Covid - 19 Information

2020 MSHSL and ISD 99 Coaches’ Sports Requirement/Guidelines


Esko Public Schools is implementing its COVID-19 preparedness plan to address the requirements established by the Minnesota Department of Health.  This plan prioritizes student and staff safety, but doesn't remove all risk as we return to play.  Parents, players and coaches who do not feel comfortable with the inherent risks should know that participation in our athletic program is optional and voluntary. 


August 17, 2020 (Cross Country and Soccer)

Coaches CAN…work with their student-athletes in person.  All groups must abide by the following:

  • You MUST send me your safety plan & after it’s approved share the information with the families of your participants.  
  • You MUST communicate the following health screening to be used by players and parents to self-access prior to each practice, scrimmage, or game.
  • Do you have a fever?
  • Do you have a sore throat?
  • Are you short of breath?
  • Do you have a cough?
  • Have you been exposed to a person with a confirmed, active case of COVID-19?

** if the answer to any of these questions is yes, you are required to stay home, contact your medical provider, and communicate with your coach.  

  • You MUST keep a daily record of everyone present in case anyone develops COVID-19.
  • You MUST make sure that all participants are completely eligible and present on the master eligibility sheet shared with you.
  • You MUST request access to supplies for sanitization – email your request to Tony Compo.
  • You MUST have your CER complete on the MSHSL Coaches Dashboard.
  • You MUST send me a facilities request form if you intend to use school facilities.
  • You MUST have a mask and wear it whenever possible.  
  • You MUST communicate any health concern or potential positive case of COVID-19 directly to Mr. Hexum and to me.  NO COMMUNICATION about anyone (student, staff, etc.) who may have contracted the virus is to be shared with anyone.  All communication will come from public health officials.  Anyone who tests positive and those in the same pod will not be allowed to return for a time determined by MDH.
  • What is a Pod?
  • A pod is a group of participants that stay together for each workout.
  • There can be 25 people in a pod (24 participants and 1 coach).
  • If multiple pods are allowed to use the same field, pods will enter/exit at different locations and stay clear of each other during the workout.
  • If a participant is missing on a particular workout, someone from a different pod cannot take their place.
  • Pods are 4 per football/soccer sized field, 3 per baseball field, 2 per ice rink, 1 per basketball/volleyball court

 Please remember the following:

  • No Locker Room Use
  • We will be limiting nonessential visitors to campus throughout the school year.  With this in mind, spectators, fans, parents, or any other unauthorized visitors are not permitted to attend practices held on the Esko Public Schools campus. 
  • Hand Sanitizer will be available at the workout sessions.  
  • All students should bring their own water bottle.  Water bottles must not be shared.


These protocols may change based on any new guidance from MDH, CDC, MSHSL, or the NFHS.


The following documents below provide sport-specific guidance and information for MSHSL Fall Approved Sports:
Boys and Girls Soccer

Boys and Girls Cross Country

From the Coaches -  Cross Country Health Safety Plan
From the Coaches - Soccer Health Safety Plan.docx

 *MSHSL updates for Football and Volleyball*

*Esko Volleyball Covid-19/Health Safety Protocol* 

*Esko Football Health Safety Protocols.2020*