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AIA: Unvaxed high school athletes should bring their own gear

The AIA releases detailed guidance for returning to sports as COVID-19 cases mount in Arizona.

ARIZONA, USA — If you're unvaccinated and a high school athlete, you better have your own ball.

The Arizona Interscholastic Association released its new COVID-19 guidelines Monday. They encourage student-athletes to be vaccinated if eligible. If not, the AIA encourages athletes to have their own equipment.

The 14-page guidance covers a lot of ground: how facilities should be cleaned, when and how athletes should quarantine and when and how institutions should suspend or discontinue competition. 

Other highlights:

  • A student's vaccination status and proof of vaccination should be included in their pre-participation physical paperwork.
  • Schools should limit non-essential visitors, especially those who are unvaccinated.
  • Work with local health departments to draft letters to distribute to close contacts of those who test positive for COVID-19, when appropriate.
  • Practice outdoors when possible.
  • Athletes who have tested positive don't return to practice until they meet the CDC's criteria for home isolation and are cleared by a physician and athletic training staff. 

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