Athletics and Activities

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January 19, 2021

Dear DCSD Community,

The Douglas County School District (DCSD) is excited to begin the winter athletics and activities season. Practices are beginning this week, with games starting next week. The full 2020-2021 Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) calendar is available online. COVID-19 is prompting some changes to our athletics and activities season. CHSAA is working closely with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) in regard to winter athletics and activities.

Middle School
Activities and athletics will look a bit different during the winter season at DCSD middle schools. Our schools will offer intramural activities and athletics. This means camps and competitions will take place within the school community - students will not travel to other schools. Intramural offerings will be in place now through spring break. After the break, DCSD middle schools plan to return to regular interscholastic activities and athletics, with competitions between schools. All DCSD winter sports will comply with the  Guidance for Organized Sports and CHSAA requirements that were approved by CDPHE. Please check with your child’s school to learn more about what will be offered this winter season.

High School
After a series of meetings, CHSAA secured variances from CDPHE and state officials to allow all Season B sports and activities to begin practice this week. This includes ice hockey, girls swimming, wrestling, basketball and competitive spirit. All DCSD winter sports will comply with the Guidance for Organized Sports and all CHSAA requirements that were approved by CDPHE.

Activities
Activities are permitted at all schools - elementary, middle and high - as long as they are in alignment with the Indoor Events guidelines on the COVID-19 dial dashboard (see Level Orange for current guidelines). Activities will be held, but will look differently. For example, we can have 50 individuals in an auditorium, as long as they are following social distancing requirements and wearing masks. All DCSD activities will comply with CDPHE’s Indoor Event Guidance.

Spectators
We recognize how important it is for our parents and others to attend activities and athletics to support their students. Under the current restrictions, capacity is limited. As a result, up to 50 spectators will be permitted to attend activities and athletic events held at DCSD facilities. For those spectators unable to attend in person, many schools are working to offer live streams of these events. Your child’s school will have more information. If capacity limits are increased, we will adjust to allow additional spectators whenever possible. Competitions held at non-DCSD venues may have different requirements and schools will share those details with their impacted families.

We will continue to work collaboratively with the Tri-County Health Department on the restrictions that are enacted by our local health agency. During this unusual and unknown time, we are grateful we are able to provide this opportunity for our students to participate in some of our winter activities and athletics. We ask our students and parents to follow all rules and guidelines in place due to COVID-19. Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership, and we look forward to a great 2021 winter season!

Sincerely,
Derek Chaney
Director of Activities, Athletics and Student Leadership
Douglas County School District


Derek Chaney
Director of Activities and Athletics

 
Sue Dakovich
Administrative Assistant
303-387-0095 

Jozie Cooper
Accounting Specialist
303-387-0094 
 
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