VW County Schools joint statement on changes of OHSAA restrictions

Statement from Lincolnview, Van Wert, and Crestview regarding lifted restrictions by the OHSAA

May 22, 2020

The Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced several changes to previous restrictions on coaches and athletes starting May 26th.  Because the Ohio Department of Health has amended its order to allow school districts to determine the usage of all school athletic facilities, both indoor and outdoor, school districts may permit activities including training for all sports and eventually contests in non/light contact sports such as softball, baseball, and golf.

School administration from Van Wert, Lincolnview, and Crestview have met on a county level to start plans that will allow athletes and school coaches to begin skills training sessions.  County schools have also been working in conjunction with the Van Wert County Health Department to ensure safety guidelines are properly being interpreted from the “Restart Ohio” plan.  

The safety of our student-athletes is the number one priority.  As our districts work together on a unified plan and timeline to resume workouts at school facilities, we ask that our communities and students remain patient so that we may properly plan to continue to take steps forward that we hope will ultimately lead to a return of interscholastic sports in the fall.  For now, our facilities will remain closed so we can plan and gather information from our coaches on how to best open up our districts to meet the needs of our student-athletes with safe training conditions and activities under state safety guidelines. The goal is that smart and precise planning now will lead to consistent progress toward opening up as soon as we can get such plans in place.

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