Good Afternoon Students and Families,
We wanted to provide an update regarding the starting of athletics during the 2020-21 school year. Earlier this year, the schedule for high school athletics was modified by California Interscholastic Federation and North Coast Section (CIF/NCS) to adjust for conditions due to the COVID-19 health crisis. This resulted in some of our sports (Cross Country, Football, Boys and Girls Volleyball, and Boys and Girls Water Polo) being scheduled to start on December 7th, 2020.
At this time, based on the rise in cases of COVID-19 causing the movement of Alameda County into the Purple Tier status and the statement from CIF that was announced on Monday, November 16th, we will postpone Fall sports competitions, meaning that the Fall season will not start on December 7th, 2020.
We will continue to work with the Pleasanton Unified School District Office and the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) and monitor the situation. If there are any updates in the coming weeks, we will keep you informed.
In the ACPHD most recent press release, there is no new guidance for athletic camps. Therefore, at this time, we will continue athletic camps with all the same health and safety guidelines and restrictions. We continue to follow the information listed below as guidance for our camps:
Athletics offerings may continue only under the guidance and requirements in Section 7 of the August 20, 2020 Health Officer Order as a youth extracurricular activity.
Per CDPH’s Youth Sports Questions and Answers guidance, youth sports and physical education are permitted only when the following can be maintained: (1) physical distancing of at least six feet between participants; and (2) a stable cohort, such as a class, that limits the risks of transmission (see CDC Guidance on Schools and Cohorting).Activities should take place outside to the maximum extent practicable.
For sports that cannot be conducted with sufficient distancing or cohorting, only physical conditioning and training is permitted and ONLY where physical distancing can be maintained. Indoor physical conditioning and training is allowed only in counties where gyms and fitness centers are allowed to operate indoors.
Finally, we urge you to review the Alameda County Public Health’s recommendations for holiday gatherings that include the following guidance:
- Keep gatherings small in number, short in duration, stable (avoid mixing multiple cohorts/social bubbles), and outdoors where possible
- Avoid non-essential travel and self-quarantine for 14 date after any out of state travel
- Use appropriate precautions when sharing food
- Wear a mask whenever outside of your home or with non-household family members
If we can help do our part as a community, hopefully the spread can be contained and we can continue with our plan for athletics for our high school students.