Elgin student athletes returned to strength and conditioning camps again this week after a two-week week due to COVID-19.
On June 25, Elgin ISD athletic director Jens Anderson released a letter to parents of student athletes, announcing that the high school and middle school summer strength and conditioning camps would take a two-week break due to an increasing rate of COVID-19 cases in the Austin area. Workouts resumed on Monday, July 13, according to an announcement on the Elgin Middle School Facebook page.
During strength camp, the school will continue the same check-in procedures in place before the break, including temperatures being checked.
Only outside workouts will be conducted, and shared equipment will be cleaned between uses. The University Interscholastic League (UIL) requires that all athletes must bring their own water bottles and not share food or drink. The athletes must also maintain social distancing during workouts and have a mask while at strength camp; they must wear masks the entire time they are on campus, except for when they are actively working out. Any athlete that has any symptoms of COVID-19, who lives with someone experiencing symptoms or has had contact with a person who has symptoms should not attend workouts.
UPDATE: Late Tuesday night, Elgin Middle School released the following statement from Anderson:
"Due to information we have received late Tuesday night through media about statements made from Travis County Health authorities, we will be suspending strength camp and sport specific skill practices indefinitely beginning July 15. Coaches will be in communication with athletes from their respective sports and we will give you additional information as we learn more moving forward."