The CIAC appreciates and respects the efforts made by Governor Lamont and Commissioner Cardona to keep our school communities safe. All potential spring sport opportunities are contingent upon the governor’s office and the state department of education declaring that it is safe to return to school campuses and for athletic competition to resume. If it is determined that school buildings will remain closed, and distance learning will continue through the end of the 2019-2020 school year, then the CIAC will cancel all spring sport experiences.
The CIAC has collaborated with a multitude of stakeholders since the decision to stop interscholastic athletics this past March. Throughout this challenging time, CIAC has maintained that when the time is right, Connecticut will play again. The COVID health metrics in Connecticut, and the playing of youth sports in our state since June 20th, support that a return to in-person instruction, education-based interscholastic athletics, and other cocurricular activities that are critical to the cognitive, physical, social, emotional, and mental health of our students. While the health and safety of our school communities remain our top priority, we must recognize that the cessation of on-campus learning and education-based cocurricular endeavors has negatively impacted our students. Through consultation with the Connecticut State Medical Society Sports Medicine Committee, the State Department of Education, the Department of Public Health, the Connecticut Athletic Trainers Association, the Connecticut Association of Athletic Directors, the Connecticut High School Coaches Association, superintendents, principals, officials, and legislators, the CIAC developed a fall sports plan intended to engage students in structured interscholastic athletics, while accounting for COVID mitigating strategies.
The plan is fluid and in a perpetual state of evaluation. COVID health metrics and data in Connecticut will continue to be closely monitored and the appropriateness of holding youth sport and/or interscholastic athletic contests can change at any time. The CIAC will continue to consult with our stakeholders and will adjust offerings as appropriate, including the stop of interscholastic athletics, should the health metrics direct that action. If a student tests positive for COVID 19, the school/district must be notified immediately and local DPH must be contacted. The local DPH will direct the appropriate process. The CIAC will continue to work with local districts and DPH to define the process as more information becomes available.