Roseburg Public Schools consistently prioritizes student, staff, and community health and safety. As you know, COVID-19 cases have been increasing dramatically in Southern Oregon and across the state. While we are all working to maintain students’ access to in person instruction, we also know that keeping our students involved in athletics is essential to their overall well-being.
Although OHA and OSAA have recommended the temporary pausing of extracurricular activities, we are confident that by implementing additional safety requirements, our students can continue to safely compete and participate in contests. To maintain safe access to girls’ basketball and wrestling at the middle school level, we plan to implement the following measures to ensure the safety of our student athletes, officials, and community. These go into effect immediately.
* Attendees at all middle school events must follow, and enforce, the OHA mandated indoor masking rules at all times inside our facilities.
* The ONLY exceptions to the masking rule are for those children under the age of 5 and for our athletes and officials who are actively exerting themselves physically during the game or meet. To clarify, athletes who are on the bench, in huddles, while walking to the locker room and while exiting district facilities ARE required to be masked.
* Spectators will be limited.
* Each Jo Lane or Fremont wrestler will be allowed to name up to four individuals for home meets.
* Visiting wrestlers will not be allowed spectators.
* Each Jo Lane or Fremont girls’ basketball player will be allowed:
* Main Gym - Four spectators
* Auxiliary Gym - Two spectators
* Visiting girls’ basketball players will be allowed:
* Main Gym - Two spectators
* Auxiliary Gym - Two spectators
* IN ORDER TO ATTEND GAMES/MEETS AS A SPECTATOR, YOU MUST CALL OR EMAIL YOUR SON/DAUGHTER’S RESPECTIVE SCHOOL’S ATHLETIC OFFICE TO BE PLACED ON THE WILL CALL LIST BY 12:00 NOON ON THE DATE OF COMPETITION.
* Eating or drinking inside our facilities during competitions is currently prohibited (The only exception is for athletes or officials getting water during games)
Thank you for your understanding and compliance as we implement these COVID-related changes for extra-curricular activities in the Roseburg Schools. Keeping our students in school and participating in their activities is dependent on everyone doing their part to limit the transmission of disease in our community.
Darin Lomica - Assistant Principal - Jo Lane
Jake Hughes - Assistant Principal - Fremont
Message from Athletic Directors to visiting teams and Spectators:
With the rising number of COVID-19 cases in our southern Oregon communities, the SouthWest conference schools continue to prioritize the health and safety of our students and communities. As we all work together to maintain access to in-person instruction, we also know that keeping our students involved in athletics is essential to their wellbeing.
Although OHA and OSAA have recommended the temporary pausing of extracurricular activities, we are confident that by implementing additional safety requirements, our students can continue to safely compete and participate in contests. In an effort to maintain safe access to winter sports, we plan to implement the following measures beginning on Tuesday January 11, 2022 to ensure the safety of our student-athletes and our spectators:
Everyone over the age of 5 must always wear a mask except for athletes and officials who are physically exerting themselves. This includes athletes who are on the bench, in huddles, while walking to the locker room and while leaving district facilities
Concession stands will be closed, and no outside food or drink will be allowed inside our facilities.
Signage will be posted reminding attendees of proper hand washing/sanitizing practices.
Coaches will meet to discuss cohorting/separating teams/players for practices, and to review quarantining/exposure protocols
Spectators will be limited.
Each student-athlete will receive four tickets for home games in the large gym and two tickets for home games in the small gym.
Visiting student-athletes will receive two tickets for games in the large gym and one ticket for games in the small gym.
Attendance by the Pep Band and Cheerleaders will be paused for 2 weeks to allow for more seating and increased physical distancing.
Home cheer teams will be allowed at games, but not visiting cheer.
Screening: Visiting teams are required to screen their student-athletes and coaches for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 before arriving at a visiting school and prior to entering the building.
Please know that the decision to temporarily limit spectators was not made lightly. These decisions were made in adherence with local and state public health guidelines. Keeping our students in school and participating in extracurricular events is dependent upon everyone doing their part to limit the transmission of COVID-19 in our community.
Thank you for your understanding and compliance as we implement these COVID-related changes for extracurricular activities in our districts. We will continue to monitor pandemic conditions and revisit protocols with the expectation that the above restrictions will be lifted as case rates decline.