Boulder High Shared Standards for Covid Compliant Mountain Bike Practices – Boulder High Version
30 July, 2020
This document outlines shared policy for mountain bike practice operations during the Covid-19 pandemic. Its intention is to establish written standards in order to operate in compliance with public health regulations, BVSD, FHS, BHS, The City of Boulder, Boulder County, The Colorado High School Mountain Bike League and the community.
Its goal is to get kids on bikes in a reasonable and safe manner in order to balance the health and wellbeing of students with the risks of the virus.
The document is the product of existing and currently accepted practices among peer youth cycling nonprofits across Colorado and Boulder County and consultation with Fairview High School’s mountain bike team.
The safety of our athletes and coaches is our number one priority and we are committed to limiting exposure to and spread of the Corona virus. We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the advice of expert medical authorities. The information here and our programs will likely change based on evolving circumstances and regulations.
KEY POINTS FOR OUTDOOR CYCLING ACTIVITIES
- Outdoor recreation presents a low risk of transmission
- Mountain biking provides natural distancing, due to the nature of the sport
- Cycling is a healthy outdoor exercise recommended by government guidelines
- Outdoor recreation creates a sense of normalcy for children currently under substantial stress due to the pandemic
- Outdoor recreation provides many physical and mental benefits
- See https://covid19.colorado.gov/safer-at-home/recreation for guidance informing this document from The State of Colorado.
Per standard risk management protocols teams need to plan for the adequate Coach to rider ratios (League guidelines call for 1:6 or 2:8) for trail rides. Due to the pandemic, the goal is to maintain mostly stable groups of one coach to six riders.
We will begin practice sessions in groups with a maximum of 25 riders plus commensurate coaches in any single location at any single time with physical distancing and facial mask protocol among all groups. In reality, numbers will be far lower due to staging rider groups of six separately and distanced across BHS grounds.
GROUP MAKE UP
Start times will be staggered by 15 minutes of separation between practice groups’ meeting times. Specific meeting locations will be given for each group with emphasis on adequate social distancing within the groups and between the groups. Groups are predetermined and will remain stable over the course of the season.
#DISTANCED GROUP MEETING PLAN TO COME#
Riders must ride with their assigned group and are not permitted to switch groups without permission. Riders who are late to practice and miss their assigned group will not be permitted to ride with another group.
Athletes and coaches should maintain a physical distance of 6 feet between one another and other trail users.
Practices will start at Boulder High School with predetermined, spaced locations for our small groups. These locations will provide for large amounts of physical distance because they will be far apart from each other. For example two groups could meet in the senior parking lot – two groups could meet in the west faculty parking lot – a group could meet at the school’s southern entrance. As groups leave school in a sequenced event (5 minutes apart) , health checks will take place in a single location. This plan will be reviewed by school administration.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (MASKS)
Athletes and coaches should wear masks according to the current local regulation. The guidance for masks by the CDPHE is HERE. Wash masks every day and remember to pull them on and off by touching the sides to avoid the mouth and nose.
Whenever riders and coaches are within 6 feet of each other, a clean, non-medical face covering should be worn, including when stopping at intersections and trailheads, and when passing another trail user. Face coverings, need not be worn when at a distance greater than 6ft from others, such as when riding.
Be sure to have participants practice covering and uncovering their face coverings before riding on trails, bike paths or densely populated areas.
Explain to riders that while riding if they cannot safely ride and cover their face while riding such as descending rocky terrain the priority is to maintain control and covering their face is secondary in those circumstances. It is a good idea to pull up the mask before descending.
Coaches and athletes must have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days, and the same for anyone that they live with. If a person has had a case of documented COVID-19 infection they will need a note from their doctor indicating they are cleared to participate.
Temperature check policy is evolving with BVSD policy.
3 Main Health Screening Questions [administered electronically for every practice day]:
- Are you feeling sick, such as a sore throat, fever, muscle aches or shortness of breath?
- Have you been exposed to anyone sick?
- Have you or a member of your household travelled to a hotspot?
If answering yes to any of the above questions, more thorough questioning will be done, and the individual may not be able to attend practice.
- Have you had fever, cough, muscle aches, tiredness, or shortness of breath in the past 48 hours? Have you had any other symptoms of illness in the past 48 hours?
- Have you had a lost or altered sense of smell or taste?
- Have you recently traveled to any Level 3 place listed on the CDC warning list?
- Have you spent time with anyone who has been sick with COVID-19 or some other infectious illness?
Athletes and coaches should not touch each other and should not share any objects of any kind. If touching of equipment is necessary, for example in an equipment malfunction, individuals should use hand sanitizer before and after. Athletes and coaches all are required to carry some form of hand sanitizer. Individuals are not to spit or blow their nose on the trail, and use kleenex instead.
We will avoid skills, drills, and games that involve touching or sharing of equipment, and will not teach skills that require spotting or supporting the athlete. Games and activities that put athletes within 6 feet of each other will also be avoided.
Shaking hands, hugging, and high-5’s are forbidden.
MINIMIZING RISK OF INJURY
Steps will be taken by coaching staff to minimize the risk of injury. Injuries may potentially require physical contact between coach and athlete and also clinic/hospital visits, and should be avoided to the best extent possible.
If needed, first aid will be administered following the current Covid-19 guidelines of the Red Cross. For minor injuries, such as scrapes and small cuts, the athlete may be directed to clean/treat the wound with guidance from a coach, following social distancing protocols.
PICK UP & DROP OFF
Parents and guardians picking up and dropping off athletes will be asked to wear masks and keep at least 6 feet distancing from others. Please consider staying in your car. Avoid the temptation to get out and greet others. Staggered pick up and drop off times will be used to avoid large gatherings. Specific pick up and drop off locations will be announced for each group. Being on time is essential.
We’ll strive to use locations that are less crowded. We may use lightly travelled roads if appropriate.
Steps will be taken to avoid crowding at busy trailheads and meeting locations. Time spent at trailheads will be minimized, and pickups and drops will be as brief as possible. When appropriate, groups may instead meet away from the trailhead in a parking lot or at a safe rideable location to the trailhead, such as a school.
This is an especially sensitive time for interactions between trail users. It is both a responsibility and an opportunity for youth programs to promote good trail etiquette. Various types of positive behaviors will be taught and practiced, including communication, sharing space, yielding, distancing, use of masks, appropriate rest stop locations, speed control, and other types of etiquette that are unique during the pandemic.
It is to be stressed to riders and parents that bikes must be in excellent riding condition. To minimize contact coaches will be instructed to not work on a bike, unless absolutely necessary.
NO SHARING OBJECTS – SELF SUFFICIENCY
Participants must be self sufficient and provide everything they need for the day. The coaches will not supply anything to the athletes, and sharing or borrowing shall be avoided. This includes water, snacks, clothing, sunscreen, tools, spare parts, etc. See the required gear list for details on what to bring on each outing.
If athletes or coaches test positive for Covid-19, the program will discontinue until an appropriate response is formulated.
All riders are required to mark their attendance in Team Snap or Team App at least 24 hours prior to the ride.
Riders who do not notify they will be in attendance via team snap will not be allowed to ride.
We will maintain a detailed log to enable contact tracing if it becomes necessary.
TEAM RESOURCES – Addendum from The Colorado League
Team & Practice Management
Positive COVID-19 Tests or Exposure within your Team Community
If a participant self-reports a positive COVID-19 test, has COVID-19 symptoms, and has attended an activity when contagious or within the past two-weeks, needs to follow local health department guidelines and CDC COVID-19 Guidelines if Sick.
They cannot return without meeting the guidelines set out in this document. This may require a health care provider’s note. They must isolate according to CDHPE How to Isolate Guidelines.
The person in charge of the activity or event must take the following steps:
Call the local county health department or CDPHE 303-339-1687 which will direct you to the local agency.
The local health department will guide you on the appropriate notification protocols. This is why it is vitally important for the groups to stay as uniform as possible, and for their check-in process to include which group they were riding with that day.
Be prepared to:
Notify those who may have been exposed (< 6 feet apart for >10 minutes) to the COVID positive person while not sharing names or other personal information to maintain privacy.
Those exposed need to quarantine for 14 days: How to Quarantine
Those who had close contact with a COVID + person can have testing and may do this at one of their local drive through testing locations. A negative test does NOT mean they can stop quarantine earlier than the 14 days.
Any person who is asked to quarantine, then develops symptoms, must then be tested and isolate appropriately as above.
If the participant’s exposure occurred at another location and they never developed any symptoms, then that participant may need to coordinate with the Head Coach or Team Director to verify when the quarantine began and ended by providing written documentation of this.
Please report any Positive Positive COVID-19 Tests or Exposure within your Team Community via this COVID 19 Exposure form. contact Kate Rau, Colorado League Executive Director, if positive tests are reported within your team community.