TUCSON, Ariz. — The Tucson Unified School District announced Friday that there is a plan in place with health and safety as top priority that allows the high school football and spirit line season to begin Monday.
TUSD says it is moving to Phase 3 of the interscholastics reentry plan, which will allow teams to begin full-contact practices and competitions. Practice are set to begin October 26 and games November 6.
Part of Phase 3 allows sports resume with usual activity, social distancing is recommended but is not a requirement, practice or training sessions resume normally with average group amount, and any equipment or shared items can be used but need to be cleaned before and after each group use.
All TUSD student athletes must meet the below requirements in order to participate:
1. All players will continue with Remote Instruction during the season in order to limit the number of close contacts should a player be exposed to the virus. Thus they will not participate in the Hybrid Learning option.
2. All players and coaches will be required to adhere to the district’s adopted COVID 19 preventative measures as recommended by the Pima County Health Department. These requirements can be viewed on Next Steps 2020 - Guideline or the TUSD Interscholastics webpage.
3. All players and coaches are encouraged to take COVID 19 tests frequently throughout the season. Free testing sites around Pima County are available and listed here.
4. All parents must sign a waiver releasing the district of any future claims due to their student participating in after school sports activities.
5. All parents must attend a virtual orientation meeting with the school’s Athletic Director to review these expectations in more detail.
For more information about TUSD's COVID task force, click here.