20-21 Athletics Plan
September 28, 2020
Plans are subject to change.
This year’s athletic opportunities must be different than they have been in the past. We have given much thought to our goal of balancing the requirement for safety for all our students and staff with the physical and mental health of our student athletes. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) provides very little guidance for non-UIL activities; Meridian is a non-UIL school. The Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) is developing guidance, and we intend to follow it to the extent allowed by the TEA for school re-opening, athletics, and extracurriculars.
The WCCHD has developed a DRAFT chart using “Gating Criteria” as a guide to indicate what kinds of school, athletics, and extracurricular activities can take place safely under the changing levels of virus activity. These criteria can be viewed on the DRAFT chart at the end of the document. We understand that the WCCHD is refining this such that they will regularly report the Transmission Level rather than individual entities, i.e. schools, analyzing the data for themselves.
There are four phases in the criteria - Uncontrolled characterized by very high community transmission, Phase I / Red with high/substantial community transmission, Phase II / Yellow with moderate community transmission, and Phase III / Green with minimal community transmission. We will use the information provided by the WCCHD to guide our decisions for athletics and extracurricular activities and to the extent allowed by the State of Texas, re-opening our campus to students.
We would like to provide some degree of certainty, not only for our families, but for the coaches and staff we must hire to carry out these activities. This requires commitment on the part of our parents for fees, our coaches for time, and our staff for availability.
In order to maximize health, fun, and the potential for success, we have examined each activity separately and evaluated these aspects:
All guidance and decisions are subject to change as local and regional health situations evolve over the course of the year.
Start dates will be determined by the Transmission Levels described above. The start date could affect whether or not the sport will have intramural or interscholastic competitions. Once a sport starts, which is designated by the first practice, it will continue even upon re-entering Phase I/Red or the Uncontrolled/Black Phase, unless the State mandates otherwise.
The following applies to all Meridian Athletics offerings:
Please select a sport below to see the 2020-2021 Athletics Plan as it pertains to that sport: