The following are recent updates to the USM Reopening Plan, and are accompanied by the date of the change. Please note that these updates have also been made throughout the reopening plan, and this page is serving as a “digest” for community members to view all recent updates.
Updates on September 16, 2020
COVID-19 Symptom Updates
At the guidance of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and in coordination with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the following changes have been made regarding COVID-19 symptoms. Please use these updated symptoms when determining if your child should attend school in person.
You should plan to keep your child at home for COVID-19 symptoms, until cleared by his/her healthcare provider, based on the following guidance:
Does your child have one of the following symptoms?
- Cough (new or worsening)
- Chills/shivering or temperature of 100.0F or higher
- Diarrhea or vomiting
- New loss of taste or smell
Does the student have two or more of the following symptoms?
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat
- Runny nose/congestion
- Unusual fatigue
If your child has any of the following symptoms, call EMS or 911 immediately:
- Bluish lips or face
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- New confusion
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
If your child has one or more of these symptoms, you should also contact his/her healthcare provider immediately. Your child may also be required to take a COVID-19 test, and receive a negative result, before returning to campus.
What is the current plan for Upper School athletics?
USM fall sports are scheduled to being practice on Monday, Aug. 17 for boys and girls cross country and girls tennis. Girls swimming is scheduled to begin on Monday, Aug. 24. Additionally, the following fall sports are scheduled to being on Tuesday, Sept. 8: field hockey, football, boys soccer, and volleyball. These sports delayed the start of their interscholastic competition, but will begin playing games on Monday, Sept. 28.
Locker rooms are available for changing areas for after school Upper School athletics, but not for overnight storage of items. Each coach has individual COVID protocol plans for their sport which include mask and physical distancing guidelines and will share with their teams.
Spectator policy for home games is as follows: no spectators will be allowed inside for volleyball games and no spectators from opposing teams will be allowed for outdoor sporting events on USM’s campus. USM community spectators will be allowed for outdoor events, but will be limited to two spectators per athlete at each event. Spectator policies for away events vary and will be communicated on a game by game basis.
Are spectators allowed at games?
This Fall, USM will allow each student athlete and coach for our outdoor fall sports to have up to two guests attend their competitions in person. Student athletes and coaches will be given wristbands to distribute to guests, and only those people will be allowed into the facility. No other guests will be allowed to attend due to our COVID protocols.
Spectators are expected to bring face masks to our competitions, and must wear a mask if within 6 feet of another spectator. At this time, USM will not be allowing any spectators at our indoor sport: volleyball. As this plan changes, we will keep you updated. Information about any of our away opponents’ policies regarding spectators will be communicated to program specific families on a game by game basis.