By Munpal and Munraj Bal
High School sports were all shut down following the global COVID-19 pandemic, however with the country’s recent progression out of the shutdown phase and into a less stringent defense strategy, some schools have been able to open their athletic programs back up.
A prime example of how to safely and cautiously reopen athletic programs is the system set up by McKinney Independent School District (MISD) in north Texas. MISD is the home to three public high schools, all with 2,000-plus students. Two of which fall into the University Interscholastic League’s (UIL) district 5 of the 6A conference (the most competitive sports conference in the state). Both of these schools (McKinney High School and McKinney Boyd High school) offer the Performance Course training program for their student-athletes every summer.
Athletes like McKinney Boyd senior Edwin Harris, Jr. are thrilled to get back to work.
“I’m so excited to get to see my teammates and friends,” Harris said. “Although I am around a lot more people, the coaches at PC do a good job of making sure it is as safe as can be. I don’t think I could mimic what is currently going on at PC.”
The Performance Course is one of the most complete programs an athlete can participate in to prepare for the rigors of college athletics. However, with the outbreak of the coronavirus, the Performance Course has had to make some changes to their routine program as a means to keep all athletes safe from the virus.
Being one of the first amateur athletic programs to be opened again in the country, the Performance Course in MISD has a lot of pressure to successfully protect all athletes. The Performance Course ensures the safety of all student-athletes by following this strict protocol:
During these struggling times, the McKinney Independent School District has been a great pioneer for all other school districts, showing that it is possible to maintain safety regulations and ensure athletic progress for their students. Being in such a competitive District, it is imperative that all athletes improve and continue to get faster and stronger. Now, this school district is getting a head start over all else.