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UIL recommends shutting down summer workouts until July 13

Schools will be allowed limited competitive drills starting July 13

BEAUMONT, Texas — With the July 4th holiday weekend here, the University Interscholastic League is recommending schools to shutdown summer workouts until July 13. 

The original strength & conditioning schedule put out by the UIL called for periods of no activity on July 3, July 7-8 and July 20-21. 

The UIL released this statement.

"In anticipation of the July 4 holiday and the potential for increased social interactions that could spread COVID-19, UIL is recommending schools consider closing summer workouts, rehearsals, practices and instruction between July 3-July 12, resuming Monday, July 13. 

For schools in areas experiencing community spread of COVID-19, this temporary suspension will reduce risk of exposure and provide an opportunity to review current plans and re-evaluate local context in order to make informed decisions moving forward. 

Schools will be allowed to include limited access to locker rooms and drills that include one or more students on offense versus one or more students on defense beginning July 13. Schools should consider their local conditions and plan carefully for allowing these activities. UIL will be posting updated summer activities information related to this in the coming days.

UIL will continue to work with state officials and monitor CDC and other federal guidance related to COVID-19 to determine any potential modifications to UIL summer guidelines.

Additionally, UIL is aware of an alternative athletics calendar that was distributed to some UIL member schools recently. Please know that any information proposing alternatives to the UIL calendar have no affiliation and are not authorized by UIL. Any information from UIL will be handled in the same manner as it has been, with official notification first sent to superintendents and school administrators, and then to the media and general public.

We appreciate the diligence shown by our UIL coaches across the state to help mitigate the risks and spread of COVID-19. The intentional and proactive work of school coaches is, has been, and will continue to be, critical as we work to resume UIL activities.

Thank you,

Susan Elza, Ed.D."

Multiple schools in Southeast Texas are already scheduled to for a break next week.

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The symptoms of coronavirus can be similar to the flu or a bad cold. Symptoms include a fever, cough and shortness of breath, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Most healthy people will have mild symptoms. A study of more than 72,000 patients by the Centers for Disease Control in China showed 80 percent of the cases there were mild.

But infections can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death, according to the World Health Organization. Older people with underlying health conditions are most at risk.

The CDC believes symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after being exposed.

Human coronaviruses are usually spread through...

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Help stop the spread of coronavirus 

  • Stay home when you are sick.
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  • Use different utensils and dishes
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hand.
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  • If you are 60 or over and have an underlying health condition such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD, the World Health Organization advises you to try to avoid crowds or places where you might interact with people who are sick.