COVID-19 Guidelines

Cumberland University
Athletics Department COVID-19 Guidelines

Updated December 2021

*These guidelines are fluid and will be updated as needed based on CDC standards and University Campus needs.


Overview:
● No daily symptoms tracking/screenings.
● Strongly encouraged to adhere to your specific COVID-19 category recommendations.
● The Athletics Department (staff and student athletes) will answer the following questions
during physicals and will need to have appropriate documentation when applicable.
● Have you had the COVID-19 vaccination? Yes __ No __
○ If yes, date of vaccination _________ (provide copy of card)
● Have you tested positive for COVID-19? Yes __ No__
○ If yes, date of positive test ___________
○ If date is within the last 90 days (provide results of test)
● Student athletes must sign the MSC Waiver and CU Waiver.
● The Athletics Department (staff and student athletes) must report all signs/symptoms to
the Athletic Training Department and University Health Services.

Complete Guidelines:
As we return after a year of pandemic activities and a successful Fall 2021 semester,
Cumberland University’s Athletics Department wants to assure those concerned that we are
taking precautions regarding COVID-19 on campus. We hope that when student athletes return
to campus beginning in January that many are vaccinated against the virus. Vaccination is not
required, but strongly encouraged. Since it is not required there are three categories that
student athletes and the athletics department staff will be identified as throughout these
guidelines (Vaccinated, Unvaccinated, and COVID 19-Last 90 days). Each category will have
specific guidelines regarding COVID-19. We will continue to educate the athletics department
(staff and student athletes) on COVID-19 signs and symptoms, proper hygiene, and the
importance of timely communication of any signs and symptoms.
The following document serves as Cumberland University’s (CU) guidelines and procedures for
participation within the CU Athletics Department. The CU Athletics Department (staff and
student athletes) will also follow the University policy and the Midsouth Conference policy, with
the University superseding both the MSC and the Athletics Department. CU Athletics
Department’s intent will be measured, nimble, and compliant with national, state, and local
ordinances. Thus, all policies will be in accordance with local and state public officials regarding
a return to campus, return to practice and return to competition. Ultimately, school and
governmental leadership determine who can participate in, assist with, and watch student
athlete practices and competitions.

To ensure the university is providing every responsible safeguard against the spread of the
virus, the following measures will be implemented during athletic practices, competitions, and
other relevant activity:

Athletics Department Information Sharing
● Athletics Department representatives will participate in all information sharing meetings
related to the day-to-day reporting on information such as absenteeism or changes in
student athlete health to detect and respond to concerning trends to best counter the possibility of an outbreak. This integration includes liaison with local health officials to
help identify risk factors that may affect student athletes and the University at large.

Reinforce Healthy Hygiene Practices
● The Athletics Department (staff and student athletes) will be strongly encouraged to
maintain proper hygiene practices before and after all athletic activities.
● The University will ensure adequate supplies (e.g., soap, paper towels, hand sanitizer,
tissue) to support healthy hygiene practices at practice facilities, the dining hall, and
residence halls.

Cleaning and Disinfection

● University cleaning services will routinely clean and disinfect athletic facilities,
objects, surfaces, and equipment. This may include cleaning objects/surfaces not
ordinarily cleaned daily (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, classroom sink handles,
countertops). In addition, student athletes will participate in cleaning their
personal equipment and immediate locker areas before and after practices and
competitions. The use of all cleaning products will be accomplished according to
the directions on the label.

Returning To Campus:
The Athletics Department (staff and student athletes) will answer the following questions during
physicals and will need to have appropriate documentation when applicable.

● Have you been vaccinated? Yes __ No __
○ If yes, date of vaccination _________ (provide copy of card)
● Have you tested positive for COVID-19? Yes __ No__
○ If yes, date of positive test ___________
○ If date is within in the last 90 days (provide results of test)

Student Athlete Responsibilities:

● Sign both the CU and MSC Covid-19 Waiver.
● Practice Proper Hygiene
● Communication appropriate signs and symptoms to Health Services and the
Athletic Training department.
● Follow the specific guidelines for your designated COVID-19 category.

Campus Responsibilities (remember COVID):

● Communicate all symptoms and/or illnesses to Health Services
([email protected]) and your assigned athletic trainer.
● Observe mask expectations indoors.
● Vaccination is strongly encouraged.
● Include proper hygiene practices.
● Distance (socially) when possible.

COVID-19 Category Guidelines:
● Vaccinated:
○ Mask expected indoors
○ Social distancing recommended when possible
○ Proper hygiene recommended

● Unvaccinated:
○ Mask expected indoors
○ Social distancing strongly encouraged when possible
○ Proper hygiene recommended
● COVID-19 (last 90 days):
○ Mask expected indoors
○ Social distancing recommended
○ Proper hygiene recommended

Quarantine Procedures:
● On-campus housing - must quarantine off-campus.
● Off-campus housing - must quarantine off-campus.
Asymptomatic Testing Procedure:
(*Asymptomatic Testing is not recommended by the Athletics Department)
● No Known Exposure Procedure:
○ Quarantine until test results are received (See Quarantine section for policy and
procedures).
○ Positive Results (See Positive section for policy and procedures).
○ Negative Results (See Negative section for policy and procedures).
● Known Exposure Procedure:
○ Quarantine until test results are received (See Quarantine section for policy and
procedures).
○ Positive Results (See Positive section for policy and procedures).
○ Negative Results (See Negative section for policy and procedures).

Symptomatic Testing Procedure:
● No Known Exposure Procedure:
○ Quarantine until test results are received (See Quarantine section for policy and
procedures).
○ Positive Results (See Positive section for policy and procedures).
○ Negative Results (See Negative section for policy and procedures).
● Known Exposure Procedure:
○ Quarantine until test results are received (See Quarantine section for policy and
procedures).
○ Positive Results (See Positive section for notify non-athletic department
members and other personnel who may have come into contact with the
individual within the past 14 days that they may have been exposed to COVID-19
and may wish to see a healthcare provider.)

● No Known Exposure:
○ Asymptomatic:
■ Released from quarantine.
○ Symptomatic:
■ Must be fever free and symptoms are improving for 24 hours before
released from quarantine.

● Known Exposure:
○ Asymptomatic:
■ Quarantined for 5 days from the known exposure.
○ Symptomatic:

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■ Quarantined for 5 days from the known exposure.
■ Must be fever free and symptoms are improving for 24 hours before
released from quarantine.

Positive Test Procedure:
● Will be quarantined and under physicians care for 5 days from testing date or onset of
symptoms:
○ Must be fever free and symptoms improve after the 5th day before being
released from quarantine.
○ Must wear a mask around people days 6-10.
● If the source of infection is known, university officials will work to identify the extent of
exposure to the university community. This includes the athlete’s team.
● Ensure proper cleaning of the student athlete’s dormitory, classrooms, immediate
surrounding area, etc.
● University leadership will develop appropriate communication plans as it pertains to the
existence of a positive COVID-19 individual, changes to usual campus schedules or
functions.
Prior Testing Procedure:
● It is not recommended to get re-tested after a positive test as you can continue to test
positive for up to 3 months according to the CDC.
● Prior Positive Asymptomatic:
○ Positive Test: No need to quarantine.
○ Negative Test: No need to quarantine.
● Prior Positive Symptomatic:
○ Positive Test: Must be fever and symptom free for 24 hours before being
released back into the population. (No quarantine)
○ Negative Test: Must be fever and symptom free for 24 hours before being
released back into the population. (No quarantine)

● Known Exposure
○ Prior Negative Asymptomatic:
■ Positive Test: See positive test procedures
■ Negative Test: See negative test procedures
○ Prior Negative Symptomatic:
■ Positive Test: See positive test procedures
■ Negative Test: See negative test procedures

● No Known Exposure
○ Prior Negative Asymptomatic:
■ Positive Test: See positive test procedures
■ Negative Test: See negative test procedures
○ Prior Negative Symptomatic:
■ Positive Test: See positive test procedures
■ Negative Test: See negative test procedures

Contact Tracing Procedure:
● Notify athletics department members and other personnel who may have come into
contact with the individual within the past 48 hours that they may have been exposed to
COVID-19 and may wish to see a healthcare provider.
○ Exposure is defined as:
■ Less than 6 feet

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■ Longer than 15 minutes
■ Without a mask

● Not required to notify other locations unless the individual visited those sites within the
past 48 hours.
● For those in the university community who had close contact within the past 48 hours will
be quarantined for 5 days.
○ Asymptomatic:
■ Vaccinated: No quarantine
■ Unvaccinated: do not need to be tested; they are required to quarantine
for 5 days because of the known exposure.
■ COVID-19 (last 90 days): No quarantine
○ Symptomatic individuals can test with known exposure. If the test date is different
from the exposure date then they quarantine from the date of the test or onset of
symptoms. Even if they test negative they are still quarantined for 5 days
because of symptoms.
■ Vaccinated: quarantine
● Positive test - See Prior Positive test procedure.
● Negative test - See negative test procedure.
■ Unvaccinated: quarantine
● Positive test - See positive test procedure.
● Negative test - See negative test procedure.
■ COVID-19 (last 90 days): quarantine
● Positive test - See Prior Positive test
● Negative test - See negative test procedure.

Practice Threshold Procedure:
● Using the below criteria will determine if practices are cancelled.
○ 20% Positive COVID Active Cases of Roster (players and coaches)
○ Contact Tracing does not leave enough players and/or coaches to participate.
■ This will be determined by the head coach and the athletics department.
○ Returning teams and/or individuals must complete the COVID return to play
protocol before participating in a competition.

Response Plan (Communication):
● Must follow University communication procedures.
● Must follow Midsouth Conference communication procedures when applicable.
Reporting Signs/Symptoms:
● Student athletes and coaches will contact their assigned athletic trainer in the event that
they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or they have witnessed someone else
experiencing symptoms. It is important for this notification to take place within a timely
manner from onset of symptoms.
● Individuals are assessed by an athletic trainer and a plan of care is determined.
Exertional Return to Play COVID-19 Protocol
This exertional protocol allows a gradual increase in volume and intensity during the return to
play process. The student athlete is monitored for any signs/symptoms of COVID-19 during and
after each exertional activity. The athlete can proceed to the next activity after 24 hours with no
return of signs or symptoms. Below are the activities included in the return to play.
● Positive and Quarantined Individuals Return to Play:

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○ 10 min on stationary bike (10-14 mph)
○ 10 min continuous jogging (4-6 mph)
○ Advanced cardiovascular training: sprint activities
○ Limited, controlled, Non-contact return to practice
○ Full sport participation return to practice
● Exposure Return to Play guidelines:
○ A team will implement this protocol after they have reached the 20 percent
threshold and have been cleared by the athletics department to return to
participation. Team return to play is to protect athletes by re-acclimatization to
their respective sport to decrease risk of injury.
■ Minimum of 3 days of practice before competition
● Day 1: Limited first day of return, non-contact
● Day 2: Partial contact
● Day 3: Full contact
○ Individual Return to Play:
■ Minimum of 3 days of practice before competition
● Day 1: Limited first day of return, non-contact
● Day 2: Partial contact
● Day 3: Full contact