Protective Measures for Intramural Activities
- When determining the types of activities to include as part of an intramural program, school boards and schools should consider potential risks and procedures related to the location/facility, equipment, physical distancing and organizational strategies, that can be used to support the safe return to intramural activities and address concerns related to the transmission of COVID-19.
- Planning intramural activities should start with those that have the highest level of protective measures (for example, use outdoors, maintain physical distancing, use little or no equipment) to allow time for students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and apply these new safety practices to intramural activities. When school board direction/policies related to COVID-19 change so too can the protective measures, gradually progressing from the highest to moderate to the lowest levels.
- The following provides examples of high, moderate, and low levels of protective measures and the associated risk treatment strategies:
- Physical Distancing
- Organizational Strategies
When selecting intramural activities for your program, consider the following:
- Can the intramural activity be done outdoors?
- Can the intramural activity be done with no equipment or modified to reduce the sharing of equipment?
- Can the intramural activity be done while maintaining physical distancing?
- Can the intramural activity be done individually, with fewer participants, or within an existing cohort of students?
Here’s a list of sample levels of protective measures for a variety of intramural activities:
Note: Intramural activities may fit into many different protective measure categories depending on the approach used to implement them.