In his weekly Monday update, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner announced that athletic conditioning for athletes at LAUSD high schools will return the week of March 1. Athletic conditioning had been paused following the post Thanksgiving surge of COVID-19 cases in LA County in early December.
In anticipation of a more complete reopening of schools in April, we will begin next weekAUSTIN BEUTNER UPDATE TO THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY – FEBRUARY 22, 2021
to offer child care, one-on-one and small group instruction, services for students with
special needs and a return to athletic conditioning. Your school principal will have more
information on this during the course of the week.
Students and coaches will still be required to be tested for COVID-19 in order to participate. Allowing conditioning does not necessarily mean high school sports will return in the LA City Section. Even though cross country is currently allowed to take place in LA County and its in season in the LA City Section, LAUSD has not okayed the sport even after Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Dept. of Public Health updated youth sports guidelines last Friday.
When asked for an update on Feb. 17 about cross country beginning in the District, an LAUSD spokesperson emailed, “we have no update to report.”