Tigard — In a follow-up to a story released on Thursday morning, Elite Oregon Girls has learned and confirmed that the Tigard-Tualatin School District (TTSD) will be releasing guidance on Friday that will reopen athletics during the virtual shutdown. The information was learned in a follow-up inquiry to TTSD about not allowing athletics, which has become a large issue during the latest wave of COVID related hurdles. On Wednesday, EOG reached out to TTSD regarding their athletics closures in the wake of Portland Public Schools reopening athletics for schools in virtual learning. When reached, TTSD spokeswoman Traci Rose didn’t address the matter, only reiterating that athletics would resume on January 24th.
Stonewalled by TTSD, EOG decided to go for a shot at Superintendent Susan Rieke and got results, learning that TTSD will be reopening athletics at Tigard and Tualatin as soon as January 19th. Details of the plan were released to district parents on Thursday evening, emphasizing the need to keep in-season athletes conditioned and ready to participate in games before the schools return to in-person learning on January 24th. As part of the changes, the district will be dropping requirements for vaccination proof or negative COVID tests in order to attend events, along with allocating spectators to four per family and an undetermined number of students.
While the district won’t be participating in any matches until after January 21st, they will be having athletics make plans to have athletes back in-person to prepare for returning to competition. It marks as partial victory for athletes and parents in the district, who had been communicating their desire to have athletes stay in sports during the virtual learning period to Superintendent Rieke. The reversal comes on the heels of PPS decision on Tuesday, alongside Ashland Superintendent Samuel Bogdanove stating that they were reviewing procedures for athletics during their virtual transition, which will end on January 31st.