OSSAA Moving Forward With Activities As Scheduled For Fall Semester

Thursday, July 23rd 2020, 5:53 pm


Four months have passed since March when schools canceled spring activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We know a lot of people are wanting to get back to our activities,” OSSAA Executive Director David Jackson said.

Jackson said in a meeting Thursday that he wants and hopes that fall sports can take off, but there is a lot to take into consideration to make sure that it is done in a safe manner.

"We look at information on a daily basis in trying to determine whether it is even feasible to consider going forward with fall activities,” Jackson said.

As of now, the OSSAA has decided to move forward with its preparation for fall activities but said it does have a backup plan if it is needed.

"There can and likely will be interruptions where we have to stop for a while and then get started again,” Jackson said.

In case of a prolonged stoppage in the fall, OSSAA said it would just move all activities to the spring.

"We have the option of looking at moving some activities to the spring,” Jackson said. “And we are looking at a plan worst case scenario to move all activities to the spring semester."

Jackson also noted several decisions, including if fans can attend activities or how to handle when a player tests positive, will be left up to individual school districts to decide how best to handle each scenario.

"They know the students much better than we do,” Jackson said. “They are going to be able to put together protocols on that local level much better than we could from our level."