The Monroe City R-1 Sports Complex will begin seeing action for the approaching 2020-2021 school year.

The Monroe City R-1 (MCR-1) School District and Athletic Department will begin to reopen their facilities for summer activities in four phases. Each phase will have guidelines. The MCR-1 School District released the following statement, stating, “The health and well-being of our student athletes and coaching staff is our number one focus.” The school shared that the guidelines can change at any time.

The first phase will start on June 22 and last until June 28. In this phase, there will be only Monroe City athletes going into grades 9-12.

Skills work will be the focus of this Phase. Small groups only will be maintained. There will only be small groups maintained with 60 athletes per session in groups of 20 or less. The groups will maintain social distancing guidelines set forth by the CDC/State/Local Health Departments. The meetings will include daily coach and athletic screenings. If a person’s temperature is above 100 degrees Fahrenheit or they have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days, the coach or athlete may not attend. There will be no water fountain use, all persons must supply their own water and show their own water bottle during the daily screening. The priority during this phase will be re-acclimating students to physical conditioning and fitness.

On June 29 phase 2 will begin and last until July 12. In this phase, there will be more team camp and practice set ups while maintaining social distancing. The daily screenings will continue, along with no water fountain usage and maximum of 60 athletes with 20 persons per group.

Phase three will begin on July 13 and last until August 9. In this phase, teams will be allowed to continue competition within their sports teams. Proper sanitization will be maintained. During this phase teams involved can be increased and spectators are able to be involved. Social distancing will still happen as set forth by health agencies. Phase four will begin August 10, as fall sports begin under MSHSAA guidance and restrictions set forth by the State of Missouri.

Included in the guidelines, are restrictions for weight room usage. Athletes, coaches and visitors to the weight room must maintain social distancing guidelines set for by the CDC/State/and Local Health Departments. Each person will be responsible for cleaning and disinfecting the equipment that is used. The MCR-1 students and athletes will have priority to the weight room from 6 a.m.-11 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Community members will be allowed to use the weight room 11 a.m.-5:45 a.m. Monday through Friday with a school authorized entry card and anytime on the weekends with school approval.

During phase one there will only be eight students allowed with two supervisors or coaches. Sign-ups will be in 45 minute schedules and come on a first come, first serve basis by contacting the coaches. In phase two, the number of students will increase to 14 athletes and in the next phases of three and four the same guidelines will apply with possible modifications.