Due to the current pandemic situation, our President Nick Rowe announced that all OFSAA championships and festivals for the spring season have been cancelled.
Despite this disappointing news, we wish to reiterate our continued support for sports and activity for the benefit of students’ physical and mental well-being. School sports play a vital role in education and in the lives of students, and while this announcement affects OFSAA events only, we encourage whenever possible, local interschool sports, intramurals and skill development. The feasibility of those activities should be assessed by school boards and school athletic associations in consultation with local public health units.
Ophea has begun the process of preparing COVID-19 safety considerations for interschool competitions and it is expected these will be released this spring. We will work with them as they move through this process and communicate with associations as necessary. If you wish to reference resources, the Ontario government has compiled several sport-specific safety and protocol documents from provincial and national sport organizations. These are available at https://www.ontario.ca/page/return-to-play.
The OFSAA Return to Sports Working Group will continue to meet and assess the viability of OFSAA events as the situation evolves. As vaccines become more widely distributed, we are hopeful for a return of OFSAA events as soon as possible. In the meantime, we have introduced new programs such as virtual challenges, the OFSAA Café, and a newly announced Student Forum. Please see our website for full details.
Thank you for your continued support of school sports.