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2020-21 ATHLETICS UPDATES

1/11/21

Dear Winter sports Students and Families,

Ahe December 29th School Board meeting it was approved to allow our Winter sports the opportunity to play competitive games outside of Dane County. With this allowance our Winter sport teams have started small sport specific practices that adhere to Public Health Madison and Dane County (PHMDC) Order #12 which will now be in effect starting January 13th through February 10, 2021. Students and Families should have schedules and a line of communication already started from sport coaches at this time. If you have questions please start with the sport specific coach first but do not hesitate to contact the athletic department at (608)316-1371 as needed.

Important: With the starting of the Winter sports season we are sharing the following forms and resources. In order to minimize wrong information the school will use these resources for accuracy, please use them and do not create others.

            Forms

            Resources

Participation in Monona Grove High School extracurricular activities is optional, and those students who choose to participate must adhere to MGHS, WIAA, PHMDC, and Department of Health (DHS) policies and safety protocols. We have shared the ​MG SD Activities/Athletics Plan​ to all students and families registered to participate in these winter extracurricular sports activities. It is also important to remember that scheduling competitions are not guaranteed and are subject to change so we ask for patience and understanding from those participating. When competing in another school outside of Dane County, all team members (coaches, managers, and players) and fans when allowed, will be expected to follow local school and municipalities COVID rules and regulations. Some events may or may not allow fans in attendance and some will provide a live stream. We will make you aware of these as we learn them.

Most importantly, we must remain socially responsible and follow all safety protocols to make this work and so that we may have a successful winter season.

Sincerely,

Jeff Schreiner

Activities Director



12/21/20

Dear MGHS Families:

Last week, Public Health Madison Dane County issued Executive Order #11 - which allows us to proceed with small group extra-curricular planning. This order is in effect until January 13, 2021. The following resource explains the differences between Executive Order #10 and Executive Order #11.

Our focus at this time will be on the winter sports season. Small group sport specific opportunities will begin the week January 4, as we return from winter break. These plans follow the current Dane County Public Health guidelines but remain flexible as COVID-19 guidelines and protocols are updated. We will continue to update and notify you of any changes.

A list of registered students has been shared with winter sport coaches and small groups of 10 are being set up with coaches’ discretion. In order to maintain safety protocols with small groups, the registration window has been closed. If any student is still interested in participating in a winter sport, the parent/guardian will first need to contact the Athletic Department via nicole.dunbar@mgschools.net.

Please note that physical forms are still required for participation in small groups. Although a student may be assigned to a small group, without a current physical form, participation will not be allowed. For the 20-21 school year, physicals should be on/after 4/1/19. As a result of COVID-19 protocols, it has been difficult for some families to schedule physicals. If you are unable to schedule a physical before the start of your season, the WIAA is temporarily allowing an extension form. If the physical on file with the office is dated prior to 4/1/19, please submit either your physical form or the physical extension form before the first day of small group work.

We are sharing the Monona Grove School District Activities/Athletics Plan to provide COVID-19 preparations, which are vastly different from preparations in years past. Coaches for each sport will be providing registered students/families further sport specific details regarding small group dates/times.

We realize that our current situation has been extremely challenging for many. The health and safety of our students, coaches, and community is our number one priority. We are looking forward to getting our students back to our programs in a safe environment.

Sincerely,

Jeff Schreiner

Activities Director



11/24/20

Dear MGHS Families:                                                                                     

Last week, Public Health Madison Dane County issued Executive Order #10 - which prohibits indoor sports and activities of any size unless participants are from the same household. This order is in effect until December 16. 

We continue to explore opportunities to begin bringing small groups of students interested in extra-curricular activities into the high school. As we look ahead, our next steps will focus on our plan to begin our winter sports seasons on January 4, as we return from winter break.  All plans to return to small group activities - both in-season and out-of-season - will be dependent upon current Public Health guidelines. Your student’s sport coach will be in contact with more information regarding each sport’s plans. 

Online registration for winter sports will remain open through Monday, November 30. Although our season is currently suspended, we need all students to register in order to participate in sports - regardless of whether we remain virtual or are at some point able to be in-person.

All winter sports registration is now online, with the exception of the physical form. To access registration, login to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal, click on “Message Center” on the left hand side, then click on “Surveys” along the top of the page. Select “Winter Athletic Registration.”

For the 20-21 school year, physicals should be on/after 4/1/19. As a result of COVID-19 protocols, it has been difficult for some families to schedule physicals. If you are unable to schedule a physical before the start of your season, the WIAA is temporarily allowing an extension form. If the physical on file with the office is dated prior to 4/1/19, please submit either your physical form or the physical extension form before the first day of practice. 

We realize that our current situation has been extremely challenging for many.  The health and safety of our students, coaches, game workers, fans, officials, and community is our number one priority.  We are looking forward to getting our students back to our programs in a safe environment, but recognize that this situation is fluid, and will continue to keep you updated as things change. 

Sincerely,

Jeff Schreiner

Activities Director



11/2/20

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Online registration for winter sports will open on Monday, November 2. Although our season is currently suspended, we need all students to register in order to participate in sports - regardless of whether we remain virtual or are at some point able to be in-person.

Here in Dane County, our public health department has ordered that no competitions in medium-and high-risk sports may take place. We are legally obligated to follow these orders and requirements. In addition to not allowing for competitions, these requirements state that practices for all sports (low-, medium- and high-risk) are only allowed if the 6-feet physical distancing requirements are being maintained and are subject to mass gathering rules (10 people indoors, 25 people outdoors).

We will begin the winter sports season with Virtual Coaching.  We feel that Virtual Coaching allows our coaches and students to engage in teaching and learning as safely as possible, as consistently as possible, and with increased quality due to a focus on just one delivery method (virtual) that our coaches have spent time planning for.  Our sports programs will be educationally based and WIAA rules for in-sport season will be followed during this time. Additionally, there will be no tryouts or cuts to participate in virtual practice or voluntary workouts.

  1. Virtual practice plans will incorporate our Talon Framework (Leadership, Community, Spirit and Commitment) to meet the social, physical, and mental aspects of the students’ needs.  

  • We are asking that any meetings/check-ins/contact days occur and end between 3:30 and 6:30 PM, to allow students time for dinner and homework in the evenings. 

  1. We are considering plans to allow cohorts of 10 students or less to participate in voluntary individual workouts per PHMDC requirements. Only students who have completed online registration will be eligible to participate.

Once again this year, each sport will choose a date for their sport meeting that best accommodates their sport start date. All meetings will be held virtually via Google Meet. Winter sport start dates and meeting dates are listed in the attached file. 

All sports registration is now online, with the exception of the physical form. You will receive an Infinite Campus message that contains the link to online registration. 

For the 20-21 school year, physicals should be on/after 4/1/19. As a result of COVID-19 protocols, it has been difficult for some families to schedule physicals. If you are unable to schedule a physical before the start of your season, the WIAA is temporarily allowing an extension form. If the physical on file with the office is dated prior to 4/1/19, please submit either your physical form or the physical extension form before the first day of practice. 

Academic Eligibility Although this time has been different and difficult for students, academic performance is a measurement of not only a student’s success in the classroom, but also a measurement of the student’s understanding of the academic content.  At the end of each grading period (term 1, 2, 3 and 4) students participating in extracurricular activities (activities, athletics, and fine arts) will be expected to have no “F” failing grades in order to participate in competitions. Students will still be eligible for virtual practices/meetings and voluntary workouts.

With the end of term 1 on November 6th, please take some time to read the academic requirements from our Activities Code (Click for 2020-21 Activities Code).

Questions can be directed to Nicole Dunbar at nicole.dunbar@mgschools.net or Athletics/Activities Director Jeff Schreiner at jeffery.schreiner@mgschools.net



10/16/20

Dear MGHS Families, 

Later today, the Badger Conference--of which the Monona Grove School District is a member--will announce that the conference schedule for winter sports has been suspended. This unanimous decision was made since not all member schools are able to participate fully in conference contests due to local public health guidelines. Please see the attached official Badger Conference Statement for more details.

The Badger Conference spans 7 counties; here in Dane County, our public health department has ordered that no competitions in medium-and high-risk sports may take place. We are legally obligated to follow these orders and requirements. In addition to not allowing for competitions, these requirements state that practices for all sports (low-, medium- and high-risk) are only allowed if the 6-feet physical distancing requirements are being maintained and are subject to mass gathering rules (10 people indoors, 25 people outdoors).

We realize that our current situation has been extremely challenging for many. The health and safety of our students, coaches, game workers, fans, officials, and community is our number one priority. Many of our activities are offering virtual options at this time. Information that was shared during the Virtual Activities Fair on 9/30 can be found here. We continue to monitor and evaluate the current conditions and how we might be able to meet the needs of our students and community. 



9/4/20

Dear MGHS Families,

Now that our school year has started, we wanted to share some information related to our extra-curricular offerings. We are fortunate at Monona Grove to offer our students opportunities in Fine Arts, Activities and Athletics.

As of now, Public Health Madison Dane County has ordered that no competitions in medium-and high-risk sports may take place. Monona Grove extra-curriculars are aligned to our academic decisions and therefore will not have any in-person instruction or training in our facilities at this time. When it is determined safe, through Public Health and other considerations, we will work to resume student opportunities in our extra-curricular programs.   

Although we are currently unable to meet in person, there will be virtual opportunities for some of our extra-curricular activities to start off the year. More information about these offerings will be shared at the Virtual Activity Fair on Wednesday, September 30. 

The WIAA recently approved an alternative calendar for sport schedules for the 20-21 school year, to accommodate schools that are unable to participate this fall due to COVID-19 guidelines. Attached is a list of new start and end dates for all sports for the 20-21 school year, as well as the dates for online registration for each season. These schedules are pending updates from Public Health Madison Dane County. 

As in the past couple of years, registration for sports will be through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Registration and physical forms will be required before beginning practice, as usual. For the 20-21 school year, physicals should be on/after 4/1/19. 

As a result of COVID-19 protocols, it has been difficult for some families to schedule physicals. If you are unable to schedule a physical before the start of your season, the WIAA is temporarily allowing an extension form. If the physical on file with the office is dated prior to 4/1/19, please submit either your physical form or the physical extension form before the first day of practice. Questions can be directed to Nicole Dunbar at nicole.dunbar@mgschools.net.



7/29/20

Dear MGHS Families,

I hope this finds you and your family doing well.  On Tuesday, July 28th, the school district communicated to families that first-quarter instruction during the 2020-21 school year will be delivered through the virtual learning model.  The district will continue to work with Public Health Madison & Dane County to monitor countywide health metrics and other considerations to determine our best option for the second quarter and second semester of the 2020-21 school year. In addition, Public Health Madison Dane County has ordered that no competitions in medium-and high-risk sports may take place.  Monona Grove Athletics and Activities are aligned to our academic decisions and therefore will not have any in-person instruction or training in our facilities at this time.  When it is determined safe, through  Public Health and other considerations, we will work to resume student opportunities in our extra-curricular programs.   

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) met on Thursday, July 23, to discuss what athletics would look like this fall and throughout the year in the state of Wisconsin.  They determined that WIAA will work on opportunities for schools and conferences that cannot play sports in the fall.  The WIAA board of control is scheduled to meet on August 14 and we hope to have more clear information on what these opportunities will look like following this meeting.  

The Badger Conference is made up of 16 schools that represent 7 counties.  Although the majority of the conference schools are in Dane County, all schools will follow their county guidelines for participation allowances.    We will look to provide opportunities going forward through whatever means are available based on WIAA guidance for fall sports and reflective of our instructional delivery model and public health guidance.  As the WIAA works through a plan, the athletic/activities office will continue to work with the WIAA and the Badger Conference to provide any feedback we can.  Once we have a better understanding of what the WIAA plan looks like, we will reach out to students and parents to provide an update.  

What lies ahead is not easy for any of us and has been extremely challenging for our students, parents and coaches.  We all understand the importance athletics and activities play in the health and wellbeing of every student's life.  Time without student participation, competition, fanfare and community support will be missed greatly.  We remain committed to the safety of our students and will work to connect them with experiences in and out of the classroom.  Our entire staff will grow through this experience and in the end it will be the creativity and connections we were able to share with our students that will continue to build on the pride and traditions in the  Monona Grove School District. 



​​​​​​7/21/20
  • Parent/Athlete sport meetings will be held virtually through Google Meet. Links to access these meetings will also be shared via Infinite Campus.
  • Registration and physical forms will be required before beginning practice, as usual. For the 2020-21 school year, physicals should be on/after 4/1/19. 
  • As a result of COVID-19 protocols, it has been difficult for some families to schedule physicals. If you are unable to schedule a physical before the start of your season, the WIAA is temporarily allowing an extension form. If the physical on file with the office is dated prior to 4/1/19, please submit either your physical form or the physical extension form before the first day of practice. Questions can be directed to Nicole Poley at nicole.poley@mgschools.net.