State organizations making changes for high school sports COVID-19 protocols

State organizations making changes for high school sports COVID-19 protocols
UIL Announcement

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - The University Interscholastic League will be letting it’s member schools know what the new COVID-19 protocols are starting March 10.

A letter was sent to superintendents on Tuesday notifying them that an update would be sent out before Governor Greg Abbott’s GA-34 goes into effect which would do away with a state wide mask mandate as well as capacity limits.

“We know there are many questions as to what this will mean for UIL activities and events moving forward,” the statement said. “Please know UIL will be releasing updated guidance before this order takes effect. Until that information is released, all current UIL COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Guidelines remain in place.”

TAPPS oversees the private school athletic competitions round the state. TAPPS has already come up with changes for the programs.

Below is what TAPPS released:

  • TAPPS supports the leadership of each of our member schools in guiding their stakeholders through the coming months. TAPPS supports the leadership of each school as they establish the protocols for their stakeholders in moving forward.
  • TAPPS supports that each school shall be responsible for their stakeholders both at their campus and events in which they participate. However, schools should not impose their restrictions on their opponents without prior mutual consent.
  • TAPPS continues to recommend social distancing where possible and masks should be worn by those who feel at risk for contracting the virus.
  • TAPPS effectively withdraws capacity limits for school facilities, allowing each school to determine the capacity limits which best serve their communities.
  • However, please review the requirements in place from local governmental agencies which may impact capacity or other rulings.

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