Lexington-Richland School District Five has set a return date of June 22 for on-campus school sports workouts.
The South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) announced in May that public schools can begin Phase 1 for summer workouts, which mostly includes conditioning and weightlifting on campuses and in smaller groups. Phase 1 includes: fall sports, winter sports, spring sports and 7th and 8th grade football.
The first group to return will be fall sports on June 22. June 29, winter sports athletes will resume workouts, followed by spring sports athletes, 7th and 8th grade football and middle school wrestling on July 6.
School District Five will adhere by safety measures that have been put into place by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and the SCHSL, which includes pre-workout screenings of athletes and coaches, facilities cleanings, social distancing for staff and students in each designated area or facility (inside or outside), and workouts that will be conducted in “groups” of athletes with the same athletes working out together weekly to limit overall exposures.
“Our goal is to allow the opportunity for our student-athletes and coaches to return to on-campus practices and workouts in the safest environment.” said Alvin Pressley, School District Five director of secondary education. “We understand that there may be some students and/or staff that may not be comfortable returning right away. Under no circumstances will those individuals be treated any differently than individuals that choose to return earlier. Safety is paramount for all of our students and staff, and we are taking steps to ensure safety as on-campus workouts begin.”
Student-athletes in School District Five will receive additional details from their coaches and/or school administrators.