Current Status for 20-21 Sports
(Updated May 27)
The MHSAA provides Holland Christian specific clarification from MDHHS orders for athletics for this unique 20-21 school year. We experienced numerous protocol changes for fall athletes stemming from EO-160 on July 31 through EO-180 on September 9. The winter was no different with orders delaying the start of most winter sports from November 15 to February 8. Spring sports began on March 22 with weekly rapid testing required of athletes to participate. The latest “Gatherings and Face Mask Order” and “Interim Guidance for Athletics” dated May 24 extends interscholastic athlete testing beyond May 31 through June 30. Below is a current summary of how this order applies to Holland Christian athletics. As members of the MHSAA and the OK/MKO Conferences, spectators, coaches and athletes must accept the rules put forth for all member schools to be in compliance with the MDHHS and each other to compete interscholastically.
Face masks for spectators, athletes and coaches for any outdoor sports are not required. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a face mask for indoor sports. The requirement for non-vaccinated individuals to wear a face mask for indoor sports is set to expire on July 1.
Spring sport athletes must participate in the MDHHS rapid testing program. This program involves a single rapid antigen test each week for athletes to be eligible to practice and compete with their team that particular week. If an athlete is on a team that is still competing in MHSAA postseason play, they need to test on 6/1 (Tues.) at 8:00am, 6/7 (Mon.) at a time TBD & 6/14 (Mon.) at a time TBD. Participation in out of season summer activities such as conditioning does not require weekly testing.
There are three categories of student-athletes who do NOT need to complete the testing requirement to be eligible to play.
1. Students who are not yet 13. If a student-athlete turns 13 during the spring season, they need to begin testing after their 13th birthday. This will apply to some 7th graders and most 6th graders.
2. Students who had a positive diagnostic COVID-19 test (either antigen or PCR) within 3 months and it was officially documented and reported to Holland Christian. If the 3 month window of time from the positive test date expires during the season, the student needs to begin testing at that time.
3. Students who are fully vaccinated (2 weeks after the final dose). Please send a copy of the student vaccination card directly to Mr. Stephenson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
*Students with a recent positive test are already documented with the testing program, but vaccinated students need to confirm their vaccination completion with Mrs. Stephenson.
*Students who test positive for antibodies, but not a positive COVID test, still need to participate in the testing program.
The Abbott BinaxNOW antigen rapid test is completed by the student with a simple noninvasive self swap less than an inch into the nostril. The test takes less than a minute, but test results cannot be read for 15 minutes. Athletes will leave the testing area before the result can be read. Athletes who test positive will be isolated immediately and encouraged to obtain a PCR test within 48 hours to confirm. If confirmed, the athlete is considered infectious and must isolate for 10 days from the antigen test date (or current CDC guidance).
*Students with a positive antigen test who then test negative on a PCR test are not considered a positive COVID case and can return to full eligibility immediately (including continued testing).
The MHSAA recognizes the importance of the athletic experience for students and is making every effort to maintain and complete all seasons. As much as athletics have never been risk free, the MHSAA is a collective group of over one thousand schools actively mitigating physical risks to the best of their ability while considering the mental health risks of athletes as well. Thank you for your support and partnership as Holland Christian seeks to influence our sports culture for Christ. Our collective actions put God on display as we spectate, practice and compete. Please do your part to stay flexible, positive and respectful at our opponent facilities in addition to our own as we move forward together. We all have a role to play in mitigation, but we know God’s faithfulness and his future presence is with us as we move “through it” (Isaiah 43:2) together. Go Maroons.