THS Athletics & Activities Update Jan. 22

THS Athletics & Activities Update Jan. 22
Posted on 01/22/2021
Dear Tahoma High School families,

We’re excited about the return to athletics and activities, and we’re committed to the health and safety protocols and procedures that are in place to help protect our students, coaches and advisers. As you are aware, our sports and activities calendar has been completely altered by COVID-19, and we’ve all been adjusting and working to adapt to the many changes that have come our way since last March. The Tahoma School Board approved revisions to the return-to-play guidelines for activities and athletics that were originally approved in October.

Beginning in February, clubs and some student activities will be able to meet in the building. Meetings will be in assigned locations, with assigned entrances, exits and restrooms. Groups will be kept at 15 students, in assigned pods of five students. Masks and social distancing will be required. For additional information about Student Activities, visit https://vhoom.info/THSActivties.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) released recommendations earlier this month, but ultimately left it up to each league to set schedules and seasons that work best for the school districts in the league. The North Puget Sound League (NPSL) schedule for this year’s adjusted sports seasons was approved by the WIAA this week, and includes three shortened seasons. Click here to view the full schedule. The shortened seasons give all sports the opportunity to compete.

Here are some key points:
*This plan follows the “Road Map to Recovery” guidelines from the state.
*Time is available for training coaches; sharing requirements and expectations about how to return to athletics safely.
*A conditioning/season preparation window began on Jan. 14 and will continue through Feb. 26, to allow our athletes time to participate in sport-specific workouts before the seasons begin. More than 400 THS athletes have registered for the conditioning season so far.
*This plan will allow time to ensure that officials are available and for league commissioners to develop specific schedules.
*Surrounding leagues have developed their own season schedules based on what is best for and deemed safe by their own communities.
*Districts in the NPSL will not participate in WIAA postseason competition. If possible, the league will host its own postseason competitions.
*A plan will be determined by the league and districts regarding fan attendance, in order to comply with guidelines from health officials. Crowd sizes will be limited, and we are investigating potential livestream options.
*ASB and participation fees are not being charged, in order to support families.

For families who also have students at the middle school level, both Summit Trail and Maple View middle schools will be communicating with their families regarding athletics and activities.

Thank you,

Tony Davis
THS Associate Principal & Athletic Director
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