Please read the following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding Return to Activities and the COVID-19 pandemic.
1. How was this protocol developed and who was consulted?
Special Olympics Tennessee put together a Return to Activities (RTA) committee consisting of local parents, coaches, Area Directors, doctors, athletes, board members and staff.
This committee then took guidance from Special Olympics International (based on feedback from the World Health Organization, US Centers for Disease Control, multiple governments, sports governing bodies and other organizations) and local contacts to solidify a plan that was appropriate for use at the state and local level in Tennessee.
Per Special Olympics International policy, the RTA plan was approved by the SOTN Board of Directors in December 2020.
2. When will the state move to the next phase of the reopening plan?
The SOTN RTA committee is constantly evaluating the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Tennessee. When benchmarks referred to in the RTA plan are met, the committee will consider moving into Phase 1 of reopening (small training groups of less than 10, no shared equipment, social distancing and masks, etc).
3. What precautions will be taken at trainings and competitions once athletes return to in-person activities?
Precautions include extra sanitation of venues and equipment, temperature screenings, masks, no shared equipment, sign-ins for contact tracing, social distancing, and more.
4. What options are available for athletes who are not comfortable returning to in-person activities at this time?
Athletes and families who are not currently ready to return to in-person activities may continue to participate virtually while staying safe-at-home.
5. When the state moves to Phase 1 of the RTA plan, does that mean every Area Program will return to in-person activities?
Once SOTN as a state moves into Phase 1, local Area Programs have the option of moving to Phase 1 or staying in Phase 0 (virtual programs at home). Area Programs may lag behind the state in their reopening plan, but they may not move ahead of the state.
6. I have additional questions.
Please contact the SOTN COVID-19 Point of Contact, Joanne Drumright, firstname.lastname@example.org.