Lafourche Parish Public Schools Superintendent Jarod Martin told The Lafourche Gazette this afternoon that he believes there will be some form of organized athletic activity for school teams this summer, though finalized plans for how that might look are not yet created.
Martin spoke about this topic just hours after Governor John Bel Edwards announced Louisiana was entering Phase I of the Federal Government's Re-Opening Plan.
In making his comments, Governor Edwards said non-contact athletic competitions can resume and fans can be in the stands, as long as venues have filled just 25 percent of their seating capacity and groups are properly spaced to allow for social distancing.
Martin said he plans to meet with Mr. Ken Delcambre, the parish's overseer of all athletic programs, in the coming days to see what teams might be allowed to do once restrictions are formally lifted.
"We plan to make those decisions in the coming days, but we haven't decided yet," Martin said. "But we believe there will be opportunities for teams to get some form of work over the summer."
Martin said the type of activities teams will be able to do will depend on what's considered safe by Phase I of the re-opening plan.
Martin said he is not sure what types of indoor work will be allowed, but he said he can envision opportunities for school playing teams to meet and get strength and conditioning done outside.
"Will groups of coaches and players be able to meet at a football field and run some sprints and do conditioning, I'd say that's likely to be allowed," Martin said.
But there are some logistics that will need to be figured out.
The federal government's re-opening plan opens backs gymnasiums at 25 percent capacity and with proper social distancing. But several school officials The Gazette spoke to this afternoon said they weren't sure of any official fire marshal figures for their on-campus buildings except for auditoriums, gyms and stadiums. Exactly how many people will be allowed in weight rooms is not yet known, nor is it known if that type of work will be allowed at all.
Martin said the plan will be created in the coming days.
We will release details as they're given.