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Update as of 7/22/2020 - This week the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) announced changes to  2020-2021 sports calendars due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Sports will be postponed for the fall and commence again starting in December, assuming it is safe to do so at that time. Here are some of the highlights of that announcement:

 

  • The regular three seasons of sports will be condensed into two seasons, Fall and Spring
  • Fall sports will start in December and Spring sports will start in March
  • Fall sports will consist of Cross Country, Football, Boys and Girls Volleyball, Boys and Girls Water Polo and Traditional Competitive Cheer
  • Spring sports will consist of Baseball, Boys and Girls Basketball, Boys and Girls Golf, Boys and Girls Lacrosse, Boys and Girls Soccer, Softball, Boys and Girls Swim, Boys and Girls Tennis, Track and Field, and Wrestling
  • The seasons will allow for pre-season and league competition, and includes CIF playoffs and one State playoff game
  • Athletes will be allowed to participate for their high school team and their club teams for this year only during the season of sport
  • Summer time rules will be extended from the start of school until the official start date for winter sports

 

This sports calendar was developed with input from all state section commissioners and state officials. We are hopeful that it allows enough time for the current COVID-19 crisis to subside. However, this athletic calendar also allows for some flexibility based upon the available data prior to the start of each season.

 

Here is the link for the CIF State Media release. You may reference the CIF Southern Section Sports Calendar here.

 

SUMMER CAMPS - Because of current requirements for opening schools as presented by the Governor and posted on the COVID19.CA.gov website, we will not be able to resume athletic summer camps this summer. As guidelines change, CIF Sections may allow athletic activity to potentially resume following summer time rules up until December. This will provide the time necessary to prepare our athletes for the upcoming seasons. Please direct questions you may have to head coaches of your sports of interest and to our school Athletic Directors.

 

 

Update as of 6/2/2020Watch this video from Dr. Levensailor to hear the latest updates regarding summer camps and athletic clearance.

 

 

Update as of 5/13/2020 - Athletic summer camps will be moved to a tentative start date of June 22, 2020.  Coaches and athletic directors will make plans to limit group size, if large group gathering restrictions are still in place.  The start date will be delayed in increments of two weeks based on State and Health Agency guidelines and directives.  More information regarding registration, payment, etc to come as the details of this are worked out.

 

 

Update as of 3/16/20 - After careful deliberation, the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) has made the decision to close all IUSD schools and facilities effective Monday, March 16, 2020. The public health crisis created by COVID-19 has put our institutions, including K-12 school districts, in uncharted territory and we must take steps to prevent the spread of illness. In addition to proactive actions taken by IUSD, we will continue to follow the guidance of public health experts to protect our students, families, staff and the entire IUSD community. As we have more information, we will communicate with our community and provide updates on iusd.org/COVID19. All Athletic events are postponed until further notice. While we understand this decision is disappointing, we believe that the opportunity to compete in athletic contests does not outweigh our obligation to place the health and safety of all our athletes, coaches, schools and communities. We will continue to communicate to our students and parents as the situation evolves. Thank you for your support.

2020-21 Athlete Clearance Process

  1. ATHLETIC CLEARANCE: Create account of log-in to athleticclearance.com and start a new clearance for PortolaHS (CIF-SS) and the 2020-21 school year. Please be sure to complete all requested fields
    1. Make an appointment for a sports physical conducted by a licensed medical professional (i.e. your primary care doctor), and UPLOAD completed form to athletic clearance account (IUSD Physical Form)
  2. REGISTRATION: Complete Athletic Registration Form (bit.ly/PHSregistration)
    1. Print/sign/UPLOAD the 2x NEW Covid-19 waivers directly to the form
  3. CONFIRMATION: Once you have completed your athletic clearance online and uploaded the 2x waivers on the athletic registration form, please print/sign/email a copy of your physical and athletic clearance confirmation page to Marci Boden (marciboden@iusd.org). She will notify you via email once clearance is complete. 

 

NOTE:  You must be cleared before participation in any summer camps, tryouts, practices, or games/contests (NO EXCEPTIONS).  Clearance can only be issued by the Athletic Department!