LAUSD coaches given OK to begin conditioning workouts Nov. 9
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LAUSD Supt. Austin Beutner says campus sports facilities in the district will be available for coaches starting next week for voluntary conditioning workouts.
LAUSD Supt. Austin Beutner announced on Monday that he will allow coaches to begin directing voluntary on-campus sports conditioning outdoors starting Nov. 9. Coaches and students will need a negative coronavirus test, and strict safety measures will be in effect, including limiting groups of athletes to small pods.

"We're being careful and deliberate," Beutner said.

Coaches have been unable to work in person with athletes since LAUSD shut down campuses in March. They will receive training this week on how to conduct conditioning workouts.

While allowing coaches to work with athletes starting next Monday will be welcomed by parents, there is still no indication when competitive games could start. Beutner said a Dec. 14 official start of practices in the City Section is unlikely to take place because of state restrictions for Los Angeles County, which is in the purple Tier 1, indicating widespread coronavirus community transmission.


Coaches will be allowed to begin voluntary workouts in LAUSD on Nov. 9. (LAUSD)

"I'm not the final arbitrator," Beutner said in a phone conversation. "Los Angeles County is far away from meeting state standards for opening schools. While we are unable to open schools — and they're not likely to open this semester — if they can't be in the classroom, it's hard to believe how they can be competing in competitive sports. It's a health and safety thing. If you can't have 12 kids in a classroom safely, how can you…
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