Health & Safety FAQs
Q: When is screening (and verification) required? Is it required just on practice and game days during the 24-week season, or also on days in the “off season” where we have team meetings and conditioning sessions? (Added 8/21/2020)
Q: The original requirement mandated game-day screening had to be conducted by a healthcare professional. The Council of Presidents (COP) Executive Committee approved a recommendation from the Athletic Trainers Association to also allow trained individuals to complete game-day screening. Who can be trained, and how does the training work? (Added 8/13/2020)
A: As described above, both healthcare professionals and non-healthcare professionals can now conduct game-day screening. In conjunction with this change, the Athletics Trainers Association also recommended modifications to the screening scoring chart, which the Council of Presidents Executive Committee approved. Now, two versions of the form will be utilized:
- Non-healthcare professionals will use a version of the scoring rubric that simply asks for Yes/No answers to each of the symptoms and questions. Any “Yes” answer will result in a referral to a healthcare professional for a final decision regarding if the individual should participate.
- Healthcare professionals will use a version of the form that assigns scores to each symptom or question (in other words, weighted symptoms), similar to what has been shared since July 1. This scoring rubric has also been amended to use a score of 3 as the standard for withholding a participant, as opposed to a score of 2 as originally described. Healthcare professionals will use this version whether conducting the entire screen themselves, or if the individual is referred to them following an initial screen by someone else.
Please see Section III of the NAIA’s Fall 2020 Guidelines & Recommendations, which are being updated to reflect this most recent change. Please note that screening protocols will continue to be updated as new research and data become available.
Q: On game day, is it the responsibility of the host institution to conduct screening for all participants? Or can the visiting team do it on their home campus before getting on the bus? (Updated 8/13/2020)
Q: If a coach reports symptoms in the screening process, are they required to completely withdraw? Or are there any options to mitigate the coach’s exposure to students, such as wearing a mask and gloves, social distancing on the sideline, etc.?
Q: Are golf and tennis included in these screening requirements? Our athletic trainers rarely attend golf or tennis competitions or see those student-athletes on game day. If it’s a two-day tournament, who screens everyone on the second day? (Updated 8/13/2020)
SCREENING VERIFICATION FORM
Q: My football team conducts multiple practices/team meetings each day in the fall. Do I have to submit a verification form for every gathering that happens throughout the day, or just once per day? (Added 8/21/2020)
Q: On the reporting dashboard, I see that there are different colors labeling different teams. What do the different colors for status indicate about an institution’s screening process? (Added 8/13/2020)
- Grey: Indicates that there have not been any submissions for the team.
- Green: Indicates the team has provided a submission continuously each day.
- Yellow: Indicates the particular team has missed between 1-10% of reporting days since the team did its first submission.
- Red: Indicates the particular team has missed more than 10% of the reporting days since the team did its first submission.