After a district season left hanging, UIL academic teams will face new guidelines this fall for competitions. The guidelines give detailed instructions on how meets will take place in the fall, in hopes that these measures will help lower the risk of COVID-19 spread to students and teachers.
The guidelines, which can be found on the official UIL website, state that anyone attending the UIL activities over the age of ten must wear a face mask during UIL events. Masks will not be required while eating or drinking, and anyone with a breathing condition will not be expected to wear a mask.
All schools that want to participate in UIL activities must be screened before attending the UIL event. If a student, teacher, or administrator fails the self-screening, they will not be permitted to participate in the UIL event until appropriate measures are taken.
Though this school year will be a little different, teachers and students are looking forward to competing in UIL activities this fall.
“Last year, we had our momentum cut off at the legs, and we were definitely going to win district,” UIL Current Events coach Jacob Womack said. “This year, I’m excited that we actually get the opportunity to compete again, even if we have to wear a mask or pre-screen. I know that my team is willing to do that if that’s what it takes to get to the competitions again.”
UIL academic events are expected to start in late October, and with that, more details about COVID-19 procedure.
“As we get closer to the end of September and the start of October, we will most likely get more information [from UIL] about what’s going on,” UIL Coordinator Debby Sutton said.
If any students are looking to join a UIL academic event, they can talk to Mrs. Sutton for more information. Fall events include Debate, Current Events, Math, Journalism, and Congressional Speaking.