April 23 Update: Changes to Face Covering Policy & COVID-19 Testing Guidelines
Following the latest guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL), Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) is updating its face covering policy for athletes participating in outdoor sports.
Effective immediately, face coverings are strongly recommended but no longer required for student-athletes while they are actively playing or practicing an outdoor sport. At SPPS, this includes baseball, softball, lacrosse, tennis, golf, track and field.
Face coverings are still required at all times in the following scenarios:
- All athletes, spectators, coaches and officials participating in indoor sports (badminton, adapted softball and adapted bowling)
- All spectators, coaches and officials at outdoor sporting events and practices
- Athletes in outdoor sporting events and practices who are not actively playing or practicing. This includes riding on transportation to and from the event, in the dugout, on the sidelines, and any other areas of gathering
Social distancing guidelines for spectators and venue capacity limits are still in effect for all sports that allow spectators. For more information, see the March 25 Athletics Update.
COVID-19 Testing Guidelines
All families with students in school or participating in extracurricular activities are strongly encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 every two weeks. Starting Monday, April 26, all students, coaches and others participating in organized sports are strongly encouraged to get tested weekly. Free testing is available at numerous community sites and through at-home tests that can be ordered online and shipped overnight via UPS.
SPPS takes the health and safety of our athletes and staff very seriously. Students should stay home and make a report to the SPPS COVID-19 Reporting System if they are sick, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. They will be notified of next steps and any close contacts will be informed.
For more information, please visit spps.org/athletics or contact your school’s athletic director.