Dear Tigard and Tualatin Families,
As you are aware, we recently made a decision to pause in-person/onsite athletic conditioning for at least two weeks in light of recent spikes in new cases of Covid-19. Unfortunately, our numbers in Washington and Clackamas Counties are not improving; in fact they are currently climbing. As of November 30th, our number of new cases over the last two weeks are 2,534 and 411.5 cases per 100,000 in Washington County, and 1,568 in Clackamas County with 370.3 per 100,000, with a test positivity rate of 8.6% and 8.9%, respectively. Each of these statistics fall outside of limitations for Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI) guidance from the Oregon Department of Education, which is a metric we have used to gauge our ability to offer athletic and performing arts to meet in limited numbers outdoors.
In light of these numbers and guided by the safety of our students, staff and community, we will continue our pause until at least December 7th when the OSAA Executive Board will be meeting and discussing next steps for high school athletics across the state.
We have been so impressed with our coaches, athletes, and community members as they navigate the safeguards for attending workouts on our campuses. This has been a community effort to protect each other from the spread of the virus, while still providing an opportunity for our student-athletes not only to be able to condition, but to have person-to-person interaction with their teammates and coaches. As former athletes and coaches, we know just how important those connections and relationships are.
In fact, those connections and relationships may be the most important aspect of high school athletics. With that in mind, our hope is that each of our programs will create fun and interactive virtual opportunities for their teams to participate in while conditioning is on hold.
While we are hopeful that there will be a safe path to reopening our athletic facilities in the coming weeks, we feel this continued pause is what is safest for all students and staff at this time. As a reminder: together, we must continue to do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the TTSD community so we can get our students back in school by:
- Staying home if we’re sick.
- Wearing a face covering and physical distancing.
- Washing our hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective.
- Following the health experts guidelines for social gatherings.
- Improving our immune systems by getting enough rest, exercising regularly, and eating healthy.
Our thanks to our families and staff for their ongoing support and understanding during this challenging time.
Tigard High School
Tualatin High School