MCPS and Winston Churchill High School are excited to announce that registration for Spring Sports will open on Monday, March 22! Below is information regarding the upcoming Spring Sports season, as well as the registration process. Additional information can be found in this memo from MCPS regarding the return to athletics.
How to Register
Students must be registered by a parent through the MCPS ParentVue Portal. More information regarding the registration process can be found in this letter from MCPS. Registration will remain open through April 15, 2021. Registration will close on this date to allow coaches with the opportunity to group students appropriately and for coaches and schools to plan program operations. Due to potential issues with parent accounts, PLEASE register early. This way if there is an issue we can get it solved. If you wait, you may cost your child a spot on the team. No paper registration will be accepted!
ParentVue Troubleshooting Information
If a parent is having trouble logging into the MCPS ParentVue Portal:
- If you have never activated your parent account:
Parents were sent activation information at the beginning of the school year, which included an Activation Key. If you still have this information, use it to activate your parent account. If you do not have the activation information, email WCHS Media Specialist Paige_L_Pagley@mcpsmd.org. Be sure to include the student name, ID and parent name in the email.
- Forget your password? Click on the Forgot Password link on the ParentVue Portal.
- Forget the email address you used to activate your account? Email WCHS Athletic Director Jesse_R_Smith@mcpsmd.org. Be sure to include the student name, ID and parent name in the email.
Students should complete their pre-participation physical (MCPS Form SR-8) so that the medical eligibility form (last page of SR-8) is ready for online submission or for submission to the coach prior to tryouts/practices. Physicals are valid for one calendar year. Note: This is a change from the policy during the virtual engagement in the first semester. At that time, physicals were valid for two years. A partial list of Clinics that offer Sports Physicals within the Montgomery County area is available online. Physicals can be uploaded by the parent during the registration process. However, if a parent needs to submit a physical after the student has already been registered, email an electronic copy of the pre-participation physical (MCPS Form SR-8) to WCHS Athletic Director Jesse_R_Smith@mcpsmd.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the timeline for the start of sports?
Registration will open on March 22nd. While the Spring season will begin on April 17th, MCPS will enter into a phase of educating stakeholders at that time, as we prepare for in-person operations.
What is the MCPS policy on participation by coaches and/or students in in-person activities?
In-person programming will be optional for coaches and student-athletes. As a result, program offerings will be school and team-specific, depending on the selection of coaches and the interest of student-athletes. Program operations will be confirmed in the coming weeks, as schools finalize their options and registrations are received from student-athletes.
Does this mean we will definitely start in-person activities?
All in-person programming and activities would only be conducted if health metrics allow and in alignment with guidelines and protocols designated by the COVID-19 Task Force for MCPS Athletics. Such guidelines are included in the Return to R.A.I.S.E. Strategic Plan, and comply with guidelines and recommendations released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA), and Montgomery County.
Will we have contests and games?
It is important to note that in-person programming will begin with conditioning and skills-based practices/tryouts, which must occur for a minimum of 20 calendar days (starting with the first practice) prior to any contests or competition, per MPSSAA regulations. Competition and contests may not occur, if health metrics do not allow. Activities will be conducted in-person to the extent possible throughout the semester, pending health metrics and necessary approval.
What if a coach opts not to return to in-person activities?
As stated above, in-person participation is optional for all coaches (and students). If a coach opts not to participate in in-person activities, the school will offer virtual activities during the season. Students who register for a sport that is not being offered in-person will be contacted by April 15, 2021.
What if a student wants to participate, but the student and the parent/guardian do not opt for in-person activities?
WCHS will only offer virtual activities if the coach opts not to participate in-person. For coaching staffs that have more than one coach, it is possible that WCHS will offer both in-person and virtual activities, if all of the coaches do not opt to participate in-person.
What adjustments will be made to operations based on COVID-19?
The following resources are available for students and parents/guardians regarding the operations of the MCPS athletics program. All documents, information, and guidance are subject to change, based on the ever-changing dynamics of COVID-19.
- Second Semester Plan – provides an overview of the second semester of operations
- Return to R.A.I.S.E. Strategic Plan – provides the operating procedures and protocol that will be used during the fall season. This is a fluid document and will be updated, as guidelines and recommendations change.
- Return to R.A.I.S.E. Video – this video provides an overview of the protocol and procedures in the Return to R.A.I.S.E. Strategic Plan. The video was filmed in late-October–guidelines and procedures may change, per state and local recommendations.
- COVID-19 Athletics Information Webpage – all information regarding the return of in-person programming is available here; updates will continue to be posted on this site.
Please remember that we are still at the mercy of this pandemic so things will be ever changing between now and the end of the season. I ask that you be patient with myself and the coaching staff as we do the very best we can to provide an athletic experience for our bulldogs. Please be sure to follow our website and twitter accounts for information on the season as I will be providing constant updates when I receive them. Thank you all for your cooperation throughout this past year and I can’t wait to see our student athletes out on the fields in the coming weeks.
Winston Churchill HS