February 28, 2022 – With the FRC season underway (I can hardly believe it!), and the Central Valley Regional approaching (in 31 days!), I want to update you on current COVID-19 protocols for the event.
In order to keep our events as COVID safe as possible, we are not planning to allow any spectators to attend our California Regionals this year. We understand that teams may have some parents who are not registered mentors, but support the team in essential ways, such as transportation, chaperones, or food delivery.
Therefore, we’re asking teams to submit a complete list of people associated with the team who plan to attend no later than one week before the event. We ask that teams keep in mind FIRST’s expected student to adult ratio of 10:1, and apply gracious professionalism in identifying who will be attending. Any teams submitting lists that vary too far from this ratio may be asked to reduce the number of adults attending.
The event will be webcast on Twitch and we will have the link soon that you can share with friends, family and fans of your team that cannot attend. We do also have volunteer roles available for those that want to help with the event! They can sign up on the FIRST website.
Also, all attendees will have to show proof of vaccination OR negative Covid-19 PCR test results within 48 hours of the event (or negative antigen test results within 24 hours.) At this time, the state is not requiring a booster to be considered fully vaccinated, but please be advised that this requirement may change prior to our event. Identification is required for attendees over 18, and we encourage students to bring their own student IDs as well along with proof of vaccination. All information is subject to change depending on state and venue requirements.
Additionally, masks will be required at all times when indoors. Please make sure your team all have masks, and we encourage you to bring extras as backup.
I have attached our current Covid-19 Policy & Plan for the event below. I highly encourage you to share this with all your team members, mentors and parents.
2022 Central Valley COVID Policy and Plan – Feb 17
January 6, 2022 – FIRST California is closely monitoring COVID and its potential impact to the FIRST community. At this point we are moving forward with plans to provide our usual in-person, 3-day competition.
As the pandemic evolves, we are continuing to develop plans on how to best keep our community safe while also offering an impactful FIRST experience. We have not yet determined final policies that may affect spectator attendance or team size limits, though our goal is to not limit team attendance. This will be based on county or venue-specific COVID guidelines leading up the FRC Regional.
Please know we remain committed to delivering our programs to as many students as possible, as safely as possible.
Other plans to ensure a safe event may include implementing modifications such as the use of masks, vaccination and/or negative COVID test, health screening, event scaling, social distancing, event formatting, contract tracing and other precautions as determined by local conditions and regulations.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we navigate the year ahead together.
September 16, 2021 – We are excited to be planning a return to an in-person FIRST Robotics Competition event for the 2021-22 season. Our goal is to offer a traditional FIRST Robotics Competition in-person, three-day event.
With a focus on delivering FIRST to students as safely as possible, we will be looking at the ability to implement modifications such as the use of masks, health screening, event scaling, social distancing, event formatting, and other precautions as determined by local conditions and regulations. We will post our plan once we get closer to the start of the event as conditions are changing so frequently.
While we’re looking forward to seeing in-person competition and celebration, we are ready to adjust plans if needed. Plans B and C are in the works should they be needed, which could include shorter, smaller events, and, if needed, remote participation activities like what we did in the 2021 season.
We thank you for your continued support for our mission as we navigate the season together!