Both the Rocky View School Division (RVS) and the Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) have benched athletic pursuits for now.
The CCSD has suspended sports events until at least the end of September, and that will heavily impact the St. Timothy Jr./Sr. High School.
The RVS re-entry plan allows for extra-curricular athletics and fine arts to be permitted in a practice-only format, with no interschool games or in-person performances allowed, weighing upon the athletic programs of both Cochrane High School and Bow Valley High School.
Division officials says they will revisit the decision as new information is provided.
It coincides with a similar announcement by the Calgary Senior High School Athletic Association (CSHSAA) to postpone the start of fall sports, including any type of organized meeting, conditioning or skill development sessions, tryouts, and practices.
The Alberta Schools' Athletic Association (ASAA) has also announced the cancellation of all fall provincial championships--golf, cross-country running, football and volleyball--until the Alberta Government moves to stage 3 of its re-launch plan and outlines the implications for inter-regional sports competition.
"Once the Government of Alberta announces the details of Stage 3 of its relaunch strategy, the ASAA executive committee will consider what the implications are for inter-school athletic competition and ASAA provincial championship events with a focus that places safety of all participants first and foremost," states ASAA executive director John Paton in a memo.
Both the St. Timothy Jr./Sr. High School and Holy Spirit K to 6 School are part of CCSD and it's School Resumption Handbook details how extracurricular activities will proceed when classes resume Sept. 2.
While sports events are suspended, fine and performing arts and physical education programming will continue in schools with strict COVID-19 protocol in place.
The on-ice training component of its Hockey Canada Skills Academy Program is suspended and will be reviewed in the coming months
The district says it continues to examine possible athletic outlets for its students.
"CCSD is working with Alberta Education, Alberta Health and education partners, including the Alberta Schools' Athletic Association, to explore possibilities for athletic activities and events within the context of current health measures," states the handbook.
Other measures implemented by CCSD include:
- Spectators in the gym should be limited and are required to maintain 2 metre distancing;
- School change rooms may still be utilized in a limited capacity (i.e. half the class at one time); and
- Outdoor activities may proceed in accordance with sector-specific guidance