Dear HRV Eagle Families,
Just over nine weeks ago, we found out that spring sports had been suspended and in-person classes cancelled for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year due to the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus. We miss you all and are finding that all of the uncertainty moving forward is challenging. In this challenging time we need to continue to be positive & enthusiastic for our return to sports. Our students need to continue to be leaders, thinkers and doers, problem solvers and activators. We need compassionate hearts, willing hands and sharp minds. The world is different now; we need each other to invent the future and boldly lead us into it. As of today HRVHS is planning on opening our school this fall.
For nearly 900 student-athletes, the opportunity to compete in scholastic athletics is an essential part of transformation. We look forward to the return of sports to our campus and as such are working diligently on developing a plan to return to play.
The health of our student-athletes, coaches, staff, spectators and visitors are of utmost importance to us. We are working closely with the Hood River County School District (HRCSD), the Oregon State Activities Association (OSAA), the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS), the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), and local health authorities on developing a plan that allows competition to resume while protecting the health of our community.
While there are many uncertainties regarding the future of scholastic athletics, here are a few items we do want to communicate:
1. Our athletic department is committed to the return of sports this fall. While we recognize that timing is undecided, we continue to plan for the arrival of our student-athletes at the 1st practice beginning August 17 (football, volleyball, cross country, soccer). We look forward to our first competitions on August 28. However;
2. The OSAA and the State of Oregon’s governor’s office all influence the return of sports. We will follow their guidance and mandates.
3. Scenario planning is currently happening at the OSAA and Intermountain Conference (IMC) level looking at the return of sports. While there are many scenarios being discussed, the most likely scenario is that fall sports may be pushed back to a later start date. If this scenario occurs, we would most likely contest a IMC schedule only. We expect to see firm decisions happen in late July.
4. The OSAA has announced the formation of groups working on contingency plans for the fall season. The groups are comprised of athletic directors and coaches from around the state, with each group working on a variety of possible scenarios/modifications for the Fall season. http://www.osaa.org/today/article/1682/view?title=OSAA+Update%3A+COVID-19
5. Governor Kate Brown has issued a multi-phased plan to reopen the State of Oregon which places limitations on items such as crowd sizes. For example, Phase II allows for gatherings of 100. At this time we do not know how this applies to athletics, but we do know that the governor in a press conference said that large spectator events would not be allowed until a vaccine is available. There is a strong likelihood that we will be enforcing some sort of spectator limitation in our fall sports.
6. The pre-screening requirements for athletic eligibility will look different this fall for all student-athletes. Policies are still being developed, but we know that there will be certain screening questions and procedures that relate to COVID-19. We are committed to doing our part in keeping our student-athletes and community safe as we return to campus and play. Our administration is currently working in collaboration with Providence Health Systems to develop policies and procedures. While we do not have a lot of specifics at this time, we do know additional precautionary measures will be in effect come August 17 when our first student-athletes arrive at practice.
I will be hosting an informational Zoom meeting that is open to all on May 28, 2020 at 6:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) that you can register for here with more information coming at that time. You may submit questions in the meeting registration form. You will be sent a link & password to the meeting after registration.
The HRVHS Athletic department will be ready for you. Ready to deliver the EAGLE ATHLETIC experience, ready to equip you for an exceptional life, ready to give you incredible memories. HRVHS Athletic Core Values: PERSEVERANCE, HARD WORK, INTEGRITY & LEADERSHIP!
We ask for your patience and positive thinking over the coming months and we cannot wait to see you all in the fall.
Director of Athletics
Hood River County School District