UIL toys with the idea that they could suspend athletic events if schools do not follow COVID-19 safety guidelines for spectators
Things might have worked out pretty well here in South Texas last week when it came to the size of crowds at high school football games. But that was not the case across the entire state. The University Interscholastic League (UIL) is stepping up their efforts to get attendees to follow COVID-19 guidelines at games by threatening sanctions for school districts that do not force compliance.
In an explanatory memo the UIL said that sanctions could come through the local UIL district executive committees and/or the UIL state executive committee if school districts did not comply now or in the future. The governing body also toyed at the notion of shutting down sports if their COVID-19 safety protocols aren’t followed.
The changes came after videos and photos were posted on social media from season-opening football games in Class 4A and below on Friday that showed fans noth wearing masks in the stands nor practicing proper social distancing. That did not seem to be the case locally where Corpus Christi school officials seemed to go above the call and put in serious effort into keeping spectators socially distant.
5A and 6A schools are set to begin play later this month, barring any changes by the UIL To read the updated UIL guidelines you can visit the UIL link.