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DOE: Workouts for high school spring sports allowed to begin Monday

Athletic workouts for high school spring sports are allowed to begin on Monday, Maui Interscholastic League executive board president Jamie Yap confirmed this afternoon.

The status of when and if competition can commence will be determined by the MIL athletic directors as they go along, Yap added. The MIL announced the cancelation of fall and winter sports in early January, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A memo from state school superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto dated Wednesday said:

“The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) is shifting high schools to in-person and blended learning models statewide. This transition will allow high school athletic teams to begin workouts on high school campuses. Only high schools delivering in-person or blended learning models of instruction may enable athletic teams to start workouts on campus. Eligible students enrolled at these schools (including Charter and Specialty Schools) may participate in the workouts.”

The memo was attached to a 40-page packet titled “Return to Learn: School Reopening Plan-Guidance for Restarting Athletics.”

The plan was developed using protocols from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS), HIDOE Return to Learn School Reopening Plan: Health and Safety Handbook, and Hawaii State Department of Health Guidance for Schools COVID-19.

Yap said the plan for return to competition is still being determined, but the usual minimum for games to happen requires 10 practices. It could turn out to be more than that due to the layoff for the student-athletes, Yap said.

“This is outstanding news,” Yap said, adding that this is a crucial step on the way to returning to athletics. “I’m ecstatic.”

This story will be updated in Friday’s edition of The Maui News.

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