As was communicated in early October, HCPSS will require all student-athletes in grades 9–12 to provide proof of vaccination or undergo weekly testing in order to participate in winter athletics practices and competitions. This requirement begins with the start of winter athletics practices on Monday, November 15, 2021.
Fully vaccinated students who wish to participate in winter athletics (including Allied Sports, and student team managers) and do not wish to undergo weekly testing may provide proof of vaccination no later than Thursday, November 11, 2021, in one of the following ways:
Proof of vaccination documentation may consist of a scan or image of the vaccine card that was provided by the health organization that administered the vaccine, or documentation received from ImmuNet – the State’s immunization information system. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose date.
Otherwise, testing for all participating student-athletes who have not uploaded proof of vaccination will begin the week of November 8, 2021. Student-athletes are strongly encouraged to be tested weekly at the testing clinic offered at their school. Students should use this link: LongReachHS Sign-Up to register through MAKO Medical, which has handled COVID-19 diagnostic testing for HCPSS students and staff since April. Parents/guardians of students under the age of 18 must select “Dependent Registration” and students age 18 and older must select “Self-Registration” when signing up.
Student-athletes who miss being tested at the clinic offered at their school may be tested at any other public or private testing location and must provide proof of testing (electronic or hard copy) to the AAM at their school each week. Student-athletes do not have to be tested the same day each week as long as testing occurs, and is confirmed by the AAM, once between Sunday and Saturday.
For students under age 18, parents/guardians can provide consent by completing this permission form or the following online steps:
1. Log in to HCPSS Connect Synergy
2. Select More Options from the left panel
3. Select COVID Testing Permission
4. Complete the question in the form for each child. Families may select different school options for each child.
For more information, visit the HCPSS website.