Winter sports will begin for Toledo Public Schools student athletes the week of January 11.

The decision to allow sports comes after district officials consulted with the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department about safety protocols related to the coronavirus and the implementation of strict safety guidelines for athletes, coaches, officials and spectators.

Practices resume Monday, January 11, with competition beginning as early as Saturday, January 16.

Guidelines for players, coaches and trainers include a daily symptom assessment before practices and games. Any athlete or coach who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home. Coaches will continually educate athletes about ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Tickets to sporting events will be limited to two per athlete; tickets will be distributed prior to the game for parents/adults – no exceptions.

No student tickets will be available. Spectators are required to wear facial coverings during any athletic event and follow other safety measures that meet COVID-19 protocols.

Informational materials will be provided to athletes and their parents regarding the coronavirus, preventative safety measures and the long-term effects that have been reported by some who have suffered from the virus.