In response to the latest development related to the COVID-19 virus, I wanted to reach out to our member schools, school districts, school communities and the general public, through our website and our social media platforms, to help clarify the situation from our perspective. We have created the questions and answers you see below, in an effort o identify and address the immediate issues that we are all faced with. As in all things of this nature, and with the fluidity of this situation, the CIF Southern Section will continue to work with local, state, and federal health organizations in monitoring this rapidly changing health crisis.
- Does the CIF Southern Section have a plan in place in case of outbreak within section schools?
The CIF Southern Section is too large, both by number of schools and by geographic area, to have a “one size fits all” response to this virus. We believe the important decisions regarding school closures, canceling/postponing athletic events, etc., should be made by local schools and school districts, in concert with their local and state health officials and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control. That is the most efficient plan of action going forward and we have full confidence in our local leaders to make the correct decisions in keeping their students and families safe. We will respect and support those decisions and stand by to help them in any way we possibly can.
- Is there any plan to cancel or reschedule upcoming events?
As of this moment, there is no plan by the CIF Southern Section to cancel or reschedule upcoming events. Again, individual school site administrators and their leadership will guide us in this regard. If this situation continues into spring championships, when those evens come directly under the control of the CIF Southern Section Office, we will address those concerns in advance of that time.
- Are you in contact with the CIF State Office and/or neighboring sections and what is their plan?
We have been, and continue to be, in contact with the CIF State Office and the other sections in the state. In order to assist our member schools and school districts in responding to questions regarding the status of CIF spring sports, and to serve as a resource to our member schools, the 10 CIF Section Commissioners will be meeting in Sacramento on Tuesday, March 17, to discuss the possibly impact of COVID-19 on our upcoming spring season. Also, the CIF State Office has put out this advisory: https://cifstate.org/sports-medicine/coronavirus on their website, which is www.cifstate.org, for member schools to refer to.
I hope this information is useful to you in moving forward. The health and safety of our students and our school communities is our highest priority and we will always keep that in the forefront of any decisions that are made in the time ahead.
If you have any questions, or I can assist you in any way at all, do not hesitate to contact our office.
Thank you very much for your continued help and support, it is truly appreciated.
This article was released by Rob Wigod, Commissioner of Athletics for CIF Southern Section.