What is an “up-to-date” COVID vaccination?
According to City and County of San Francisco public health order, “Up-to-Date on Vaccination” means (i) two weeks after completing the full initial course of vaccination with a vaccine authorized to prevent COVID-19 by the FDA, including by way of an emergency use authorization, or by the World Health Organization (WHO) (also defined as being Fully Vaccinated) and (ii) one week after receiving a Booster once a person is eligible for a Booster. Until a person is eligible for a Booster, they are considered Up-to-Date on Vaccination two weeks after completing their full initial series of vaccination.
What is needed to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination?
The following are acceptable as proof of vaccination (i) the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) vaccination card, which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided, and date last dose administered, or similar documentation issued by another foreign governmental jurisdiction, (ii) an electronic or printed photo of a vaccination card (iii) a personal digital COVID-19 vaccine record issued by the State of California and available by going to https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov or similar documentation issued by another State, local, or foreign governmental jurisdiction.
California residents may show your Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record, which is a QR code widely accepted in the State of California.
What is required if I am vaccinated. but have not received a booster?
The San Franciscso public health rule requires booster shots, when eligible which is 5 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series per the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Therefore, if you are booster eligible and have not received a booster you are not up-to-date on your COVID-19 vaccination and are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
If your primary COVID-19 vaccination series is completed WITHIN the last 5 months, then you have an up-to-date vaccination and no negative COVID-19 test is needed.
What type of COVID-19 test and result is needed in place of an up-to-date vaccination?
A COVID-19 test must be done within 1 day for an antigen test or within 2 days for a PCR test before entry to the event. Acceptable proof includes a printed document from a test provider or laboratory, OR an electronic test result displayed on a phone or other device from a test provider or laboratory.
Negative COVID-19 test information must include the person’s name, type of test performed, and negative test result. Self-attestation of an over-the-counter test will not be accepted.
Is a COVID-19 test required each day of the event?
Attendence on March 18, March 19 and March 20 meets the criteria for a “mega-event”. Therefore, the San Francisco Regional is a 3-day mega-event, so attendees providing negative COVID-19 test results must provide ONLY ONE TEST RESULT FOR THE WHOLE EVENT. You must present the negative test result upon your inital arrival to the event.
Do I need to show COVID vaccination proof or negative test result onsite at the event or in advance?
All attendees (teams and volunteers) must bring your proof of vaccination or negative test result to the event to receive a wristband for entry. Adults are also required to show a photo ID with their vaccination proof.
If you are a volunteer, please DO NOT send vacccination proof to your Volunteer Coordinator, as volunteers will also provide vaccine proof or negative test result onsite at the event.
How do team members check-in?
One of the team’s lead mentor must bring 2 paper copies of their team roster, one for entry wristbands and another for pit admin. To get an entry wristband, each person on the roster must show their proof of vaccination or negative test, and adults must show a photo ID.
Adult team lead mentors will NOT receive wristbands for their entire team, as each person’s vaccination or negative test must be verified individually by event staff. This process is required by the state of California and we appreciate your patience and Gracious Professionalism to get everyone into the venue timely.
As Thursday is not under the “mega-event” criteria, teams do not require a wristband for entry to load-in their pit. However, it is recommended that team members bring vaccine/test proof on Thursday to get their wristbands for the weekend to ease lines on Friday morning.
Must the whole team be present to enter the event?
Not all team members must be present to enter the venue together. However, alead mentor must be the first to arrive onsite with the team roster that lists those who are permited to enter. If team members arrive after the lead mentor, then they must check in at the entrance and staff will have the provided team roster to verify people individually.
Is there a maximum number of team members and mentors who can attend?
Besides the designated hours for team load-in on Thursday evening and Friday morning, there will be no team member or mentor limit. Team members and mentors will be permitted to attend ONLY if they are on the FIRST roster for the team, who is competing at the event. Please ensure your lead mentor invites all youth members and mentors from their FIRST dashboard.
What is the team pit size and will there be limited number of team members in pits?
Team pit size is 10’x10′. There may be a limited number of team members permitted in your pit which will be determined as COVID guidelines change and posted at the venue. It is recommended that you setup a team area in the stands or hallways of St. Ignatius.
Do I have to wear a face mask?
Yes, face masks are REQUIRED, even if the county/state does not require them. As this is an international event, we will take a conservative approach to safety in this pandemic. As such, masks are required for all attendees.
Masks must be worn while indoors except when actively eating or drinking. Masks must also be worn properly with both the nose and mouth covered.
Can I wear a cloth mask?
Cloth masks, along with face shields, bandanas, single-layer gaiters and masks with exhalation valves worn alone are prohibited.
Surgical masks or higher-level respirators (e.g., N95, KN95, KF94) are REQUIRED for each attendee. Teams must bring an adequate supply of face masks for their members.
Will safety glasses be available to borrow at the event?
Teams (students and mentors) are required to bring their own personal safety glasses, as there will be NO on-site safety glasses to borrow. Each team should bring their own safety glass cleaning supplies; anti-fog spray is also recommended.
Safety glasses will be provided to event volunteers only.
Can we bring team food into Saint Ignatius?
Yes, outside food is permitted at St Ignatius. However, team food can ONLY be consumed in the hallways near the competition field and pits, or outisde the building. Food or drink (besides water in closed containers) is NOT permitted in the competition field or pits.
Saint Ignatius provides quality tasty meals, prepared by renoun chefs. Please see cafeteria and snack shack hours in the Food tab.
Are spectators allowed to come to the event?
To maximize the number of FIRST students to participate at the robotics competition and maximize space for them to socially distance, spectators are NOT PERMITTED.
Attendees permitted are youth members, mentors and volunteers registered with FIRST to compete or volunteer at the 2022 San Francisco Regional. Team Lead Mentors are responsible to bring a team roster, which will be checked to give team members entrance wristbands.
Can a team supporter/parent drop off students/food/supplies to the event for the team?
Saint Ignatius is not open campus, but team supporters drop off materials/food outside at the entrance. People not on the FIRST team roster will not receive a wristband to enter the event.
Is there a parking fee?
There are no paid parking facilities at the event. Street parking is free, just be sure to check parking signs to confirm times available to park. Wherever you park in San Francisco NEVER leave valuables in your vehicle.
Is there trailer parking?
Across the street from St Ignatius on 37th Ave is designated trailer parking. Park at your own risk and ensure that you have the trailer secure and wheels locked.
I’m a team traveling to the regional, where should my robot be shipped and who is the contact?
Saint Ignatius as our gracious regional host will also accept and store your robot. Please ship to the following address:
Saint Ignatius College Preparatory, 2001 37th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116
Point of contact is Mr. Brian Murphy, email@example.com, +01(415) 731-7500