Hello Springfield High School athletes and families,
It is with great disappointment that I share that we are suspending all athletic practices, and conditioning effective August 17.
Earlier this month, the Oregon School Activities Association released their updated calendar to reflect a postponement and adjusted season calendar with all competitions slated to start in January 2021. Our decision to postpone athletic practices, workouts and team activities is a reflection of this change, coupled with the fact that the current infection rate in Lane County requires remote learning for our student-athletes.
While we recognize the important benefits of athletic participation, we must acknowledge the uncertainties surrounding the health impacts of COVID-19, and limit the potential exposure to our school communities during this time without competitions.
This is not the news anyone had hoped for on behalf of our dedicated students, coaches and staff. We want nothing more than to see them enjoy the benefits of a regular routine and time with their teammates, however, we all recognize this is not a regular back-to-school season.
I am proud of the health protocols we have implemented and the diligence with which our coaches, student-athletes and staff have followed the safety measures. To be clear, this decision is not in response to a positive case of COVID-19, but rather a result of review of updated OSAA guidance, and state guidance along with the consultation of district leadership and our neighboring districts.
This will be a challenging year, and this decision reflects our commitment to health and academic focus of our student-athletes.
We commit to monitoring the current health conditions in our community, and will provide an update on a possible return to team activities in late October. Should public health conditions improve, we will work with our district and building leadership to assess an appropriate time to bring our student-athletes back together.
Thank you for your understanding and your support of our student-athletes.
Springfield High School