The primary focus of our district is getting students back in the classroom and onto the field as soon as possible, when safe. We are committed to the educational experiences of the “whole” child, and interscholastic Athletics/Activities are an integral part of our vision and mission. These programs provide opportunities for us to make connections to the school and community, creating a culture of success.
In July, the Ritenour School District announced the start of the 2020-21 school year would be 100 percent virtual, based on the recommendations of the St. Louis County Health Department. The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) at the time ruled that schools who were fully virtual, could NOT participate in sports. Essentially stating “No Building, No Field.” A few weeks later that decision was altered to let local schools decide on their plan as opposed to a MSHSAA directive. With that being said, we have been in constant discussion with stakeholders in the district on what to do with Athletics/Activities while keeping safety of our students and community at the forefront of our decisions.
After much thought and consideration Ritenour High School has planned to move ALL Fall Sports and Activities to the MSHSAA approved Fall Alternated Season in the Spring (February-April).
We feel that this is the right decision for our community as it ensures safety while maximizing the opportunity for ALL. By moving the season back it allows us to be in more control of our environment with the hopes of a more normal season in terms of atmosphere, practice, competition and spectators.
Practice for this alternate Fall Season will begin on Monday Feb. 22 with games to start on March 12. We are making considerations for multi-sport athletes and coaches that are involved in different programs. The focus of our plan is to provide as many opportunities as possible, while limiting the impact on spring sports and vetting unintended consequences.
Please be aware that coaches and sponsors will continue to connect with students virtually while we are not in the building to prepare for what is ahead. These connections will be in many forms and will continue to evolve as we get into the school year.
We realize that this year has brought many challenges and we will continue to adapt. We will keep working with local officials and the St. Louis Sport Medicine COVID-19 task force, providing updates when pertinent. If we have learned anything from this virus it is that we need to be flexible to change and that there are no perfect solutions in these trying times.
Thank you for your understanding and support!
-Athletic and Activities Department
Drew Lohnes and Lee Laskowski
Our official press release can be found by clicking the following link: Fall Sports Move to Spring Letter to Community – Covid – 8-20-20