YISD suspends Summer Strength and Conditioning program after second coach tests positive for COVID-19

Saturday morning, officials with the Ysleta Independent School District announced the immediate suspension of their Summer Strength and Conditioning Programs for student-athletes after news of a second coach at another school tested positive for COVID-19.

“Until further notice, the Summer Strength & Conditioning program is suspended,” YISD officials shared via a news release.

“We have been notified that a coach at Riverside High School has tested positive. The coach was never in contact with students and has not been at the campus since Monday, June 22. While on the campus, he participated in training. He was properly screened, wore a mask, and maintained social distancing. No other staff members are reporting symptoms.”

The announcement comes almost a week after the district had initially announced the program, aiming to get the district’s student athletes ready for the upcoming fall sports seasons; and only a few days after the suspension of the program at Hanks High after a coach there tested positive for COVID-19.

The news release goes on to state that “…in light of the positive case at Hanks High School and now at Riverside High School, the spike in cases locally, and the Governor’s order to decrease occupancy limits, we believe it is in the best interest of students and staff if we suspend the summer strength and conditioning program until at least July 13th.”

YISD officials say that, at that time, if conditions improve, they will reconsider allowing the program to begin again at that time.

“Please be assured that the safety of students and staff is the highest priority at the Ysleta Independent School District, and we will continue to keep parents updated on any other information affecting our schools and students.”


**For the record:  An earlier version of this story identified the coach as a football coach; YISD officials say that was an error on their part and the story has been corrected.