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July 15, 2020 Update

VISD Annual Athletics Physicals Event Cancelled

 

Message from Athletic Trainer, Ron Davis:

Good Afternoon everyone, 

We had hoped to be able to give good news and a little help to our student athletes as we prepare for the upcoming seasons. After communicating with our local hospitals and with all the Athletic Trainers here in VISD, we have had to make a decision in regards to hosting a mass Physical for all of our students that would be in need of getting a new physical for the upcoming school year. With how spread thin our medical community is because of COVID-19 we are cancelling our proposed date of August 1 and will not be rescheduling that date.

 

We are aware that this might put some of our students in a bind but we just cannot get the resources together in order to host such an event. Please tell you students to make contact with their primary care physician and get one completed. As a reminder the UIL has given us some exceptions for this coming school year.

 

If a student had a physical done for the 2019-2020 school year then their physical is still valid unless they have underlying medical issues that have or are being treated by a medical doctor ( sickle cell, cardiovascular issues or any chronic issues that has been discussed by the Athletic Trainers) or they have had a surgery of some sort since their previous physical that is on file with the Athletic Training Staff.

 

All students must have a physical on file with the Athletic Trainers prior to their participation on August 3rd or after. They must also complete any and all paperwork on rankonesport.com.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact on of your Athletic Trainers. 

Victoria ISD will resume summer strength and conditioning camps and sport-specific workouts, for at least two weeks.

Sports Camps Temporarily Suspended

Victoria ISD will temporarily suspend all summer strength and conditioning camps and sport-specific workouts, for at least two weeks. In our effort to be transparent with our families and community, a student-athlete and coach in separate camps tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Another student-athlete was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. None of the positive cases were contracted on campus or at the voluntary practices.

This precautionary measure is in the best interest of the safety, health, and well-being of our students and staff. We commend our coaches and athletes for always adhering to and implementing the safety guidelines the University Interscholastic League (UIL) has set forth. We greatly appreciate their efforts in the past few weeks, as they have been diligent in keeping our students safe. 

Coaches are communicating with the student-athletes and their parents. We anticipate resuming strength and conditioning and sport-specific camps on July 13, if it is deemed safe to do so.

 

UIL Modifies Regulations for Physicals/Medical History Paperwork for 20-21 School Year
 
As per the UIL, there are some changes for this coming year regarding regulations pertaining to athletic/extracurricular physicals. For the 2020-2021 school year, the UIL has stated that anyone who had a physical from the previous year will not require a new physical for the 2020-2021 school year, unless the student has had one of the following circumstances occur:
  1. The student has never had a previous physical. (ex. New student to athletics or band, incoming 7th grader or 9th grader, etc.);
  2. The student has had any surgery since their previous physical;
  3. The student has answered yes to one of the first six questions listed on the medical history form.
The UIL has updated the Medical History Form for the 2020-2021 school year. VISD hase been in contact with Rankone Sports and will have it uploaded on the form page as a required form that parents will need to fill out and complete the check boxes.
 
As we have done in years past, all forms will be done online at www.rankonesport.com . Please find Texas, then Victoria ISD and begin the online forms. Each student will be required to complete eight forms in total that will also include the NEW Medical History Form. All students will need to complete this form. No other versions of the Medical History Form will be accepted.
 
Rankone will have it setup that if the parent answers yes to one of the questions requiring a new physical the Athletic Trainers will be notified. This means that your student will need a new physical and will not be allowed to participate until they have received a new physical for the 2020-2021 school year.
 
All forms must be completed by July 31st, 2020.
If your student has not completed the required forms then they will not be allowed to participate until all forms have been completed and checked off by one of the Athletic Trainers. In an effort to help those students that have been identified as one that will need a new physical prior to the start of fall activities, we will try to host a physical date on August 1st from 9-12 at Victoria West High School. For this year only, we will waive the fees for those students that participate in our school based physical.
 
We will send out information confirming a date for the athletic physical clinic as we get closer to that time.If for any reason you have any questions please feel free to contact any of the Athletic Trainers. Thanks again for all of your complete support and patience in these trying times. Stay Safe.
 
VISD Athletic Training Staff,
Ronald Davis, Brigid Milchling, Leigh Muil and Roni Emert

Athletic Physicals Rescheduled, August 2020
As we reach into uncertain times we are tasked with making difficult decisions. With that being said, we are having to make changes to VISD's annual Athletic Physicals that were scheduled for April 23rd at West High School and April 29th at East High School. We have cancelled those dates and set a date of August 1st for our physicals.
 
They will be hosted at West HS from 9am-3pm. The cost will remain the same at $15 dollars per student. We have contacted our doctors and hospitals for their assistance with this and they are on board as much as they can be and feel optimistic about getting us plenty of resources for that day.
 
Previous emails and notifications set a date of April 1st as a cutoff for any new physical to be accepted for the 2020-2021 school year. We will still honor that date as we know many parents have set up appointments with their primary doctor. This was a difficult decision for us to make and had to set this date because it is the absolute last day possible prior to any athletics practices and tryouts starting on August 3rd.
 
We want to wish everyone a safe and happy spring, and we pray that everyone stays healthy in these uncertain times.