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Re-opening of High School Summer Athletics Postponed | Updated 7/7/2020
Posted 7/7/20



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Dear Newport-Mesa Community,

We have been advised to postpone the re-opening of athletics until the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) provides guidelines specific to school-based sports and extracurricular activities.  Similar to other Orange County School Districts, NMUSD was prepared to re-open athletics on July 6, 2020 aligned to guidance from a national high school athletics association. Regretfully, our plan to re-open athletics must be put on hold at this time.

Yesterday the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) confirmed with CDPH that at this time youth sports, including conditioning activities, are not permitted. The CDPH has yet to issue guidance for reopening recreational team sports or recreational youth sports activities. CDPH indicated that guidance specific to these activities would be released in the future, but provided no specific date. 

Until there is specific guidance provided by CDPH regarding recreational team sports or school-based sports, Orange County school districts have been advised not to operate summer youth sports programs. Once statewide guidance is released, we will work with the Orange County Health Care Agency to consider local community conditions when implementing our reopening plan for athletics.

As we wait for guidance, we will continue to prepare for the re-opening of athletics so that we can be ready to open as soon as possible. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Dear Newport-Mesa Community,

Aligned with guidelines from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC), which align with Orange County Healthcare Agency COVID-19 Phasing Guidelines, Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) will be opening athletics in a modified capacity, Phase 1, beginning July 6, 2020. 

Student participation in a program is voluntary and based upon parental discretion. Any student who chooses not to participate in summer workouts will not be penalized. 

The three-phased approach outlines pre-workout/screening, limitations on gatherings, facility cleaning, physical activity/athletic equipment and hydration protocols specific to each phase. Health precautions will be in place to comply with guidance intended to prevent transmission of COVID-19, including appropriate physical distancing and wellness screenings. 

The following protocols will be implemented for all athletes/coaches:

  • All coaches/teachers will participate in an NMUSD Athletics Reopening Training, prior to bringing athletes on-campus.

  • Athletes must turn in a signed NMUSD Athletics Reopening Parent/Guardian Notification Letter prior to participation in any program. School will provide parent waivers.

  • Athletes who fail to comply with social distancing and/or face covering guidelines will not be permitted to participate.

  • Only athletes are allowed on campus and all parents/guardians must remain inside their vehicles while dropping off and picking up students.

  • All athletes/coaches will wear face coverings at all times. Athletes/coaches will be allowed to remove their masks (maintaining six-foot distancing) for short periods throughout the workout/practice to avoid overheating.

  • Athletes will be screened daily upon arrival.The screening will consist of a health survey and temperature will be taken, recorded and maintained on a monitoring form.

  • Athletes with a temperature of less than 100.40, and no other COVID-19 symptoms will be given a bright-colored, circular sticker with the date indicating their clearance to participate in the program for the day.

  • Athletes with a temperature of 100.40 or higher or symptoms of COVID-19 will be sent home and not allowed to participate in on-campus programs for 14 days or until clearance from a medical doctor is received.

  • After a temperature check and when transferring locations, students/coaches will wash their hands and/or use hand sanitizer. 

  • Waiting spots will be clearly marked on the ground for athlete use in the adjacent parking lot for pick-up procedures. 

Schools will follow-up with additional information and parent waivers.

Facility Use By Outside User (non-district) Groups

At this time NMUSD is not authorizing the use of district facilities for outside user (non-district) groups. Priority is to safely re-open district summer and athletic programs in stages as described above. However, the District is currently reviewing which facilities may be safely re-opened without impacting district programs, on-going construction projects, or summer cleaning schedules. We appreciate the understanding and patience of our community.