Rise in cases, holiday leads to temporary closing of summer camps
AUSTIN–In response to stricter state guidelines, including state-mandated masks, and the July 4 holiday weekend, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) recommended that all public schools halt strength and conditioning programs from July 3 until at least July 13.
The request coincides with a planned week off for most schools.
“In anticipation of the July 4 holiday and the potential for increased social interactions that could spread COVID-19, UIL is recommending schools consider closing summer workouts, rehearsals, practices and instruction between July 3 and July 12, resuming Monday, July 13,” the UIL tweeted out from its official Twitter account Thursday. “For schools in areas experiencing community spread of COVID-19, this temporary suspension will reduce risk of exposure and provide an opportunity to review current plans and re-evaluate local context in order to make informed decisions moving forward.”
The UIL, which governs athletics and other extracurricular activities for the state’s public schools, has not mandated how individual districts conduct summer strength and conditioning programs since the state approved a resumption of offseason school activities June 8. However, the UIL did tweet that it “will continue to work with state officials and monitor CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and other federal guidance to determine any potential modifications to UIL summer guidelines.”
Summer practices for the 2020-21 school year are scheduled to begin later this month for high school volleyball teams, and high school football teams can begin summer camp Aug. 3. Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath recently told state lawmakers that classes will resume at the start of the 2020-21 school year and that local districts will have flexibility in adapting to the pandemic.
Many area schools have suspended summer strength and conditioning workouts because of positive coronavirus tests among student-athletes or school staff members.