SSI, SAC get sacked by CFISD with renewed fears of COVID-19 striking the area

CYPRESS — While the summer training for high school athletes across the state began with eyes watching to see how the first grouping of students might go, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD bowed out from participating as of Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

Unlike other Texas school districts that canceled their Sport Specific Instruction and Strength and Conditioning camps for known cases of the Coronavirus, Cypress is shutting down the training before an outbreak can occur here.

The statewide SSI and SAC camps, while a normal summer activity, have been viewed by pundits as fishbowls into whether or not inter-school sports could safely return this fall.

While hopeful for a return to normalcy before a vaccine for COVID-19 is created, the rising spike in cases is not only alarming for everyone in Harris County’s health, but also a curious look into the devastating effects that a mass return to tossing thousands of students into public education buildings might have upon the general population.

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The University Interscholastic League, Texas’ governing body for public school competitions, has “Two-a-days” workouts currently scheduled to begin on Aug. 3. Volleyball scrimmages start Aug. 7, and the pre-district season would start Aug. 10.

Additionally, Wednesday marks only two months before school in CFISD is scheduled to begin on Aug. 24. The first varsity football games of the season would also kickoff that Thursday, Aug. 27.

For clarity, CFISD’s athletic director only stated that the SSI and SAC would be suspended until further notice.

CFISD coaches broadcast this message from the district’s athletic director, Ray Zepeda, earlier today. (via Twitter)


The letter addressed to all Cypress student-athletes reads as follows:

“Dear CFISD Student-Athletes,

Gov. Abbott and Mayor Turner both held press conferences yesterday (June 22, 2020) and shared that Harris County is seeing a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases, especially in young people. Therefore, we feel it is prudent to suspend CFISD SAC / SSI activities effective Wednesday, June 24 until further notice. We would ask that student-athletes stay in contact with campus athletic trainers if they come in direct contact or test positive for COVID-19. Thank you for your patience as we maneuver through this challenging time – stay safe.

Ray Zepeda, Athletic Director, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD”

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