Student Athlete COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for SY21-22

Student athletes will have until December 1, 2021, to submit paperwork confirming they have received a full course of the vaccine against COVID-19 vaccine. Students who have not yet received a full course of vaccinated should use this time to secure the COVID-19 vaccine.

What does this mean for the month ahead?

  • Between now and December 1, all student athletes who have not received the full course of vaccination will be required to wear a mask in all athletic events.

  • The updated deadline for student athletes to submit their medical or religious exemption for review is Monday, November 15.

  • If an exemption is denied before December 1, the student athlete will have five days to show proof of receiving the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, at which point they will remain eligible to participate in school-based athletics.  

What happens after December 1?

  • Student athletes who have not received a full course of vaccination against COVID-19 are to be excluded from all school-based extracurricular athletics, including tryouts, practices, drills, conditioning, and competitions (including fall playoffs and championships) until they provide proof of a full course of vaccination.

  • Student athletes will need to have exemption requests processed and approved BEFORE beginning to play, or they are to be excluded from playing until either their exemption request is approved, or they show proof of a full course of vaccination.

  • For student athletes who turn 12 years old after November 1, 2021, the deadline for vaccination is two months after their birthday. This means they should be vaccinated as soon as possible after their 12th birthday.

How can student-athletes submit their proof of COVID-19 vaccination?

Students who have received two doses of the vaccine should provide a photocopy of their COVID-19 vaccination card to their school’s Athletic Director. If you are 18 years or older and received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, please complete this step as well.


Lost or misplaced your COVID-19 vaccination card? You can securely download a copy online at

Where can a student-athlete get a COVID-19 vaccine?

The science is clear: the COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to stop the spread of the disease. It is safe, effective, and free

The COVID-19 vaccine is also available at health providers around the District, local pharmacies, or even from the convenience of your home. Visit to get started.

How can student athletes apply for a religious or medical exemption from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine? 

The deadline for student-athletes to submit a medical or religious exemption for review prior to December 1 is Monday, November 15.


  • Parents or guardians of students wishing to request a religious exemption are strongly encouraged to utilize the electronic submission process OSSE COVID-19 Vaccine Religious Exemption Form For Student Athletes. Students must express a deeply held religious belief that precludes them from vaccination for COVID-19. Forms completed online will be automatically shared with the DCIAA office for review. The COVID-19 Vaccination Religious Exemption Certificate can also be submitted to your child’s school-based Athletic Director. The Athletic Director will screen the form prior to submitting it to the DCPS Athletics Department. Forms will generally be reviewed within 5 business days of receipt.

  • To request a medical exemption, students must present a signed note or form from a doctor* stating that no COVID-19 vaccine is medically advisable due to a person’s medical condition. The signed doctor’s note or form must contain the physician’s contact information and submitted to your student’s Athletic Director. The Athletic Director will submit the doctor’s note to the DCPS Athletics Department for review.