February 18, 2021
Dear BSD Families,
Last week, Governor Kate Brown and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) released updates to the Indoor and Outdoor Recreation Guidance. This guidance comes as school districts prepare for the start of Season 2 of the OSAA revised athletic calendar. Season 2 includes football, soccer, volleyball and cross country.
A few of the pertinent updates:
- Indoor full-contact sports remain prohibited at this time. Training and conditioning can occur but can’t include full contact of any kind.
- Indoor competitions in non-contact and minimal- and medium-contact sports are allowed in lower, moderate and high risk counties. Indoor volleyball competitions remain prohibited in extreme risk counties.
- Outdoor full-contact sports, including practices and games, are allowed in moderate and lower risk counties following health and safety guidance from the OHA.
- Outdoor full-contact sports, including full-contact practice and competition, may take place in counties that are in extreme or high risk, if the school district is engaged in Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI) or Hybrid Instruction and will provide on-site, self-administered, rapid COVID-19 testing. Districts in extreme and high counties must opt in to full contact sports, and participants and parents will need to sign a waiver acknowledging the COVID-19 risks.
As of today, Washington County is currently categorized in the high risk category. In addition, as previously communicated, the Beaverton School District is set to begin Limited-In Person Instruction (LIPI) on February 22. As such, we are planning on competing in all Season 2 sports.
On February 22, we’ll begin soccer, volleyball and cross country. For contact sports (football, cheerleading and dance), we’re currently working with our athletic directors to fine tune our safety protocols, in addition to looking into the availability of self-administered rapid COVID-19 tests. Schools will communicate the appropriate processes and steps that students will need to take to participate safely. We’re also happy to announce that we are waiving all athletic and activity fees for the remainder of the school year.
We’re looking forward to offering our student athletes the ability to participate and compete, as we understand the important role athletics plays in the social and emotional health of our students. Please know that we’ll continue to strictly adhere to the safety guidelines outlined by the Oregon Health Authority. Thank you for your continued support of the Beaverton School District.