Lamar Consolidated ISD athletic director Nikki Nelson said that summer workouts are going smoothly as both coaches and players work around strict guidelines from the University Interscholastic League.
“So far, so good,” she said.
Nelson addressed the LCISD board of trustees this week and stated that all five high schools in the district begun workouts last week with several safety standards implemented by the UIL to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“We’ve got most of our fall sports that are active, including football, volleyball and basketball,” Nelson said. “We’ve got tennis participating and we will start swimming (this) Monday at the LCISD Natatorium.
“We’re following the UIL is guidelines that were put out and then we’ve got them working in very small groups right now, and we’re not cross contaminating our groups that are also there.”
The LCISD guidelines hold workouts to the maximum of 60 kids per session and all participants must answer questions about their health and have their temperatures checked before participating.
“We take four groups of 15 to 60 students per session outdoors and three groups of 10 indoors at a time,” Nelson said.
Nelson reminded the board that coaches were voluntary participating in the summer workouts, so the district is not paying them.
“Part of that had to do with the fact that the fear was that if all of a sudden, we had a situation where we had to send a group home for 14 days, but a parent had paid for their child to participate,” she said. “How would we refund them that money? And so at this point, the coaches are doing it in an effort to help our students.”
Board members questioned who set the parameters for the guidelines, and Supt. Dr. Thomas Randle explained that the Texas Education Agency sets up part of them, and the UIL works with them to set them for the schools.