Where do things stand with Oregon high school sports? FAQs as facilities reopen, summer approaches, fall plan

Where do things stand with Oregon high school sports? FAQs as facilities reopen, summer approaches, fall plan

The National Federation of State High School Associations this week released guidelines for a safe return to high school athletics from the coronavirus-induced shutdown, and the Oregon School Activities Association followed a day later with a memo sent to superintendents, principals, athletic directors and head coaches with advice on how to proceed in the crucial weeks ahead. Those two documents – a combined 22 pages – cover plenty of ground, but here are the key points to know as teams and athletes begin to prepare for a return to high school sports. How soon can schools reopen their athletic facilities for workouts? The OSAA rules prohibiting the use of school facilities and in-person interaction between students and coaches are in effect for the remainder of the association year, which runs through May 25. Technically, that means that beginning May 26, the OSAA will allow each school to decide what activities can take place on its campus — but schools still must follow the directives from Gov. Kate Brown and local health and education organizations, too. The Oregon Department of Education has said that each school’s facilities are to remain closed through its district’s school year. Once the academic year has passed, schools in the 33 Oregon counties that have been cleared to begin lifting their coronavirus restrictions will be permitted to open their facilities. But the state’s three most-populous counties — Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas — have not been approved to start easing their restrictions. Schools in those counties will need to wait for the OK from ...
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