“Working with San Juan Basin health, Mercy Sports Medicine, and district leadership we evaluated the challenges of participating in athletics in unprecedented times,” says Ryan Knorr, district athletic director. “Since the start of school, four sports have been actively competing, which includes tennis, golf, softball and cross country. Following all the safety guidelines and measures these sports have been able to continue without impacts to our cohort models. We feel confident that we can implement and support the safety guidelines outlined by the State of Colorado, Colorado High School Activities Association, and Durango 9-R.”
Some of those safety measures include limited spectator participation, masks when not actively playing, proper sanitization processes and physical distancing when not at play. These measures have supported the continuation of school as well as many other fall sports, such as softball and cross country.
In regards to Middle School Football, we realize many families were looking forward to resuming these activities, there was a consensus between the middle schools to wait. Students will still have an opportunity to participate in these activities in the spring, and the principals and middle school athletic directors, Eva Duce for Escalante and Mike Jaramillo for Miller, felt that this was the safest decision for schools and athletes. This time will also provide ample opportunity to ensure proper training and conditioning can occur prior to the start of the season.
“The high school is currently developing guidelines to ensure safety and a great experience for all those involved, and those guidelines will support the efforts in the spring to develop strong athletic programs that have the best safety measures in place,” says Mike Jaramillo, athletic director at Miller Middle School.
Please watch for more information from the schools as decisions are made and situations evolve. We are excited to implement these safety measures and we appreciate your ongoing support of athletic programs, our students and these protocols.