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Fall Sports Re-Entry Updates

Updated October 23, 2020

Football and Spirit Line Update from Dr. Trujillo

The Tucson Unified School District is very happy to share that we have developed a plan that allows our high schools to begin the football and spirit line season with the health and safety of our athletes and coaches as our top priority. Starting Monday, October 26, 2020, we will move to Phase 3 of the Interscholastics Re-entry Plan allowing our teams to begin competition and full contact practices. However in order to participate, our student athletes must meet the following requirements:

  1. All players will continue with Remote Instruction during the season in order to limit the number of close contacts should a player be exposed to the virus. Thus they will not participate in the Hybrid Learning option.
  2. All players and coaches will be required to adhere to the district's adopted COVID 19 preventative measures as recommended by the Pima County Health Department.
  3. All players and coaches are encouraged to take COVID 19 tests frequently throughout the season. Free testing sites are available around Pima County.
  4. All parents must sign a waiver releasing the district of any future claims due to their student participating in after school sports activities.
  5. All parents must attend a virtual orientation meeting with the school's Athletic Director to review these expectations in more detail.

We look forward to a great football and spirit line season.

Thank you,

Dr. Gabriel Trujillo
Superintendent, Tucson Unified School District

Fall Sports in Phase 3

As of Monday, October 26, football and spirit line join the sports in Phase 3. The following sports now follow Phase 3 guidelines:

  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Spiritline
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

For more information about Interscholastics Guidelines, see Interscholastics Re-Entry Plan (in PDF).


Please call your school with any questions you have.

Phase 3 Protocols

Updated: October 23, 2020

Interscholastics Re-Entry Plan (in PDF)

Contact Sports: Increasing Layered Mitigation Recommendations (in PDF)

All Phases should include the following screenings:

  • Adults and students are screened daily before the start of workout. Temperature check and questionnaire will be taken. Any yes responses on questionnaire is automatic disqualification as well as having a temperature above 100 F is DQ
  • If a student athlete lives or is in frequent contact with someone who is health compromised (family member who has cancer, COPD, asthma, or other immune-suppressing illness, COVID, etc.), he/she SHOULD NOT be participating in conditioning. We do not want to send them home with a possible exposure or have them bring one to our facility.

Phase 3

  • All sports, with and without contact may resume with usual activity.
  • Social distancing still recommended, but not required.
  • Training sessions return to normal with average athlete group amount.
  • Equipment and other shared material can be used but cleaning shall continue before and after each different athlete group use.
  • See also Contact Sports: Increasing Layered Mitigation Recommendations (in PDF) for further guidelines for football and spirit line.

AIA's Modifications for Specific Sports and Guidelines


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