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    Department of Health and Physical Education COVID Safety Guidelines

    Effective March 1, 2022, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) will implement changes to our COVID-19 mitigation strategies for athletics and extracurricular activities, including: 

    • Moving to a mask-optional policy in all of our buildings for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors

    Guidance for Acclimatization and Practice with Minimal to No Restrictions/ Athletics

    • Use of locker rooms or shower facilities is acceptable with the following guidance.
      • Facilities and all equipment should be sanitized after each class.
      • Physical distancing should be practiced. If needed, groups should dress in stages. (Preferably twenty-five per group)
      • Students shall not congregate in the locker room and indoor facilities. The locker room will be monitored by designated personnel to ensure compliance with this requirement.
    • Weight equipment will be cleaned prior to each workout and sanitized between uses by each student.
    • Hand sanitizer will be plentiful and readily available.
    • Physical distancing must be adhered to as a safety net (6ft for all adults and 3ft between students).

     The following research and guidance was utilized to develop these guidelines:

    APS Mask Wearing Protocols

    Coronavirus Resources for Physical Education and Health

    SHAPE School Reentry Resources: Health and Physical Education

    CDC Considerations for Youth Sports

    In-School Instruction With Physical Distancing - Physical Education 

    If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Myss Jelks, K-12 Health and Physical Education Coordinator, at 404-802-7535. Thank you for your continued support.

    COVID Update 3.2.22