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Middle, high school athletic camps postponed

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Elgin athletes will be taking a two-week break from strength and conditioning as a precaution against spreading the COVID-19 virus.

On Thursday, Elgin ISD athletic director Jens Anderson released a letter to parents of student athletes regarding strength and conditioning camps. The high school and middle school summer strength and conditioning camps will take a two-week break starting this week, resuming on July 13. 

“We set out this summer with three objectives: to keep kids safe, to prepare our athletes’ bodies for sports, and to be able to play sports starting this fall,” the letter says. “We believe that taking a short break at this time allows us to support and fulfill those objectives.”

According to the letter, this break is due to the increasing rate of positive COVID-19 tests in the Austin area and the many schools that have had to shut down their strength and conditioning camps. The letter also said Elgin ISD has not had a case or interactions causing a cohort of athletes to be eliminated from strength camp or causing the camp to be shut down altogether.

“This is a difficult decision to make, as we believe that our summer camps are important for athletic development, as well as teamwork and relationships between athletes and coaches,” the letter says. “However, the physical and mental safety of our athletes will always be our first priority. We want to encourage our athletes to stay active and continue to take precautionary methods during this break to prevent the spread of the virus in our area.”