Safe Return to Sports Extra-Curricular

UPDATE: Planning for a Safe Return to Sports & Extra-Curricular Activities
Posted on 11/15/2021

November 15, 2021

The four local school boards are pleased to provide this updated version of the Nipissing District COVID-19 Protocol for Inter-school Extra-curricular Activities, Sports and Clubs, which includes changes to the spectator section for outdoor activities, media protocol and hockey in municipal arenas (see pages 6-7). 

October 20, 2021

The four local school boards, with the support of the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit, are pleased to announce a protocol that allows spectators at school-related outdoor events, including sports games. This protocol is effective immediately.

School boards are responsible for managing contact tracing and COVID-19 safety measures; therefore, personnel will be at school-related outdoor events to assist in verifying that spectators have completed pre-screening and contact information requirements before entering the venue.

To attend events, spectators at school events are required to:

  • Pre-screen for COVID-19 using this screening tool prior to the event.

  • Upon entry, all spectators must scan the displayed QR code to complete the attestation form. The form collects the spectator’s name and contact information for contact tracing purposes, and attests that the spectator has completed the COVID-19 pre-screening; it is not a vaccination attestation. 

  • Masking is required during the event.

  • Physical distancing is requested, unless members of the same household are together.


The four co-terminus boards continue to work together, and with the Health Unit, to maximize student experience while managing the legislated requirements due to COVID-19. 

Please note that provincial capacity limits for respective outdoor recreational venues will be maintained. 

We thank you for your support and assistance as we work together to keep our school communities healthy and safe.

October 6, 2021

The four co-terminus boards (Conseil scolaire catholique Franco-Nord, Conseil scolaire public due Nord-Est de l’Ontario, Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board and Near North District School Board) and the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit have been working collaboratively and diligently to introduce extra-curriculars as quickly as possible while keeping staff and students safe.

We know the decision of spectators not being permitted at practices or games has not been favourable in the community. As the protocol for inter-school extra-curricular activities is fluid and can be modified as needed and when required, a decision has been made to allow media to cover and/or broadcast school board events in our community, so the events may be shared with students’ families and friends, as well as the broader public. We are pleased to announce this comes into effect immediately.

Extra-curricular Media Protocol   

  • Media will be permitted at school extra-curricular events both indoors and outdoors, to provide the opportunity to broadcast events and results to the community.
  • The co-terminus boards have developed a media pass that must be displayed to gain entry to an event.
  • To obtain a pass, members of the media must show proof of being fully vaccinated.
  • Media contacts must register prior to the event.
  • Upon arrival to the game/event, member of the media verifies self-screening and signs in visitor log (as per usual process). 

We are diligently working on viable solutions to enable the attendance of spectators, which will follow all required provincial health and safety processes, including maintaining spectator logs for contact tracing, as a next phase of our extra-curricular protocol. Please watch for further news.

We thank you for your understanding and patience.

Click here for the Joint Media Release

September 10, 2021

The four local school boards, Near North District School Board, Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario, Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board and Conseil scolaire catholique Franco-Nord, recognize the importance of extracurricular activities in supporting students' mental health, well-being and academic development. We are therefore pleased to inform the school community that a protocol has been jointly developed with the support of the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit. This protocol details the guidelines and public health measures that must be followed for extracurricular activities, including sports, performances, and competitions. We also wish to announce that school team practices may begin during the week of September 13. 

It is important to note that all decisions made by school boards, principals and local public health officials are based on the health and safety of students, staff, supervisors, and service providers. As such, any risks will be assessed on an ongoing basis and any components of the protocol may be subject to change or activities may be postponed or cancelled depending on the local public health circumstances.

We sincerely thank our school communities for their patience and support as we safely resume extracurricular activities for students.

Click here for the Joint Media Release

September 7, 2021

Extracurricular activities, sports, and clubs are an important part of the school experience and support student mental health and well-being. NPSC looks forward to resuming inter-school sports, intramurals and clubs for the 2021-2022 school year.  Consultation and collaboration is currently on-going with the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit and the four local school boards to outline measures to safely support resuming inter-school sport activities and will follow the requirements outlined by provincial health resources.  These measures are in the final development stages and will be shared with staff, students, and parents in the near future.   We thank you for your patience while we ensure that these measures reflect a careful attention to the safety and well-being of students and staff.