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Information for Parents

DeSoto ISD is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all student-athletes and coaches. We recognize that the COVID-19 health pandemic has created a need for adjustment to our daily lives.  DeSoto ISD wants you to feel confident and comfortable during these uncertain times should you elect to allow your student to attend a voluntary, optional Strength and Conditioning session. 

Each head coach, along with their assistants, has developed a plan and will set the schedule for all strength and conditioning sessions and sport-specific skill instruction sessions on campus.  All schedules will comply with UIL rules and approved by DeSoto ISD Athletics. 

On the first day of strength and conditioning, the coaches will explain all rules and expectations and student-athletes will complete an educational walkthrough of a session demonstration.  Contact activities will not be allowed at this time.

For more information, contact the DeSoto ISD Athletics Department via DeSoto ISD Athletic Director Larry Davis at Lawrence.Davis@DeSotoISD.org or email your child’s coach directly.


Fall Sports and other UIL Activities 
Modifications to the 2020-2021 calendar differ by activity and conference and can be found on the UIL website and in the chart below. These adjustments reflect the public health situation at this time and the varying numbers of COVID-19 cases across different geographic areas of the state. This plan provides a delay for schools in highly-populated metro areas, primarily conferences 5A-6A, given the challenges with COVID-19 those communities are facing, while providing schools in other areas, primarily 1A-4A, an opportunity to start seasons on schedule. Acknowledging the situation is not always clear-cut and that COVID-19 affects every community differently, the plan also allows for local flexibility.

Social Distancing During Workout Sessions

During workout activities, student-athletes and staff must maintain at least ten feet distance when actively exercising. Staff may have a brief period of closer contact with a student if a shorter distance is required for safe participation.  When not working out, students and staff must maintain at least six feet distance.

Staff to Student Ratios:

For sport-specific activities conducted outdoors, students may be placed in working groups of no more than 15 total students with one staff member.  For sport-specific activities conducted indoors, students may be placed in working groups no larger than 10 total students with one staff member.  For strength and conditioning activities, there must be one coach for every 20 students. 

Student-athletes will remain in the same workout group throughout the strength and conditioning program and sport-specific skill instruction to the extent possible.  If a participant develops symptoms of COVID-19, all participants in the workout group will be removed until the participant has been cleared to return.

Sanitation:

Student-athletes must report to strength and conditioning in their own workout clothing.  Locker rooms and shower facilities will not be available to students or staff before or after workouts.  

Restroom facilities will be available.  

Student-athletes may but are not required to wear masks during active exercise.  Student-athletes are strongly encouraged to wear masks when not actively exercising.   

Staff will wear masks inside (unless actively exercising or instructing). 

Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the workout facility. 

All participants will be encouraged to wash/sanitize hands throughout the session.

Athletic facilities and equipment will be disinfected before, during, and after work out sessions.  Disinfectant spray and/or wipes will be available.

Only one person will be on a rack at a time. The student-athlete will disinfect the equipment after each use.  All balls used during a sport-specific skill workout will be sanitized after each session.  

Food and Drink:

Students must bring their own water bottles. Water fountains and communal coolers will not be available. 

Coaches will assist in refilling water bottles to ensure the bottle does not touch a cooler or automatic bottle filler. Food or drink may not be shared.  

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