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    **Important Information**

    August 26, 2021

    Dear Highlander Families:

    We hope you had a relaxing and fun summer.  At this time, we feel it is important to share some critical details to apply to the 2021 Fall Athletic Season.  All of our coaches shared a sport specific letter with their program stakeholders prior to the start of the fall preseason.  This letter was to help guide our student athletes and families back to GLHS for the upcoming 2021 Fall Season.  We are excited at this point for our student athletes and coaching staff because they will be able to compete in a more traditional athletic season vying for Divisional, Conference/League, County and State Championships.  

    As with all of our efforts, we hope to provide all athletic teams a full and uninterrupted competition season.  But your child’s health and safety must be paramount to these efforts.  At this time, we need to outline critical behaviors and protocols that must remain in place as we work through the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Recently, we have had reports of positive COVID-19 test results from our athletic programs.   Our diligent and hard-working Health Office and Athletic Trainer have worked with the families involved to conduct contact tracing for each situation.  They have also received guidance from the Union County Department of Health (UCDOH) along with the New Jersey State Department of Health (NJDOH) on the safest path forward.  The guidance presented is that non-vaccinated individuals who were deemed close contacts were informed and instructed to quarantine. Asymptomatic Vaccinated close contacts were also notified and informed of the recommended COVID-19 testing timeline and monitoring of symptoms, although vaccinated close contacts presently are not required to quarantine.  If symptoms present with a vaccinated staff/student athlete, a quarantine is necessary.   As explained by the UCDOH, be aware that testing will likely be more difficult to obtain as we move into the Fall, so quarantining symptomatic contacts will be even more important.  As of 8/26/21- Union County is unfortunately in the "orange" zone now which necessitates a 14 day quarantine.  

    It is important to note that the GLHS Health Office receives guidance from the NJDOH and UCDOH daily and the information is continuously evolving as we move forward.  It will be standard practice to adjust to the changes and it is understood the community will work cooperatively as we process the guidance.

    The vaccination status of our staff and student athletes is incomplete at this point.  It is strongly requested that families notify Mrs. Ringwood in the GLHS Health Office if students are vaccinated in order to help ensure the safety of all members of our school community. Please use the following link: Covid19 Completed Vaccination Series Documentation Form  to report vaccination status.  Lastly, Union County hosts free vaccination clinics, and they offer free saliva testing at those sites as well.

    It is imperative that student-athletes do not attend practices or scrimmages/games if they have any COVID-like symptoms. These include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, congestion, nasal discharge, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, or sore throat. Parents and guardians should be sure to check their student-athletes each day before practice to ensure that they are not exhibiting any of these symptoms.   If it is determined that a student-athlete at practice/competitions is exhibiting any of the aforementioned symptoms, they will be sent home immediately and be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test. Additionally, student-athletes are required to bring their own personal water, hand-sanitizer, and face mask (for indoor & outdoor sports) each. Everyone is required to wear face coverings indoors at all Governor Livingston Athletic functions including any use of locker rooms, bus trips, and anyone attending but not participating in indoor sports (e.g. coaches and spectators for volleyball). 

    It is also very important to the health and safety of the Governor Livingston Athletic Community that all positive COVID-19 Test results are reported to the Health Office.  This is important as we navigate the challenges of the spread of COVID-19.  The GLHS Health Office and the Town/County and State Department of Health Offices have continued to share reports of COVID-19 positive test results.  Often the results shared from the Department of Health are delayed getting to our health office.  Therefore, we are unable to mitigate the spread- as often many contacts have already occurred.  Please share the results of a positive COVID-19 test results with the GLHS Health Office, Jeanne Ringwood, jringwood@bhpsnj.org  908-464-3100 ext. 2530.  All information is kept confidential but you will be helping stop the spread and protecting our fellow Highlanders!

    It was hopeful that we would be putting COVID-19 behind us as we started the fall season.  But it is now very clear that we are still in the battle.  But with continued cooperation and diligence from all Highlander Athletic Department Stakeholders, we can work towards the goal of a fall athletic season for our student athletes.  As always, we will continue to put the health and safety of our student athletes at the forefront of our planning to offer a fulfilling athletic experience.

    We appreciate all of your patience, resolve, and support as we continue to navigate such challenging times. 

     

    Sincerely, 

    Ann B. Clifton

     

     

    NJSIAA Update - Executive Order No. 251

    On August 6, 2021, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order No. 251 regarding the mandatory use of face masks by everyone in the indoor portion of a school district’s premises, with the following exceptions:

    a. When doing so would inhibit the individual’s health, such as when the individual is exposed to extreme heat indoors;

    b. When the individual has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face masks without assistance;

    c. When a student’s documented medical condition or disability, as reflected in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Educational Plan pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, precludes use of a face mask;  

    d. When the individual is under two (2) years of age;

    e. When the individual is engaged in activity that cannot physically be performed while wearing a mask, such as eating or drinking, or playing a musical instrument that would be obstructed by a face mask;

    f. When the individual is engaged in high-intensity aerobic or anaerobic activity;

    g. When a student is participating in high-intensity physical activities during a physical education class in a well-ventilated location and able to maintain a physical distance of six feet from all other individuals; or

    h. When wearing a face mask creates an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task.

    While we are still awaiting updated guidance for sports activities from the NJ Department of Health, we encourage all schools to follow this Executive Order while indoors for any activity.

     

    Dear 2021-22 WINTER SPORTS SEASON ONLY Student-Athletes and families:

    Instructions for student-athletes participating in Winter Sports only (we will wait for any possible new NJDOH/NJSIAA or COVID-related changes for the Spring Sports Registrations to be finalized) during the 2021-22 school year.

    All Athletic registrations required to participate in High School Interscholastic Sports are now online (excluding Physical & Health History Update Forms).   

    Online Registration through FormReLeaf will open for the 2021-2022 Winter Season on Wednesday, September 29, 2021

    Instructions for student-athletes participating in sports during the 2021-22 school year.

    Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, please note there are several changes and adjustments to the Sports Registration Process.  Be patient and please READ through all the procedures.

    AT THIS TIME WE WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTING WINTER SPORTS REGISTRATIONS      

    The 3 step process!

    Step 1- Complete the NJDOE Pre-Participation Evaluation Form (PPE/Sports Physical).  Each sports physical is only valid for 365 days in New Jersey.   Please work to procure a Doctor’s Appointment to complete your child’s sports physical paperwork (Pre-Participation Evaluation Forms-PPE).  NEW 4/30/21: We have worked with our School District Doctor, Care Station, to offer Sports Physicals at their Springfield Office location (90 US-22, Springfield Township, NJ 07081).  Please use this option if you are unable to get an appointment at your Doctor's Office.  Call the Springfield Office at (908) 925-2273- they are ready to take appointments.  Indicate that you are a Governor Livingston High School Student-Athlete and bring your Pre-participation Evaluation Form to be completed by the Doctor.  Please be reminded that if your child is an incoming freshman or a student looking to participate in WINTER (please remember we will update the Spring registration site later in the school year) Sports for the first time this school year– they must receive a sport physical in order to participate: 

    Print the NJDOE Pre-participation Evaluation Forms (PPE/Sports Physical), have the forms completed by your doctor and signed. 

    Use the following link to print the form:


    http://www.state.nj.us/education/students/safety/health/records/athleticphysicalsform.pdf

    (Physical Examination Form- must be completed by a certified Cardiac Module Doctor.)

    Scan the completed PPE form and email the signed completed form to GLSportsregistration@bhpsnj.org

     

    The addition of scanning the forms will allow for contactless submission of the required Sports Registration Forms

     

    Additional Details:

    The Health History Form must be completed by parents/guardians.

    All YES answers on the History Form must be explained.

    • All cardiac history or testing (ECG, EKG, Echocardiogram, etc.) noted on the History Form requires cardiac clearance by the student athlete’s doctor.

    The Athlete with Special Needs: Supplemental History Form- needs to be completed by parents/guardians, even if the student-athlete does not have special needs.  The form has important questions that must be answered by all student-athletes.

    MEDICATION FORMS:

    If the student-athlete requires emergency medication (EpiPen or inhaler), forms including permission for self-administration, completed by the private physician are required.  Any student requiring medication must submit the appropriate paperwork to the Health Office prior to the start of preseason. Medication Forms:

     

    Please note that this process MUST be completed in a timely fashion.  The Berkeley Heights School District Doctor (Care Station) must sign off and approve all physical forms prior to a student-athlete being cleared to participate.  Pre-Participation Physical Evaluations (PPE) performed by a private doctor will need to be reviewed and sign off/approved by Berkeley Heights School District Doctor (Care Station).  This process can take up to 10 days.

    NEW and continuing for the 2021-22 school year!!  The NJDOE and NJSIAA have developed a Health History Update Questionnaire to include 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) related questions. Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-41.7(b), the Health History Update Questionnaire is to be completed and signed by a student-athlete’s parent or guardian.

    Once completed, the Health History Update Questionnaire shall be reviewed by the school nurse and, if applicable, the school athletic trainer. Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-4, if an answer to a question on the Health History Update Questionnaire is YES, the certified school nurse and school physician (or other designated medical professional) shall determine whether additional medical attention and/or further evaluation is necessary.  Please note that in the past this form was only used for 2nd and 3rd sport student-athletes- but the form is now required for ALL 2021-22 Student-Athletes.

    Complete online and print the NJDOE Updated Health History Updated Questionnaire and parents/guardians should complete the form. 

    Use the following link to print the form:

     

    https://www.nj.gov/education/students/safety/health/services/HealthHistoryUpdatedQuestionnaire_6-12-20.pdf

     

    Scan the completed Updated Health History Updated Questionnaire Form and email the signed completed form to GLSportsregistration@bhpsnj.org

     

    The addition of scanning the forms will allow for contactless submission of the required Sports Registration Forms

     

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email the Health Office (jringwood@bhpsnj.org) and (908) 464-3100 ext. 2530.  Messages will be checked regularly over the summer.

     

    Step 2Complete the online sports registration- Form ReLeaf (Winter Sports only at this time):

    • If you do not already have an account with FormReleaf. Click on "SIGN UP" located at the upper right-hand corner of this page.
    • Register as an individual and create your account
    • On the Top menu bar select “Find Organization”
    • Search for Governor Livingston and Click On “School Name”
    • Click on the “Sport Season” you wish to register for
    • Click the appropriate sport, please check each sport your child is planning on participating during the 2021-22 Winter Sports only at this time and fill in all relevant questions. (any question with a red star is required to complete registration)
    • When finished click “Submit” located in lower right hand corner

    Please call Form ReLeaf Tech Support if you need further assistance @ 1-844-367-6735

    • Full time Union Magnet/ Vo-Tech Students are able to register by using the link above.

     

    Step 3Complete the Sports, Clubs and Activities Fee

    PayForIt is Transitioning to PaySchools Central!  

    Log on to the site:   https://www.payschoolscentral.com/

    FOR PAST PayForIt users follow these directions:

    PaySchools is excited to announce that BHPS/Governor Livingston High School is upgrading to the latest and greatest online payment product, PaySchools Central!  While the upgrade is intended to be seamless, PaySchools Central wants to make sure our Highlander Nation is aware of the specifics of the transition.

    1. When logging into PayForIt, users will be prompted with a message that their PayFotIt account has been replaced by PaySchools Central, and will be provided the link to access PaySchool Central.
    2. Clicking the PaySchools Central Link will re-direct users to the PaySchools Central login page.
    3. The user will then log in using their PayForIt credentials and they will be prompted to confirm credentials, students migrated, and any pertinent information about your account has been migrated as part of the transition.

    Once logged in- Click on the Optional Fees Tab and scroll down to the following:

    Sports, Clubs and Activities participation fee- 1 time per year $150.00  (Please click the small i in the circle for the Fee Details).  If your child participated in a 2021 fall sports team and your payment was submitted- you are all set!

    FOR 1st time users follow these directions:

    The BHPS/Governor Livingston High School has selected the PaySchools Central payment portal for parents/guardians to remit the Sports, Clubs, and Activities Participation Fee ($150.00).

    1. Create your account using your computer or tablet at: payschoolscentral.com
    2. If you want to use your phone, download the PaySchools Central App on the Apple App Store or Google Play.
    3. Complete account registration by selecting register, entering your profile details, setting up your password via the email link the site will send you, then logging in.
    4. Add your children to your account using the student’s Governor Livingston PowerSchool student (ID) number found by clicking into the Demographic Update page in the parent portal of PowerSchool.  Following Name (last, first MI) you will find the student (ID) number.  In addition, the PowerSchool student (ID) number has been shared via school district communications.  Magnet/Vo-Tech Student-Athletes- please reference below.
    5. If you would like, enter credit card and/or banking information as forms of payment to use with your PaySchools Central account or simply plan to use guest checkout when the time comes.  Rest assured that PaySchools is PCI-compliant and maintains industry-standard SSL certifications, ensuring all your family's data is safe and secure.

    Please click on the Optional Fees Tab and scroll down to the following:

    Sports, Clubs and Activities participation fee- 1 time per year $150.00  (Please click the small i in the circle for the Fee Details).   

    Please note that if there are any questions- contact PaySchools Central at 877-393-6628 or email: psc_help@payschools.com.

     

    All Magnet School Students will need to submit a $150.00 check for the participation fee to:

    Berkeley Heights Board of Education Business Office- Pay to Play Fee/Att. Eileen Villar

    345 Plainfield Avenue

    Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922

    Please add your child’s name and sport in the memo section of the check

    UCVTS Students do not receive a Power School ID number from Governor Livingston High School, therefore they are unable to use the online PaySchools Central Site. 

    All PaySchools Central processing and/or fee questions should be directed to the Berkeley Heights Board of Education- Business Office/ Eileen Villar at evillar@bhpsnj.org

     

    Please note that once a student-athlete has cleared the 3 Step process- you will receive an email indicating your child has been cleared to participate in athletics.  Please DO NOT have your student-athlete report to practice until you have received the clearance email.

    Check-off list for you:

    __________  Step 1- complete your child’s pre-participation evaluation form (including medications forms- if required) and complete the Health History Update Questionnaire.  (2 tasks)

    __________  Step 2- complete your child’s online sports registration- Form ReLeaf (WINTER SPORTS ONLY):

    __________ Step 3- complete your child’s Sports Activity Fee via the Pay Schools Central Site (please contact the business office with inquiries).

     

    IMPORTANT NOTES:

    Deadlines for completing the 2021-2022 Sports Registration Process- October 18, 2021!!!  Remember we will be accepting WINTER SPORTS Registrations at this time:

    (Please note the Form ReLeaf site is opened as of 9/29/21)

    No one may participate in tryouts/practices without an approved New Jersey Pre-participation Physical Evaluation (PPE); that has been signed off by the Berkeley Heights School Doctor- Care Station. 

    Please remember our Winter Sports Season Sports Registration Deadline is 10/18/21!!

     

    Thank you as always for being the best of the best and willing to champion the Highlander Way of working through challenges together.