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Vaccination Requirements for Athletes

FCPS is requiring all athletes 16 years and older to be vaccinated against COVID1-19.

This applies to all winter athletes (basketball, dance, gymnastics, track, swim & dive, wrestling) and out-of-season athletes (fall and spring sports) that will participate in athletic activities starting November 8, 2021. Medical and religious exemptions will be accepted.

At this time, athletes younger than 16 years old that do not have proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required to provide weekly negative tests to the Activities Office. A negative test is submitted in advance of being eligible to participate the following week. 

Starting October 4th, TJ students can submit their proof of COVID-19 vaccination to the school. Please submit a photocopy of the card that includes the student’s name, student ID#, and legible vaccination date. Photocopies of the card can be dropped off in secure boxes provided in the Main Office, Activities Office (room 102), and Athletic Training Room (room 98, Door 11). Please do not email photocopies. Parents may mail copies of the card to Heather Murphy at the TJ address. The deadline for submitting vaccination cards is NOVEMBER 6, 2021.

Students needing a religious exemption should complete the Commonwealth of Virginia Certificate of Religious Exemption form. This form must be notarized. Students needing a medical exemption from their family physician should provide a note on the doctor’s official letterhead stating the reason why the student is exempt from the COVID-19 vaccine. Students providing proof of religious and medical exemptions will be required to provide weekly negative tests. The deadline for submitting exemptions to the TJ Activities Office is NOVEMBER 1, 2021.

To help with tracking, if you are planning on playing a winter or spring sport, please register ASAP. Students need to register every school year. Athletes participating in out-of-season sports will need to be registered before they can attend yellow and green days.

Deadlines for activities between November 8 and February 21:

-16 years or older as of November 8, 2021, and anyone else that is vaccinated, submit vaccination card by November 6, 2021.

-Medical and religious exemptions due November 1, 2021.

 

More information is to follow. Please make sure you are signed up to receive Keep in Touch emails from FCPS and TJ Athletics. Please follow us on social media accounts (Twitter & Instagram @TJHSST_Sports). Please check the FCPS Athletic Vaccination Requirement FAQ sheet if you have a question. If that document still does not answer your question, please email Director of Student Activities Rusty Hodges brhodges@fcps.edu or fulltime Athletic Trainer Heather Murphy hrmurphy@fcps.edu.


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