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OSAA Information Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

OSAA Office Closed

The OSAA office in Wilsonville is closed during this public emergency. Staff are working remotely and can be contacted via email. View the OSAA Staff & Contact Information page for email addresses.

Additional Resources

» OSAA - Health & Safety Additional Resources
» NFHS - Guidance for Opening Activities
» NFHS - Performing Arts COVID-19 Resources
» NFHS - Instrument Cleaning Guidelines
» NFHS - Copyright COVID-19 Guidance
» ODE - COVID-19 Resources
» ODE - Graduation Pathways Guidance
» IB Testing Information & COVID-19 Updates
» NCAA - COVID-19 Information
» NCAA - Eligibility Center COVID-19 FAQs
» OHA - Coronavirus
» OHA - Guidance on Preventing COVID-19
» OHA - Local Directory
» CDC - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
»Schools by County
» OHA Counties Phase Status


Sample Facilities Use Policies

Here are some generic facility use policies from the OSBA. Each district can modify one of these generic policies and fine tune it to work for your district.
»Sample 1
»Sample 2
»Sample 3

Media Releases

Infographics & Articles

Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to "flatten the curve" - Washington Post

COVID-19 Coronavirus DataPack - Information Is Beautiful

Infection Trajectory: See Which Countries are Flattening Their COVID-19 Curve

Dealing with Disappointment During Coronavirus Cancellations, Postponements - Positive Coaching Alliance

Using The Sports Shutdown To Recover The Joy of Sports - Positive Coaching Alliance

Latest OSAA Information

OSAA Update: Memo to Schools

Published
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Release
Memo to Schools (PDF), OSAAtoday Article
Effective
Beginning May 26 for the summer
Affects
All OSAA member schools (public, private, and charter schools) and
all OSAA sanctioned activities


Frequently Asked Questions

The following are frequently asked questions relating to OSAA's policies regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. If you have a question, please contact Peter Weber at peterw@osaa.org or contact the OSAA office at (503) 682-6722.

1. Q. May coaches organize or require tryouts?

A. Tryouts and mandatory practices are not allowed. Schools may share information and routines for assessments, choreography, team development, or to gauge interest. Tryouts may be held starting August 17.

2. Q. May coaches communicate with students/athletes?

A. Coaches can communicate with students in accordance with local school district policy, but not organize or participate in workouts. We encourage coaches to provide support to students during this stressful time.

3. Q. Are current high school seniors eligible to return and participate in OSAA sanctioned activities during the 2020-2021 school year?

A. OSAA activities are education-based and exist as an extension of the classroom. Current OSAA policy regarding duration of eligibility is based on four consecutive years (eight semesters or the equivalent) for each student after entering the 9th grade, not on seasonal participation opportunities.

4. Q. How does Pass/Fail affect NCAA eligibility and admittance into higher education? And is the NCAA also upholding the pass/incomplete or will student athletes need a letter grade?

A. The OSAA has does not interpret eligibility rules and policies for the NCAA and NAIA schools. Please address these questions to the NCAA at 1-877-622-2321 or their websites: www.ncaa.org and www.ncaa.org/sport-science-institute/coronavirus-covid-19. The NCAA Eligibility Center also has a phone line for students and parents at 1-877-262-1492. The NAIA schools information can be found at play.mynaia.org or the NAIA Eligibilty Center phone number at 816-595-8300.

5. Q. How does this cancellation period, and the state’s Distance Learning for All initiative, affect future high school academic eligibility for current 9th - 11th graders?

A. ODE recently released its 9th‐11th grade guidance which maintained the current Oregon Diploma subject‐area and credit requirements for the Class of 2021, 2022, and 2023. The guidance also requires Pass/Incomplete grading for Spring 2020 and states that students who were earning a passing mark in a course prior to school closure should not be academically penalized. Students who receive incompletes and/or aren’t able to earn enough passing marks but have been unable to access Distance Learning for All due to circumstances beyond their control, will be able to seek an academic waiver through the OSAA’s standard process. In accordance with the spirit of ODE’s guidance, the Executive Board has instructed OSAA Staff to continue to err on the side of students when ruling on these specific academic requests.

6. Q. My student wasn’t able to participate this Spring and we’d like them to repeat this school year so they don’t lose a season of participation. Will my student be eligible for athletics/activities participation?

A. OSAA activities are education-based and exist as an extension of the classroom. Current OSAA policy regarding duration of eligibility is based on four consecutive years (eight semesters or the equivalent) for each student after entering the 9th grade, not on seasonal participation opportunities. Based on ODE guidance regarding grading and access to credits, seniors are going to be able to graduate this Spring and 9th-11th graders will be able to earn credits toward graduation. A local school may allow a senior to return next year but the student wouldn’t be eligible for activities participation. Reclassifying a 9th-11th grade student to repeat the same grade will not change the student’s duration of eligibility per OSAA rules.

7. Q. Can a student enter into an online speech and/or debate competition that requires them to perform via livestream?

A. Yes, if the event is on the NASSP list of approved national competitions. If the event is not on the approved NASSP list the student may compete but must do so as an unattached competitor (not representing their school).

8. Q. Can a student enter into virtual events that requires them to video and/or upload a performance?

A. Yes, provided the student enters the virtual event voluntarily and follows all requirements related to social distancing and gathering size maximums. Students are also reminded to adhere to current OSAA policy related to closure of all high school facilities until further notice.

9. Q. Are music auditions allowed at this time?

A. Yes, provided that the music auditions are used to place a student in the appropriate academic class (co-curricular) for next school year as defined by the scope and sequence of the course. Music auditions cannot eliminate students from participation in the music programs. If access to an audition is challenging for a student with the Distance Learning for All procedures that are in place, then an accommodation should be made to allow for the student to audition in the Fall of 2020.

10. Q. Under the Governor’s Executive Order 20-20, schools are closed through June 30, does that mean every school is closed until June 30?

A. There is not an expectation that districts must operate until June 30. The Executive Order was written for the time period to end on that date to ensure that all normal school operations for the 2019-2020 school year were covered. Each district should follow their normal individual school calendars that they have adopted. For many districts that would mean closing for the 2019-2020 school year prior to June 30. (i.e. If your school’s last day is June 12, then your school may choose to open on June 13)