Update on secondary inter-school athletics
September 8, 2021
We are thrilled to welcome back students to school and welcome new students and families to our communities. As we have been busy preparing for the reopening of schools, the safety and well-being of our students has been our top priority. School boards have been working in consultation with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) and our partners in education, and many of our layers of protection reflect that guidance.
We recognize the importance of inter-school athletics to student well-being and positive mental health, and we are excited that inter-school sports will be permitted. We would like to provide students and families with the following updates for the start of inter-school athletics in secondary schools in District 10 and District 4.
As determined in consultation with our educational partners, please note that:
- Beginning September 7, 2021, only outdoor fall inter-school sports are permitted to begin training and practices. All activities must follow WDGPH guidance provided to schools.
- Inter-school fall sports competitions/games/matches will be delayed until at least the week of October 4, 2021. This delayed start will allow Athletic Directors and District Convenors the opportunity to review Ministry, OPHEA, school board and WDGPH guidelines, and develop appropriate schedules.
- Indoor fall inter-school sports have not been cancelled; however, they are not to begin until further notice.
Thanks for your ongoing support as we navigate the challenges of a ‘return to play’ for our students.
~ Upper Grand District School Board and Wellington Catholic District School Board