The requirements and recommendations in this guidance also apply to all extracurricular activities that are operated or supervised by schools, and all activities that occur on a school site, whether or not they occur during school hours, including, but not limited to, sports, band, chorus, and clubs. Masks are required for all persons while playing all indoor sports, unless wearing a mask during play has been determined to pose a choking hazard by a well-recognized health authority, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics.
For (1) the playing of musical instruments that cannot be done with a face covering (e.g., wind instruments); or (2) when wearing a mask during play poses a choking hazard, at least one of the following options is required:
a. Conduct these activities outdoors;
b. Use modified face coverings and bell coverings when playing wind and brass instruments, and maintain 6 feet of physical distancing;
c. Perform at least weekly screening testing with either PCR testing (1:1 or pooled PCR) or antigen testing of all individuals, including those who are fully vaccinated.
Schools must be in compliance with the required weekly testing no later than September 27, 2021.
CDPH will continue to assess conditions on an ongoing basis, and will determine no later than November 1, 2021, whether to update mask requirements or recommendations.
FAQs: School-Based Extra-Curricular Activities
14. Are there additional recommendations to protect against transmission of COVID-19 during sports in K-12 settings?
Sports-related transmission of COVID-19 often occurs off the field of play. This includes during weight-training, team meetings, and while commuting with teammates to and from activities. Students are required to wear masks indoors in school settings and on school-based transportation. This includes weight rooms, locker rooms, and school buses, even if the sport itself is played outdoors.
Additional recommendations to mitigate sports-related transmission of COVID-19 include the following: vaccinate all eligible student athletes, coaches, and parent/adult volunteers; consider screening testing programs; hold team meetings outdoors; minimize team meals and other activities not related to practice or play; wear masks during shared transportation (i.e., carpooling to and from activities); avoid sharing water bottles; and train in pods (e.g., separate teams into varsity/junior varsity, offense/defense, different track & field events, etc.). Note that local health jurisdictions may have additional rules and regulations. Additional recommendations are provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
15. What if I must temporarily lower my mask for any reason?
Lowering a mask (i.e., such that it does not fully cover the wearer’s nose and mouth) for any reason increases risk of infection and potentially exposes other persons to COVID-19. If it must be done, it should be done for brief periods of time, away from other people, and preferably outdoors if possible.
16. What should I do if my mask feels wet or gets saturated with sweat?
Any face mask that feels wet or becomes saturated with sweat should be changed immediately.
17. Does the K-12 Guidance on School-Based Extracurricular Activities apply to non-school activities?
For sports and recreation activities that are not operated or supervised by schools, or do not occur on a school site, the following continue to apply: