LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Unified School District announced the district will follow the new state and local guidance to get high school student-athletes back on the field during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
On Wednesday, LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner announced the district will "extend participation in sports" to allow students to compete in CIF Seasons 1 and 2 for practices and games.
"The resumption of school sports is another step in the path to recovery for all in the school community," Beutner said in a press release. "After careful consideration, we have also decided to extend participation in sports to allow students to participate in California Interscholastic Federation Season 1 and Season 2 practices and competitions."
CIF Season 1 includes cross country, football and water polo. CIF Season 2 includes baseball, golf, soccer, lacrosse, softball, swim and dive, tennis, track and field and cheer.
LAUSD said all sports activities will be held outdoors and the student-athletes can opt-out of these voluntary activities at any time.
The student-athletes, coaches and trainers must follow these guidelines*:
- Must follow PPE and mask orders
- Social distance
- Students must get informed consent from a parent or guardian
- Participate in weekly COVID-19 tests
*Information taken from LAUSD.
LAUSD did not specify how much the weekly COVID-19 tests would cost the district.
As of Wednesday, LAUSD has not brought students and teachers back into classrooms for in-person learning.