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With CHSAA Approval, Some D49 Fall Sports will Resume

Some D49 student athletes will resume their fall seasons starting September 24. 

Based on improving health conditions statewide, Governor Jared Polis and the Colorado High School Athletics Association (CHSAA) have agreed to give schools the choice to reinstate some outdoor sports for the fall 2020-21 season. According to statements from the Governor’s office and CHSAA, a major factor in the CHSAA board's decision was the approval of the state health-related variances, and the COVID Response Team's approval that outdoor sports could move forward in a safe manner, with all the recommended guidelines.

More Details about the CHSAA decision are available at their website:  

D49’s team of athletic directors, building and zone leaders, and coaches looked closely at all factors and determined Vista Ridge High School will move forward with CHSAA approved fall sports (Season A) while Sand Creek High School and Falcon High School football will carry on with their rescheduled (Season C) plans for the spring of 2021. The schools compete in different leagues and different classifications, so part of the decision-making process involved determining the availability of competition opportunities.

As they practice and compete, D49 athletic programs will follow the guidance of experts from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment with the understanding that outdoor fall sports may be disrupted if infection rates increase and current variances are rescinded. All school-based sports follow the same guidelines for school settings for reporting of positive COVID-19 cases and outbreak protocols. We are still waiting for additional guidance about in-person attendance. 

Program leaders and coaches will be in close contact with D49 student athletes to provide specific information about participation and schedule details.