March 31, 2022 – Although the California public health orders have been updated, to maximize safety for our international event we will continue to follow the 2022 FIRST Silicon Valley Regional COVID-19 Policies and Plan, published on March 1. This includes the requirement to wear a face mask and provide proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test result. Spectators are not permitted to give FIRST teams more space to socially distance. Please review the plan for the full details and check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) tab for further clarifications.
March 1, 2022 – To align with the latest public health order from the state of California for indoor events, we will follow the 2022 FIRST Silicon Valley Regional COVID-19 Policies and Plan. Attendees must show proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 OR present a negative COVID-19 test result. Please review the plan for the full details and also check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) tab for further clarifications. The COVID-19 plan will be reassessed closer to the event as public health orders are updated.
February 11, 2022 – As COVID-19 guidance continues to evolve, the State of California will soon remove the mask mandate. However, the regional resides in Santa Clara County which will keep the mask mandate. We expect further updates on the criteria for indoor mega-events and other county guidelines. As such, the COVID policy and plan will be released later this month. Your patience and Gracious Professionalism is greatly appreciated during this unique year.
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!