What are the various risk levels of activities? What level are we currently in?

Within Stages 1 and 2 of Governor Hogan’s Roadmap to Recovery, there will be segmented approaches for gradual resumption and administration of athletics and activities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes the segmented approach through a risk assessment.

  • Lowest Risk: Performing skill-building drills or conditioning at home, alone or with family members.
  • Increasing Risk: Summer out-of-season school-based open conditioning, exercise, weight training, and non-sport specific student gatherings/In-Season Team Based Practices
  • More Risk: Within-team competition.
  • Even More Risk: Full competition between teams from the same local geographic area.
  • Highest Risk: Full competition between teams from different geographic areas.

Sports are differentiated by risk level, which aligns with the potential for contact. The risk levels are included in the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Guidance for Opening High School Athletics and Activities. The higher risk level sports are football, boys’ lacrosse, wrestling, competitive cheerleading and dance (pompons).

HCPSS Athletics is currently operating in the Lowest Risk level. This will continue through the first semester. The next risk level is the Increasing Risk level. This includes school-based all-school conditioning, exercise, weight training, and non-sport specific student gatherings, along with in-season team-based practices. When safe to proceed, the program will operate in the subsequent levels, leading up to local competition beginning in the fourth stage.

Phase 2 is currently being reviewed and vetted through HCPSS and health officials, as appropriate. When finalized, Phase 2 will be shared with stakeholders in advance of the start of in-person activities for the HCPSS athletics program. The progression through phases will occur sequentially; however, there is the potential that operations may return to a previous risk level of operations, if deemed necessary by state and/or local health officials.