PHMDC Face Covering Emergency Order #2 (9/9/21)
Face Covering Emergency Order #2 goes into effect on September 10, 2021, at 12:01 AM. This order will be in effect until October 8, 2021.
•Face coverings are required among people ages two and older when in an enclosed space open to the public where other people, except for members of the person’s own household or living unit, are present.
•Face coverings are also required while driving or riding in any form of public transportation.
PHMDC Face Covering Emergency Order (8/18/21)
Effective August 19, 2021, at 12:01 AM, Public Health Madison and Dane County (PHMDC) has mandated face coverings are required among people ages two and older when in an enclosed space open to the public where other people, except for members of the person’s household or living unit, are present. VASD currently has a masking mandate in place indoors. This order shall remain in effect until September 16, 2021, at 12:01 AM.
Face coverings are required at all times within VASD indoor spaces by all occupants (student-athletes, coaches, game staff, officials, and spectators).
Face covering means a piece of cloth or other material is worn to cover the nose and mouth completely. A face covering must be secured to the head with ties, ear loops, or elastic bands that go behind the head and must fit snuggly but comfortably against the side of the face. Cloth face coverings must be made with two or more layers of breathable fabric that is tightly woven (i.e., materials that do not let light pass through when held up to a light source). A face covering does not include bandanas, single layer neck gaiters, face shields, goggles, scarves, ski masks, balaclavas, shirt or sweater collars pulled up over the mouth and nose, or masks with slits, exhalation valves, or punctures.
Individuals who are otherwise required to wear a face-covering may remove the face-covering in the following situations:
While eating or drinking.
While actively swimming in the pool.
When federal or state law or regulations permit the removal of a face-covering.
Read the full PHMDC Face Covering Emergency Order here.
VASD released the Return to School Plan for the 2021-22 school year, including new safety guidelines and protocols in response to the COVID-19 variant, called the Delta variant. This plan is based upon the data, case activity, and protocols available at this time. VASD is relying heavily on the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and Public Health Madison Dane County (PHMDC). Changes to our plans may be fluid before and during the school year.
Here are some key points impacting VAHS Athletics and Activities:
VAHS sports and activities will follow school guidelines related to masking, contact tracing, and quarantine.
VASD will require all students, coaches, game staff, and spectators, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks indoors (including locker rooms, Strength and Fitness Center, etc.) and on buses/school. Masks are recommended during outdoor activities when a minimum distance of three (3) feet is difficult to maintain.
All sports and activities will adhere to that specific host site’s safety guidelines and protocols when competing at other locations.
The PHMDC Exclusion Chart outlines how unvaccinated people should quarantine after recent exposure to someone with COVID-19 unless both people were masked at school. If all individuals are masked, a modified quarantine allows all individuals to forego quarantine to attend school, regardless of vaccination status.
VASD school nurses will continue to offer COVID-19 rapid testing within schools as they did last year. These tests are available for students and staff already in the school building when they begin to show symptoms of COVID-19. Students and staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms at home or in the community should not come to school for testing but rather be tested at community testing sites.
All students and coaches with infectious illness symptoms such as COVID-19, the flu, or the common cold, should stay home and consider getting tested for COVID-19. Do not attend practices, competitions, or any other in-person team functions.
Handwashing, sanitizing practices, and covering all coughs and sneezes, are protocols that remain in place.
Again, changes may occur before or during the school year if conditions are issued by the CDC, AAP, and/or PHMDC.
Please continue to check here for updates and helpful resources, and reach out to your sports head coach and club advisor for specific information and opportunities
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Verona Area High School currently offers 22 athletics programs to our students. Each program consists of a varsity team, junior varsity team and in some cases include multiple freshman teams. Our coaching staff consists of 75 coaches passionate about sports and students.
Athletes must complete a physical examination, a concussion release, and an emergency contact form to participate in these activities. An athletic fee is also required, which varies depending on the number of sports a student participates in and how many family members are involved.
Verona Area High School welcomes you to our athletic website. We remind you that interscholastic events are an extension of the classroom, and lessons are best learned when respect is shown to all.
Please, show good sportsmanship during games and show respect for coaches, players, officials, and fans.
Cheer for your team and not against the opposing team. Avoid profanity, racist; sexist; or ethnic comments; or other intimidating or taunting actions. Let the coaches coach, the officials officiate and the players play.
Enjoy Verona Area High School sports!