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Carpinteria High School will resume equipment-free training and conditioning for its athletic programs over the next two weeks.

Academically, the high school is still operating remotely; all K-12 Carpinteria Unified School District schools will be allowed—but not required—to return to in-person schooling once Santa Barbara County remains in the red tier for two weeks. 

Between Oct. 5 and Oct. 16, high school boys and girls water polo, boys and girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, cheerleading and football plan to resume training, according to Athletic Director Patrick Cooney. 

A maximum of 14 students and two adults per sport are allowed to train at one time. In order to prevent as many interactions between people outside of different households, Cooney said that these groups are fixed, so “no students or coaches can change cohorts once we have started.” 

“CHS plans to strictly adhere to the guidelines in an attempt to ensure the safety of the students and coaches involved,” Cooney said in an email. “It’s a ton of work but it’s clear that this small step is one that students, families and coaches want to take.” 

Athletes are required to fill out a daily self-check Google form before 1 p.m. on the day of their respective activities and must fill out a Covid-19 pledge, according to the school’s website. The pledge asks students to confirm that they are “committed to keep myself and the Warrior community healthy and safe from the spread of Covid-19,” and the form asks students a number of questions, including whether they have been exposed to someone with Covid-19 or if they themselves have been diagnosed or are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms. 

Any athletes who do not fill in their form on time will not be allowed to participate in that day’s practice, according to the school’s website. No ridesharing is allowed and everyone must wear face coverings between the car and the athletic facilities; specific entrances to enter and leave practices are designated for each sport. 

All sports will be required to do a “dry run” day before official training begins, where students practice screening, arriving and departing. 

Spectators and volunteers will also not be allowed to stay on campus, Cooney said. 

“[A]ll will work together to ensure that progress can continue. Students will commit to taking measures that will essentially create a ‘bubble’ to protect them and their community,” said Cooney. 

“It’s a huge collective effort. Other schools that have reopened in Phase 1 under these very limited conditions have reported that the work has been well worth it, as the positive energy and smiles from the students has proven priceless. We expect the same type of experience and value at CHS.”

All sports are practicing on a modified sports calendar for the 2020-21 school year, following the release of California Interscholastic Federation’s (CIF) guidelines for sports operations during the pandemic. 

The CIF announced in July that it would be acting on modified schedules for the 2020-2021 school year. Instead of fall, winter and spring sports, athletic competitions will now be condensed into two seasons, and will be played out between December 2020 and June 2021. 

 As of Oct. 5, there are 197 total confirmed coronavirus cases and two active ones within the South County Unincorporated area, which includes the communities of Montecito, Summerland and the city of Carpinteria. 

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