After a sustained increase of COVID-19 cases across the state of Texas, two local school districts have decided to postpone the rest of student summer workouts to help slow the spread of the virus.
Both Lamar Consolidated ISD and Fort Bend ISD have stopped their summer workouts until July 13, giving student-athletes two weeks off to allow them to stay home and be safe from the spread of the coronavirus.
George Ranch head coach Nick Cavallo felt the move to shut down summer workouts was the right move to help ensure the safety of players and staff.
“I’m glad that we did it to get in front of things,” he said. “We were taking every precaution, from social distancing, to sanitizing everything.
“But with the things around us, the increase of spread in the Houston area, it was the right decision to shut things down and see what happens.”
Cavallo and other LCISD coaches had guidelines from the UIL and from the district on how to conduct their workouts, which included taking the temperatures of the student-athletes, maintaining social distancing for six feet or more, and keeping groups of students to 10 indoors and 18 outdoors.
“We’re following the UIL’s guidelines that were put out and we’ve got them working in very small groups right now, and we’re not cross contaminating our groups,” LCISD athletic director Nikki Nelson said last week. “We have them in groups of 18 for our outdoor sports in groups of 10 for our indoor sports, and they stay with that same group both for the strength and conditioning part as well as the sport specific part, so that we were to have a contagion it with stable within that same small group of students.”
Coronavirus cases continue to rise in the state and especially in Fort Bend County, with 130 new cases announced on Friday and a total 3,645 cases, with 1,260 of them recovered and 52 deaths.
Fort Bend ISD also halted summer workouts at its 11 high schools, including Travis, until July 13. Travis has had no cases of the coronavirus and also had strict guidelines for students in their workouts, including filling out a questionnaire before participating in workouts.