Athletics & Parent Letter (Updated June 8)
June 8 Update
Huntsville City Schools (HCS) is welcoming students back to campus for athletic practices and extracurricular activity meetings.
School personnel are taking students’ temperatures and asking health-related questions before permitting them to be around others. Coaches and staff members are conducting hazard mitigation training with students at the first scheduled practices and meetings.
The district required all coaches and staff members interacting with students to engage in their own hazard mitigation training last week to learn health protocols.
HCS is requiring all students to come to campus with their own face covering. Students must also come to practice or meetings with their own water bottle or drink container. Students are responsible for maintaining and cleaning any equipment issued. Additionally, the district is reminding families that all summer athletic practices and extracurricular activities are voluntary.
Huntsville City Schools is also requiring families to sign a letter acknowledging that they have read, understood, and agreed to comply with the safety measures before their student is allowed to participate.
Huntsville City Schools will initiate on-campus athletics and extracurricular activity practices and meetings beginning no earlier than Monday, June 8, 2020.
Although the State Health Officer Safer at Home Order Amendment of May 21, and the concurrently issued Alabama High School Athletic Association guidance permits initiation of on-campus athletics and extracurricular activity practices and meetings as early as June 1, the State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Eric Mackey, has given individual district superintendents the authority to do our own risk assessments and select initiation dates that allow us to develop and implement risk mitigation practices and processes that we believe are necessary.
We will be sharing more information at the June 4 Board of Education Work Session. HCS is working to enable the best possible risk mitigation effort before welcoming students, staff, and faculty back to campuses.