Mission CISD varsity athletes to resume in-person athletics

Student varsity athletes at Mission CISD will have a competitive season after district officials announced Tuesday the return of in-person student athletics for varsity sports,

Athletes will return beginning Monday, Sept. 28, the district said in a news release.

“After cautiously and meticulously assessing all data gathered, the decision has been made to take a measured return to in-person athletics by starting with our varsity teams,” MCISD Superintendent Dr. Carol G. Perez said in a news release. “For parents who choose to allow their children to participate, we would like to assure them that we will be taking appropriate safeguards based upon the standards of the CDC, UIL, the state, and our local officials.”

The safeguards will include daily screenings, frequent and regular disinfecting, physical distancing and the usage of masks.  High school athletic coaches will share details on schedules and expectations with students and parents in the coming days.

The decision from the district comes nearly a week after the school board revealed in a meeting last week preliminary results of a survey sent out to 1,634 MCISD families asking them if supported the return of in-person sports events. Only 446 people responded to the survey with the majority of them expressing support for in-person athletics.

The first competitions could begin as soon as Tuesday, October 6 with a volleyball scrimmage and Friday, October 9 with the VMHS vs MHS scrimmage. When competitions do begin, audiences will be limited to two guests per athlete and no other student groups like bands and cheerleaders will attend competitions.

Audience members at Mission CISD venues will be screened, sanitation stations will be provided, distancing standards will be enforced, and the usage of masks will be required.

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