CPS Winter Athletics Guide 2021-22

November 29, 2021

Please see guidance below as it pertains to the CPS Athletics Winter 2021-22 Season as we continue to emphasize the safety of our student athletes, staff and our school communities.

Schedules

Check with school athletic directors for the most updated schedule.

All school Athletic Directors' info can be found on the district athletics website.

Streaming

Online streaming will be accessible at select Cincinnati Public Schools' facilities. The home school is always responsible for providing the stream. Links and additional streaming information will be shared through school VNN websites and athletic department social media pages.

See below with high school athletic department Twitter handles:

If there is a delay, cancellation, or reschedule for any game, updates will be posted on school Twitter accounts.

Student-Athletes/Coaches

All student-athletes and coaches are recommended to practice social distancing  at all times besides when playing. In addition, student-athletes are recommended to bring their own water bottles, towels, and other equipment. Please consult with your school athletic director to ensure all procedures are being followed at all times.

Student-athletes, coaches, spectators AND game day staff are ALL required to wear a mask at all times when indoor. This includes locker rooms, restrooms and buses.

Home and away cheerleaders will be permitted at all contests.

Sideline expectations will remain consistent with district guidance in regards to social distancing at three feet apart, when possible. This is expected for indoor and outdoor activities. It is recommended to avoid high fives, hugging and sharing equipment as much as possible.

Additional Information

Asia Bradford is the point of contact for District Athletics for all COVID-19 related items. Please contact Asia if you have any questions or need to report a positive case.

School athletic teams who are traveling out of state must submit special requests and will have to be approved through the Superintendent's office.

Out-of-Season sports programs are permitted to work out during times not designated as "no contact" periods for sports.

Winter Sports Guidance & Spectator Code of Conduct

Spectator Information

Any person attending an athletic contest in Cincinnati Public Schools must perform a self-evaluation before entering a district facility. Those determined to experience any of the following symptoms will not be permitted to enter: fever, headache, cough, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, loss of smell/taste or close contact with somebody who has COVID-19.

Hand sanitizer will be provided and available at multiple locations throughout all facilities.

Outdoor facility capacity will cap at 75 percent of venue per district records. Indoor facilities will operate at 50 percent capacity.

Masks must be worn at all times indoors — No exeptions.

All spectators must adhere to social distancing requirements.

Ticket prices will be determined by the school and the athletic conference that schools belong to. Prices may vary depending on the sport.

All tickets to events will be purchasable onling through Hometown Ticketing. You can find out more information on how to purchase tickets through the school athletic department or by visiting the school's athletics website.

*Pre-sale ticket cash transactions may be available depending on the school — please follow up with your athletic director for more information.

There will be no congregating in any areas away from the bleachers before, during or after contests. All spectators will be asked to leave the facility immediately after all contests. There may be a need to empty gymnasiums between events/contests, that will be communicated by the school administration.

Restrooms will be available at all facilities — handwashing and proper hygiene will be made a priority in these areas.

Athletic Directors, CPS Security personnel and Cincinnati Police Officers will have the authority to remove anybody from facilities if they are not in compliance with CPS Athletics Spectator Guidelines. Please see CPS Spectator Code of Conduct attached.

Concessions 

Concessions will be available for purchase determined by the school and athletic conference that schools belong to. Prices may vary depending on the facility. Concessions workers are required to wear a mask and gloves and will be asked to limit any cash transactions. There will be no self-serve stations available at any facilities.

Transportation

Masks must be worn on buses at all times. It is highly recommended to have the windows down to maximize air circulation. Buses may be used to their full capacity — please contact the district athletics office if there are any questions.

Spectator Code of Conduct

Read Cincinnati Public Schools' Spectator Code of Conduct

While the Spectator Code of Conduct encompasses behavior expectations and consequences for both  student and adult spectators, Cincinnati Public Schools administrators may apply further consequences to a  student ejected from a contest due to the student violating the CPS Code of Conduct.

CPS Athletic Department Websites

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