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 Return to Play Protocol Clarification 

Updated January 25, 2022

All athletes who have tested positive for COVID-19 must still be cleared by a physician before returning to athletic activities.  This requirement has not changed since the implementation of our Bulldogs Athletics Reset Plan in 2020-2021.  Medical clearance can be obtained simply by contacting DASH at (607) 746-7454 as your child approaches the end of their isolation or quarantine period.  The clearance can be granted in person or over the phone in most cases, regardless of your registration status with DASH.  The district received the following communication from our Medical Director:

Dear Superintendent,


The recent change in CDC guidelines to shorten the recommended home isolation period for people with COVID-19 to 5 days has generated a lot of questions about the timing of return to participation (RTP) in PE and sports after a COVID positive test. Bassett pediatricians who serve as school medical directors and who oversee the School Based Health centers have met to address these questions, and we write today to provide clarification and rationale for our recommendations.


There is an important distinction between isolation duration and RTP. The two issues are not linked in the way they might at first appear to be. The CDC's recommendations for isolation concern themselves with questions of contagion and spread of disease. Our recommendations for RTP, on the other hand, are designed to address the known risk of cardiac complications from COVID-19 infection. That risk is not tied in any easily detected way to the symptoms of acute COVID-19 illness and may not even show up until after typical COVID symptoms have resolved.


Given this, it remains our recommendation that schools follow the return to play algorithm we distributed at the beginning of the academic year, a copy of which is attached. This guidance is based on that provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Should the AAP modify its recommendations, we will update ours accordingly.


We know that these are frustrating times for school staff, students and parents, and we appreciate your partnership in ensuring the health and safety of our students and athletes.


Monica Brané, MD, FAAP

William Fredette, MD, FAAP

Chris Kjolhede, MD, FAAP

Kerri LeBlanc, MD, FAAP

  Delaware Academy Athletics  



Varsity and Junior Varsity Winter sports begin November 15th
Modified Winter 1 sports (Volleyball/boys basketball) begin October 25th
Modified Winter 2 sports (Wrestling/Girls basketball) begin January 3rd

Should you have any question about a specific sport, it's requirements, etcetera, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's coach or Jeff Ferrara directly. 
Any information pertaining to athletics protocols pertaining to COVID for winter sports will be shared with you as they are received.  Please be advised at this point we do have an indoor mask mandate that will also pertain to indoor athletics.

   2021-'22 Delaware Academy Coaching Staff   

Girls Varsity Basketball: Todd Bruce  |[email protected]
Girls JV Basketball: Connor Broesler |[email protected]
Girls Modified Basketball: TBD
Boys Varsity Basketball: Warren Kelly |[email protected]
Boys JV Basketball: David Kelly |[email protected]
Boys Modified Basketball: William Mokay |[email protected]
Varsity Indoor Track and Field: Terry Legg |[email protected]
Wrestling: Jon Pecori |[email protected]

Some items to note:

1. Delaware Academy athletes submit the name of each person in advance. This list can change each game.

2. Visiting schools will have to submit a list of those attending the games.

3. Each spectator is required to sign in and supply a phone number for any possible contact tracing.

4. Masks are required, in addition to social distancing.

In regard to games played at a neutral site, fans will not be allowed to attend for either team at this time.

Delaware Academy appreciates the community’s support and understanding during this time. 


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To create an environment focused on pride, unity and character; where student-athletes demonstrate a strong social conscience.  The Delaware Academy Athletic Department considers athletics an integral part of education.  It is our goal to give our student athletes the tools and skills to achieve this mission. Being a part of a team not only promotes a healthy lifestyle but provides multiple opportunities for skill enhancement, competition, collaboration, and cooperation. We also believe that physical fitness, discipline and success can help promote academic success, and we expect that our athletes take pride in their performance in the classroom as well as on the field. While we strive to build competitive, winning teams, our primary mission is to promote the values of education, school spirit and fair play.

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Sports Coordinator Jeff Ferrara
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(607) 746-1330

Principal Robin Robbins
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(607) 746-1300
Superintendent Kelly Zimmerman
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(607) 746-1300
Transportation Gregg Verspoor
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(607) 746-3574

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