we will be working hard to sanitize all of our facilities and weight equipment. Getting our athletes acclimated to the heat and allowing them to regain strength will be critical to the safety of our athletes in July and August if we are cleared to resume practice.
“The current plan for the Georgia High School Association is to return to competitive athletics on time in August. Our guide follows the instructions of the National Federation and the Georgia High School Association. Again, the teamwork between the Southeast Georgia Health System Sports Medicine team and our School System has been amazing, and I am so grateful for their support and hard work. We would ask any parents that may have questions to contact the Head Coach of each sport or contact the Athletic Trainers at Glynn Academy and Brunswick High.”
Also Dr. Beau Sasser, a sports medicine specialist for Southeast Georgia Health System who was involved in preparing the local Return to Play policies, issued the following statement.
“Our coaches and staff are eager to get players back on the field under the safety protocols set forth by the GHSA. After spring sports ended so abruptly, we’d like to bring as much normalcy to the upcoming fall season as we are able. We know going forward that many of our training guidelines will have to be adapted to safeguard the health of the teams and we feel that we have formulated a plan that does that.”
The email addresses for the local athletic trainers are below:
Marissa Turturro, Glynn Academy: email@example.com
Chantal Pierre, Bruswick High: firstname.lastname@example.org