AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: If your child's high school or school district has stopped its strength and conditioning activities, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com so we can verify and add it to the list.
As COVID-19 cases start to turn up among student-athletes in Central Texas, many high schools have taken it upon themselves to stop strength and conditioning programs.
The University Interscholastic League (UIL) announced on May 22 that Texas high schools could resume strength and conditioning programs starting June 8.
Since letting schools participate in voluntary strength and conditioning workouts, coronavirus cases in Texas have risen again and numerous Central Texas high schools have reported positive COVID-19 cases among their student athletes. Some have decided to pause hosting workouts either due to those positive cases or due to concerns about COVID-19.
Here are some of the high schools that have reportedly paused their summer strength and conditioning programs:
- Austin High School
- Bastrop High School
- Bowie High School
- Cedar Ridge High School
- Del Valle High School
- Granger High School
- La Grange High School
- Lake Travis High School
- Manor High School
- McNeil High School
- Round Rock High School
- San Marcos High School
- St. Michael's Catholic Academy
- Stony Point High School
- Taylor High School
- Westwood High School
KVUE reached out to the UIL about high schools pausing strength and conditioning programs. UIL sent KVUE the following statement on June 23:
"As of now there are no immediate updates regarding Summer Strength and Conditioning Instruction. Per the UIL guidelines, participation in Summer Strength and Conditioning is optional and schools should take their local context into account when deciding whether to offer summer strength and conditioning on campus. Schools are encouraged to be vigilant and take every precaution to mitigate risk and keep their communities safe and healthy. UIL continues to monitor CDC and other federal guidance related to COVID-19 to determine any potential modifications to UIL summer guidelines."
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