The return of Penn State athletes to campus begins Monday, when 75 soccer players will return to State College.
The players have started the quarantine specified as preparation for their return to campus and will be tested and quarantined when they return. Athletes-students who are medically declared clean can then participate in voluntary training on campus starting June 15.
Training will be limited in size (groups of less than 20) and will be overseen by the performance improvement of Penn State and sports medicine staff, according to a university press release.
Other groups of students who might also need access to special facilities, direct mentoring or otherwise require early arrivals for a successful transition to the fall semester are also included in the in-phase starting Monday.
This release said the university, “following the CDC and local government guidelines, and tracking and implementing recommendations originating from the NCAA Sport Science Institute and the task force of the Ten Large Conferences for Emerging Communicable Diseases, the Penn State Athletic Sports performance team developed in the Protocol-Dept for student-athlete and staff.
“Student-athlete feedback and concerns are also part of the development process. The protocol covers the use of masks, daily health screening and small group activities, as well as additional use facilities and sanitation regulations, including carefully guided access to buildings. “
“We are very confident in our plans and will continue to maintain the health, safety and well-being of students, coaches, staff and the community as our top priorities,” Penn State Athletics Director Sandy Barbour said in a release.
“Our exceptional sports performance group works with medical experts at the University, conference and national level, as well as University leadership to develop extensive returns to campus plans for our athletes, students, and facilities.”
Refund times for athletes from 31 other Penn State colleges will be announced at a later date.
All groups of students returning to campus will be asked to follow the University’s guidance and continue to practice safety measures, including wearing face masks / cloths in public, observing social distances and avoiding large groups.