(The following is a letter that was sent out by the SPHS Activities Office to District 508 families in regards to fall activities for the 2020-21 school year.)
To start, thank you for your patience and understanding as we have waited for guidance
regarding school opening and the impact on co-curricular activities. With the announcement
from the MSHSL and last week’s guidance from Governor Walz, we are moving forward with the
following plan regarding fall sports. Information and plans for fine arts and clubs will come out at
a later time. There are three primary keys as we approach this school year:
1. We want your students to be healthy and safe
2. We want your kids in school
3. We want your kids to participate in activities for their own physical, social and mental
Starting August 17th, Girls Tennis, Boys and Girls Country, Girls Swimming and Diving, and
Boys and Girls Soccer will be offered. These sports will have a reduced number of
games/competitions and a reduced number of weeks for the season. Changes to these
schedules will be shared with families when those changes have been finalized in the coming
days. These practices are scheduled to start on Monday, August 17th.
High School Football and Volleyball (grades 9-12) competitive seasons have been moved to
March 2021. As it stands, 9-12 volleyball and football seasons will run mid-March to mid-May.
Traditional spring sports will start mid-May and run through early July. No decision has been
made regarding the winter seasons and whether or not those seasons will see a reduction in
contests or have dates adjusted as well.
We plan to offer Middle School Volleyball and Middle School Football this fall as intramural
seasons. There will be no travel or organized competitions. Students will practice only on the
days they are in school. For example, if a student is in hybrid learning on Mondays and
Wednesdays, they’d only go to practice on Mondays and Wednesdays. There would be no
practices on Fridays when distance learning. MS Volleyball and Football will start their
seasons on or around September 3rd.
The planned August 17th Parent-Athlete-Coach meeting at the high school has been
canceled. Individual sports will hold their own parent meetings either in person with social
distancing or online via Zoom.
Football, volleyball, and spring sports will be allowed to practice in a limited manner starting this
fall. The timing of when those practices will be offered and any contact limitations are yet to be
determined by the MSHSL and the Activities Office. Please note, high school students will not
register for football or volleyball at this time. That will happen in the spring. Students are
encouraged to participate in another activity during this fall season.
Further guidance will come out regarding spectators at competitions. At minimum, all spectators
will be required to wear masks both indoors and outdoors at school events. Expect a reduction
in fans allowed at all contests and the potential for no spectators at some venues. We are
working on plans to livestream high school indoor and outdoor sports where able.
Registration for activities will open Saturday, Aug. 8 at midnight. To register for activities, which
includes all fine arts, sports, and some clubs, go to www.bit.ly/STPActivitiesRegistration . We
believe activity fees should not be a barrier to participation so we do offer scholarships.
However, we ask that you apply with the school for Free and Reduced Lunch to qualify for a
scholarship. You do not need to qualify for Free and Reduced to receive an activities
scholarship, we just ask that you apply. A reminder this must be done every year. If you are
requesting a scholarship, do not register for a sport. Within the registration system, there will be
an option “Scholarship Requests - Fall Sports” and this is the option you’ll select.
Additionally, all activity fees for this year have been reduced to the following:
● From $125 to $100
● $105 to $75
● $45 to $30
● Intramural seasons will be $20 for volleyball and football
Physicals are required to participate in activities and in practices. Your child cannot practice until
we have a physical on file. Note that expiration dates on physicals have been extended by one
year. If your student’s physical was set to expire prior to or during the 2020-2021 school year, it
is now valid through June 2021.
We are currently working on plans to transport kids to practices. This includes the typical middle
school to high school shuttle bus, but also exploring options to potentially pick up students at
locations within the community and get them to the middle school and high school on days
when they don’t have in person school. This will be communicated at a later time.
For contact information for coaches & advisors, practice and game schedules, and other activity
information, please visit https://sites.google.com/stpeterschools.org/saintpeteractivities.
Please understand this is a fluid situation and seasons can change quickly. We will do our best
to communicate promptly when those changes happen.
When students are in-person learning or hybrid scenarios, activities will be offered. If the county
requires us to move to distance learning, all activities will be suspended until our COVID rate
improves. Student expectations:
● Wear masks at all times except when practicing/competing
● Coaches will wear masks at all times
● Students are strongly encouraged to bring their own water bottles as water fountains will
not be available, only bottle filling stations.
Thank you again for your continued support of Saint Peter Activities. If you have any questions,
please contact the Activities Office at 507-934-4212.