COVID-19 Policies & Protocols

Below are ASA’s COVID-19 Policies Guidelines for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

At the bottom of the page are video workouts, skills videos and online resources that were utilized during the shelter-in-place period.

Safety Overview

Throughout the pandemic ASA has coordinated directly with the Alexandria Health Department (AHD), whose policies are aligned with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

ASA has collaborated with AHD to develop and adjust a series of soccer and futsal-specific policies, protocols and exposure response steps to allow for a safe return to play and maintain best practices to allow for continued club-wide play.

Our goal is for players to be safe and remain healthy.

Vaccinated Individuals & Mask Usage + Physical Distancing Policy

(1) INDOORS: All people must wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status (participants, spectators, coaches, etc). Participants must wear masks while actively playing.

(2) OUTDOORS: For unvaccinated participants, masks are not required while actively playing. Masks are required at all other times (ie. walking to and from the field, waiting as a substitute, team meetings, etc.). Vaccinated participants are not required to wear masks while outdoors at ASA soccer or futsal events.

(3) Masks should be worn inside your home if someone you live with is sick with symptoms of COVID-19, or has tested positive for COVID-19 (regardless of vaccination status).

  • ASA indoor programs are permitted.
  • Various indoor facilities or events may have specific policies that must be followed.
  • If vaccinated, participants and spectators are recommended (not required) to wear masks and maintain physical distancing.
  • If not vaccinated, participants and spectators are required to wear masks and maintain physical distancing.
  • Domestic travel (outside the DMV + overnight stays) is permitted for ASA activities.
  • International travel is not permitted for ASA activities.
  • Please reference CDC guidance for travel best practices for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals: (linked here)

Program will adhere to the general guidelines above as well as the following:

Face Coverings & Masks: Face coverings or masks are required to be worn by all staff, counselors and participants when in ACPS buildings. Participants are not required to wear a mask during physical activity when outdoors but must be worn during all other moments throughout the day (ie. welcome, water, lunch, rest, departure, etc). Counselors are required to wear masks at all times. Everyone is required to wear a mask when indoors.

Medical/Health Department Guidance:

Please note: the ASA quarantine guidance explained below applies in instances where the participant is exposed to COVID-19 in any capacity (at an ASA event, at school, etc). If the COVID-19 exposure occurs outside of ASA, for ASA activities the participants may still follow the guidelines below. (I.g., the participant may be required to quarantine from school for 14 days but can still attend ASA activities after 7 days, alongside his or her negative test). The Alexandria Health Department generally encourages a 14 day quarantine in any instance but has worked with ASA to lay out the policy below due to the specific nature of outdoor soccer.

ASA, in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) have updated their return to play protocol.

Policy and protocols include the following:

  • Positive COVID-19 test result | If a participant receives a positive test result, they are required to isolate at home for at least 5 days. Participants may return to play on Day 6 if they meet the following criteria:
    • Player is asymptomatic;
    • They have been fever free for at least 24 hours without the assistance of fever-reducing medications.
    • Continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others for 5 additional days. Those who cannot mask should isolate themselves for 10 days.
  • Close Contacts:
    • Vaccinated Participants | Close contacts who have received a COVID-19 booster OR completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 5 months OR completed the primary series of J&J within the last 2 months:
      • Can return to play immediately if they are asymptomatic;
      • Wear a mask (ASA indoor policy) around others for 10 days;
      • Get a COVID-19 test on Day 5, if possible.
    • Unvaccinated Participants | Close contacts who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, OR overdue for a booster dose should:
      • Stay home and quarantine for 5 days;
      • Get a COVID-19 test on Day 5, if possible;
      • Can return to play on Day 6 if they are asymptomatic and can wear a well fitting mask for the next 5 days (ASA indoor policy requires a mask of all.)
    • Prior Exposure | Participants who in the past 90 days have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have since recovered and completed the 10 day isolation period can continue with ASA activities as scheduled.

**Definition of “Close Contact” for Youth Sports: AHD, in collaboration with VDH & CDC, recognizes a more nuanced definition of “close contact” specific to youth sports activities in comparison to the general definition of “over 15 minutes of interaction within six feet with a positive-tested individual.” The youth sports specific definition classification echoes that athletes are at a higher risk of spreading COVID-19 due to direct physical contact, heavier breathing, and considerations of team huddles, water breaks, and similar situations. Additionally, soccer is classified as a moderate-risk sport and allows for health departments to make decisions on specific scenarios. AHD may immediately pause activities and provide quarantine guidance for a full team/group and their opponents as needed.

General CDC quarantine and isolation information.

AHD General Policy | The Alexandria Health Department still generally recommends a 14 day quarantine for youth and youth sport close contact exposures. After further review, AHD recognizes the nature of ASA programming and our safety protocols and they support the amended return to activity plan (above).

**Definition of “Close Contact” for Youth Sports: AHD, in collaboration with VDH & CDC, recognizes a more nuanced definition of “close contact” specific to youth sports activities in comparison to the general definition of “over 15 minutes of interaction within six feet with a positive-tested individual.” The youth sports specific definition classification echoes that athletes are at a higher risk of spreading COVID-19 due to direct physical contact, heavier breathing, and considerations of team huddles, water breaks, and similar situations. Additionally, soccer is classified as a moderate-risk sport and allows for health departments to make decisions on specific scenarios. AHD may immediately pause activities and provide quarantine guidance for a full team/group and their opponents as needed.

Policies of other platforms | ACPS, like ASA, leans on AHD for guidance in school quarantines. Neighboring private schools and public school districts may have their own internal policies and health departments/medical professionals that they lean on for guidance. Please be sure to work closely with the respective leads of other organizations and/or schools your child is involved with.

As noted — ASA participants can following the ASA Quarantine Guidelines above for ASA activities only.

**Definition of “Close Contact” for Youth Sports: AHD, in collaboration with VDH & CDC, recognizes a more nuanced definition of “close contact” specific to youth sports activities in comparison to the general definition of “over 15 minutes of interaction within six feet with a positive-tested individual.” The youth sports specific definition classification echoes that athletes are at a higher risk of spreading COVID-19 due to direct physical contact, heavier breathing, and considerations of team huddles, water breaks, and similar situations. Additionally, soccer is classified as a moderate-risk sport and allows for health departments to make decisions on specific scenarios. AHD may immediately pause activities and provide quarantine guidance for a full team/group and their opponents as needed.

From Alexandria Health Department: “We are recommending individuals to refer to the CDC webpage for “When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated.” As we are still months away from the vaccine being widely available to the general public, we still recommend masking and distancing as usual per CDC recommendations. The new guidance released for fully vaccinated individuals does allow some small changes. 

Additionally, individuals who have been vaccinated (and are two weeks past their final shot) do not need to quarantine if they come in contact with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19. Vaccinated individuals should monitor their health for symptoms. If any symptoms arise, then that vaccinated individual experiencing symptoms should report risk via the ASA Exposure Response form and begin taking necessary medical guidance next steps.

[updated as of July 22, 2021] The CDC has relayed that the Delta Variant now makes up 83% of sequenced viruses in the US. Delta is estimated to be about 60-70% more infectious than the UK variant that was taking hold for the past few months, and it is 200% more transmissible than the original wild type viruses that were circulating. At this time, there is not necessarily evidence that it causes significant increases in hospitalizations or deaths, but it is something CDC is monitoring. 
 
At this time, none of the current mitigation recommendations have changed in response to the Delta variant; however, if an individual develops symptoms, even mild symptoms, they must isolate and get tested for COVID-19. Fully vaccinated individuals may still wear a mask if they wish, as it is still a very important mitigation measure. Additionally, now that the mask mandate has been lifted for fully vaccinated people indoors, there are certain environments where masking and social distancing still apply. For example:
 
  • Masking and distancing applies to all people in indoor environments 
  • For fully vaccinated people: Encouraged to practice to mask and distance if in crowded environments, if you want to act out of an abundance of caution, if with a group of unvaccinated individuals, etc. – Masking is always a great layer of protection for yourself and for others, even if you are fully vaccinated. 
  • Masking is required for all people (regardless of vaccination status) in public transportation (airports/airlines, buses, trains) and in healthcare facilities.
  • Masks should be worn inside your home if someone you live with is sick with symptoms of COVID-19, or has tested positive for COVID-19 (regardless of vaccination status).
 
Here are some resources that may be helpful: 
 
Important for all to remain vigilant to keep the community healthy and safe!
COVID-19 Exposure

If your child is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or has received a positive test result he or she should stay home. If someone in your family is experiencing symptoms or received a positive test result within the past 14 days, your child should stay home.

Please complete the form below to report any COVID-19 exposure or risk of exposure so that ASA can help evaluate risk to others and keep our community healthy and safe.

The Exposure Form and contact tracing procedures have helped ASA keep participants healthy and we appreciate families submitting the form in the interest of everyone’s health and safety.

Individuals who have been vaccinated (and are two weeks past their final shot) do not need to quarantine if they come in contact with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19. Vaccinated individuals should monitor their health for symptoms. If any symptoms arise, then that vaccinated individual experiencing symptoms should report risk via the ASA Exposure Response form and begin taking necessary medical guidance next steps.