Summer Activities to Begin June 8 - Summer Activities Plan for Band and Athletics Programs

Summer Activities to Begin June 8

Superintendent Marcus Chambers released the District’s Summer Activities Plan that includes guidelines for summer athletics, band, cheer and dance programs (attached below). The plan is a phased approach to bringing students back on campuses this summer and places a priority on student and staff health and safety. It allows groups no larger than ten in an area, requires health screenings and temperature checks daily and calls for enhanced cleaning protocols. “This plan has been reviewed by our local health officials, and we believe that it is an appropriate first step that allows our students to re-engage with their classmates and teammates this summer”, said Chambers.

District staff worked closely with School Principals, Band Directors, and Athletic Directors and reviewed the National Federation of High Schools guidelines to come up with a plan that allows programs to begin the critical summer work that is needed to develop the top-quality teams and bands that have become a hallmark of Okaloosa County. Chambers is pleased that work will continue beginning next week. “Year after year, we have the best band, athletic, cheer, and dance programs in the State of Florida, and that doesn’t happen by chance. I am confident our programs will continue to flourish in whatever the ‘new normal’ looks like going forward.”

The Summer Activities Plan allows for the gradual relaxing of certain protocols, such as the maximum number who can be in a group, when it is appropriate to do so. Decisions on when to move to a different phase of the plan will be made with the input of state and local officials.

For additional information on the District’s response to COVID-19, please visit www.okaloosaschools.com.

Summer Activities Plan