TUCSON, Arizona — Mica Mountain High School was four years in the making, but no one could have imagined it beginning during a worldwide pandemic.
"We're going to keep our kids safe, and we're going to keep our staff safe," said assistant principal Jay Campos, who previously held the same role at Sabino High School.
Campos is making sure the AIA guidelines are followed. Football players must pass a temperature test, as well as answer a few questions before entering the new facility. Questions include whether they've lost their sense of taste or smell, or have come into contact with anyone who has had the virus in the past fourteen days.
"I never would have thought I would have to walk into practice wearing a mask while being asked those questions," said sophomore Jacob Ford, who last year attended Cienega High School.
A student whose temperature is too high is further evaluated. Those who are cleared make their way to a beautiful new stadium field, but they wear masks and try to stay six feet apart.
"Our kids have been chomping at the bit," said Campos. "A lot of them have been going through remote learning, not being able to go outside as much, and not being able to interact with their club teams."
Ford understands the importance of following protocol. He recovered from Covid-19 earlier this summer, and was lucky to have minor symptoms.
"Staying apart can be difficult, but I think we can get through this and have a good season," Ford said.
While football has already started, volleyball begins at Mica Mountain High School on Monday.