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    IMPORTANT SWIVE INFORMATION - ACTION ITEMS

    Hello SWIVE Families,

    Well, the season is upon us! We are suppose to start practices February 15th. As I am sure most of you were made aware of this on Thursday. There is still a lot of things to be sorted out. Again, I know some of you are planners and are feeling anxious. I am giving you info as quickly as I can. Here are a few things our Athletic Director and I are working on.

    Securing a pool – The public schools have priority use of any of the Parks and Recreations pools that are open. This is because of the Forward Thrust Initiative made in the 60’s. Bonds were made to create a lot of these pools with an agreement for public educational use. I can sit here and cry that it is not fair but that is not my personality. I see an issue and try to find a way around it.

    Conflicting sports – I recognize that we have an issue of gymnastics and dive. I totally understand if you need to drop Dive for Gymnastics. However, I am holding out hope that we can work something out for these sports to be allowed at the same time as there is low contact. My other thought was to see if we could do Dive with the Boy’s Season (that is just me alone putting out feelers). We will find out more at the next Metro meeting. Keep your fingers crossed.

    Pool Space – If we secure a pool, many of you are wondering how we will manage a team of our size. We are a team that usually runs in the 85 to 100 athlete range. Well, I am trouble shooting right now to see how I can work this out. Got to get the pool first. We find out about the pool on Monday.

    Competitions – Currently, we will only be competing against the private schools in Metro League as well as maybe Bainbridge. I do not know yet if we will be doing virtual meets which is what I am hoping. I do not want to get out over my skis, so please be patient while I wait to hear more details from our Swim Commissioner on the season.

    Seniors – Seniors are my priority. I expect to still have a senior night whether it is on Zoom, etc. but I expect our junior captains and our junior athletes to come up with something special. Ugh. I am already crying.

    Okay – Here is the IMPORTANT STEPS TO TAKE NEXT by Monday, so I know how many are planning on participating in this season.

    • 1.Register for Family ID for Season 1. Go to Family ID at http://www.familyid.com/holy-names-academy.
    • 2.Make sure you have a current physical. Physicals are good for 18 months. Go to WIAA Sports, Physical Form, to download a pdf file to take to your doctor.
    • 3.Please, register for SwimTopia, our swim website again for the 2020-21 Season. Everyone will have to register again, except for Emmie and Kaitlyn, our swim website. To get register for Swimtopia, go to http://holynames.swimtopia.com
    • 4.Go to the Home Page and click on Registration. Parents should register as this is how we sign up for swim meets and how I communicate with you.

    I will contact all of you again soon once we find out more regarding the pool and the season.

    Hoping everyone is healthy and feeling optimistic! We will make the most of what we are given.

    Much Love – Your coach, Rachel Loy

    MEMORANDUM

    TO: SCHOOL DISTRICT LEADERSHIP

    FROM: ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    SUBJECT: ATHLETIC START-UP

    DATE: JANUARY 11, 2021

    As each of us welcome the new year, we continue to face unprecedented times impacting our daily lives. The Seattle Public Schools’ Athletic Office and the Metro League appreciate the adaptability of our students, families and coaches as we navigate this year.

    New Guidelines Released

    On January 4, 2021, Governor Inslee announced his “Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery” plan and outlined a phased, metric-based approach for the resumption of educational based athletics.

    This current approach classified Seattle Public Schools (home of the Metro League) within the Puget Sound Region, composed of King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. Regions are then classified into either Phase 1 or Phase 2. For any athletic season to begin, a region must meet all four metrics to move from Phase 1 to Phase 2:

    • •Decreasing trend in two-week rate of COVID-19 cases per 100K population (decrease >10%)
    • •Decreasing trend in two-week rate new COVID-19 hospital admission rates per 100K population (decrease >10%)
    • •ICU occupancy (total — COVID-19 and non-COVID-19) of less than 90%
    • •COVID-19 test positivity rate of <10%

    For sports to continue, a region must remain in Phase 2 and must meet at least 3 metrics:

    • •Decreasing or flat trend in two-week rate of COVID-19 cases per 100K population
    • •Decreasing or flat trend in two-week rate new COVID-19 hospital admission rates per 100K population
    • •ICU occupancy (total — COVID-19 and non-COVID-19) of less than 90%
    • •COVID-19 test positivity rate of <10%

    Tracking information on this regionalized approach can be found via Washington’s COVID-19 Risk Assessment Dashboard.

    Metro League

    Based on the information in Governor Inslee’s plan, the Metro League adopted a two-season sports model for this year only. This format protects participants’ safety while providing student-athletes the best possible quality athletic experience.

    Season Boys Girls Coed
    Season 1*

    Feb 22 to April 17

    Football Bowling

    Soccer

    Slowpitch Softball

    Swim & Dive

    Volleyball

    Gymnastics

    Cross Country

    Golf

    Season 2*

    April 19 to June 12

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Soccer

    Swim & Dive

    Basketball

    Fastpitch Softball

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Wrestling

    *Seasons and/or sports may need to be adjusted based on Puget Sound Region’s metrics

    Season Approach

    Closer to each planned season start date, sport specific game and culminating event schedules will be made available. *

    Reminder to Families and Stakeholders

    As February 22nd approaches, the Metro League reminds all its students and families to follow all pre-participation protocol such as completed online athletic registration (including updated physical examination on file). Each Metro school will continue its established comprehensive COVID safety plan and protocols. The League also urges families to remain aware of COVID-19 protocols surrounding travel and quarantines.

    It is likely there will be more changes and updates as we move forward. Any additional updates will be communicated to school communities via their athletic directors. We look forward to bringing our community together and competing soon.

    Mask Up. Stay Healthy. Stay Ready.

    Executive Director of Athletics, Seattle Public Schools

    Executive Director, Metro League

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