Schools plan how athletics will meet health requirements
Starting June 22, PSD's outdoor facility spaces will be open for PSD athletics use only. Each school has submitted a plan to the district that details how coaches and athletes will remain compliant with COVID-19 guidance, requirements and orders regarding recreation.
Later this summer, PSD will also open gyms and weight rooms for PSD athletic groups, provided groups submit a compliance plan to ensure social distancing is followed and group sizes are limited.
Note: PSD is following a staggered plan to responsibly re-open district facilities. Currently, PSD facilities are not available to rent by the community groups. This allows district staff time to optimize health, safety, and cleaning protocols . PSD will re-evaluate this decision after first quarter.
As of July 1, families can register for middle and high school sports on the PSD Athletics website. Although registration is open, PSD is still awaiting final guidance on fall sports, competitions and more from the Colorado High School Activities Association, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and other local and state public health and education officials. We will share more information as it becomes available.
- In-person contact between a high school coach (all levels/volunteerism/club) and students and athletes is prohibited until June 1 or date decided on by the school district.
- Beginning May 11, virtual contact and individual and team workouts are allowed. Coaches/sponsors/directors may set specific work-outs/rehearsals/practice times and provide instruction and coaching virtually to participants. A student’s inability to participate in these virtual opportunities cannot be a condition for making a team/group in the fall. Coaches may virtually contact eighth graders who have enrolled at their high school so they can participate in virtual workouts or practices.
- Beginning May 11, virtual try-outs for spirit teams are approved with a ‘No-Cut” policy condition. The CHSAA office, with guidance from the SMAC committee, mental health advisory teams, and national spirit organizations, is adamant that students shouldn’t be rejected based on virtual try-outs. The “No-Cut” policy allows coaches to establish their team rosters (varsity, junior varsity) and prepare for the next school year. Try-out criteria and roster placements are a local decision. If the ‘No-Cut” policy can’t be followed then virtual try-outs and in-person try-outs (within mandated safety guidelines) must adhere to the June 1 date or date decided on by the local school district.
Travel cancelled through June
PSD has canceled all domestic district- and school-sponsored out-of-state trips for students and staff through June. International travel is also canceled through the end of 2020, including for professional development. July travel decisions will be made by early June. Determinations about further international travel will likely be made before the end of June. Reminder: The district cannot issue refunds for field trips if they are canceled due to safety concerns.