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School districts will be free to resume activities in accordance with state directives on May 26.

PMG FILE PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - Contact sports like football would be prohibited under Phase 1 reopening, but conditioning drills without shared equipment would be allowed, allowing contact sports to meet in a limited capacity.The executive board of the Oregon School Activities Association released details on May 20 on how schools will be able to resume athletic activities following the end of the 2019-20 athletic year.

In a memo published on OSAA.org, Executive Director Peter Weber stated that with the athletic year scheduled to conclude on May 25, school districts would be free to control how they will resume summer activities on May 26 in accordance with directives from Gov. Kate Brown, the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education.

Although Brown had previously closed school activities through June 30, Weber stated that the OSAA received clarification from the ODE that the closure was meant to cover any school districts that could potentially finish that late in the school year. If districts end their school year earlier than June 30, they would be able to reopen facilities the day after the school year ends.

"A school that ends on June 2, in theory, would be able to use their facilities on June 3," Weber told OSAA Today.

School districts would still need to align their facility use in accordance with the state's directives that limit contact between players and coaches, as well as the number of athletes and faculty in a designated area.

That means that school districts would need to adhere to state guidance on multi-phase reopenings. Marion County was approved for Phase 1 of the state's reopening plan on May 22 and will remain so through June 12, a period of 21 days. Contact sports are prohibited in Phase 1, meaning athletic activities will be mostly limited to conditioning drills where they are separated and not sharing equipment.

The OSAA Executive Board will continue to meet every two weeks and release further guidance as the state nears Phase 2 reopenings for the 31 counties that were approved to reopen on May 15.

Additionally, the OSAA eliminated the moratorium week of July 26 to Aug. 1.

OSAA Summer Guidance

For more information on the OSAA's summer reopening guidelines, read the letter posted on the OSAA website (osaa.org).


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