Important Information about Health Guidelines for Student Athletes in Grades 6-12

Fall Sports Profiles

APS Middle and High School Parents and Guardians,

As we prepare for the 2021-22 school year, we would like to share health guidelines and expectations for student athletes to protect against the spread of COVID-19. Our top priority is ensuring that students remain safe and healthy while participating in athletics in APS. As we shared with you on Friday, APS is committed to taking a layered approach with mitigation strategies and we ask for your continued partnership and support in keeping our community safe.

View the APS Safe Return to School Plan: ARP ESSER III

As a district, we want to take every precaution to minimize the risk of transmission for student athletes. We recognize that because our athletes practice and compete in close proximity with one another while breathing heavily, the risk of transmission for unvaccinated athletes is heightened. In addition, research has shown that COVID-19 frequently causes severe inflammation of the lungs, which can have long-term effects. These long-term effects would be especially dangerous for student athletes.

COVID-19 vaccines have proven to be a safe and effective way to prevent severe illness and reduce the risk of people spreading the virus. Vaccines have been approved for everyone 12 years or older and we encourage you and your students to get vaccinated. In order to keep our student athletes as safe as possible, we will follow the health guidelines below for the 2021-22 school year.

Student athletes will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR be tested for COVID-19 every two weeks while participating in a sport. APS is hosting several drive through FREE vaccine clinics in the coming weeks. Click here for the schedule and registration information. There are also free vaccine locations throughout the city. As a reminder, You do NOT need to be a U.S. citizen to receive a vaccine. Providers cannot require ID before offering you a vaccine. Also, state and local public health agencies will NEVER share your information for any immigration or law enforcement purposes.

Prior to the start of each athletic season, students must provide their school’s athletic office with their COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the start of the season. If students are not vaccinated, they must provide proof of testing every two weeks throughout the season to continue to participate in athletics.

Student athletes will not be required to wear masks while participating in sports. Please note that COVID-19 health guidelines may frequently change. We will provide further details for any future changes to our health protocols as quickly as possible. 

Once again, student athletes who are not fully vaccinated will be required to take a COVID-19 test every two weeks throughout their athletic seasons. COVIDCheck Colorado provides FREE COVID-19 testing to Colorado residents. You can find a list of FREE testing locations here. Please note that parents and guardians will be responsible for scheduling their students’ COVID-19 tests and getting them to the testing locations. APS is not able to provide testing at schools or transportation to testing locations.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to your school’s Athletic Department or visit the APS Athletic and Activities website at athletics.aurorak12.org. Thank you for your continued support as we work to keep our students and staff safe.

Casey Powell
Director of APS Athletics

cmpowell@aurorak12.org