To: Superintendents, Principals, Athletic Directors
From: Peter Weber, Executive Director
Subject: OSAA Reopening Sports/Activities Summer Guidance (updated for Phase 2)
The OSAA Executive Board met in a closed work session earlier this week to discuss the latest updates on the Coronavirus pandemic as it relates to OSAA member schools. The discussion focused on providing Phase 2 guidance to member schools regarding summer activities and school facility usage concerns.
Many member schools have requested updated Phase 2 information so they can begin planning in preparation for whenever their school district elects to reopen school facilities for sports/activities. The OSAA strongly encourages that all school facility usage be cleared in advance through your school district, in accordance with directives from Governor Brown, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE).
The OSAA has been in contact with OSBA about the information sent to PACE-insured schools this week regarding insurance coverage and school closures. That email made it clear that violating the governor’s executive order will jeopardize a school’s PACE insurance coverage and that Executive Order 20-20 remains in effect until June 30. Schools should continue to follow Executive Order 20-20 until modified by the Governor or written ODE guidance.
OSAA Staff has been working closely with the OSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) on recommendations for member schools regarding summer activities that are in alignment with OHA directives. The attached guidance is not intended to be prescriptive but rather to elicit thoughtful discussion at the local level among school administrators, coaches, parents, students and communities about navigating a gradual reopening of high school activities. Guidance for Phase Three will be distributed as it becomes available. The OSAA Executive Board understands that implementation decisions schools make this summer regarding activities will potentially impact the upcoming school year and encourages member schools to follow this guidance.
Schools and coaches are reminded that, per OSAA policy, participation in summer sports/activities may not be required.
The OSAA Executive Board will continue to meet on a regular basis throughout the summer in closed work sessions. Updates like this will be sent to all member schools following each work session. The Board remains committed to administering sports/activities this Fall, provided it can be done safely in accordance with guidance from our state educational and medical partners.
For the latest OSAA information regarding the Coronavirus pandemic, please visit: http://www.osaa.org/coronavirus.
Please contact our staff via email with any questions as we are working remotely (http://www.osaa.org/contact).
Thank you for all your efforts on behalf of the students and families in our state. Stay safe and be well.