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AthleticsCOVID-19 - Student and Parent Information

Information for Student-Athletes and Parents 

MCPS Athletics is committed to promoting the safe return of in-person out-of-season activities, incorporating state and local guidelines and recommendations, as soon as possible. The following information is provided to help guide student-athletes and parents through during the coming school year and sports seasons. 

Highlights of the Return to R.A.I.S.E. Strategic Plan Phase 1 

All student-athletes and parents are encouraged to read through the entire Return to R.A.I.S.E. Strategic Plan Phase 1 and check the Frequently Asked Questions document for additional information. 

  • Coach and Student-Athlete Contact -  
    • Under no circumstances may MCPS coaches engage in in-person contact with students. 
    • Any virtual contact with students must occur on MCPS-approved platforms through the MCPS Web Conferencing Center
    • Coaches may provide optional recommended conditioning workouts to students, for their use on their own time. 
    • School coaching staffs may meet virtually regarding sport-specific instruction with up to two returning student-athletes per day, per MPSSAA regulations. 
    • Coaches may provide two one-hour virtual sessions per week to check in with students and provide guidance and inspiration. Such sessions may not be team practices or team-specific instruction. 
  • Non-School Teams - While MCPS does not administer non-school teams, coaches and student-athletes must comply with all regulations and standards listed in the MCPS Out of-Season Participation Standards and Regulations. If outside leagues are able to operate within state and local guidelines, coaches and others are reminded that non-school teams must meet the definition of a non-school team and participation by MCPS coaches and returning players must comply with all regulations and standards. 

Registration Information 

  • Pre-participation Physical Evaluation Form  This form is valid for 13 months (for high school athletes) and two years (for middle school athletes) from the date of the exam and covers participation for all sports within that time period. This form must be completed and/or on file before a student-athlete can try out or participate. 
    • Care for Kids is also a program that may assist students and families, if eligible.