Modified UIL Activities Calendar and COVID-19 Guidelines for the 2020-2021 School Year
07/21/2020

The following was provided by UIL on July 21, 2020. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

 

We are presenting modifications to the 2020-2021 UIL calendar and updated COVID-19 risk mitigation guidelines, set to take effect August 1, 2020.

 

The 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.

 

UIL Table

Schools should be prepared for the possibility of interruptions in contest schedules. District Executive Committees should work and plan to accommodate, as best possible, for these interruptions.

 

With the understanding that not all schools will be able to start at the same time, this plan allows for schools to make playing decisions at the local level, and we will work directly with schools that have scheduling issues not addressed in this plan to allow flexibility to complete as many contests as possible.

 

Additionally, the COVID-19 risk mitigation guidelines for the 2020-2021 school year can be found at this link. This includes guidance around face coverings, general operations and protocol for individuals confirmed or exposed to COVID-19, congregate settings (band halls, locker rooms, etc.), practice and rehearsal activities, spectators and media, and concession stands and food service.

 

These guidelines are in addition to guidance issued by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and intended to be implemented along with TEA guidance, which applies to UIL academic activities and extracurricular non-UIL activities.

 

We will continue to work with state officials and monitor CDC and other federal guidance to determine any potential modifications that may become necessary.

 

Thank you for your patience and flexibility leading up to this release and as we move forward into the 2020-2021 school year. We have a long road ahead of us, but we continue to be amazed by your unwavering dedication to Texas students and schools. Please feel free to contact us directly with any questions you may have at info@uiltexas.org or reply to this email.

 

Sincerely,

Charles Breithaupt, EdD

Executive Director

University Interscholastic League

 

Jamey Harrison, EdD

Deputy Director

University Interscholastic League