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Penn State Athletics to Begin Third Phase of Return on Monday

on June 26, 2020 1:30 PM

Penn State Athletics will continue its phased return to campus this coming week as both men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball will begin their arrival Monday, June 29.

The announcement is the third in a series of phased returns. Penn State began its second phase of student-athlete return to campus this past Monday with a group that included additional football players and the starting return of men's and women's basketball athletes.

The first return phase began on June 8. Precautions during all three phases included screening, testing, social distancing and other measures to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 among student-athletes, coaches and support staffs.

Penn State Athletics has implemented and is enforcing the following protocols:

  • Education for all student-athletes, coach and staff on Penn State’s COVID safety protocols.
  • Mandatory daily health screening questionnaire and temperature check for student-athletes, coaches and staff.
  • Required use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Adherence to social distancing guidelines for meetings and workouts, including the use of smaller groups for performance enhancement session.
  • Enhanced cleaning for all athletics facilities.
  • Limited and monitored access to facilities.

Football players already on campus are taking part in voluntary workouts and will be joined by their fellow teammates in the coming days following a quarantine period. Student athletes are being housed in a combination of on and off campuses housing including local hotels.

The NCAA also recently approved and ratified a six-week return schedule for football that allows programs to safely ramp up workouts and team-activities prior to the start of training camp at the beginning of August. That period began during the voluntary workout period throughout the whole of June and will begin in earnest with non-voluntary workouts on July 13. According to a Penn State spokesperson, student athletes will stay in town throughout the duration of the summer programming.

The university has not announced any positive COVID-19 tests but also has not made clear any intentions to make potential positive tests public.

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