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Fall Sports

High School:

The UIL released revised start dates for fall sports on July 21, 2020. The schedules for our 4A high schools, Canyon Lake and Davenport, have not changed and will start volleyball and football practices on Aug. 3, with competition starting on Aug. 10 and Aug. 27 respectively. 

The revised UIL calendar pushes back the first day of practice for Canyon and Smithson Valley High School volleyball and football to Sept. 7. The first day of competition for these two schools is now Sept. 14 for volleyball and Sept. 24 for football.

Fall individual sports, such as cross country and team tennis can begin training now. However, 4A matches/meets will not start until Aug. 17th and 5A/6A cannot begin until Sept. 7.

High school schedules, once updated, can be found at on the Rank One web site.

Middle School

The UIL did not change the seasons for middle school sports. Middle school sports are allowed to begin practicing on the first day of school for football, volleyball and cross country.Middle school schedules, once updated, can be found on the Rank One web site.

Tournaments

The UIL currently is not allowing tournaments for volleyball and basketball. Team tennis tournaments will be allowed during regular season with no more than 8 teams participating. Cross country invitational meets may have no more than 8 total schools and only one level of competitors (Var/JV/9th). A school could bring a girls and boys team, but they would need to be the same level.

Cheer

UIL guidance released on July 21, 2020, allows student groups such as cheerleaders approved by the school district may attend and perform at games or contests in which they are not competing. Schools should consider limiting the number of participants to those essential to the performance.

  • These student groups should remain separate from the game or contest participants at all times. These student groups should avoid mixing with fans or non-group members throughout the game or contest.
  • Student groups are required to wear face coverings.
  • Schools should consider limiting the number of students and staff given access to the playing areas and ensure protocols for entering and exiting the playing areas are in place.
  • These students should maintain appropriate distancing from game or contest participants at all times, including when on the sideline.
FAQ Athletics

Yes. Remote learners will be required to attend these classes in person on a daily basis. *The only exception to this is the general athletics/PE class which is offered asynchronously for remote learners. 

Yes. Remote learners will be required to attend these classes in person on a daily basis to prepare for their upcoming seasons. 

Yes. Remote learners who cannot participate daily will need to request a schedule change to a course offered remotely. 

No. Transportation to and from practices and athletic periods will be the responsibility of the student-athlete, parent or guardian. 

Yes. Coaches will build in travel time to allow students to attend their remote classes. 

Remote learners will have limited access to locker rooms and will need to come to practice/athletic period dressed to participate. Remote learners will shower at home. 

Fine Arts

Dance

Dance teams should look very similar to every other season. Some campuses still need to choose teams. Once teams are selected, they may organize dance camps at the campus, during the summer, and will be able to prepare performances as they usually do. Face coverings will be part of the protocol.

Choir

Choirs will still be singing as ensembles. They will be wearing face coverings and social distancing. Body placement and spacing protocols will be in place and rehearsal lengths will be shortened.

Orchestra

Orchestra will be very close to their normal rehearsal and performance protocols with face coverings and some slight change to their musician spacing formation.

Theater 

Theater will prepare plays with students wearing face coverings in rehearsal. Play performances will be similar to performances in previous years. Musicals may look different from previous performances as safe singing and distance requirements may alter the look of the production.

Audiences will be allowed with 6 feet of social distancing between family groups who traveled together to the performance. A capacity of 50% is the limit, at this time. Additional shows may be added to accommodate patrons if needed.
Visual Art students will be provided simple lists to purchase their own supplies for personal usage that would not be shared. Classroom supplies that must be shared will be sanitized between uses.
FAQ Band
The following questions include sub-groups within a band program including marching, concert, color/winter guard, jazz, percussion ensembles, etc.

All bands are asked to wait to start the visual/marching elements of their marching show on September 7, 2020. Summer band can continue with the dates scheduled. Summer band will look a little different but be very advantageous for our students to get a start on music and marching basics. Normally, region contest starts in October and will be delayed until December. All of the marching competitions will take place in December. 

Band classes will use increased safety measures according to current TEA, UIL and district guidelines. Generally, the same teaching will occur with extra time for cleaning and allowance for spacing of students. The configuration of the space may look different. It is possible that some groups will work in larger spaces, even outside or in separate rooms when possible to add safety and space. 

Yes, band lockers will be used by students.  A safety plan with staggered access to the lockers will be put in place on the campus to ensure safe flow in and out of instrument storage areas and distancing.  Lockers will be disinfected on a regular basis and personal items will need to be kept to a minimum. 

Yes. Students will still be expected to rehearse at home so this will be a normal process already in place that does not need to be changed. 

Because it is a personal instrument, it needs to be cleaned only as often as one would normally clean that particular instrument. No mouth-pieces for instruments should be shared. 

Private lesson opportunities will still be available to students.  For campuses that cannot space 10 feet between student and private lesson instructor, virtual/remote private lessons are recommended after the school day.  Any instructor that does come on campus will be required to follow all standard protocol and new Covid protocol to include the health screener. 

Yes. The TMEA All-Region Band selection will be a recorded process this year.  We are excited this opportunity will be available for all students, remote or live. 

Fine Arts Safety Protocol for All: 

  • All programs must communicate a plan for all safety protocol to all students and parents on the first day or prior for any activity 
  • All staff and students must wear face coverings in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order, which includes:  
    • When entering or exiting facilities where activities are being conducted 
    • When not actively practicing or exercising 
    • When not actively playing a wind instrument 
  • Access to showers and locker rooms will be limited to students enrolled in the activity/sport 
  • Social distancing standards must be maintained in locker rooms. Avoid sharing lockers. 
  • Social distance protocols must be followed at all times.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be readily available and their use encouraged frequently 
  • Any equipment must be disinfected between uses  
  • Each director and student must complete the health screener each day if they have not already completed it for other school purposes 
  • If possible, enter in one door, exit from another and minimize door handle contact. 
  • Consider using outdoor space when feasible and appropriate. 
  • Avoid shared objects between participants. 
  • Staff is encouraged to be located at side or back instead of in front of students when actively practicing, exercising or rehearsing. 
  • Schools may provide food, water or other drinks. If they provide these items, schools should do so in a manner that ensures students are not sharing these items. 
 

Band Protocol 

Considerations for Space: 

  • Spacing of students as much as possible, not having students face each other; keep straight line formations 

 

Safety and Rehearsal Protocol: 

  • Instrument PPE such as clarinet bags, bell covers and special face coverings are encouraged. 
  • Percussionists must use personal or assigned mallets and sticks. No sharing. 
  • If percussionists must share larger equipment, they must be cleaned after each use, examples: Bass drum, gong, chime mallets, etc. 
  • When actively rehearsing, students, faculty, adult volunteers, and staff will maintain a distance of 10 ft. for indoor or outdoor practice 
  • Band programs will provide central “condensation” dumpsites. We will provide pads that can be easily disposed as necessary for brass players to deal with water disposal. 
  • Access to indoor drinking fountains will not be available. 
  • Adult volunteers/faculty can refill water containers. Adult volunteers must maintain 6 feet of distance between all students and faculty and must maintain 10 feet of distance from students actively playing instruments. 
  • Faculty will sanitize any shared equipment after each session of use (this includes tables, and lockers will be sanitized by the directors with a solution that contains 80% alcohol and water). 
  • At the conclusion of your rehearsal, the following steps will be taken:  
    • Director, student leaders or trained adult volunteers spray each chair and music stand with a sanitation cleaning solution (provided by district to school). This solution should not be on used instruments. 
    • If the equipment needs to be racked, the students, lining up and remaining 6 feet apart, will rack their chair and music stand on the storage rack. 

Yes, but they may look different than in years past.  Programs will be able to use flexible instrumentation and smaller ensemble/chamber music if needed for safety and distance.  Audiences at concerts will follow state and local guidance for indoor gatherings. So, large bands may break up performances into multiple, shorter concerts with less participants than normal to allow seating for all interested, as well. Live streaming of the performances will be encouraged to allow those who would like that option, as well. 

With guidelines for distancing of wind instruments, we are working to create new exciting shows that will reflect more of a college or university style marching band show. We also will have a limited amount of space in the stands; therefore, we are working on how to allow all students the opportunity of time in the stands to be a part of that band experience, as well. We will work to be as equitable as possible for all students, giving them as much opportunity as possible in the stand and on the field. Options we are considering include, bands being split into two groups with half in stands and half marching, then alternating the groups the next week. Another option includes all the band marching, but only a portion in the stands (Pep Band), alternating each week. 

All National marching competitions such as BOA and US Bands are cancelled. All local marching band clinics have cancelled. UIL still is offering an opportunity for Region Marching in December. We do not feel this will be a beneficial assessment for our students and have planned a district exhibition for our Comal ISD bands to perform their shows for each other and for an audience to showcase their talents on November 17, 2020 at Canyon High School. 

The principals will be meeting soon to determine this at their DEC meeting. Currently, the capacity limit of 50% for all stadiums may necessitate that each school will have to utilize both sides of their stadium to accommodate their own bands, spirit groups and fans with current spacing and occupancy requirements. 

Per TEA guidance, the band can continue to use volunteers for essential operations. We will limit volunteer contact when possible for the safety of our students and staff. 

All out of state travel for 20-21 has been cancelled. There are currently no trips planned for the band, but we will be looking for virtual opportunities and other educational opportunities to bring in more clinicians and other quality experiences locally. 

FAQ Miscellaneous

Individuals with a lab-confirmed case or who are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 must stay home until:

  • Their fever has been gone for 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medicine;
  • They have an improvement in symptoms (cough lessened, throat less sore, etc.); AND
  • 10 days have passed since any new symptoms appeared 

TEA has allowed an exception for individuals who are experiencing symptoms to return to school/work before the above criteria are met with a note from their doctor providing an alternative diagnosis or a negative test results from an approved COVID-19 testing location.

Individuals who have had close contact with someone who has a lab-confirmed case must stay home for the virus incubation period of 14 days before returning. They will then be screened for symptoms before being allowed back on campus.

 
Yes, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) now requires, in addition to the criteria and processes described above, a student who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 to receive clearance from a physician prior to returning to participation in UIL activities.
 
Please contact your physician for COVID-19 related medical questions. For all UIL activity related questions, contact your child’s coach/sponsor/director or high school athletic trainer for more information.