WORTHINGTON Independent School District 518 will resume in-person, grades 7 through 12 extracurricular activities starting Monday, Jan. 4 in accordance with Minnesota Emergency Executive Order 20-103 issued by Gov. Tim Walz. The Big South Conference will work within Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) bylaws to reschedule events that were postponed due to the pause. MSHSL requires each sports team to have a set number of practices before competition.

Winter activity schedules will be updated in the next few weeks on the ISD 518 website and can be found under the “Activities” tab on the home page. The activities department will work with our coaches to communicate when and where each sports team will practice on Monday, Jan. 4. Student-athletes must have a physical on file, submit a complete activities participation form and pay fees before they are allowed to practice or participate in contest. Activity participation forms can be found on the district website under “Activities” and may be turned into the office at the middle school or high school.

District 518, along with the Big South Conference and the MSHSL, is committed to providing the safest environment possible for our students. Each program has put into place safety measures that are required to be followed during practices and events. The Big South Conference will provide each student-athlete with two guest passes admitting spectators into events for free. Spectators are required to wear a mask covering their mouth and nose throughout the contest.

Unfortunately, spectators will not be allowed at home middle school girls and boys basketball games due to limited seating and required spacing at Worthington Middle School. The athletics department will be streaming as many events as possible through the website nfhsnetwork.com and Facebook Live.

The District 518 Activities Department looks forward to a safe Jan. 4 return and will provide further updates through our media outlets.

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Josh Dale is District 518's activities director.