Dear Staples athletes, parents, and guardians,
Please review the information below in regards to COVID-19 and athletic participation. If you have any questions, please reach out to our athletic trainers at Staples High School. Their contact info can be found on the home page under "Athletic Department Contact Info." Thank you.
Reporting a positive COVID-19 Case:
Should your child obtain a positive test result for COVID-19, it is critical that the District is notified immediately. You can do this by following this link
Once an athlete has tested positive for COVID-19:
Each athlete will need to have the COVID-19 Return to Play Form filled out and returned to either the athletic trainers or the nursing staff at Staples High School. This form is based on recommendations from the CIAC and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Staples High School is requiring medical clearance for any student athlete who has had a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. While rare, individuals who have had COVID-19 are at risk of developing severe cardiac complications that can affect participation in sports. We are requiring families to have this medical clearance form filled out prior to your child participating in Staples Athletics.
Returning to play after COVID-19:
Once the athlete has tested positive for COVID-19, recovered from the diagnosis, and has had the COVID-19 Return to Play Form filled out and on file at Staples High School, the athlete may need to go through a graduated return to play. This will be determined by the medical provider who fills out the COVID-19 Return to Play Form. If this step is necessary, the athlete will connect with the athletic trainers at Staples High School and ensure they complete this step. All athletes that are required to perform a graduated return to play, understand that this form must be completed prior to returning to unrestricted athletics.
Note: Individuals who have had COVID-19 are at risk of developing severe cardiac complications that can affect participation in a sport. There is limited research in this area particularly in youth athletes, to standardize clinical decision-making. For these reasons, it is required that this form be completed by the patients’ primary care provider. Evaluation by the primary care provider allows for the patient’s past medical and cardiac history to be known.
For more information regarding COVID-19 and athletics please reference the links below:
American Academy of Pediatrics:
American College of Cardiology: