PIAA recognizes that students and schools desire to engage in voluntary out‐of‐season activities. Presently, school affiliated activities are not permitted. Student‐athletes, consistent with the governor’s phase in systematic approach to reopening the Commonwealth and in accordance with (1) PIAA eligibility rules, (2) health and safety guidance provided the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Education (PDE) and any local or county directives, and (3) in accordance with policies established by local school administration, as of July 1, and possibly sooner as discussed below, may engage in voluntary out‐of‐season activities. Within these areas:
1. On Wednesday, PDE released its Preliminary Guidance for Phased Reopening of Pre-K to 12 Schools. Within that document, and under the category of “Protocols for sporting activities consistent with the CDC Considerations for Youth Sports for recess, and physical education classes,” PDE provided that “guidance for organized school sports will be published separately.” PIAA is working cooperatively with PDE and the governor’s staff to develop that guidance. PIAA is optimistic that such guidelines will be issued in the near future.