Athletics and Extracurricular Activities
The school district’s ability to continue sports programs will be determined in large part by Georgia High School Association (GHSA) rules and regulations, along with guidance from health officials. Each local school will determine which extracurricular activities it will offer. Both in-person and digital learners will be able to participate in those activities that are offered.
Currently GCPS is participating in athletics and following the guidance of GHSA. As of Aug. 10, GCPS high schools are participating in the following fall sports: football, softball, volleyball, cross-country, spirit cheerleading, and flag football. In addition, all of our high schools are participating in band. (Competitive cheerleading was moved to winter and One-Act Play has tentatively been rescheduled to the spring. In addition, the Army has postponed all Raider competitions related to its JROTC programs.)
Regarding athletics… What can a fan expect when they attend a Gwinnett event?
Indoor competitions— Immediate family and fans will be allowed. Schools will use a cashless entry system. Social distancing and masks are required. Concessions stands will offer grab-and-go services. Cashless payment options or exact change is encouraged.
Outdoor competitions— Immediate family and fans will be allowed based on event capacity. Schools will use a cashless entry system. Social distancing will be in effect. Fans are encouraged to bring their own chairs. And, the wearing of masks or cloth face coverings is encouraged. Concessions stands will offer grab-and-go services. Cashless payment options or exact change is encouraged.
Regarding Mask and Face Coverings
GCPS requires employees, students, and visitors at school facilities to wear masks or cloth face coverings. Mask and other face coverings are a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when we talk, cough, or sneeze.
General Guidance All face masks or face coverings should:
- Fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin.
- Fit securely against both sides of the face
Some students may not be accustomed to wearing a mask or find them uncomfortable. Students should begin wearing a mask for short periods prior to school opening so that they become accustomed to wearing a mask.
- Model and practice how to properly put on and remove the mask.
- Explain the importance of wearing a mask. For young students, explain it in simple, concrete terms such as “masks prevent germs” or “masks help keep everyone healthy”. This will help children understand the reason for wearing a mask.
- The use of face shields is not a substitute for a mask or face covering.
- The use of a mask or face covering is not a substitute for social distancing