WORTHINGTON Independent School District 518 will continue to allow practices and contests for select extracurricular activities in the district, according to a press release issued this morning by the school district.

Girls and boys cross county, girls and boys soccer, girls tennis, and football for grades 9 through 12 have been permitted to move forward. Activities not permitted to continue with practices or contests include middle school volleyball, middle school football, grades 9 through 12 volleyball, weight lifting and marching band.

All extracurricular activities will continue to be monitored by district administration on a daily basis, the press release noted.

"The safety of District 518 students and the community that surrounds them is the first priority of ISD 518," the press release said. "The extra-curricular activities that are permitted to move forward have been selected due to their outdoor nature and the ability of these activities to follow guidelines provided by the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL), the Big South Conference and the Minnesota Department of Health. Should the safety of students, staff or community members become a concern or new information be received, ISD 518 may make altercations to any activity program.

"It is the goal of District 518 to continue to provide as many extra-curricular opportunities as possible while doing so in a safe environment for students. Josh Dale, ISD 518 Activities Director, has reviewed and implemented guidelines and best practices for extracurricular activities to honor the health and safety of students during the COVID-19 pandemic."

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All extracurricular activities may resume should the learning model at ISD 518 change to hybrid learning and proper safety protocols continue to be overserved, the press release added. The projected date for District 518 to return to hybrid learning is Oct. 5.