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Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Julie Moore, has announced recommendations for winter sports safety in Vermont schools for the coming season.  

Vermont indoor winter school sports include basketball, bowling, cheer, dance, gymnastics, ice hockey, indoor track, and wrestling.  

Moore introduced the state's recommendations by urging all eligible student-athletes to get vaccinated before beginning practices if they have not done so already.  

Specific Guidelines

  • The following are the recommendations of the Scott Administration, but the ultimate guidelines remain the responsibility of each school.
  • Masks should be worn by all athletes, coaches, and spectators at all meetings, practices, scrimmages, and games.  
  • School sports exempted from wearing masks include running events, gymnastics, dance, cheer, and wrestling, as masks can pose a choking hazard if caught on equipment or impair vision if they accidentally cover an athlete's eyes. 
  • Students who have been vaccinated will not need to quarantine if a COVID-19 exposure occurs, which was an issue last season.
  • Unvaccinated students who have been determined to be in close contact can continue to practice with their teams as long as they are regularly tested, but they may not play in games.    
  • Unvaccinated athletes should be tested at least once per week.
  • Spectators are expected to observe all mitigation guidelines by each school. 

Athletes, parents, family, and fans are encouraged to check with their schools regarding their mitigation guidelines.