As school starts up again, student-athletes will be back on the field, court and turf. What does that mean during COVID-19?

Each school district will implement its return to learn plan for the classroom. The same goes for student athletics. The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OKSDE) has developed a toolkit for individual districts, which includes guidance about athletics. When it comes to your school district, please contact them directly about what comes next for your student-athlete.

But regardless of COVID-19, most schools that allow athletics in the fall will also need students to receive their sports physicals, just like they would in a typical school year. INTEGRIS is always ready to make sure your student is healthy enough for their sport of choice. Whether you’d like your child’s physical to be conducted in person or via our telehealth options, we’re here for your family.

INTEGRIS Back to School

What Can I Do to Keep My Student-Athlete Safe?

  • Allow players to focus on building individual skills, like batting, dribbling, kicking and strength training.
  • Limit full contact between players to game days (avoid during practice).
  • Increase space between players in the practice areas, including on the sideline, dugout, and bench.
  • Avoid high-fives, handshakes, fist bumps or hugs
  • Encourage players to bring their own equipment, like gloves, balls and helmets (if possible).
  • Clean and disinfect shared items between use.
  • Consider competing against teams in your local area (neighborhood, town or community).
  • Implement plans to space out spectators by 6 feet at games or competitions.
  • Limit nonessential visitors, spectators, and volunteers.
  • Avoid mixing between groups.
  • Stagger the arrival and drop-off of each group to limit interaction.
  • Have scrimmages within teams to limit exposure.

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