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November 19, 2020
Dear Corcoran High School Parents and Guardians,
Corcoran High School has been regularly meeting with the East Sequoia League (ESL) and the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) in order to plan for our upcoming seasons of sport. As you know, COVID-19 has pushed back our fall season to start competitions in early January, and we've pushed back our winter season to start with our spring sports in March. Just this week, the governor of California and the California State Department of Public Health pushed the entire state and our county into the purple tier and officially delayed the release of their guidelines for youth sports. While this does not affect our school remaining open, it can cause some obstacles for athletics.
Currently, we permit conditioning for athletics, but we cannot begin official practices. More than likely, practices will be unable to begin in December and in time for our already scheduled competitions. It is important to point out that several of our sports are full-contact, and many sports are indoors and require handling of the same equipment. Athletes cannot wear protective COVID masks during competitions as it seriously inhibits their ability to breathe and participate to the intensity required. As of right now, we face a lot of unknowns.
East Sequoia League principals and athletic directors met with our CIF section commissioner on November 18 to discuss the current situation and options moving forward. I want to emphasize that all schools in our league understand how important athletics are to our students and our community. Most of them are likewise drafting and communicating this same message. We know the importance of athletics as a connection to the school. All schools in the league are working very hard to look for ways to keep some form of athletics intact for our students, our parents, and our community. We also want to be very transparent about the discussions we are having and the possibilities for our sports for the rest of this school year. We are currently considering the following options:
Full and unabridged athletics take place as scheduled and communicated, simply with the delay of fall sports in January, with winter and spring sports to begin in March.
Full and unabridged athletics take place, but we push them back a few additional weeks to adjust and accommodate the state and county “emergency break” the governor announced.
We eliminate non-league contests, which will allow our athletes to still join contests but will prevent the massive overlap of seasons, transportation issues, and strain to our athletes who participate in more than one sport.
We evaluate each sport and shorten them accordingly, or not, depending on the amount of contact and safety involved.
We cancel sports for the 2020–2021 school year.
Please, understand that scenario five is our very last resort. None of the schools in our league are promoting this or desire to consider it. However, the stark reality is that the longer it takes for the state to release our schools to practice and compete, and if the virus does not slow, the more likely scenario five becomes, though it is a stark and last resort possibility.
Right now, scenario one is our current phase, with scenario two being a possibility. We still look forward to getting our athletics underway. We will continue to condition our athletes in the meantime, and we will keep you apprised of any changes.
Principal, Corcoran High School
Corcoran High School plans to reopen on Monday, November 9. Please take a moment to review our frequently asked questions regarding our reopening.
Join us on Monday, September 21, 2020, at 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Learn about our DELAC, receive an update on ELPAC testing, ELD instruction during distance learning, review and comment on the district's learning continuity plan, and discuss uniform complaint procedures. For more information, please read our September 21, 2020, agenda in its entirety.
Reunión De DELAC
Únase a nosotros el lunes 21 de septiembre de 2020 de 4:00 a 5:30 p.m. a través de Zoom. Aprenda sobre nuestro DELAC, reciba una actualización sobre las pruebas ELPAC, la instrucción ELD durante el aprendizaje a distancia, revise y comente sobre el plan de continuidad del aprendizaje del distrito y discuta los procedimientos uniformes de quejas. Para obtener más información, lea nuestra agenda del 21 de septiembre de 2020 en su totalidad.