Conditioning was set to resume Monday at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools, more than a month after district officials suspended it due to the delay in starting Season 1 sports and because a few athletes had tested positive for the coronavirus.
“We have been meeting with the athletic directors and principals on a regular basis as we monitor the conditions surrounding COVID-19,” Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Superintendent Nellie Meyer said Friday. “We made the decision based on our protocols for safety, which are in place, our fellow league districts’ plans for conditioning in the month of January and guidance from our local Central Coast Section/CIF leaders.”
Current state guidelines don’t permit sports to be played before Jan. 25, but conditioning has been allowed since the summer – even in Santa Clara County, which has even stricter rules – as long as it’s outdoors and in small groups, with participants wearing masks and social distancing.
Shelley Smith, Mountain View High’s athletic director and football coach, said he plans to have his players condition three days a week “or more, depending on how they show up and the shape they are in.”
Mountain View’s other Season 1 sports teams – girls volleyball, water polo and cross-country – are also expected to begin conditioning this week.
“(We’re) starting with Season 1 teams for now and hope to expand as more CIF/CCS information is communicated,” Smith said.
At Los Altos, athletic director Michelle Noeth said the football and field hockey teams plan to resume conditioning this week and others may soon follow.
“I have asked coaches to reach out if they are interested, but they do not have to offer (it),” she said. “This is optional.”