AUSTIN – The UIL is asking all schools across the state to take a break from summer conditioning.

The organization released a statement via social media last week that is “recommending schools consider closing summer workouts, rehearsals, practices and instruction between July 3-July 12.”

The organization said the recommendation comes as a way to “reduce risk of exposure and provide an opportunity to review current plans and re-evaluate local context in order to make informed decisions moving forward.

All four area schools intend to follow the recommendation from the state’s governing body for athletics.

Pettus was the first school in the area to shut down workouts after someone who attended workouts was exposed to COVID-19.

That person subsequently tested negative for the virus, but the district extended the closure of the conditioning program anyway.

Skidmore-Tynan then announced it was stopping workouts out of an “abundance of caution.”

Beeville athletic director Chris Soza then announced a closure of his summer program, but only partly because of COVID-19.

The district announced that all offices would be closed for summer break from June 29 through July 10.

Soza then announced via the district’s athletic Facebook page that workouts would be closed through July 20.

He said in the post that the decision was “precautionary and in no way is due to any reported cases among our student-athletes or staff.”

Goliad, which was on a week-long break from its program when the UIL released its recommendation, will follow the recommendation as it reads.

First-year athletic director Kevin Salazar posted the organization’s recommendation on social media and said the district will abide by the recommendation.

He also encouraged student-athletes to stay safe, wash their hands and do their part to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

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