BISD postpones summer strength and conditioning programs

EDITOR’S NOTE: On Tuesday morning, the Brownsville Independent School District announced it is postponing its Strength and Conditioning Program after a student athlete at one of its high schools tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Brownsville Independent School District decided to postpone summer strength and conditioning and sport-specific workouts Monday, just one week after schools were allowed by the University Interscholastic League to return to training at school facilities.

Reasons for the decision are not yet known. Attempts to reach out for comments were directed to the BISD public information department or were not immediately returned. The BISD athletics and public information departments were not available for comment.

Some BISD entities took to social media to announce the news, including the Pace powerlifting account and Porter 12th grade assistant principal Careli A. Garza.

“The summer strength and conditioning program has been postponed until further notice. Please continue to stay in contact with your coaches to stay informed of any changes. Stay safe,” Garza said via Twitter, with a mask-wearing emoji.

The Pace powerlifting account said the group “will continue to work and have (meetings)” via Zoom, a video conferencing tool.

Some schools in the Rio Grande Valley, like Port Isabel and Raymondville, decided prior to the June 8 start date allowed by the UIL to hold off on starting the group workouts until further notice.

All six BISD schools commenced with their strength and conditioning camps June 8. Temperature checks were being done on student-athletes before allowing them into the facilities for workouts, and coaches were wearing masks.

Several schools across Texas also suspended their workout programs within the first week. Alpine ISD announced Monday that a staff member tested positive for COVID-19, causing the decision. West Orange-Stark in Beaumont was among the first to suspend workouts, making the decision Wednesday to shut down for at least 14 days after a student-athlete tested positive.


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