CDPH and Sacramento County Guidance on masking at School-Based Extracurricular Activities

--- Published on December 12th 2021 ---
Protective mask on a basketball on a light background. The concept of sporting events during the COVID-19 pandemic

The requirements and recommendations apply to all extracurricular activities that are operated or supervised by schools, and all activities that occur on a school site, whether or not they occur during school hours, including, but not limited to, sports, band, chorus, and clubs.

Activities may be performed outdoors without masks.  Indoor mask use remains a critical layer in protecting against COVID-19 infection and transmission, including during sports, music, and related activities.  Accordingly:

  • Masks are required indoors at all times for teachers, referees, officials, coaches, and other support staff.
  • Masks are required indoors for all spectators and observers.
  • Masks are required indoors at all times when participants are not actively practicing, conditioning, competing, or performing.  Masks are also required indoors while on the sidelines, in team meetings, and within locker rooms and weight rooms.
  • When actively practicing, conditioning, or competing in indoor sports, masks are required by participants even during heavy exertion, as practicable.  If masks are not worn due to heavy exertion, it is strongly recommended that individuals undergo screening testing at least once weekly*.

*NUSD weekly tests all indoor athletes