Any individuals who themselves either: (a) are lab-confirmed to have COVID-19; or (b) experience the symptoms of COVID-19 (listed below) must stay at home throughout the infection period, and cannot return to campus until the school system screens the individual to determine when they can come back to school.
From the CDC: "Given what we currently know about Covid-19 and the Omicron variant, CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation for the public. People with Covid-19 should isolate for 5 days and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), follow that by wearing a mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter.
In evaluating whether an individual has symptoms consistent with COVID-19, consider the following question:
Have they recently begun experiencing any of the following in a way that is not normal for them?
Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees FahrenheitReturn to Play
Loss of taste or smell
Shortness of breath
Congestion or runny nose
Shaking or exaggerated shivering
Significant muscle pain or ache
Nausea or vomiting
The UIL strongly recommends that the athlete get a doctor's note before returning to athletics.
- The athlete will practice one day prior to competition for those that have tested positive for Covid.
- If the athlete was just quarantined and never tested positive for Covid then they can resume full participation once they return.
- If the athlete has symptoms beyond the five days of testing positive and being quarantined then it is recommended that the athlete do the full five day return to play protocol.
- The athlete's doctor may also prescribe that the athlete complete the protocol before returning to competition.
- The five day return to play consists of: Day 1 - 15 minutes bike. Day 2 - 15 minutes elliptical. Day 3 - 15 minute run. Day 4 - practice with team. Day 5 - return to competition.